Featured Beer

Ballast Point Brewing – Sculpin IPA

From its humble beginnings of backyard brewing and a home brew supply store, Ballast Point Brewing has grown large enough to find its way from San Diego to our Rockville, Maryland store. Ballast Pointe says their Sculpin IPA is a testament to their origins.

“It showcases bright flavors and aromas of apricot, peach, mango & lemon. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops.” Ballast Point, Sculpin IPA

At 7% alcohol and 70 IBUS Sculpin IPA packs a punch and tastes great, much like the poisonous spiked fish it takes its name from. The folks at BeerAdvocate seem to agree, with an incredible average score of 98 out over 4,700 reviews.

Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid Ale

lagunitas-hopstoopid-22oz-rockville-storeLagunitas Brewing Company was founded in Lagunitas, California in 1993. One of the fasts growing craft breweries, Lagunitas produces over 100,000 barrels a year, a number sure to increase with Lagunitas opening a new brewery in Chicago this year. Village Beer & Fine Wine is proud to stock our shelves with Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Hop Stoopid Ale. This ale is brewed with hop extract, which creates “cleaner hop flavors”, according to the brewer.

Known for their off the wall lables, Lagunitas describes the hops extract and its addition to the wort:

The sensuous honey-like amber ooze was administered intravenously to the wort kettle and the sacrament was complete.

With a score of 94 on Beer Advocate, and a whopping 100 on RateBeer, Hop Stoopid is clearly popular with the hops fans. Stop by and pick up a 22 oz bottle today and experience Hop Stoopidity. But take your time sipping this one, with all that hops, and 8% abv, its got a kick to it.

Palate Wrecker Hamilton’s Ale – Green Flash Brewing Co.

In 2002 San Diego, CA brewery Green Flash Brewing Company was founded. Specializing in brewing what they call “assertive and distinctive beers” Green Flash quickly started making waves. Village Beer and Fine Wine is proud to feature Green Flash Brewing Company’s Palate Wrecker, a complicated potent double IPA.

Green Flash describes Palate Wrecker:

Our Double IPA is the result of a complex and innovative double brewing process that is exclusively ours. After the first mash, we sparge the second round with hopped wort, adding a hit of kettle caramelization.

Fans confirm, this one pours a brilliant orange color, and packs an extreme hoppy punch. The folks at Beer Advocate rate Palate Wrecker “exceptional”, with a score of 93. The score is even higher over at ratebeer, with an overall score of 99.

Spring Seasonal Beers Have Arrived

With the last likely chance of snow behind us here in Rockville, its time to look forward.  And we have new spring seasonal beers arriving every week to help you out with that. Already on our shelves this month, we have Magic Hat Pistil Dandelion Ale and Sam Adams Spring Thaw variety 12 pack.

Magic Hat’s Pistil Dandelion Ale is a unique spring experience. The Vermont brewer describes Pistil as:

a refreshing, sun-inspired spring ale. A subtle floral spiciness from Apollo and Northern Brewer hops is balanced by earthy notes from dandelion leaves, while acidulated malts provide a smooth, slightly sour malty body.

Looking for a bit more spring seasonal variety? Pick up a Sam Adams Spring Thaw variety twelve pack and take home 6 different exciting beers: Alpine Spring, Double Agent IPL, Maple Pecan Porter, White Lantern, Irish Red and good ol’ Boston Lager.

And check back regularly to see what new spring beers are appearing on our shelves. Our seasonal selection is sure to come and go quickly!

Kona Aloha Series: Koko Brown Ale

Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company has taken mainland USA by storm the in recent years. Their new Koko Brown is a fantastic ale brewed with toasted coconut. The brewer says this beer “has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beach of paradise.”

The folks at RateBeer.com give Kona Koko Brown a score of 90 points overall.

Give this unique brown ale a try while you can, Kona Koko Brown is only available Winter to Spring.

Dogfish Head – Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew

Dogfish Head’s Miles Davis Bitches Brew, was created to honor the influential 1970 jazz fusion album of the same name. Displaying the album’s cover art boldly on the label, Dogfish aspired to match the LP’s “alchemical spirits” and brewed a “fusion of three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. A bold, dark beer.”

Dogfish Head found Sam Calaglone has a special connection to the album. Sam’s story:

“I listened to it when I was writing my Dogfish business plan. I wanted Dogfish Head to be a maniacally inventive and creative brewery… You could say that my dream was to have Dogfish Head, in some small way, stand for the same thing in the beer world that Bitches Brew stands for in the jazz world.”

The BeerAdvocate “Bros” give Bitches Brew a score of 95, and RateBeer gives it a whopping 99 overall.

Gingerbread Stout and other Seasonal Craft Beers

For the beer drinkers on your holiday guest list we’ve got a variety of interesting seasonal beers. From Sam Adams we’ve got Merry Mischief, a dark gingerbread stout. Sam Adams says:

“This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays, hinting at the merriment and spices within. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.”

At 9.0% ABV, this is one unique winter brew that is sure to pack a hefty holiday punch. For a more traditional seasonal, our shelves are stocked with Magic Hat Winter Seasonal, New Belgium Snow Day, Red Hook Winter Hook, Shiner Cheer, Heavy Seas Winter Storm and Sam Adams Winter Lager; just to name a few.

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.

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