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From Colorado to Scotland to the Counter

G'Day
This week yielded some unexpected (but very welcome) arrivals in store. It seems that even from the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, Ian can still organise beer deliveries... 

We have some new New Belgiums (Colorado) and some limited release BrewDogs (Scotland) plus a Counter Tasting with Lionel to showcase the new New Belgiums (and to revisit some old favourites). Friday 3rd March 4 - 7pm on the front counter. 


New Belgium Brewery
 was opened in Colorado in 1991 and is the 4th largest Craft brewery in the US. Their Fat Tire Amber Ale (which has returned to the store) is their flagship brew, but it's some of their new IPA's that have piqued our interest. 

New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA
6% 355ml

A real devisive beer here at the Oak Barrel. Daniel wasn't sold, I loved it. We'd love to hear your thoughts! Below is what the brewery has to say about this delicious brew:

Tune in and hop out with New Belgium Citradelic. Set adrift on a kaleidoscopic wave of hoppiness brought to you by a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine peel, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Citradelic’s namesake hop and fruit combine to jam with visions of additional hops like citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azzaca, and fruity Galaxy for a colorful explosion that’s grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA
7% 355ml

The Voodoo Ranger is coming in to replace the original Ranger IPA (so get it while you can). New Belgium are set to release a range of new beers under the Voodoo labelling, so keep an eye out. The Voodoo Ranger IPA has a completely new recipe to its predeccesor.

Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.


BrewDog 
was founded in 2007 by James and Martin and has been causing controversy with their provocative marketing and high ABVs ever since (Beer in a taxidermied animal at 55% anyone?!). It actually brightened my day to see these surprise beers roll through my door. 

BrewDog Ship Wreck American Strong Ale
13.8% 330ml 

It wouldn't be a BrewDog beer without a bit of controversy! Ship Wreck was originally a collaboration with Ballast Point until they sold out. BrewDog decided to release the beer anyway with Ballast Point redacted from the front label. 

Brewed to encapsulate the flavours of mezcal, this bright golden beer smoulders with smoky notes, as well as intense fruit character. A strong ale brewed with smoked malt and smoked agave syrup, aged in both Islay and Speyside casks, some loaded with Sal de Gusano. The resultant barrel-aged beer swings wildly between the intense Islay notes, crackling with peat smoke and toasted marshmallow, and the rich, fruity Speyside bringing peach, apricot and mango.

BrewDog Abstrakt AB:20 American Strong Ale 
14.2% 375ml

It’s time for our interpretation of the classic Italian tiramisu dessert - AB:20. A blend of an epic English barley wine brewed with coffee, oats and milk.

AB:20 has a deep and alluring nose of molasses, brandy and a spicy hit from the rum cask. On the palate are rich, decadent flavours of coffee bean, chocolate and vanilla. Expect a full bodied and chewy brew with notes of caramel and biscuit. This beer gains complexity as it warms in the glass. Enjoy! 97 Points on Rate Beer

BrewDog Paradox Islay Imperial Stout
15% 300ml

Paradox Islay is the latest of our whisky cask aged imperial stouts to be released from its smoky, shadowy cocoon. We have kept our Paradox locked away for 178 days in Islay whisky barrels before bottling.

Roasty malt flavours of coffee and chocolate combine with smoky molasses. Spicy hop bitterness balances the malt, before layers and layers of rich, peaty Islay whisky character build to epic proportions. 99 Points on Rate Beer

BrewDog Dog E Imperial Stout
15% 330ml

Dog E is an extra special brew, marking 9 years of BrewDog. Like dogs A to D before it, Dog E is an imperial stout with speciality ingredients, then barrel-aged. Dog E pours like dark matter into your glass, with a deep tan head. The nose is subtle but powerful, and on the palate, there’s a treacle toffee backbone, supporting the spicy hop flavour and naga chilli heat. Dog E is like eating chocolate ice cream and drinking cognac in a leather armchair. It’s also perfect for cellaring, or for a vertical tasting with Dog A, B, C & D. Dog C and Dog D are still available in store. 99 Points on Rate Beer

                       

For those wondering what Ian, our adventurous Kiwi, has been up to the past few weeks - below is a photo of Proof of Life.

