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Carvel, Captain Lawrence Brewery Team Up for Fudgie the Beer

Carvel, Captain Lawrence Brewery Team Up for Fudgie the Beer


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Fudgie the Whale has long been a beloved ice cream cake, perfect for birthdays. And if you’ve celebrated 21 or more birthdays, you might want to upgrade from Fudgie the Whale to Fudgie the Beer. This week, Carvel, which introduced the iconic cake and holds the trademark for the character, announced that it has teamed up with New York brewery Captain Lawrence to create a special Father’s Day treat. Fudgie the Beer is a limited-edition stout brewed with Carvel’s signature chocolate crunchies and fudge.

“The reception thus far has been amazing,” a Carvel spokesperson told The Daily Meal via email. “Captain Lawrence sold out of Fudgie the Beer in 90 minutes (on May 30), and they are currently brewing another batch, which will be ready on Friday, June 15.”

Captain Lawrence describes the brew as featuring “smooth cocoa notes with a roasted crunchies finish” and says it pairs well with roasted or smoked foods as well as chocolate or espresso desserts.

The brewery will also offer Fudgie’s Father’s Day Float, a boozy milkshake made using the new beer and Carvel’s cake, but for a limited time only, beginning June 6.

A four-pack of 16-ounce Fudgie the Beer cans costs $18, and a 12-ounce mug of Fudgie's Father's Day Float will set you back $8.

Here’s the bad news: You’ve got to be local to the brewery’s hometown of Elmsford, just north of New York City, or be willing to drive there. Fudgie the Beer is only available at the brewery (although Captain Lawrence’s other beers are sold up and down the East Coast).

Those of us who aren’t local can instead watch Fudgie help make the beer in a YouTube video where the cake’s mascot visits the brewery and helps mix and stir the brew, all while taking selfies with and hugging happy employees.

And the company offers a recipe for Fudgie’s Father’s Day Float, which can be made with any stout beer — but it will require sacrificing a Fudgie cake. You blend 12 ounces of stout with 4 cups of Carvel Fudgie the Whale cake, divide between four glasses edged with Carvel chocolate crunchies (or smash up some Oreos; no one will know), and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. If this inspires you to begin seeking out really wild milkshakes of all kinds, explore the world’s freakiest milkshakes.


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


How Fudgie the Whale Became “Fudgie the Beer”

No need to check the date again while reading this — it’s not April 1 st and we promise this post isn’t a joke. Fudgie the Whale, the beloved icon for Carvel ice cream, has his own beer.

If you haven’t already tried it, the brew is described as a creamy stout made with hints of those famous Crunchies found in Fudgie’s ice cream cakes. Obviously, we had some questions about how this beer is made, where one can buy a case, and how Fudgie himself was able to balance his role as a full-time ice cream mascot with an adult beverage side hustle. Luckily, Carvel and their partner Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, were able to give us the inside scoop into the “Fudgie the Beer” collaboration.

The conversation all started, appropriately enough, around Father’s Day. Carvel fans may recall that founder Tom Carvel was famous for his signature novelty ice cream cakes, but he could never quite pull off making the perfect fish-shaped cake that he wanted for the holiday. He settled for a whale mold instead and Fudgie, loaded with ice cream, fudge, and Crunchies, was born in 1977. More than 40 years have passed since his debut, and it’s still tradition to order Fudgie the Whale cakes on Father’s Day.

Scott Colwell, President of Carvel, decided it was time for something different this year. Dads love Fudgie — that’s a given. They also love beer, but a really great, handcrafted beer. “We started imagining how amazing it would be if the two came together to make an incredible tasting brew.”

Enter Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, an award-winning craft brewery which Colwell himself describes as having “a reputation for awesome beers.” Colwell approached the brewery with the pitch and they loved it, setting to work immediately on the collaboration.

How does one make this kind of brew? According to Scott Vaccaro, Founder and Brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewery, it was made quite similarly to how they would brew a stout. “What makes it is the addition of Carvel’s Signature Chocolate Crunchies — added to the mash with all the grain to soak so we can extract the sugars, as well as the color and flavor.”

Several amounts of Carvel chocolate ice cream and fudge were also added into the kettle to layer in the chocolate flavors, adding to the beer’s mouthfeel. The end result? They created a creamy stout that could only be given one name — Fudgie the Beer.

For the most part, brand mascots tend to stay in their designated lanes. You wouldn’t see the Pillsbury Doughboy selling vegetables or the Kool-Aid Man switching to coffee. How was Fudgie, famous for attracting fans of all ages with ice cream, able to gracefully transition over to beer? Colwell says that it all comes back to Fudgie’s creation and his cake’s message “For a Whale of a Dad” that holds a special place in the hearts of many fathers. Combine the iconic cake with the newly iconic brew and you had the perfect pairing of dads’ passions.

It also helps that Fudgie is also pretty cute. “Fudgie is fun and friendly enough to be revered for his nostalgia, but also adapt to a great tasting beer. Any way you look at him, Fudgie represents pure joy.” Colwell says.

Fudgie the Beer is, sadly, a limited time only release and even sold out the same day it debuted. Vaccaro and his team at Captain Lawrence have been overwhelmed by the public’s response to Fudgie the Beer. They even released a second batch in their beer hall on June 15 th , the only place where Fudgie the Beer is (most likely “was” at this point) available to purchase. While Vaccaro can’t say when the next 4-packs of Fudgie the Beer will be available for fans, he has hinted that the collaboration may happen a few more times per year.

Bottoms up to that news. Cheers to Carvel, Captain Lawrence, and Fudgie the Beer!


Watch the video: Fudgie is Back! (May 2022).