Featured Beer

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.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado & Mango Even Keel

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Our featured beer’s this month come to us from San Diego, California’s Ballast Point Brewing Company. We’ve selected two exciting craft beers perfect for the approaching spring weather.

Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado

This Double IPA with Watermelon weighs in at 10% ABV, and 90 IBU. A strong IPA with a fruit twist for the spring and summer months.

Ballast Point Mango Even Keel

A Session IPA with Mango, packaged in cans for the occasion. Ballast Point describes this one as a “hoppy session ale” with a “flavor boost” of mango. The session beer is completed with a lower ABV of 3.8%.

Ryan and the Beaster Bunny – Evil Twin Brewing

eviltwinThis month’s featured craft beer comes to us from Evil Twin Brewing, a Saison called Ryan and the Beaster Bunny. What or where is Evil Twin? The brand was founded in Denmark by  Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø in 2010.

Evil Twin is what’s known as a gypsy brewery. The name refers to the practice of brewing on a temporary basis at another brewers facility.

The brewer describes Ryan and the Beaster Bunny:

“A fluffy and precious Saison.”

Weighing in at 7% ABV, this “precious” Saison is stronger than traditional farmhouse ales, but still finds a way to be as easy drinking as its predecessors.

Give this one a try while you can, the availability of offerings from Evil Twin Brewing can be unpredictable!

Flying Dog 2015 Holiday Collection

flying-dog-holidayStop by Village Beer and Fine Wine to pick up Flying Dog’s 2015 Holiday Collection, a variety 12-pack of entirely holiday theme concoctions.

You’re friend’s out west won’t find this variety pack. Flying Dog is making this available only in the DMV.

In conjunction with Otterbein’s, Flying Dog suggest holiday food pairing for each of these seasonal brews.

Citrus Saison  6.1% ABV
“Pair with Otterbein’s Sugar Cookies to make this saison’s grapefruit and pepper notes pop.”

Belgian Pale Ale  5.2% ABV
“Pair with Otterbein’s Orange White Chocolate Chip cookies to bring out this beers equally fruity and funky Belgian notes.”

Cranberry IPA  6.4% ABV
“Pair with Otterbein’s Lemon cookies to add sweetness to this beer’s cranberry and hop bitterness.”

Fig and Fennel Stout  8.3% ABV
“Pair with Otterbein’s Oatmeal Raisin cookies for next-level brown fruit and holiday spice.”

 

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