Cheers, 


Posted: 23/02/2017
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

G'day, 

I've gone a bit silly on Aussie craft beers, but for good reason: They're absolutely cracking. Below is a select list of odds and ends that have taken my fancy, and that are in fairly short supply.

I'm only on beer duty for another few weeks before Ian returns from the wilds of Africa, so I'm going to jam in as many interesting things as I can before he catches me to tell me off!  Keep your eyes on New Stuff list over the next couple of weeks as we get in some new breweries and some limited releases from old favourites. 


Don't forget, we have our Kaiju! Beer Tasting on this Friday at the front counter 4 - 7pm.  

              

Modus Operandi XPA
5.2% 500ml

Yes! The first limited release for 2017 and it's a cracker. An absolute saviour on these recent 30+ days. 

An American style Pale Ale that has been double hopped with Simcoe, Rakau and Columbus hops. The result is a wonderful hoppy pale ale with lots of aroma and flavour. Straight up hop juice. 

Nail Brewing VPA
6.5% 375ml

No Aussie Craft beer list would be complete without a WA beer (because West is Best says the author). Nail have been around since 2000 but only introduced cans to their selection late last year. Here's one of their delicious offerings. 

It should help VPA stand out from what's becoming a pretty crowded marketplace – not just cans but hoppy beers around the 6.5 percent ABV mark. The reason being that here it gives the beer a ridiculous juiciness; the brewery talks about huge pineapple, passionfruit and orange characteristics and, for us, it's the last of these in particular that shines. It's like having fresh orange juice – in hop oil form – squeezed onto your tongue (Review from Crafty Pint).

Mountain Goat 2016 Chritmas Ale (Better late than never!)
9.6% 750ml

After a slight detour to Canberra, we recieved our 2016 Christmas Ale and thought "better late than never!"

When planning what to do for our 2016 Barrel Breed Christmas Ale, we wanted a beer that was suited for barrel ageing but could also be enjoyed on a 35+ degree day. After much deliberation we found the perfect match: a Golden Strong Ale. Though deceptively light bodied, this beer comes in at a hefty 9.6% ABV making it perfect for sharing with good company over the festive season.

Sailors Grave First Harvest Grisette
4.3% 355ml

Here they've created a farmhouse ale featuring hay harvested from the Snowy River Plains, local spotted gum honey and Shin-Cha green tea from Ttotaler Tea. The distinctive farmhouse yeast is to the fore, adding spiciness and a little banana to the mix in a beer that blends sweetness with floral, lemony, herbaceous characters, hints of farmhouse funk and a pleasant, tannic, dry finish. You can imagine chefs and sommeliers having a lot of fun with this one. (Review from Carty Pint)

Sailors Grave Altocumulus Dry Hopped Blueberry Berliner Weisse
4% 355ml

Traditionally a mouth-puckeringly sour wheat beer. We dial back the acidity to a refreshing tartness that is very easy to crush. Altocumulus is a cloudy pale-straw colour with a billowy head and lactic tartness. A heap of un-malted barley and oats create a creamy mouthfeel that is offset by a bone dry finish.

Blueberries from a neighbouring farm add bright fruity aromas; and hefty dry-hopping with Amarillo & Australian Cascade hops add to the burst of citrus making for a perfect Summer’s day quencher.

La Sirene Urban Pale
5.2% 330ml

La Sirène proudly introduces the Urban Pale a hop driven juicy Farmhouse Pale Ale made in our Urban Farmhouse Brewery. Expect grapefruit & pine-cone characters with an assertive bitterness that is enveloped seamlessly with melon, black pepper and citrus rind flavours.

