Featured Beer

Craft Oktoberfest 2021

We’ve got an impressive selection of seasonal German style craft brews, just in time for Oktoberfest…

Blue Point Oktoberfest – a traditional German Oktoberfest style brew – 5.7% ABV

Port City Oktobefest is a Marzen-style lager, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. 5.2% ABV

Devil’s Backbone O’Fest! – An Oktoberfest lager brewed with a “contemporary” blend of malts and hops. 5.9% ABV

Victory Festbier – A Märzen brewed from German malts and whole flower German hops. 5.6% ABV

Great Lakes Oktoberfest – This 4-time award winner promises “toasty autumnal flavors”. 6.5% ABV

Left Hand Oktoberfest – A Märzen lager promising to add just enough hops to the malt for a “dry & spicy finish”. 6.6% ABV

Goose Island Oktoberfest – A German style Märzen offering a “mild earthy bitterness” due to Hallertau hops. 5.7% ABV

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Amber Märzen promises “aromas of honey and biscuity bread”, with flavors of caramel and graham cracker. 5.5% ABV

The Great Pumpkin Has Arrived – Pumpkin Beer 2021

They seem to arrive earlier every year, and sell out long before Halloween. This year’s crop of great pumpkin beers are here…

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
– Pumpkin Ale – New Belgium
Brewed with cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for “just the right amount of heat.”

The Great’er Pumpkin
– Borubon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale – Heavy Seas
In addition to the usual cinammon, ginger and clove, barrel aging adds notes of “oak, vanilla, and of course, bourbon”.

The Fear
– Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Flying Dog
Spicy and sweet, brewed with 4 types of malt, two types of hops and 300 pounds of pumpkin per 50 barrels.

Punkin Ale
– Brown Ale – Dogfish Head
A brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg.

Pumpkin Ale
– Schlafly
Schlafly intends this to be “like a slice of pie in a bottle.” Caramel and ginger feature strongly in the tasting notes.

Jacques Au Lantern
– Belgian Pumpkin Ale – Evolution Craft Brewery
An unfiltered amber ale, brewed with pumpkin and spices, fermented with Belgian yeast.

Stone Imperial Star Fawker and Bell’s Incessant

photo of 6 pack of cans of stone imperial star fawker and bells incessant

We’ve got two exciting limited brews to feature this month, hailing from two always exciting breweries.

Stone Brewing Co – Imperial Star Fawker Hazy IPA
This new release from Stone Brewing originated in their Napa, California facility. Stone Imperial Star Fawker is brewed with Rakau and Citra hops for a flavor profile the brewer describes as “ripe mango, juicy stone fruit, pineapple, orange what and…hop derived diesel notes.” 9% ABV

Bell’s Brewery – Incessant New England IPA
Similar to Imperial Star Fawker, Incessant also began at a smaller facility, the original brewery, before moving to the production brewery in Comstock, MI. Incessant is a double New England IPA, weighing in at 8.5% ABV. Bell’s Brewery promises “tropical fruit” tasting notes

Paw Tails IPA, Deena’s Defiance NEIPA, Zombie Dust Pale Ale…

We’ve chosen three craft beers to feature this month, each special in their own way.

Paw Tails IPA Tall Tales Brewing Company
Each of Tall Tales new Paw Tails IPA series features photos and stories of a rescue dog in need. We’ve currently got cans in stock featuring Jude, a Pit Bull mix and Sailor Luna, a Labrador mix.

Deena’s Defiance NEIPA7 Locks Brewing & Friends
A handful of local breweries and industry friends have joined 7 Locks in brewing Deena’s Defiance – an NEIPA with all proceeds going to support a family member battling brain cancer. Raise a glass in support of Deena and her family.

Zombie Dust Pale Ale3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3 Floyd’s “Not Normal” beers come to us from Munster, Indiana. The brewery promises this is an “intensely hopped and gushing undead Pale Ale.” Zombie Dust features label artwork from comic book artist Tim Seeley, known for his work on Nightwing, Grayson, and G.I. Joe, as well as co-creator of original titles for Image Comics.

Invisible Pink Unicorns, Robe Life, Box of Sours

We’ve got a few featured selections this month to help kick off your summer with some much needed micro brewed goodness. First up from Baltimore’s own Checkerspot Brewing Co. we’re excited to add to our shelves…

Invisible Pink Unicorn – A hazy New England style IPA brewed with El Dorado, Azacca and Ekuanot hops. Checkerspot promises “grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.” – 7% ABV

Robe Life
– A double IPA the brewer describes as “fuzzy and hazy” with a “notes of peach and citrus”. – 8.3% ABV

And from Ithaca Beer Co. we’ve got a brand new variety 8-pack of 16 oz sour beers!

Box of Sours
– A variety of Berliner style Weisse Ale’s brewed with various fruits and flavors. Blackberry Sour, Tart Cherry Sour, Tropical Sour, and Lemon Tea Sour!

Great Lakes IPA & Commodore Perry IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Co opened in Cleveland’s Ohio City in 1986, capping their first bottles by hand. After a couple expansions in the 90s, and another in the early 2000s, Great Lakes Brewing Co was large enough to offer their fine brews for distribution, and onto our shelves for you.

Great Lakes IPA – Perfect for summer, this lightly filtered IPA is dry-hopped, and brewed with “easy drinking” in mind. 6.5% ABV

Commodore Perry IPA
– A bolder selection from Great Lakes Brewing Co, Commodore Perry is brewed with “an arsenal of caramel malt flavors.” – 7.7% ABV

Silver Branch Brewing Co – Eternal and Delusional Optimists, Power Boots, Sisyphus

Silver Branch IPA cans
Silver Branch Brewing Company was founded in early 2017 in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Beer lovers Christian and Brett take inspiration from brewing cultures across Europe and the United States. Silver Branch Brewing Co is both a taproom and production brewer, and we’re proud to offer these local brews on our shelves.

This month our featured beers are four distinct IPAs from Silver Branch Brewing Co.

Eternal Optimist – Triple IPA
This Triple IPA weighs in at a heft 10.6% ABV, brewed with Citra Incognito, Lorel Cryohops, El Dorado and Columbus hops.

Power Boots – Sour IPA
Silver Branch describes this IPA as a “Sour hop bomb”, brewed entirely with Pink Boots hops. 5.8% ABV

Sisyphus – Double IPA
This Double IPA is a new version of the brewery’s flagship beer. Brewed this time around with Mosaic Incognito, Strata, El Dorado and Amarillo hops. 8.3% ABV

Delusional Optimist 2 – Hazy IPA
This Hazy IPA is brewed with Strata, Saro Incognito, Citra LupoMax, and Mosaic hops, for a “tropical hop bomb”. 7.6% ABV

Time Crystals & Exigence – Commonwealth Brewing Co.

Commonwealth Brewing Company opened it’s Virginia Beach doors in the summer of 2015. Ever since their colorful cans have found their way to our shop, they’ve consistently flown off the shelves. For a presumably limited time, we have the following offerings from Commonwealth in stock:

Time Crystals
Style: Double IPA
Hops: Cryo Ekuanot, Cryo Idaho 7, Citra and Azacca
ABV: 8.3%

Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Styrian Wolf, Rakau, and Azacca
ABV: 7.4%