Seasonal Beer

Craft Beer for Saint Patrick’s Day 2019

Here’s a selection of craft beers available for your Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations.

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First up from local favorite Flying Dog Brewery, we have Lucky SOB in six packs of cans. This Irish Red Ale is brewed with  English Ale yeast, Galaxy hops, Caramel and Irish Pale malts. 5.5% ABV

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Next up, also from the fine state Maryland, we have Redheaded Stepchild from Tall Tales Brewing Company.  This is a darker than average Irish red ale, while retaining the malty sweetness typical for the style. 6.5% ABV

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We’ve got two exciting barrel aged beers from Scotland’s Innis and Gunn. The Original is a bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale, but not typically aged. Innis & Gunn uses a proprietary process to get the “barrel into the beer”, bringing out “vanilla and toffee” flavors. And just in time for St Patrick’s Day, try Kindred Spirits, an Irish Whiskey barrel aged stout.

Black Chocolate Stout – Brooklyn Brewery

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Our featured beer for January 2019 comes from New York City’s Brooklyn Brewery – Black Chocolate Stout. The brewery states that the chocolate comes from a carefully selected malt bill of 2-row, caramel malt, malted wheat and various American roasted malts. Additionally, two types of hops and an ABV of 10.0% complete this Russian Imperial Stout.

Brooklyn Brewery suggests this malty high alcohol brew is a good candidate for cellaring, or pairing with deserts, potent cheese and keeping warm.

The critics at Beer Advocate seem to agree Brooklyn has brewed this one right, with score of over 4/5 currently out of over 6,800 reviews.

Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru and Most Wonderful Beer Variety Pack

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Our featured for December 2018 come from Troegs Independent Brewing Company of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In 22oz bottles we have one beast of a holiday beer, that’s a twist on an old favorite. If you’re familiar with Troeg’s popular Mad Elf, you know it’s an excellent holiday brew made with Chocolate, Munich and Pilsner malts, Hallertau and Saaz hops and spicy Belgian yeast. The Mad Elf Grand Cru variety is bottle conditioned, and benefits from the addition of Balaton Cherries, Demerara Sugar and Wildflower Honey. 11% ABV

If you’re looking for a perfect gift for the beer lovers in your family, consider “The Most Wonderful Beer of the Year“. The variety pack of 12 cans includes an excellent sampling of what Troegs has to offer.

  • Perpetual IPA
  • Troegenator Double Bock
  • Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
  • Mad Elf
  • DreamWeaver Wheat
  • Chocolate Stout

Pumpkin Craft Beer for October 2018

Here’s a sampling of the many pumpkin beers we’ve got in stock this October:

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Roadsmary’s Baby (Two Roads Brewing Co.)
One of the more unique of this year’s crop of pumpkin beers, Two Roads ages Roadsmary’s Baby pumpkin ale in rum barrels. 6.8% ABV

Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Weyerbacher)
This popular imperial pumpkin ale is brewed with a focus on the intensity of spices, pumpkin, caramel flavors. 8% ABV

Punkin Ale (Dogfish Head)
This one probably looks familiar, Punkin Ale is a fan favorite every October. Punkin is a brown ale, combined with pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. 7% ABV

Jacques Au Lantern (Evolution Craft Brewing Co.)
Another familiar site on our shelves in October, Jacques Au Lantern is brewed with belgian yeast and 4 types of malt. 6.3% ABV

The Fear (Flying Dog Brewery)
This imperial pumpkin ale from Flying Dog carries the highest ABV on the list weighing in at 9.0% ABV.

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.”

 

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