*Updated* 2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars
Visit our 2016 Roundup of Beer Release Calendars
*Updated 10/25/2015 at 11:20 A.M. EST w/ Oskar Blues
*Updated 3/15/2015 at 02:05 A.M. EST w/ Excelsior, Foothills, Pretty Things, Santa Fe, Two Brothers, Victory*
*Updated 2/27/2015 at 6:30 P.M. EST w/ Beachwood BBQ, Brewery Vivant, Boulder Beer, Cambridge Brewing Company, Coronado, Fort Collins Brewing, Laurelwood, Nebraska Brewing*
*Updated 2/15/2015 at 11:45 P.M. EST w/ MadTree, Smuttynose, Terrapin*
*Updated 2/9/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/ Lagunitas, Ommegang, Pelican*
*Updated 2/3/2015 at 1:50 P.M. EST w/ Great Lakes, Sun King*
*Updated 1/30/2015 at 11:50 P.M. EST w/ Allagash, Big Boss, Great Northern, Good People, and Ninkasi, Westbrook*
*Updated 1/28/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/ Devils Backbone, Fremont, Golden Road, and Shipyard*
*Updated 1/25/2015 at 1:45 A.M. EST w/ Almanac, Back Forty, New Holland and Sly Fox*
(Special thanks to all of the breweries who willingly provided these calendars for publish and to Justin Vicroy who helped assist with the research for this post! We did not publish any release calendars without expressed consent from each brewery)
This is going to be a BIG year for craft beer. Many breweries who started developing around the beginning of the craft beer resurgence have begun distributing their product more widely, and several of the country’s largest breweries are set for major expansions. With that wider distribution and those expansions, we’ll begin seeing tons of new beers hitting store shelves.
So we figured we’d do our best to try to round up as many 2015 craft beer release calendars that we could from some of the country’s biggest and most notable breweries. We’ll keep updating this list as we receive more release details. If your brewery isn’t listed and you’d like to share your release please reach out to us via our contact page and we’d love to add you to the list!
Avery Brewing Company
If there’s one brewery who’s fans will immediately reap the benefits of expansion, it’s Avery Brewing Company. After a short hiatus, Avery has already begun churning out cans of Joe’s Pilsner once again, but the big story here is the addition of a few tap room favorites like Liliko Kepolo which will soon be available in 4 pack cans, and Coconut Porter, which looks to be a bourbon barrel-aged spin off. Fans will also see several new surprises like Vanilla Bean Stout, Rasperry Sour, a Peach Saison, a new double IPA named Raja along with their already success lineup of core beers. In the immortal words of Samuel L Jackson, “Hold on to your butts!”
Boulder Beer Company
Fort Collins Brewing Company
Great Divide Brewing Company
It’ll likely be another year or two before we start seeing anything crazy new (crossing our fingers for their Cuvee, original Grand Cru or their other host of experimental sours) being distributed from Great Divide, however they will be introducing Whitewater Ale (all indications are that this is a session pale or IPA) as a new seasonal. We are highly intrigued by this year’s 21st Anniversary Sour!
Left Hand Brewing Company
From the folks who brought milk stouts to the mainstream, it should be no surprise that we’re most excited by the upcoming release of their imperial coffee milk stout. Beer for breakfast never sounded better.
New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium is gathering an up-to-date calendar to share. We’ll have it back up as soon as possible! But what we do know… is that their Hop Kitchen series is going to be pretty fantastic w/ 3 new hoppy offerings arriving throughout the year. Their Lips of Faith series returns the classics (La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek, and Le Terroir) as well as a trio of new treats including their Blackberry Barley Wine, of which Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywine attendees got a sneak peek. Cap those off with a new August seasonal and exciting new collaboration in November which has us EXTREMELY giddy. Check back often for updates!
New Belgium is nearing the completion of their East Coast / West Coast connection and they don’t appear to have lost any focus on introducing new beers in the process. We’ve already seen strong first quarter introductions of Portage Porter and Slow Ride Session IPA (which, in my opinion will be Summer 2015’s beer anthem, as Party in the USA was to radio plays in Summer 2010). Cocoa Mole makes a strong comeback in February, and then things really start to get interesting.
Odell Brewing Company
I am constantly blown away by how solid Odell’s portfolio continues to get each and every year. There really hasn’t been a weak link in any of their new seasonal additions as of late and this year looks strong once again even with a few shake ups. Firstly, Double Pilsner, who’s artwork was perhaps the most stunning design in all of beer, will be replaced by a Gose Style, which has yet to be named (sign us up!). And while I loved Gramps Oatmeal Stout, it’ll be replaced by a Rye IPA. We’re interested to find out a bit more about this year’s cellar series, Fernet Porter is back as is Friek but they’ll be joined by Brazzle, Barrel Thief (which we did get a sneak peak of in the tap room and only remember that it was worth multiple return trips) and Pina Agria.
