Tuesday, October 27, 2009
*** New Beers ***
We are now taking pre-orders for this year’s Abyss. It is due in Nov. but I have not been given a definite date. As with all pre-orders, the entire order will be held until the Abyss arrives. We will process invoices in the order they were received until the supply runs out. Any pre-sell Abyss orders that can not be filled will be edited and the remainder of the order shipped.
Are you prepared to jump head long into The Abyss??? This beer has sooooo much going on it takes several sips to get a handle on it all. First and foremost it is an imperial stout of the highest caliber. Not sweet, this 11% stout has only a hint a caramel. The predominant flavors are of roasted barley, licorice, and molasses. Light bitter hop finish with a bit of a drying bite from the black malts and licorice and a spicy alcohol hit at the end. If that were not enough all of this has been aged in French oak and Bourbon casks. The oak an bourbon tones meld perfectly with the molasses and roasty flavors, none predominating the other. Superb A++.
The boys at Brew Dog have done it again. Awesome beer, cool concept and great story. Check out the video…
This is the story….
BrewDog has once again blown other beer brands out of the water with the unveiling of the most ambitious brews by any drinks brand in over 200 years - Atlantic IPA.
After two tempestuous months aging aboard BrewDog founder James Watt"s mackerel trawler on the North Atlantic, Atlantic IPA will be the first commercially available, genuine sea-aged IPA in two centuries - a project which is typical of the scale, audacity and boldness characteristic of BrewDog in its quest to take the UK beer industry by storm.
James was given an 1856 "Brewer"s Handbook" as a gift last Christmas which contained an even older original IPA hoppy recipe - which provided inspiration for him to embark on BrewDog"s latest voyage of creating waves in an otherwise flat beer market. The following month (January 2009), he set off on a journey on his fishing trawler in the North Atlantic with eight barrels on-board, each containing beer brewed from the original recipe.
Atlantic IPA (and James!) survived two months on the North Atlantic, involving a tense barrel-rescue-mission, beatings from force ten storms, 60 foot waves and encounters with killer whales. Upon safe return to dry land, the IPA was bottle conditioned and is now available at www.brewdog.com and Uto Beer, Real Ale (both London), Cornelius (Edinburgh) Beer Ritz (Leeds).
The beer also features a stunning, custom hand-drawn label by young Scottish Desinger Johanna Basford. The hand-drawn label depicts the cask"s perilous journey in the stormy seas. You can read more about the story behind the label and view the conceptual drawings on Johanna"s blog: http://www.johannabasford.com/blog-article/105
Originating in the 1700s, India Pale Ales were developed in Britain and sent by sea to British people living in India. The beers travelled inside oak casks on board sailing vessels however the lack of refrigeration and tempestuous sea journeys often compromised the quality. India Pale Ale was born when brewers realised that together, hops and alcohol act as a natural preservative ensuring that the beer could withstand the voyage and arrive in good condition.
James Watt, BrewDog"s Head of Stuff, said "Today the term IPA has lost its meaning and UK brewers mainly use it to describe beers which are neither particularly hoppy or high in alcohol, Duecher"s IPA at 3.8% being a prime example of the complete butchering of the style. It"s sad to see the great IPA heritage in this country come to stand for nothing more than a sparingly hopped low ABV blonde session ale.
"We wanted to take the style back to its roots and we have created the first genuine, commercially available IPA for 2 centuries. Going beyond the realms of what would normally be deemed possible in order to deliver is what we"re all about at Brew Dog. We"re constantly pushing ourselves to come up with audacious, unusual and cool concepts and Atlantic IPA is definitely the most ambitious brew project we"ve accomplished to date."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
*** More Southern Tier ***
Southern Tier Unearthly IPA 22oz:
Southern Tier Iniquity 22oz:
Southern Tier Jah Va Imperial Stout 22oz:
Southern Tier Hoppe Imp Pale 22oz:
*** 3-Liter Madness!! ***
Golden yellow in color this Belgian beauty pours with a large rocky head that sticks well to the side of your glass. The aroma is sweet and of tart tropical fruit. Pale malt and honey flavors dominate with sweet candy and mango flavors lingering. Spicy hops finish it out with just a little bit of an alcohol presence. Complex, and flavorful this one will keep you sipping and finding new nuance for some time. Now it comes in the perfect party size of 3 liters.
If you have yet to try the Double Bastard, think Arrogant Bastard only more malt, more hops and more alcohol. Everything you love in a beer and more. Now it comes in a convenient party size 3-liter bottle. Who wouldn’t love to unwrap one of these during the holiday season. And you would be the hit of any new years party when you walk in the door with this bad boy under your arm. Quantities are limited.
Yes it is exactly what you expect out of Stone. Over the top huge IPA with tons of hops and 10% alcohol. I was allotted 25 cases and the computer will not allow more orders and what we have available. So rest assured, if you get your order in (for shipping or In Store Pickup) those beer are locked in as yours.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
*** New Beers ***
From the brewery: At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.
11.0% abv • 7.5ºL • Imperial India Pale Ale • 22 oz
From the brewery: The simplicity of Hoppe tests the skill and ability of the brewer to create something truly majestic. We craft this much like a sculptor who uses only a hammer and chisel to shape stone into a masterpiece. Hoppe is spawned of these few essentials: barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements which are deliberately selected. This simple combination creates a golden shimmering brew infused with delicate aromas. The artful nature of this beer is exposed with the first taste. As the malt and hops create a composition of flavors, an elegant finish leaves an impression that your tastes will not soon forget.
10% abv. • 4ºL • Imperial Extra Pale Ale • 22 oz
The hexagram talisman has been used around the world for centuries to invoke magic and good luck. The six–point star is also the customary symbol of the brewer, representing the essential aspects of purity: water, hops, grain, malt, yeast, and of course, the brewer. Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewer’s creativity to yield dramatic results. We carefully chose the name for this Imperial India Black Ale, Iniquity – a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one may expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly. Some may consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Cheers!
9.0% abv • Imperial Black Ale • 22 oz
From the brewery: Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of the earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale with a creamy mouthfeel.
Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale.
40 IBU 6% ABV
A full-bodied, spiced brown ale brewed with real pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Dogfish Head Punkin" Ale is named after the annual Punkin" Chunkin Festival held near Lewes, Delaware the weekend after Halloween.
7.0 % ABV 24 IBU
Dark copper in color this imperial IPA / Fresh Hop has a big earthy and floral hop aroma with a hint of smoke and a thin but dense head. The flavor has that “Fresh from the vine” quality and a bit of sweet toffee malt. The finish is all hop with a lemon and grass character with a bitterness to match.