Featured Beer

Woods & Waters IPA and A Tiny Beautiful Something Pale Ale – Maine Beer Co

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We’ve got an exciting new pair of brews from Maine Beer Company. As usual, the understated labels hide an exceptional beer inside.

Woods & Waters India Pale Ale is named in honor of the commemoration of Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a national park of over 80,000 acres, including parts of the Penobscot River and views of Katahdin Mountain.

Woods & Waters is brewed with five different varieties of hops, and four malts. Maine Beer Company’s tasting notes for Woods & Water include:

“Melon, pineapple and pink grapefruit. Underlying notes of onion and garlic with subtle pine and a faint malt grain sweetness.”

It seems Maine Beer Co has another hit, with Woods & Waters currently enjoying a 91 pt score on the ever popular Beer Advocate website.

A Tiny Beautiful Something Pale Ale is a different kind of beast entirely, brewed with only El Dorado hops and  four types of malt. Maine Beer Company’s tasting notes include:

“Orange marmalade and apricot with floral perfume notes, spicy and earthy.”

If you’re interested in either of these beers, call ahead. These may go quickly, and availability may be limited.

 

Ommegang Quadrupel Conundrum & Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru

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We’ve got two exciting craft beer features for the holiday season!

First up is a beautiful and tasty gift set from Brewery Ommegang. The “Quadrupel Conundrum” comes with three special variations on Ommegang’s unique quadrupel ale. This four pack includes:

Original Quadruple Ale – for those unfamiliar, Ommegang blends quadruple ale and Belgian kriek for a unique malty and sweet take on the style.

Wine Barrel – The original quadruple aged for three months in red wine casks, imparting “subtle flavors of oak and dark fruit.”

Bourbon Barrel – For this variation, the quadruple is aged for six months in bourbon barrels, for added falvors of “chocolate, bourbon and oak.”

Blueberry Coffee – The most extreme of the bunch, the quadruple mingles with blueberries and roasted Ethipoian coffee beans. Ommegang assures us there’s nothing subtle about the taste of this one.

If you’re looking something a bit more festive, consider a bottle of Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru, This brew has become a holiday tradition, and is synonymous with the season for Troegs fans. Never one to disappoint their fans, Troegs calls this years Mad Elf Grand Cru the “Director’s Cut”. This year’s Grand Cru was brewed with “Tart Balaton cherries”, with tasting notes that include cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and pepper.

Troges Mad Elf Grand Cru is bottle conditioned, and available in corked 22oz bottles. Not sure which is right for the beer lover in your family? Please ask our knowledgeable and friendly staff for advice.

Samuel Adams Utopias 2019

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It’s that time of year, the annual super limited release of Samuel Adams Utopias. We last featured Utopias in November 2017. This year’s Utopias is every bit as interesting, from the beautiful bottle, to the curious liquid inside. The process begins unassuming enough, with a variety of malts and german hops. Also listed among the ingredients is Vermont maple syrup. As a part of the proprietary brewing process, a variety of yeasts are used, including champagne yeast, and a variety selected for it’s ability to thrive at such a high alcohol content.

From there the brew is aged in a variety of barrels, for various lengths of time. The 2019 Utopias is made from beers aged up to 24 years, including a new addition this year, a final round of aging in Moscat barrels.

Weighing in at an extremely hefty 28% ABV, Sam Adams compares Utopias once again to a fine sherry, cognac or port.

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“Mean Old Tom” gets “Right Loose” in “Bourbon County”

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We’re featuring three unique limited beers this month…

Right LooseAmerican Wild Ale with Maine blueberries – Dogfishead Brewery
The unique process for Right Loose starts with a blend of dark and blonde beer base, brewed with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. From there the brew is aged for a full year in wine barrels. After aging, Maine blueberries are introduced for a surely fruity finish. 7.2%ABV

Mean Old TomStout aged on natural vanilla beans – Maine Beer Company
Maine Beer Co. brews this delicious stout with two types of hops and a variety of malt, including roasted barley, flaked oats, chocolate and midnight wheat. The brewery tasting notes include “vanilla, coffee, and roasted cereal with dark chocolate.”

Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 - bourbon barrel aged imperial stout – Goose Island Beer Company
We’ve managed to get our hands on several bottles of this 2017 release, known for aging well. This is a serious brew, weighing in at 14.1%. Goose Island promises an “intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke.”

Choose Your Pumpkin Beer! Imperial Stout? Wheat? Rum Barrel aged?

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October is approaching, and the pumpkin beers have already arrived. So far we’ve got these 9 pumpkin brews to choose from. From imperial pumpkin stouts to pumpkin wheat beers to pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels…we’ve got you covered.

Warlock Imperial Stout – Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spice

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin – New Belgium Brewing Co. – Brewed with cinnamon, Habanero and Del Arbol peppers

The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Flying Dog Brewery  – Brewed with 300lbs of local pumpkin per 50 barrels

Roadsmary’s Baby – Two Roads Brewing Co. - A traditional pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels

Punkin Ale – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – A brown ale brewed with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices

Harvest Pumpkin Wheat – Blue Moon Brewery – Brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice

Shipyard Pumpkinhead – Shipyard Brewing Co. – A pumpkin wheat ale, brewed with cinnamon and nutmeg

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing – Brewed with pumpkin puree, pumpkin juice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice

UFO Pumpkin – Harpoon Brewery – An unfiltered pumpkin brew of notherwestern hops, spices and malty sweetness

Duclaw Brewing Co. – Funk, Purple, Key Lime, Haze & Snuggy Cans

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We’ve got a very popular assortment of cans from Maryland’s own Duclaw Brewing Co. Don’t wait to pick up yours, we can’t seem to keep these six packs on the shelf.

Funk  – Blueberry Citrus Wheat – 12oz cans
This new summer classic is made from cascade and columbus hops, pale and wheat malt, blueberry and Meyer lemon. – 5% ABV

My, My, My Key Lime Pie – Tart IPA – 12oz cans
A summer twist on IPA, brewed with lactose, flaked oats, Pilsner malt, torrified wheat, Lemon Drop and Mosaic hops. – 7.1% ABV

Haze of Glory – New England Style India Ale – 12oz cans
If you’re looking for a more balanced IPA, Duclaw promises a strong notes of both citrus and hops, brewed with Citra and Amarillo hops.

Purple Passion – Gose Ale – 12oz cans
Show your purple pride with a six of Purple Passion! Duclaw describes the color of Purple Passion as “straw yellow with a purple hue.” This  color comes from the passion fruit and blackberry that goes into this unique Gose style brew. – 5.5% ABV

Citra Snuggy – Double India Pale Ale – 16oz cans
This double IPA is all about Citra hops, flaked and Golden Naked oats. Duclaw promises notes of citrus and stone fruits, with a little grapefruit and lime on top. – 8.3% ABV

 

Tröegs Nimble Giant and Raspberry Tart Ale

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Tröegs Nimble Giant is back! We featured Nimble Giant at this time last year, excited to be introducing it to our shelves. We’re equally excited to have it back. Tröegs brews this double IPA only once a year, and this time we’ve got in four packs of cans and on tap.  Stop in to get yours while supplies last, or mark your calendar for July 2020.

We’ve also got an excellent 15 can variety pack “Greetings from Tröegs”, which includes another “once a year” brew, Tröegs Rasberry Tart Ale, the seasonal Field Study IPA, as well as several other Tröegs favorites:

  • Perpetual IPA – 7.5%ABV
  • Sunshine Pils – 4.5% ABV
  • Field Study IPA – 6.2% ABV
  • Raspberry Tart Ale – 4.5% ABV
  • When In Doubt Helles Lager – 4.3% ABV

Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Racer 5 India Pale Ale

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Our featured craft beer for June 2019 is an award winner many, many, many times over. Hailing from Colverdale, CA, Bear Republic Brewing Co. is a brewery in a sea of California wineries. Bear Republic emphasizes sustainability, donating their spent grains to cattle ranchers, re-using much of their water for bio-electricity, and solar panels for additional energy.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale, the brewery’s flagship beer, is a brewed with malted barley and crystal malt, hopped with Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Centennial hops. Bear Republic displays nine awards for Racer 5 on their website. The critics at Beer Advocate seem to agree, with Racer 5 maintaining over a 4/5 rating of close to 7,900 people.

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