Featured Beer

Green Flash Brewery

green-flashWe finally managed to get a  selection of beers from Green Flash Brewery. On our shelves this month, you’ll find:

West Coast IPA – Double India Pale Ale
A big double IPA, weighing in at 8.1% ABV and 95IBU. Brewed with a variety of hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Citra.

Soul Style IPA – India Pale Ale
This single IPA is brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Cascade hops, resulting in a “bright tropical wave of flavorful citrus and floral notes.”

Passion Fruit Kicker – Wheat Ale with Passion Green Flash brews this wheat ale with wheat malt, malted barley, passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice for a “sweet, tart, fruity flavor”.

 

PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale – North East Brewing Co.

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Our featured craft beer for March is PranQster, a Belgian-style Golden Ale from North Coast Brewing Co. of California.

North Coast Brewing Co. makes every effort to brew an authentic Belgian-style ale through the use of various

“…antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruit flavor and clean finish.”

Craft beer fans seem to agree North Coast Brewing Co. has hit the mark. As of this post, PranQster sits with an average rating of over 4 out of 5.

 

Dogfish Head Wood-Aged Bitches Brew Stout

We’ve got six packs of Dogfish Head’s Wood-Aged B*itches Brew Stout in stock, so naturally, it’s this month’s featured beer. The original cover art of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew graces the packaging, as it did with the original Bitches Brew Stout.

Bitches Brew Stout is a “fusion” (pun intended – the brewer’s, not ours) of brews. A Russian imperial stout aged in oak, and Tej, an Ethiopian honey beer aged in Palo Santo wood from Paraguay.

At the time of this post Wood-Aged Bitches Brew is holding strong with an average 4+ out of 5 points. It looks like this new wood-aged version will be as popular as the original.

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Dogfish Head Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

dogfish-world-wide-stoutWe’ve got several cases of Dogfish Head’s rare Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout. This stout is brewed with an extra supply of barley, then aged with oak and vanilla beans.

The result of this unique process is a big complex beer, comparable to a good port. The dessert wine similarities continue with a hefty 17.5% ABV. Dogfish Head recommends purchasing a few extra to age for a “few years”.

Rather than ramble on further about World Wide Stout, we’ll let Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione do that:

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.
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