Featured Beer

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.

Stone Brewing – Revengeful Spirit, Tangerine Express, Moxee Gold IPAs

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Just in time for summer, our featured beer this month is a colorful variety of exciting IPAs from Stone Brewing, available in 6 packs of cans.

Revengeful Spirit Imperial IPA – Stone brews this “tropical IPA” with pineapple and mandarin orange. You may remember “Revengeful Spirit” from a few years back – this is the all new Imperial version. 8.1% ABV

Tangerine Express IPA – Brewed with tangerine puree and whole pineapple, Stone warns this is still a serious IPA, with “crisp bitterness” and “citrus flavor”. 6.7% ABV

Moxee Gold IPA – Part of Stone’s “Farm-to-Can” series, Moxee is brewed entirely with hops from CLS Farms in Moxee, Washington. Moxee is brewed with El Dorado hops, unique to CLS Farms, and Centennial. 7% ABV

 

Bell’s Brewery – Two-Hearted, Amber & Oberon Ale

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Customers have been asking for it for years , and now we’re finally able to bring you beers from Bell’s Brewery of Comstock, Michigan. Our first offering from Bell’s is a nice variety of three different styles of beer.

Bell’s Amber Ale – This is the flagship beer the brewer credits with their success, an American amber ale that Bell’s describe as “Toasted and sweet caramel malts balanced with herbal and citrus hop aromas.” 5.8% ABV

Two Hearted IPA – This is the brew our customers have been asking for, a single hop IPA, brewed entirely with Centennial hops. Bell’s adds hops at two stages during the brewing process, resulting in “pine to grapefruit” notes. 7% ABV

Oberon Ale – Just in time for spring, this seasonal wheat ale is brewed with only four ingredients, including Bell’s own ale yeast. Bell’s describes Oberon as having “spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas.” 5.8% ABV

Please Note: Oberon is not pictured above due to our first batch selling out before the photographer arrived!

 

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