Yes! Grails 1.1 is out and available for download. Checkout my blog post on the SpringSource team blog for a more detailed overview of the highlights. It is a strange feeling after a release goes out, like a mixture of relief, happiness and that "ok what now" feeling. Maybe I take software too seriously :-|
Nice to see how Twitter is abuzz with the news (note live results, link will change overtime) right now. Other than that we are now planning the launch of the Grails.org plugin portal. To support that I have been writing a few plugins for Grails. It is niceto actually write Grails apps/plugins rather than work on the internals all the time.
Anyway the result is 2 new plugins called Commentable and Taggable that allow you to generically tag and comment on domain instances. I also have a new blog plugin in the works which will power the new Grails.org blog when that is ready. Actually its already available, but I need to document it better, and I'll save that for another post.
As for beyond Grails 1.1, we are now at the planning phase, but there are loads of things we are considering from OSGi to JCR to Cloud computing. Exciting times.