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Thursday Tasting 4/3, 5-7pm: Allagash Brewing with Les Addis

Posted Apr 02, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, Limited Release, New this week

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Les Addis from Allagash Brewing is pouring a four-beer flight just for you tomorrow. All Belgian styles. All FREE. Join us tomorrow evening between 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Allagash White: “Our interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer. Brewed with a generous portion of wheat and spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel, this beer is fruity, refreshing and slightly cloudy in appearance.” [5.0% abv]

Allagash Saison: !! NEW !! “Allagash Saison is our interpretation of a classic Belgian farmhouse style. It is a golden hued beer, brewed with a 2-Row blend, malted rye, oats and dark Belgian candi sugar. Saison is hopped with Tettnang, Bravo and Cascade hops. Fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain, Saison exhibits notes of spice and tropical fruit in the aroma. Citrus and a peppery spice dominate the flavor and make way for a pleasant malt character. Saison is full bodied with a remarkably dry finish.” [6.1% abv]

Allagash Curieux: “Allagash Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.” [11.0% abv]

Allagash Midnight Brett: “Midnight brett is chocolate brown in color, brewed with 2-Row, midnight wheat, raw wheat and rye malt. It was hopped with a blend of Perle, Glacier and Simcoe hops, then fermented with our house strain of Brettanomyces in stainless tanks. The finished beer has the aroma and flavor of fresh berries, sour cherries and a slight roasted character. The finish is pleasantly tart and fruity, making this beer very drinkable.” [7.3% abv]

Thursday Tasting 3/27/14, 5-7pm: We’re going to the UK

Posted Mar 26, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, New this week

Photo: Fan of New Zealand hops? Try this gem from Hawkshead, UK. NZPA. #avlbeer #craftbeer

We’re headed to the UK for this week’s tasting with some award-winning beers from Hawkshead, Hobsons, and Ilkley. Join us Thursday, March 27, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Ilkley Mary Jane IPA: “Multi-award-winning pale ale packed with American hops. Intensely refreshing and satisfying, with surprising balance and body for such a low abv. Mary Jane was named from the character in the Yorkshire folk song OnIlkla Moor Baht’at and is our best-selling beer by a country mile. Hast tha’ beena’cooartin Mary Jane?” [3.5% abv]

Hobsons Manor Ale: “”Brewed specially to celebrate Severn Valley Railway’s Manor Class steam engines. Severn Valley, one of Britain’s finest Heritage Railways, chose Hobsons for its integrity and commitment to its roots in the heart of England. With aromas that reflect fresh grain, hops Manor Ale is a crisp refreshing amber bitter with biscuit overtones.” [4.2% abv]

Hobsons Postman’s Knock: “”Postman’s Knock is a beer offering an intelligent blend of complex ingredients, the rich brown beer with a smooth fine head has a very chocolately character. The combination of subtle flavour notes of vanilla, treacle and roast malt gives an initial rich sweetness leading to a velvety chocolate finish.” [4.8% abv]

Hawkshead NZPA: “NZPA is a complex, strong, modern pale ale. It is packed with wild fruit flavours and hoppy aromas. Made using four New Zealand hops: Green Bullet, Riwaka, Motueka & Nelson Sauvin. Matt, our Kiwi Head Brewer’s very own personal beer. CAMRA (Silver) Champion Strong Bitter of Cumbria 2012. SIBA North, Bronze medal, Premium Strong Bitters 2011.” [6.0% abv]

Hawkhead Brodie’s Prime Export: “Previously known as Triple XBP. Extra strength Brodie’s Prime. More intense flavour but still velvety smooth. CAMRA (Silver) Champion Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale of Cumbria 2012.” [8.5% abv]

 

Thursday Tasting, March 7, 5-7pm: Blue Mountain Brewery (VA)

Posted Mar 05, 2014 in Beer, Beer Places, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, People

 

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This Thursday, we welcome David Wrenn of Blue Mountain Brewery into the wee Tasting Room. Enjoy a four-beer sampling, including specialties from their Blue Mountain Barrel project, too. All ratings in the high 90s!