Young Henrys / Pond Mulberia Mulberry Berliner Weisse
4% 640ml

It's a hot afternoon in a sunny Perth locale called Mulberia, and some friends are camped-out under a mulberry tree jamming and contemplating the universe. That's how Pond was born and it's the inspiration for the beer we made together. This mischievous bend on a sour beer is slightly tart with a subtle berry finish that will scratch the front of your skull and the back of your palate, just like a Pond tune.

Cheers, 


Posted: 15/02/2017
Deschutes: New Collab and Brew Pub Series, plus Kaiju! tasting

G'day, 
Exciting new stuff in from Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Oregon AND to celebrate having Kaiju! back in store our resident rep Sam will be hosting a counter tasting on FRIDAY 17TH FEB 5 - 7PM (YAY!)

 


Deschutes (pronounced DEH-shoots) was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish and has become one of the largest and most successful breweries in the US (to the point where they're opening a new brewery in Virginia). Well known for their porters, IPAs and eperimental/collab brews, these new releases shouldn't be missed.

Deschutes Brew Pub Series Rum Wowzenbock
12% 650ml

The base recipe came from another Great American Beer Festival award winning Portland Pub brew called Wowzenbock. In this Strong Dark Ale, presence of Willamette hops are subtle against Vienna and Munich malts and Wheat. Aged in Spanish Rum barrels for 16 months gives this beer flavors and aromas of toasted caramel, sweet rum spice, tropical fruit, light coconut and banana esters and finishes with light oak tannins.
96 points on Rate Beer

Deschutes Brew Pub Series Pilsner Pie
5.8% 650ml

Pilsner aged with key lime in pinot casks for 4 months. Part of our small batch, Pub Reserve series.

Deschutes Brew Pub Series Smoked Gose
5.7% 650ml

If you are in the mood for something wildly unique and interesting, this sour, smoked Gose is for you. We used oak and beechwood smoked malts, along with a fair amount of wheat malt, Hallertau hops and hickory smoked salt. Not many beers out there combine flavors of puckering sour, smoke and salt.

Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Collage No.2
14.3% 650ml

We’ve teamed up with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company to bring you another artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. This encore collaboration delivers layers of vanilla, caramel and molasses with roasted accents and complex malt character. This second version magically blends The Abyss (100% aged in Pinot barrels) and The Stoic (100% aged in Pinot barrels) with Hair of the Dog’s Fred (aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels) and Doggie Claws (100% aged in cognac barrels).
100 points on Rate Beer

Deschutes Black Butte XVVIII
11.5% 650ml

Every year, we celebrate our anniversary with an imperial, barrel-aged version of our flagship Black Butte Porter. Our brewers love to experiment and they always add some fun new ingredients to this beer like chilies, cranberries, figs and other such treats. This year, to celebrate 28 years of brewing, they’ve added the interesting mix of ingredients above for another multi-layered flavor experience.
100 points on Rate Beer

Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager
5.5% 355ml

We’ve always believed the best way to respect tradition is to brew the unexpected. So when we set out to create a sessionable lager befitting of the Pacific Northwest, our sense of exploration led us to this dry-hopped wonder befitting of everyday adventure. Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing, and undoubtedly worth sharing.

                     

Cheers,
Claire


Posted: 09/02/2017
New Kiwi Beer And Masterclasses!

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G'day, 
With our resident Kiwi still away, I've found some new releases that would make him proud. We have a selection of limited releases from Moa, Yeastie Boys and Epic currently in store. 

UPCOMING MASTERCLASSES!
Stay tuned for some exciting Craft Beer and Cider Masterclasses in the coming months! It's always been unfair that the Whisky and Wine guys get all the fun, so I've been in talks to get some brewers in during late Feb and Mid March to talk beer (or cider!). 

Late Feb - Lightly penciled in my diary is a Masterclass with someone from the Redwood Portfolio (Kaiju!, La Sirene, Dainton etc!). Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on our Facebook page. 

Mid March - Again, lightly penciled in is an amazing Tassie brewer who's keen to showcase their products. I'll keep you guessing for the time being. 

