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Featured Beer

New Belgium Brewing & Alpine Beer Co. – Super IPA

New Belgium Alpine Beer Super IPAColorado’s New Belgium Brewing took the DC metro area by storm in 2011, and have continued to impress local craft beer connoisseurs.

For their Lips of Faith series, New Belgium has teamed up with various other craft breweries.

New Belgium worked with California’s  Alpine Beer Co. to bring us this “Super IPA”. Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops combine with Pale, c-80, Leanoidin, Acidulated and Carapils malts to create a powerful hop dominate IPA. At 9% ABV this is an IPA that commands respect!

The brewers describe the flavor as “Bitter and boozy baby! The malt sweetness tries so hard just to brush against the hop bitterness without countering its cause in this Super IPA!” The folks at BeerAdvocate.com tend to agree, rating Super IPA as “exceptional” with a score of 92 points.

Stone Brewing Co. – Russian Imperial Stout

Imperial Stout has its origins in 18th century London, where this strong dark beer was brewed for export the courts of Russian Czars. Since 2000, Stone Brewery Co. in California has been brewing an Imperial Russian Stout in this “authentic historical style.” The brewery describes the beer as “Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate.” They say this Imperial Russian Stout, ” goes where few can – and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia’s demand for ever thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!”

Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout is a customer favorite at Village Beer and Fine Wine. We do our best to keep it in stock, along with a selection of other beers from Stone Brewing Co. If  you enjoyed the Pesto Crusted Salmon from Cakebread Cellars we posted in September, this month we bring you Sam the Cooking Guy at Stone Brewery, courtesy of Stone’s YouTube Channel. The video opens with a brief summary of the brewing process, from Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Company CEO.

Widmer Brothers Gluten-Free Omission Beer

Omission gluten-free Pale AleAfter years of experimentation Widmer Brothers Brewing co. has released a gluten-free craft brew called Omission Beer. According to the brewery, these “handcrafted beers are made from barley, hops, water and yeast…using a proprietary process to remove gluten.

Widmer Brothers offers two Omission Beers. The first, in bold yellow bottles, is a traditional lager they describe as “light and approachable” with an “aromatic hop profile”. Omission Lager weighs in at 4.6% ABV.

For something with a bit more kick, Widmer Brothers also offers a Pale Ale, “amber in color” with a “floral aroma…complimented by caramel malt body.” Omission Pale Ale contains 5.8% ABV.

If you’ve got a gluten sensitivity, or just looking to try something new, stop by Village Beer and Fine Wine and pick up a six pack of Omission Beer.

While each batch is tested please keep in mind that the brewer does offer this disclaimer:
Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.

If you’re concerned, the Omission website offers Test Results page on their website where you can see the gluten content of the specific batch you’ve purchased.

For more information on Omission beers here’s a video from Widmer Brothers:

Oskar Blues – Deviant Dale’s Pale Ale

Its been ten years since Oskar Blues became the first US craft brewer to can its own beer, using a table top machine, sealing one beer at a time. They’ve come a long way, expanding their brewery this year, raising their production capabilities to 300 cans a minute.

Oskar Blues has also added a new beer to their line-up of canned craft beers, Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale.

The brewery describes this new IPA  (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) as having “aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping.”

Averaging 4 out of 5, from well over 300 reviews on BeerAdvocate.com, and 99/100 from RateBeer.com, Deviant Dale’s seems to be pleasing the hop heads.

Not sure about the can? According to Oskar Blues “the modern aluminum can is lined with a water-based coating so beer and metal never touch, there is no exchange of metallic flavor.” Currently, Village Beer and Fine Wine has 4 packs of Deviant Dale’s IPA in 16 oz cans, and Dale’s Pale Ale and Mamas Little Yellow Pils in six packs of 12 oz cans.

If you’d like to learn more, a video from Oskar Blues Brewery on their brewery expansion and Deviant Dale’s IPA:

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel

La Chouffe brewery started as a small operation in Belgium in the 1970s. Referred to as the ‘Chouffe Story’, the brewery opened as a hobby, but grew to production by the early 1980s. In late 2006 La Chouffe became part of the Duvel Moortgat Brewery.

The brewer describes Houblon Chouffe as” an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The Houblon Chouffe is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.”

Village Beer and Fine Wine has a good supply of 750 ml bottles of Houblon Chouffe. At 9% alc./vol. this is one exciting Belgian IPA!

Craft Beer Arrivals for June 2012

We’ve got a long list of craft beer arrivals for June! New or returning to our shelves this month we have Dogfish Head Urkontinent, My Antonia, Hellhound, Squall IPA, 75 Minute, Noble Rot and Black & Blue.  Lindeman’s Lambic Framboise, Peche, Kriek & Pomme, Weyebacher Simcoe IPA, Stone Old Gardian and Levitation, Southern Tier Unearthy, Bear Republic Hop Rod, Monthly Python’s Holy Grail, Flying Dog Disobedience and Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Abita Amber & Turbodog, Paulaner Salvator & Tuppers Hop Pocket Ale…to name a few.

Flying Dog – Craft Beer from Frederick, MD

Flying Dog BeerFlying Dog Brewery moved from Colorado to Frederick, MD in 2008. Since then Flying Dog has quickly become a local favorite, blessing the DC metro area with a variety of great craft beers. At Village Beer and Fine Wine we always have a nice selection of Flying Dog beers.

Whether you’re looking a for Hefeweizen, lager, IPA, Pale Ale or Imperial Stout Flying Dog brews something for you.  Flying Dog beers look good too, thanks to Flying Dog owner George Stranahan’s friendship with the late Hunter S Thompson. Each Flying bottle feature artwork from Thompson’s illustrator Ralph Steadman.

We are also proud to stock limited release Flying Dog beers when we can, such as Disobedience, Abbey Dubbel.

 

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