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Featured Beer

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.

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.

 

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