Oskar Blues Brewery
Still not much differing aside from the introduction of Pinner Throwback IPA, which is a well balanced, not overwhelmingly hoppy sessionable IPA that boasts great piney grapefruit notes. This will be another summer time favorite. However, we’re still waiting for the likes of Death By Coconut, Chaka, and a few other tap room and special event only beers to make it to the mainstream!
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We’ll hold off on the notes for the rest of the national breweries for now but we’ll just say, be sure to check out all of Boulevard’s new additions especially the new Love Child #6
21st Amendment Brewery
Abita Brewing Company
Against The Grain Brewery
Alaskan Brewing Company
Allagash Brewing Company
Alltech Lexington Beer Company
Almanac Beer Company
Back Forty Beer Company
Bluegrass Brewing Company
Beechwood BBQ Brewing Company
Big Boss Brewing Company
Bear Republic Brewing Company
|Apex Special IPA||Double IPA||22oz. bottles / draft||January – March|
|Mach 10||Double IPA||22oz. bottles / draft||New – April – June|
|Café Racer 15||Double IPA||22oz. bottles / draft||July – September|
|Racer X||Double IPA||22oz. bottles / draft||October – December|
|Hop Shovel||American IPA||Draft only||New – Year Round|
|Olde Scoutter’s||Barley-wine||Draft only||January – February|
|Crazy Ivan||Belgo-American IPA||Draft only||March – April|
|Tripels Alley||Belgian-style Tripel||Draft only||May – June|
|Cher Ami||Belgian-style Single||Draft only||July – August|
|Black Racer||Black India Pale Ale||Draft only||September – October|
|Heritage||Scottish Wee Heavy||Draft only||November – December|
Bells Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company
Cigar City Brewing
Coronado Brewing Company
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Dogfish Head Brewery
Epic Brewing Company
Empyrean Brewing Company
Excelsior Brewing Company
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Foothills Brewing Company
Founders Brewing Company
Fremont Brewing Company
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Great Northern Brewing Company
Green Flash Brewing Company
Golden Road Brewing Company
Good People Brewing Company
Great Northern Brewing Company
Goose Island Brewing Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Laurelwood Brewing Company
MadTree Brewing Company
Nebraska Brewing Company
New Glarus Brewing Company– their release schedule is posted throughout the year in small batches, this is what we know so far.
New Holland Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Pelican Brewing Company
Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Revolution Brewing Company
Santa Fe Brewing Company
Shipyard Brewing Company
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company- For full release schedule, click on image linked to site.
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Sun King Brewery
Terrapin Brewing Company
Two Brothers Artisan Brewing
Two Roads Brewing Company
Upland Brewing Company
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Was hoping to see Lagunitas on this list! Always on the lookout for their special releases
They’re running it by their legal team first…
So nothing is brewed East of the Rockies…
You should check out Bell’s, Abita and New Glarus.
How About Cigar City,Founders,Sixpoint,Brooklyn,Bells,Victory,Great Lakes. It most likely because most of these breweries do not distribute to the west coast.
How About Cigar City,Founders,Sixpoint,Brooklyn,Bells,Victory, and Great Lakes. It’s most likely because most of these breweries do not distribute to the west coast.
other than bell’s, new glarus, dogfish head, founders, goose island, Boulevard and few others no…nothing east of the Rockies…
There are TONS of great craft brewers in just New England alone .. Shipyard, Samuel Adams (Boston Beer), Gearys, Banded Horn (Veridian IPA is unbelievable), Long Trail, Harpoons, Smuttynose, Blue Hills, Allagash, Otter Creek, Baxter Brewing, Magic Hat, and so many others (these are just the best I can think of off the top of my head)
Chris, Dogfish is the only East Coast name I recognize, the rest don’t seem to be any near what most consider Eastern US
What about Great Lakes Brewing Co?
To bad the distributors don’t follow the same release dates.
Can you include Shipyard Brewing Co out of Maine? I wait all year for their release of the Pumpkin Head! Best pumpkin beer around IMO. Thanks
Pumpkin Head was the first craft brew I ever tried and that was YEARS ago .. while it’s a solid Pumpkin, I’ve tried several I like better since .. Shipyard is a strong brand however .. their Blueberry Ale is amazing, but so sweet I can only drink a couple in a sitting
then most likely itll come out the same time all pumpkin beers come out, which is late august-October
Thank you for putting so many beer release calendars in one place!
If porch drinking put together a 2016 wall calendar with release dates, I bet people would buy it… Or create a google calendar/ical download so you can import the release dates into your digital calendar.
Thanks for posting this Tristan. Any word on the 2016 calendar? Keep up the good work.