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Seasonal Beer

Founders Brewing Co. – Barrel Runner

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Barrel aged beers have become increasingly popular, with a few particular brewers leading the pack in this category. Founders Brewing Co. has been consistently pleasing fans with one creative beer barrel aged brew after another. This month we have Founders Barrel Runner, a “Mosaic Hopped Ale Aged in Rum Barrels”.

The brewer describes this Imperial IPA as:

“sweet and hoppy, rich and bright.”

If you’re on the fence about this one don’t wait too long, this is another seasonal brew from Founders. Available while supplies last.

Pumpkin Craft Beer 2017

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Starting to think about pumpkin beer as the seasons shift? We’ve already got a full shelf of pumpkin beers to choose from. While pumpkin beer has become an annual tradition, many brewers do their best to put their unique spin on the style.

  • Southern Tier – Imperial Pumking
    An imperial at 8.6% ABV, ST describes this one as “Malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust”.
  • Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co – Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
    Another big one, weighing in at 10% ABV, brewed with kentucky pumpkins, appropriate spices, and aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Flying Dog – The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    Our local heroes at Flying Dog throw down in the Imperial category as well, with the 9% ABV “The Fear”. Brewed with local pumpkin puree and a “secret blend” of spices, The Fear pours a bit darker than many of it’s peers.
  • Blue Point Brewing Company – Mother Pumpkin Ale
    For a milder ale, try Blue Point. Pouring a golden orange, at 5.5% ABV, this one is a bit more sessionable.
  • Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale
    Dogfish Head returns with Punkin Ale, brewed with pumpkin meat and brown sugar, striking a nice balance at 7% ABV.
  • Evolution Craft Brewing – Jacques Au Lantern Belgian Pumpkin Ale
    Evo brews an unfiltered amber ale for their pumpkin brew, fermented with a belgian yeast strain, for a unique take on the seasonal favorite.
  • The Traveler Beer Co – Jack-o Traveler Pumpkin Shandy
    This is the pumpkin beer with the most session potential on our shelves so far. A “shandy-inspired” wheat beer, intended to balance “refreshment and seasonal spice”. 4.4%ABV.

Tröegs Anthology Summer Sampler

troegs-12pk-webThis month’s featured beer is a variety 12 pack from Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Independent Brewing. The Tröegs Anthology Summer Sampler includes beers from the brewer’s year-round selections, the seasonal line, and the limited small batch Scratch Series.

Perpetual IPA
The brewer describes Perpetual as an Imperial Pale Ale, with notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit. At 7.5% ABV and 85 IBU, this IPA is worth a try for fans of the style.

Sunshine Pils
This take on a “Bohemian-style Pilsner” utilizes Hersbrucker and Saaz hops for a unique character. This bright brew, weighing in at 4.5% ABV, 45 IBU, is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
DreamWeaver Wheat
Tröegs German style wheat beer is unfiltered and cloudy, as it should be. With what what the brewer describes as “notes of black pepper and spicy clove…slightly tart and downright refreshing.”
Gose – Scratch #235
Last but not, Gose comes from Tröegs limited Scratch Series.  The brewer declares “coriander and salt as well as orange peel” give this one a “zesty appeal”.

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.”

 

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.

The growing field of Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin beer season is upon us, and we’ve already got a dozen different varieties to choose from. Some exciting new brews, and some returning favorites.

SpookyBlue Mountain Brewery – 8.2% ABV
An Imperial pumpkin ale with chocolate flavor from cocoa nibs, and aged a few months in bourbon barrels.

Smashed PumpkinShipyard Brewing Co. – 9.0% ABV
Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munch malts combined with pumpkin, hops and nutmeg to create a “big-bodied beer”.

Blue PointPumpkin AleBlue Point Brewing Company – 6.0% ABV
Brewed with pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Post Road Pumpkin AleBrooklyn Brewery – 5.0% ABV
In the tradition of early American colonialists, barley malt and hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are go into each bach of this pumpkin ale.

PumpkinheadShipyard Brewing Co. – 4.5% ABV
A spiced pumpkin wheat ale the brewery recommends trying ” with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.”

Monster Mash Pumpkin AlePub Dog Brewing – 6.7% ABV
A pumpkin ale micro-brewed right here in Maryland.

Sarnac Pumpkin AleSarnac – 5.1% ABV
A pumpkin ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Punkin AleDogfish Head Brewery – 7.0% ABV
A brown ale with hints of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices.

Schlafly Pumpkin AleSchlafly Beer – 8.0% ABV
A Pumpkin Ale blending fall spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, with a sweetness that makes it all “taste like pumpkin pie.”

Punk’nUinta Brewing – 5% ABV
This “sessionable” pumpkin ale is brewed with roasted pumpkin and seasonal spices, offers up “a subtle hint of vanilla and honey. ”

Fat Jack -Samuel Adams – 8.5% ABV
Brewed with “over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel”, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and roasty smoked malts for a beer “full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice”.

PumkingSouther Tier Brewing Company – 8.6% ABV
The brewers tasting notes for Pumking include “malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and pie crust.”

So which pumpkin beer is the best of 2014? So far Schlafly Pumpkin Ale seems to be most popular with our customers, but its still far too early to call a winner. Especially with the field of pumpkin beers constantly growing.

Breckenridge Brewery Sampler & Widmer Brother’s Best

For May we’re featuring two variety 12 packs. First up, from Colorado we have the Breckendridge Brewery sampler. This 12 pack features 4 of the brewery’s “main line” of beers.

The brewery describes the selections:

Oatmeal Stout – “…a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. ”

Vanilla Porter – ” An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure. ”

Lucky U IPA – “An even keeled ale that goes down clean and refreshing…true to it’s IPA heritage, but also highly drinkable.”

Avalanche Ale – “…a refreshing-but-flavorful, anytime beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado snow finish make this our best-selling beer.”

From Portland, Oregon, we’ve got the Widmer Brother’s Best variety 12 pack. The beers in this variety pack change with the seasons.

The brewer describes the current selections:

Hefeweizen – “Our naturally cloudy flagship brew…bold, clean flavor and pronounced citrus and floral aromas…”

Rotator IPA: Hopside Down – “…the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and character of an IPA. Hopside Down is our take on an India Pale Lager…perfect for the warmer summer months.”

Columbia Common Spring Ale – “…mild grassy and spicy hop notes are complemented by a fruity character and clean finish…It’s the perfect beer for spring. ”

Alchemy Pale Ale – “…the perfectly balanced, perfectly hopped ale. Alchemy Ale has a bright, distinct hop character balanced with hints of caramel and a remarkably smooth finish.”

21st Amendment Brewery – Seasonal craft beer cans

21st-amendment-brewery-cans-rockvilleWe have two exciting seasonal offerings from San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery. As those familiar with the brewery will know, both come in cans only.

The He Said box comes with 2 cans of He Said Baltic-style Porter, and 2 cans of He Said Belgian-style Tripel. Both beers are brewed with pumpkin juice, pumpkin puree, Tarragon and Galangal, a plant in the ginger family, popular in Southeast Asia.

Fireside Chat is 21st Amendment’s Winter Spiced Ale. The brewer says:

We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.

At 7.9% ABV, with 7 types of malts, 2 types of hops, spices and cocoa nibs, this is one fine winter brew.

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