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Featured Beer

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

We’re expecting a supply of Founders limited Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) on our shelves this month. If you’re a fan of Founders Breakfast Stout, this special variety is not to be missed.

According to the Founders, the concept for CBS came from a discovery of bourbon barrels which had held maple syrup, and in went an imperial version (11.7%)  of the traditional breakfast stout. The brewer describes CBS as tasting of:

“Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in what can only be described as a transcendental drinking experience.”

Fans seem to agree, with CBS currently displaying a “world class” rating of 4.68 on Beer Advocate. Give us a call to keep tabs on when expect to have Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout in stock.

Samuel Adams Utopias 2017

Utopia2017 Samuel Adams’ Utopias 2017 has arrived, and we only have one of two bottles left. As usual, that’s all we could get our hands on this year.

For those unaware, Utopias has become a Sam Adams tradition, and quantities are always small, with only  13,000 bottles produced in 2017. Utopias is an “extreme barrel aged” beer, similar to a quality port, cognac or sherry.

After a fairly typical brewing, special extreme gravity yeast is added, for continued fermentation. The final result is a brew of 28% ABV.

Utopias is aged in a variety of barrels, including whiskey barrels from Buffalo Trace Distillery and  Ruby Port. The final mix is aged further in moscat barrels.

Due to it’s high alcohol content, Utopias is actually illegal in 12 states, fortunately, the state of Maryland isn’t one of them!

 

 

 

 

Founders DKML – Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels

founders-dkmlWe’ve been trying to get our hands on this one for awhile. Our distributor finally came through, and we’re proud to offer Founders DKML.

Founders DKML is a release from their barrel-aged series, an “Imperial Malt Liquor Aged in Bourbon Barrels”. Yes, a craft malt liquor.

Founders felt this “slighted” style needed an update, dry hopping and barrel aging to class up this classic style.

Stop by and pick up a 4-pack of DKML bottles while they lost. There’s no telling when we’ll be able to get our hands on more.

For more from Founders on their Barrel-Aged Series, check out this YouTube video from the brewery:

Pumpkin Craft Beer 2017

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Starting to think about pumpkin beer as the seasons shift? We’ve already got a full shelf of pumpkin beers to choose from. While pumpkin beer has become an annual tradition, many brewers do their best to put their unique spin on the style.

  • Southern Tier – Imperial Pumking
    An imperial at 8.6% ABV, ST describes this one as “Malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust”.
  • Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co – Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
    Another big one, weighing in at 10% ABV, brewed with kentucky pumpkins, appropriate spices, and aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Flying Dog – The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    Our local heroes at Flying Dog throw down in the Imperial category as well, with the 9% ABV “The Fear”. Brewed with local pumpkin puree and a “secret blend” of spices, The Fear pours a bit darker than many of it’s peers.
  • Blue Point Brewing Company – Mother Pumpkin Ale
    For a milder ale, try Blue Point. Pouring a golden orange, at 5.5% ABV, this one is a bit more sessionable.
  • Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale
    Dogfish Head returns with Punkin Ale, brewed with pumpkin meat and brown sugar, striking a nice balance at 7% ABV.
  • Evolution Craft Brewing – Jacques Au Lantern Belgian Pumpkin Ale
    Evo brews an unfiltered amber ale for their pumpkin brew, fermented with a belgian yeast strain, for a unique take on the seasonal favorite.
  • The Traveler Beer Co – Jack-o Traveler Pumpkin Shandy
    This is the pumpkin beer with the most session potential on our shelves so far. A “shandy-inspired” wheat beer, intended to balance “refreshment and seasonal spice”. 4.4%ABV.

ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA – Founder’s Brewing Co.

redankulousFounder’s Brewing Company may have struggled in their early days, but they’ve risen to be one of the top ranked micro brews in the country. According to the founders, no pun intended, they stopped brewing “balanced” beers, and went all in on the big bold flavors they themselves love.

Our featured beer for August is Founder’s reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA. Unfortunately, our keg of this one just ran out, but you’ll find 4 packs of bottles on our shelves.

Hops is the key to this one, as you would expect. The brewer describes the hop profile:

“The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around.”

At 9.5% ABV and 90 IBUs, this one is a must try for fans of bold unique IPAs.

 

Tenebris Barleywine – Adroit Theory Brewing Company

tenebrisThis month’s featured beer comes from Adroit Theory Brewing Company, a small brewery in Purcellville, Virginia. Adroit Theory specializes in barrel aged beers and “esoteric” artwork.

Tenebris is a Barleywine aged in Tequila barrels. Adorit Theory’s tasting notes put the barrel aging out front, describing Tenbris’ taste as:

“Sharp Tequila bite up front followed by a slightly spicy bite. Mid-finish hop bitterness is quickly enveloped by the sticky malt body.”

If you’re a fan of Barleywine, this unique twist on the style  is not to be missed!

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.

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