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Caramel Apple Spiced Ale Will be Blue Moon’s Next Beer Release

Blue Moon still holds it down for the gateway craft beer drinkers, and for those who like to stay up on the latest releases, the Colorado-based brewery has just announced their latest limited-release flavor: Caramel Apple Spiced Ale.

The beer is set to release in anticipation of the blue moon on August 31, 2012, but was a crowd-sourced flavor of sorts selected by Blue Moon’s fan input project, and the result was this new blend of apple juice with cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel malts.

For the enthusiasts who need to know a abit more, the profile of the new ale consists of Pale, White Wheat, Caramel and Munich malts, a spalt select hops (more on the carbonated side) with a twist of apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.  The ABV on this new Fall flavor sits at a healthy 5.8%, and is described as a “seasonal blend of spice and caramel malts that highlight the crisp apple taste.”

The new brew will be available in 12-oz. bottles as part of the brand’s Brewmaster’s Autumn Sampler Pack.

Here’s a video you may want to watch about the brewmaster’s getting into some nerdy depth on the profile of this new brew:

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OC Brewfest Comes To Irvine This Saturday 9/10

With Summer winding down, and the promise of Fall just on the horizon a few things come to mind: Shorter days, falling leaves, and of course, beer. This weekend (9/10) Orange County’s annual Brew Ha Ha is gracing the city of Irvine, CA with its annual beer festival featuring over 50 different participating breweries complete with their own unique craft beers totaling to over 150 different beers.

For each General Admission, guests are given a free commemorative festival glass, ten 4 oz tasting samples as well as free water and soda. VIP Admission ticket holders will be treated to Beer Appreciation Seminars hosted by renowned beer experts as well a one hour early entry to the festival and 4 extra tasting samples. The OC Brew Ha Ha comes complete with a variety of different attractions such as live entertainment and Homebrew exhibitors showcasing concoctions of their own.  The event will be featuring a plethora of different local breweries from the OC as well as breweries from all across the North America. A few of the featured breweries participating in the event include the Old Orange Brewing Company, Alexander Keith’sBlue Moon and Samuel Adams.

While the festival celebrates the beauty of beer, it also encourages responsible drinking and offers $10 Designated Driver Admission for every paid General Admission. General Admission goes for $40 and VIP admission runs for $55. Tickets can be bought here.

Along with celebrating a diversity of different beers, the event will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, which benefits the families of firefighters who have perished in the line of duty.