              

Moa Breakfast Cherry Wheat Lager
5.5% 500ml

With a blend of wheat malt and malted barley and a variety of floral New Zealand hops, this fruit infused wheat beer gives off an abundance of sweet cherry aromatics. Secondary fermentation using our house wine yeast makes Moa Breakfast Beer a refreshing drop with a dry finish. Perfect for that Champers Breakfast (sorry we can't legally use the C word). Cherry-o.

Moa Perris Sky Juice West Coast IPA
7.2% 500ml

Brewed for the 9th Annual Malthouse West Coast IPA Challenge. This American style IPA features a mixture of popular U.S hops, giving this beer the might and power you’d expect from the USS Nimitz and the balance and beauty of Michael Flatley river dancing on a bed of fresh Columbus, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Named after the famous Perris Valley sky diving drop zone in California. One of David’s favourite zones. #westcoastipachallenge

Epic Danger Zone XPA
5.5% 500ml

Brewed to celebrate 15 years of beer at Pomeroy’s Pub in Christchurch, Our number one South Island customer since Epic started 10 years ago. Happy Birthday Pomeroy’s – we love you!

Epic Hopshine Pale Ale
5.5% 500ml

Inspired by drinking a great beer in the sun. Having made many great IPA’s this year, some thought has been given to a beer that is a bit lighter in alcohol and bitterness, but keeping that signature Epic hoppiness. We are letting the hops shine, under the sunshine. 
Aroma of mango, passionfruit and citrus. A flavour that is tropical juice married with a slightly caramel maltiness, and a light bitter finish.

Epic Loral Lager
5.5% 500ml 

Inspired by our legendary single hop series – One Trick Pony. The new hop Loral, we feel has potential to be used in lager style beers so we have formulated a lager version of One Trick Pony. Loral hop has a noble heritage, but brings together old and new world aromatics.

Garage Project Hops on Pointe Imperial Pilsner
6.7% 650ml (Back in large format!)

Beer and ballet – the perfect Pas de Deux. Brewed by Garage Project for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hops en Pointe teases the traditional boundaries between high and low culture. Brewed with premium German malts, Nelson Sauvin hops and finished with champagne yeast, the result is a pale gold lager with a crisp, clean palate, rich tropical fruit aromas and tight champagne bubbles forming a dense white head of foam. Available at all good barres.

Yeastie Boys The Sun Before the Darkness Botrytis Tripel (Claire's Pick of the Week) 
10% 330ml 

A new world Tripel with a bouquet of citrus blossom, ripe peach and mango flavours, a silky mouthfeel and a warming, herbaceous spicy finish. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.

The Spoonbender series is a celebration of the strange things that happen when weird brewers meet even weirder folk from other industries. In this inaugural Spoonbender series, the Yeastie Boys team up with renegade winemakers Some Young Punks to create beers built around some of the Punks' aged botrytised Viognier. Rather than aging our beer inside their barrel, adding our beer into their wine environment, we've created a candi-sugar with their already fermented (and aged) wine to essentially add their wine into our brewing process.

To drink this wine inside a beer, this fermented beverage within a fermented beverage (or fungus upon fungus), is a welcome surprise… the vines and fields no longer recognise their fruit.
91 Points on Rate Beer

Cheers,
Claire


Posted: 02/02/2017
NEW STUFF - Wild Beer from the UK

GDay, 
Finally got Ian out the door to go hang with Gorillas. In his absense we have some new release beers from Wild Beer. 

The Somerset brewery is highly regarded in its home country for the production of all manner of ales (plus the odd smoked lager), particularly – as the name suggests – focusing on those with some degree of wild fermentation.  

