Featured Beer

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.

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!

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