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Featured Beer

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.

Tröegs Anthology Summer Sampler

troegs-12pk-webThis month’s featured beer is a variety 12 pack from Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Independent Brewing. The Tröegs Anthology Summer Sampler includes beers from the brewer’s year-round selections, the seasonal line, and the limited small batch Scratch Series.

Perpetual IPA
The brewer describes Perpetual as an Imperial Pale Ale, with notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit. At 7.5% ABV and 85 IBU, this IPA is worth a try for fans of the style.

Sunshine Pils
This take on a “Bohemian-style Pilsner” utilizes Hersbrucker and Saaz hops for a unique character. This bright brew, weighing in at 4.5% ABV, 45 IBU, is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
DreamWeaver Wheat
Tröegs German style wheat beer is unfiltered and cloudy, as it should be. With what what the brewer describes as “notes of black pepper and spicy clove…slightly tart and downright refreshing.”
Gose – Scratch #235
Last but not, Gose comes from Tröegs limited Scratch Series.  The brewer declares “coriander and salt as well as orange peel” give this one a “zesty appeal”.

Dominion Brewing Co. Pinup Variety Pack

dominion-pinup-webOur featured beer this month is a variety pack from Dominion Brewing Co. called Pinup Pack. The pack comes with four unique offerings from this local brewery.

Double D Double IPA

The brewer describes Double D as a “full-bodied Imperial India Pale Ale, flaunting sultry guava, mango and tropical fruit aromas.” Double D weighs in at a hefty 9.0% ABV and 90 IBUs.

Morning Glory Espresso Stout

This espresso stout packs 9% ABV kick with the taste of local roasted coffee beans. The brewer’s notes include the aroma of espresso and the taste of chocolate.

Candi Belgian Tripely

This unique taste on a Belgian Tripel has all the sugar and spice you expect to find, with what the brewer describes as “minimal hop bitterness and the soft sweetness of apricot and pear.” Another high gravity beer, at 10% ABV.

GiGi’s Farmhouse Ale

Old Dominion describes GiGi’s as a “Belgian-influenced farmhouse ale”. The brewer say to expect the flavor to be sweet, with a subtle hop spice.

Black Jack Porter – Left Hand Brewing Company

LeftHand-BlackJackThe Left Hand Brewing Company has been brewing craft beers in Colorado since the mid 1990’s. Over the years Left Hand has racked up numerous awards, and significantly increased production.

This month we are proud to feature Left Hand’s Black Jack Porter. The brewer tasting notes include:

“Slight malt sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, espresso and herbal hops.”

Black Jack Porter pours a dark brown color and weighs in at 6.8% ABV. If you’re a fan of English style porters, this is surely one to give a try.
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