Wild Beer / Burning Sky / Good George Shnoodlepip Sour Ale 6.5% 750ml

The next beer to appear this summer will be one of the most exciting we are yet to be involved with…
A collaboration of 3 brewers, 3 nationalities and 6 ideas.
Somerset Sharpham Park Spelt has been used for a full body. Pink peppercorns give a gentle sweet spiciness. Saison and Brettanom
yces yeast strains lead to a dry spicy character that will continue to evolve. Wood-ageing in French red wine barrels for 4 months adds depth and oak. Passion-fruit brings a tart tropical fruit character. The 4 month ageing process has been finished off with amazingly tangy Hibiscus flowers. That is one shnoodlepippin beer!
94 Points on Rate Beer

Wild Beer Evolver IPA 5.8% 330ml


The exploration of yeast strains and the different results we can achieve are beautifully exemplified in Evolver, a pale ale with a difference. 100% fermented with Brettanomyces. For the first 3 months the beer tastes the same as a fresh pale ale, then the differing flavour compounds start to shine through and after 6 months the Brett really takes hold. This is a beer that can be drunk fresh, as a normal pale ale or left to evolve and mature into a unique and unusual beer.
92 Points on Rate Beer

Wild Beer Modus Operandi Sour Red / Brown Ale 7% 330ml

Barrel ageing, blending and using different yeasts, this embraces our love of the unpredictability of wild yeast with the subtlety
 and complexity of maturation in oak barrels. A study in patience, it takes at least 90 days for the wild yeast to work its magic. A transformation of an old English ale into a beer that is Wildly different. A unique, dark, flavourful beer with a smooth, rich, full body and complex fruit flavours of berries, sweet cherries and tannins.
91 Points on Rate Beer

Wild Beer Sleeping Lemons Gose 6% 750ml


We have been preserving lemons in salt and lemon juice throughout the winter, ready to brew this refreshing, zesty summer special. Gose, is a traditional German-style sour wheat beer, usually brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback and we thought it would provide the perfect backbone to this wonderfully complex summer beer.
92 Points on Rate Beer

Also available:
Wild Beer Bibble Session IPA
Wild Beer Fresh APA
Wild Beer Pogo APA

Cheers, 
Claire

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Posted: 25/01/2017
NEW SOURS



Citizens,
Not yet Claire, that girl can't wait to get me out the door.This  will be my last newsletter until March as  will be visting my distant cousins and drinking craft in Kampala.
Enjoy the weather & these limited release sours.

NEW ON THE SHELF:

Alvinne Wild West Blackthorn 6% Sour/Wild Ale  2015 330ml
From the Wild West Oak Aged collection produced in small amounts by Alvinne. Belgian Golden Ale fermented with Alvinne's Morpheus house yeast with Sloe Berries (Blackthorne) for 6 months. The beer was brewed fermented and aged in Bordeaux red wine barrels for 8 months.
A fantasic beer with great balance between the sourness and the sweetness from the fruit. Complex yet easy very smooth and easy to drink. Highly limited.
96 Points on Rate Beer

Alvinne Wild West Plum 6% Sour/Wild Ale 330ml
An oak aged beer from Alvinne's Wild West collection. A Belgian Blonde ale fermented with their Morpheus house yeast on plums for 5 months. The beer was aged in Bordeaux red wine barrels for 8 months. A great sour beer, combines classic lactic and sour notes with fruit from the barrels and plums. Rare and delicious.
95 Points on Rate Beer

Alvinne Wild West Kriek Framboos 6% Sour/Wild Ale 330ml
Another awesome beet from the Alvinne Wild West oak aged collection. The beer was fermented and matured in Bordeaux red wine barrels alongside loads of raspberries and kriek cherries. 
A complex and delicious beer with freat balance between the sour and the sweet. A fantastic sour beer.
96 Points on Rate Beer

Alvinne /Laugar Ich Bin Ein Berliner Framboos 4% 330ml
Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration between Alvinne and Laugar (ES) with 30% Rye and 20% wheat and then aged for 8 months in oak barrels and 4 more with raspberries.
94 Points on Rate Beer

Rodenbach Alexander  5.6%  Sour Red/Brown 750ml
Alexander was brewed for the first time in 1986 on the occasion of Alexander Rodenbach’s 200th birthday and is now back by popular demand to the delight of beer lovers here and abroad. Its aftertaste is reminiscent of a Burgundy wine and its freshness makes this beer the perfect aperitif or accompaniment to cheeses or dessert.
An amazing beer.  This beer is a blend of 2 year old aged Rodenbach (2/3rd) with a young ale that has been macerated with sour cherries (1/3rd). A cult wine that had not been release since 2000. A must try.
100 Points on Rate Beer