Steel Wheels ESB: The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted, with inspired Americana flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses American hops to put our own stamp on the creation. Like this beer, The Steel Wheels draw you in from the first sip…not because their music is loud or in your face, but because it’s surprising and original, and because its inspirations – a story, a character, a memory – have been brewed with just the right ingredients. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance. [6.5% abv]

Local Species Belgian-style Golden: A hybrid beer unlike any other. Belgian fermentation, American hops, Virginia foothills deep-well water and Kentucky bourbon barrels. Bizarrely delicious. [6.6% abv]

Evil 8° Belgian-style Dubbel: A truly spiritual ale, Evil 8° will blur the lines of what you think you know about American beer.  Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style using caramelized Biscuit malt, Goldings hops and a unique strain of brewers’ yeast. Available January-April. [7.7% abv]

Dark Hollow: Dark Hollow blends the miracle of two crafts–brewing and distillation–to create a work greater than the sum of its parts. An Imperial Stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels still dripping with uncut whiskey. For 100 days the young beer patiently breathes in and out of the wood, gaining complexity, character, and serious attitude. This ale is always bottle conditioned and can be enjoyed immediately upon its release from the brewery…or five years later, when you dust off the last vintage bottle from your cellar to share with good company. [10.0% abv]

Thursday Tasting [2/27/14, 5:00-7:00]: Breweries of British Columbia

Posted Feb 23, 2014 in Beer, Breweries, Brewpubs, Events, Goings on, Seasonals, Travel

beerImg_TOH IPAWe’re heading to beautiful British Columbia! Join us on Thursday, February 27 from 5-7 pm to sample some of the leading craft breweries from Canada’s western coast.

Howe Sound Brewery | Squamish, BC

Total Eclipse of The Hop: A high gravity India Pale Ale brewed with 100% barley, six varities of hops, water and yeast. Extra barley malt nicely balances the huge volume of hops in this brew. Produced as part of the John Mitchell Series. Turn around bright eyes!

Wee Beastie Scotch Ale: A rich, malty Wee Heavy style Scotch ale, brewed with 100% barley malt, hops, water and yeast. Peated malt provides a subtle smokiness to this beer, while medium toasted American oak imparts a silky smoothness and additional complexity. Named in honour of Scottish poet Robbie Burns’ famous poem, To A Mouse, written in 1785. Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what panic’s in thy breastie! A brave big bodied ale!

Parallel 49 Brewing Co. | Vancouver, BC

Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter: The base of this beer is a robust porter that uses large amounts of chocolate malts to acheive a chocolaty flavour. Pumpkin is used in the mash along with traditional pumpkin pie spicing in the brew kettle. An English strain of yeast is used to give this beer a slightly fruity yeast derived flavour.

Vow of Silence Belgian Strong Ale: Dark, strong, roasty, with the beautiful effervescence Belgian yeast. Brewed in the Trappist tradition with hints of plum, dark cherries, and spices.

Thursday Tasting, 11/21, 5-7pm: Boulevard Brewing Company

Posted Nov 20, 2013 in Beer, Breweries, Events, Goings on, People, Rarerities, Seasonals, The Beerlanthropy® Project

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Join us with Caleb from Boulevard for a five-beer line-up (four from the Smokestack series) on Thursday, November 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Reverb Imperial Pilsner: “With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.” [7.7% abv]

 

80 Acre Hoppy Wheat: “With roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.” [5.5% abv]

 

Tank 7 Farmhouse: “Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.” [8.5% abv]

 

Reboot IPA: “This re-release of our 2011 Collaborations Series No. 2 White IPA brings back the unique marriage of a classic Belgian wittier to an American IPA. We enjoyed the experience so much the first time around that we happily pressed Control+C (Command+C for Mac), and Reboot was born. Version 2.0 has upgraded its spicy aroma, with hints of bubblegum and clove. Bold flavors will launch upon uncorking, as sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile. Rather than merely blending a wittier with an IPA, Reboot harmonizes distinctly fruity Belgian yeast overtones with big, fruity American hop notes by creating an herbal bridge between these two somewhat contradictory flavors. The beer’s complexity os supported by a spritzy effervescence, finishing dry, with lingering hop notes.” [7.4% abv]

 

Bourbon-barrel Quad: “Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.” [11.8% abv]