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Featured Beer

Sour Beers for Hot Humid Summer Days

If you’re a fan of sour beers, Summer is a great time to indulge. If you’re sour curious, now’s the time to give it a try. Our shelves are stocked with a variety of sour beers in bottles and cans. Even if you’re a regular sour beer drinker, good chance we’ve got something new for you.

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Tart Ten Sour Dubble Ale, Victory Brewing Company – 10% ABV
This unique sour is a belgian style dubble fermented with brettanomyces yeast for a sour twist. A unique experience, available in 22 oz bottles.

Sour Monkey Sour Brett Triple, Victory Brewing Company – 9.5% ABV
Perhaps you’ve had Victory’s popular Golden Monkey Tripel? Sour monkey is everything you love about the golden, with a sour twist.

Jammer Gose, Sixpoint Brewery – 4.0% ABV
Jammer is a german-style Gose the brewery describes as “balanced with a fruity coriander aroma and a touch of sea salt.”

SeaQuench Ale, Dogfish Head – 4.9% ABV
Dogfish calls this one a summer session beer. Men’s Heath magazine seems to agree, calling it the “perfect summer brew”.

Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale, Sierra Nevada – 4.5% ABV
Sierra’s take on the traditional Gose combines prickly pear cactus and a bit of grapefruit.

Aunt Sally, A Unique Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale, Lagunitas – 5.7% ABV
Yet another unique sour for summer, Aunt Sally’s wort is soured with Lactobacillus, brewed hoppy, and according to the brewery, “tastes like a big bowl of fruit candy”.

Green Flash Brewing – Palate Wrecker, Imperial India Pale Ale

PalateWreckerThis month’s featured beer is something we’ve been trying to get a hold of for months, Green Flash Brewing’s Palate Wrecker. A popular Imperial India Pale Ale, from San Diego, California. Although if you’re in Virginia Beach this summer, you’ll find a big Green Flash Brewing Tasting Room and Beer Garden.

Palate Wrecker, as the name implies, is meant to be as hop forward as it comes. The brewery claims this is achieved using,

“A complex double-brewing process of mashing and sparging with hopped wort and special hop layering.”

Palate Wrecker rates incredibly well online, currently sitting at 92 points on Beer Advocate, and a whopping 99 overall at RateBeer.com

We also currently have Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA.

Founders Brewing Co.

foundersOne consistently popular item in our stores is the beers of Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Founder’s Breakfast Ale has been a hot item for growler fills, and a variety of six packs continues to fly off the shelves.

At the time of this post we have:

Centennial IPA – A dry hopped IPA, with citrus notes, and enough malt to make sure it “never turns too bitter”. 7.2% ABV

Harvest Ale – From Founder’s Specialty Series, this golden colored ale offers dominant hops and citrus. 7.2% ABV

Porter – Founder’s Porter has the chocolate and caramel notes you expect, but with hops too, for the “full flavor you deserve.” 6.5% ABV

Rubaeus – This Raspberry Ale is “sweet and tart” and available year round. 5.7% ABV

Imperial Stout – Brewed with 10 types of malt, this big beer weighs in at 10.5 % ABV.

Azacca IPA – From Founder’s Seasonal Series, a hoppy brew with citrus and mango notes. 7% ABV

Dirty Bastard – Last but certainly not least, the Dirty Bastard. This Scotch Ale has notes of smoke and peat. 8.5% ABV

Burley Oak Sorry Chicky – Dry Hopped Sour Ale

sory-chicky-webOur featured beer for February is a unique dry-hopped sour ale called “Sorry Chicky”, brewed by Burley Oak.

Not familiar with Burley Oak? Based in Berlin, MD, tou’ll find Burley Oak mostly on tap in bars in Ocean City, and around the Eastern Shore.

Burley Oak releases a limited selection of their beers in cans for distribution. With Sorry Chicky, the brewery sought to combine their love of IPAs and sour beers. Critics seem to agree they’ve achieved something unique.

Sorry Chicky currently has an overall 90 point rating on RateBeer.com.

Ninkasi Brewing Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout

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One hot item on our newly renovated shelves has been the beers from Ninkasi Brewing out of Eugene, Oregon.

We’ve had Total Domination IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Sleighr Winter Ale, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, our featured beer for January. Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout is brewed with vanilla beans, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

The brewers tasting note include:

….smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor, and a rich vanilla complexity… It is bigger than a traditional stout with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.

Ninkasi Brewing Vanilla Oatis is a hefty brew, weighing in at 7.0% ABV. The brewer reccomends pairing Vanilla Oatis with dessert, including topping a bowl of ice cream.

 

Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale – Founders Brewing Co.

rubaeusOur featured beer this month is Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale from Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. The founders of Founders learned early on, that if they were to make it in this business, they had to brew big unique beers. Getting bold with their brews took Founder’s from near bankruptcy to one of the top ranked breweries around.

To create Rubaeus, Founders adds raspberries at multiple stages of the brewing process. Founder’s describes Rubaeus as the “perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing.”This easy drinking beer weighs in at 5.7% ABV, so be careful! For fans of fruit beer, Rubaeus is reviewing well, with a 97 point score on RateBeer for the style.

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout

narwhal-webFor September we’ve got an exciting Imperial Stout from Sierra Nevada named Narwhal, after the  massive arctic tusked whale. Why? Because Sierra thinks they’ve got a “monster” here.

The brewery describes Narwhal as:

“Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. “

Beer drinkers seem to agree. Narwhal currently sits with an “Outstanding” score at 92 points of 878 reviews. The consensus among reviewers is that this a great stout for the price.

Sierra Nevada also proudly points out that Narwhal is the type of beer that ages well. Try some now, and stick the rest aside to age for later. If you can keep from drinking it that long.

Dogfish Head – Beer to Drink Music To

dogfish-music-beerOur featured beer for July is Dogfish Head’s Beer to Drink Music To. This brew was dreamed up for Record Store Day, in honor of the brewery’s affinity for music. Various flavors in the beer are references to songs.

Beer to Drink Music To is a “Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla.”

True to the Tripel style, this a high gravity beer, weighing in at 9% ABV. Beer to Drink Music To is fairing well with fans, currently sitting at a score of 87 on Beer Advocate.

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