Boon Oude Geuze Black Label 6.4% 750ml
We chose this particular old Geuze as our "driest" beer, Lambic 1.2 and 3 years with an apparent attenuation of almost 100%, despite the "dry" flavor everything is in balance due to the quality of the old lambics.
99 Points on Rate Beer

Drink well
                       Ian

 

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Posted: 19/01/2017
NEW STUFF - The Bruery (USA)

While the cat's away, the mice shall play... Ian's away and has left me in charge of beer, so we have beers from The Bruery (California) new in this week.

The Bruery - "We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers."



NEW STUFF:

Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness Sour Stout 7.2% 750ml
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery
Terreux, added our special blend of souring
bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly t
art yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.
98 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Share This: Coffee Imperial Stout 11.9% 750ml
Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. This is a journey that transcends beer as we know it. Share This is a new series of beers that fills us with both satisfaction and pride in our ongoing exploration of what we can achieve with beer. Each release in this series will spotlight
unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Coffee is an imperial stout with freshly-roasted coffee sourced by Mostra Coffee from the Philippines. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar, in turn, helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time.
98 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery White Oak Barley Wine 12% 750ml
Early summer, this barrel aged wheat wine is coming out very nicely (12% ABV) White Oak is a blended beer-- 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it "White Oak Sap"), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance. 
97 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Mischief Belgian Strong Ale 8.5% 750ml
Belgian-style ale, golden and hoppy. Not quite evil, yet not to be trusted, this Golden Ale is effervescent, dry, hoppy and crisp-you’ll want to keep an eye out.
96 Points on Rate Beer

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel 8% 750ml
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

94 Points on Rate Beer





Also available: 
Bruery Terreux Gypsy Tart Sour Red Brown 8.4% 750ml
The Bruery Jardinier Belgian Pale Ale 4.5% 750ml
The Bruery Or Xata Blonde Ale 7.2% 750ml

Drink Well, 
Claire

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Posted: 11/01/2017
NEW STUFF - USA - 2017

Citizens,
From the U.S.T this week we have Sours, some Beaver & yes, plenty of IPA''s.   YIPPEE !!!!!

NEW STUFF:

Lost Coast Fogcutter Double IPA 8.7% 355ml
True hop lovers, get ready for a great ride. Experience our Fogcutter Double IPA with 80 IBUs. No need to white knuckle the bars, the bitterness is in perfect balance with malt flavors and aroma. Enjoy the bright aromatic citrus nose from extra dry-hopping with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal, Chinook and Citra hops. Cut the fog, rock on.
93 Points on Rate Beer

Belching Beaver Phantom Bride IPA 7.1% 650ml 
Deftones are joining the ranks of Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth and many others in releasing their own signature beer. The California natives have teamed up with San Diego’s Belching Beaver Brewery for a beer they are calling Phantom Bride IPA, named after their recent single. It is brewed and bottled by Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista or Oceanside, California. San Diego County. The beer is described as a "a hoppy West Coast style India Pale Ale loaded up with Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops, all handpicked by Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno."
97 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Mandarina Saison 4.3% 355ml Cans
Tart Farmhouse Ale brewed with tangerine and oranges
Mandarina’s tart and citrusy profile makes it the perfect beer for warm, sunny days. The combination of crisp tartness, tangerines and the citrus aromas of Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops puts this farmhouse ale’s fruity aroma over the top. Pair this summer sipper with a day at the beach, fresh seafood and citrus-infused desserts.
93 Points on Rate Beer.

