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Featured Beer

Flying Dog – Single Hop Warrior Imperial IPA

flying-dog-imperial-ipa-hop-warrior-web-3Americans are quite fond of Pale Ales these days, and brewers have responded with all sorts of exciting beers. Most of these IPAs feature a variety of hops, as many as five or six. Flying Dog has come out with a Single Hop Series, to give their brewers a chance to highlight the unique characteristics of individual hop varieties.

This month we are excited to offer Single Hop Warrior Imperial IPA. Brewed entirely with Warrior hops, Flying Dog says this brew is great for your summer barbeques.

“Warrior packs an in-your-face bitterness punch, but subtle notes of cinnamon and spice make it stand up to and complement big, grilled proteins.”

aAre you familiar with the clean crisp bittering of freshness of Warrior hops? Pick up a six pack of this limited release while you can. Later this summer Flying Dog will be replacing this with Single Hop Columbus.

Elysian Space Dust IPA

elsyian-space-dustFrom Seattle Washington’s Elysian Brewing, we have Space Dust IPA. The brewer describes this as a light to medium bodied India Pale Ale. Space Dust is brewed with Chinook hops for bitterness, with dry Citra and Amarillo hops added later. Space Dust weighs in at 8.2% ABV and 73 IBU.

Elysian Space Dust IPA is holding strong with a 92 point rating on Beer Advocate, of well over 800 reviews. Common tasting notes include a malty sweetness and citrus flavors, with the strong hops you expect in an IPA. Space Dust is looking even better over at Rate Beer, with a whopping average score of 97 of over 200 reviews.

Game of Thrones – Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale

ommegang-three-eyed-ravensBrewery Ommegang has graced our shelves with 25.4 0z bottles of Three Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale, just in time for season 5 of Game of Thrones. The Ommegang brewers were inspired by Bran’s storyline as season 4 of the HBO series wound down. The dark sense of foreboding led them to concoct a craft beer not quite a true saison, but not exactly a typical dark beer either. Brewery Ommegang describes this exciting and unique brew:

“Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat, and dark candi sugar. It’s hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. Three-Eyed Raven is fermented and bottle-conditioned with Ommegang’s signature house yeast.”

This is the fifth in the series of Game of Thrones inspired beers that Ommegang has created in partnership with HBO. Each of these beers has a limited availability. Stop in a get your Three Eyed Raven, while you still can!

Time to get Sour! (Beer & Cider)

sour-bottlesFor March we’re featuring an interesting selection of sour craft brews. The intentionally acidic and tart taste of a sour brew comes from allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria to develop. A sour beer can take months to ferment and can years to mature.

La Folie Sour Brown Ale 2015 from New Belgium Brewing Co is one of those beers, spending three years in oak barrels. According to the brewer the beer “is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes.”

New Belgium warns, this is “not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.” The folks at Beer Advocate approve, with well over 3,000 votes resulting in a score of 95.

From Spain we have Sidra Urbitarte, a Basque Cider. This is a non-sparkling cider, made by Urbitarte, a traditional family owned cider house in the Aralar Mountains of Basque Country. The cider makers describe Urbitarte as having a “fresh acidity with complex tart and musty flavors,” that will appeal to fans of Belgian sour beers and lambics.

And from Woodchuck Hard Cider Cellar Series, we’re featuring Sour Cherry. Woodchuck says this product has been 4 years in the making, as they experimented with as many as 10 blends. The cider is made with sweet tart dried cherries from Michigan, and cherry juice from Belgium. Woodchuck says this is a one of a kind concoction, that a different crop of cherries would have different results.

Check out this video from Woodchuck for a look at the making of Sour Cherry:



Maui Brewing Co comes to Rockville

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Maui Brewing Co has been handcrafting ales and lagers in Lahaina, HI since 2005. Maui Brewing Co is both a brew pub and brewery. They release their beers in cans for better preservation, quick chilling, light weight and eco-friendliness.

We are excited to add a selection of Maui Brewing Co’s flagship beers to our shelves:

Big Swell IPA
Maui Brewing’s India Pale Ale is brewed with four types of hops and malted barley. According to the brewer the flavor “begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of hop flavor.” ABV 6.8 IBU 82

Mana Wheat
This unfiltered wheat ale is infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Maui Brewing lightly hops this one “to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine through”. ABV 5.5  IBU18

CoCoNut PorTeR
Maui’s approach to Porter involves “six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand-toasted coconut.” Expect the “tastes of dark malt, chocolate and hints of coffee.” The finish is balanced out with “toasted coconut and hoppy spice.”

Bikini Blonde Lager
Bikini Blonde is a filtered “Munich Helles Lager with floral hops and Pilsner and Munch malts.” Maui says if you’re looking for something similar to an American Lager, this their brew for you.

Jailbreak Brewing Company – Laurel, MD

scoville-jailbreakIn 2013 Jailbreak Brewing Company opened in Laurel, MD, becoming one of the first micro breweries in Howard County.

While the founders were relatively new to the craft beer world, they managed to bring along Ryan Harvey, a former Dogfish Head brewmaster.

This month, we’re excited to feature Jailbreak’s Scoville Jalapeno IPA. This clever IPA is brewed with mildly bitter hops, jalapeno peppers and cilantro.

But don’t worry, the brewery promises you’ll taste “a bowl full of jalapenos without the burn”.

Balast Point Sculpin IPA – Six Pack Bottles

In the summer of 2013, we featured a 22 oz bottle of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Amongst a sea of higher gravity IPAs, Sculpin has stood out for our customers. However, it turns out most of you prefer it in 6-packs, rather than the 22 oz. So rest assured, we’ll do our best to stock it for you.

6,000 more reviews later, Sculpin IPA continues to sit at an astounding 98 points on Beer Advocate, the same as our first feature in 2013.

According to Balast Point, what makes Sculpin IPA so special, is the process of hopping the ale at five separate stages. The brewer states that Sculpin IPA is a testament to their “humble beginnings as Home Brew Mart”.

Local Craft Beer in a Can!

For November we’re excited to feature several popular new local craft beers available in six packs of cans.

From Baltimore’s Brewer’s Art we’re highlighting Birdhouse Pale Ale, brewed in honor of the city’s baseball heroes. While the Orioles didn’t take the pennant, you can still commemorate a good season with this great Pale Ale.

Also from Brewer’s Art, we’ve stocked up on Resurrection, their flagship brew. The brewery describes this 7% ABV Abbey Brown Ale as “delightfully full-bodied yet easy to drink”.

And from DC Brau, we’ve got a good supply  of Penn Quarter Porter. The brewer says this brew toes”the line between a porter and a stout – with chocolate notes and a dry, roasted finish.”

 

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