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Featured Beer

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.”

 

Samuel Adams Utopia

Our distributor has blessed us with a bottle of Sam Adams Utopia. Each distributor only receives a handful of these. The limited release of this highly unique brew has made it one of the most sought after beers on the market.

Utopia is an uncarbonated blend of past Sam Adams brews aged in various types of barrels. This process creates an astoundingly high ABV, and a flavor profile that the brewer claims includes: “molasses, earthy wood, dates, light smoke, nuts and toffee.”

At 28% ABV, Sam Adams recommends drinking Utopia in a snifter at room temperature, similar to a cognac or port. Enjoy it or stick it on a shelf, each vintage of Utopia has gone on to become a collector’s item.

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Unibroue Sommelier Selection

la-resolution-sommelier-selectionUnibroue began brewing beer in Canada in the early 1990s. Within a few years, they had opened subsidiaries in the United States and Europe. In 2006 Japan’s Sapporro International purchased Unibroue, bringing their unique craft brews to an even wider international audience.

The Sommelier Selection includes one bottle 12 oz bottle of six different beers from Unibroue, including one limited release.

La Résolution
This is the limited release of the pack. La Résolution is a spiced ale weighing in at 10%ABV, described by the brewer as have tasting notes of “spicy, toffee caramel and roasted malt”.

La Fin Du Monde
A classic of the Unibrou line, brewed since 1994, La Fin Du Monde is a triple-style golden ale, 9% ABV. Unibrou describes it as “mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish.

Blanche de Chambly
The lighter selection of the pack, a Belgian white ale, 5% ABV. Consistent with many witbiers, described as tasting of “wheat and subtle spices blanketed in citrus flavors reminiscent of orange and lemon.”

Trois Pistoles
Another high gravity 9% brew, this one in the abbey strong dark ale style. Described as “slightly sweet. Enhanced by accents of roasted malt, cocoa, ripe fruit and dark spices with a smooth finish like an old port.”

Don De Dieu
A unique triple wheat ale, 9% ABV, which the brewer describes as having “smooth, complex flavor that is slightly fruity, malty nutty and yeasty with a  hint of unfiltered sake.”

Maudite
Rounding out the pack we have an 8% ABV strong amber-red ale, another classic Unibroue brew. Tasting notes include “robuts maltiness and spiciness that is counterbalanced by an assertive crisp hop finish.”

Truly a special selection of unique and interesting craft brews!

 

 

Jacques Au Lantern – Evolution Craft Brewing Company

jacques-au-lantern-webFor our October beer feature we’ve chosen one of the many Pumpkin brews currently gracing our shelves – Jacques Au Lantern, from Evolution Craft Brewing Company, based in Salisbury, MD. If you ever find yourself on the eastern shore, Evolution is not just a brewery, it’s also a top rated restaurant.

Jacques Au Lantern is an unfiltered amber ale. While it’s brewed with traditional pumpkin pie spices, Evolution adds their own twist, fermenting with a Belgian yeast.

Evolution describes Jacques Au Lantern:

“Our Belgian-inspired pumpkin ale…6.3% abv, unfiltered and a whirlwind of spicy flavors and aromatics. It would take me a while to describe this one…”

If a Belgian style pumpkin beer doesn’t sound like your style, rest assured we’ve got many others to choose from. But don’t wait too long, this year’s crop of pumpkin beers are as popular as ever.

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