Almanac White Label Sour/Wild Ale 7.5% 375ml 
This beer pairs two “blancs”: California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes and German Hallertau Blanc hops. Blended together in wine barrels and large oak foudres, White Label emerges from the casks as a unique hybrid of beer and wine. The combination of white grapes and tropical-aroma hops creates a luscious nose of ripe apricot, lychee and lemongrass. Finished with a touch of coriander, this complex sipper is a perfect pairing for dishes like mussels steamed in coconut curry, fresh pad thai, and macadamia crusted halibut.
98 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Raspberry Sour/Wilde Ale 6.8% 375ml 
Raspberries and sour beer is a magical pairing that creates something more than the sum of its parts: a perfect summer day in a glass. Our version of a Framboise draws inspiration from the farmland in the Santa Cruz mountains, where windswept hills have warm days and cool nights that result in tight, red berries with complex flavors and a ruby red-color. Combined with our sour blonde ale, the final blend highlights huge fruit flavor and the bounty of Coastal California. Pair with pancakes, seared duck breast and summer fruit tarts.
99 Points on Rate Beer

Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry Sour/ Wild Ale 7.1% 375ml 
We selected the very best hand-picked blueberries grown in the hills of Butte County, California, and added them to a sour golden ale aged in wine barrels. The resulting beer is infused with a delicate blueberry essence, a reminder of far off summer days.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout 5.3% 355ml Cans
Our Peanut Butter Milk Stout is simply irresistible. It’s like dark chocolate Reese’s in a glass! Rolled oats and Lactose add to the creamy body of this beer while heavenly aromas of roasted buttery peanuts and chocolate greet you with every sip. Try this out with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a real treat!
Silver Medal – World Beer Championships 2014
Bronze Medal – World Beer Championships 2015
95 Points on Rate Beer

               Drink well
                     Ian

 

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Posted: 05/01/2017
Stocking Stuffers and Christmas Drinking


Citizens,
Here is a few idea's for presents or just some pure drinking pleasure over the festive season.

 

Evil Twin Even More Jesus Imperial Stout 12% 660ml 
Few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare!
100 Points on Ratebeer

Moa Red Edition Festive IPA 6% 500ml
This Red IPA combines a medley of specialty malts offering rich, roasted caramel aromas, while a big throw of US Simcoe and Amarillo hops provide piney, citrus and pineapple flavours with an IBU of 75. Producing a moreish beer, perfectly matched with spicy food or rich cheeses.

 
4 Pines Chrismas Pack - 4 x 500m
l
Pale Ale 5.1%: Aromas of Pine and Grapefruit overlay a malt background. On the palate full bodied malty flavours with a tight and bitter finish.
West Coast Red Rye IPA 7.3%More of a cool Californian breeze straight off the north pacific, this bold but adorable love child of California dreaming & pet sounds showcases a harmonious balance of grapefruit hop character, candy-like sweetness & high alcohol warmth.
Christmas Saison 5.5%Nutmeg, clove,coriander seeds, ginger, cinnamon & all-spice all wrapped up in a light bodied farmhouse ale. 
Kolsch 4.6%Aromas of lemon/lime prelude a light malty palate. Finishing crisp and clean showing hints of spice and citrus

Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 11.3% 2016
A complex and very dark ale with notes of rum, raisin, plum, cherry, vanilla and Turkish delight. Will reward cellaring.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 6.8% 355ml
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale represents a time honored tradition of brewing a special beer for the holiday season. There are generous portions of barley malts and fine whole hops of several varieties, creating a brew with a full, rich and hearty character.
98 Points on Ratebeer

Drink well & enjoy the festive season. 
All the best
   Ian

 

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Posted: 21/12/2016
NEW STUFF - Collective Arts - Canadia

Citizens,

First time in the country(I Think) 

'COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING-  "We are a grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging artists & musicians. Our brewery is dedicated to promoting artists and raising creative consciousness through the sociability of craft beer.''

FRESH ON THE SHELF:

Collective Arts Ransack the Universe IPA 6.8% 473ml Can
Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, WA deliver aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. A hemispheric hop mashup.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Collective Arts Stranger Than Fiction Porter 5.5% 473ml Can
A full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavours as well as hints of molasses and chocolate. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter smooth and creamy.
96 Points on Rate Beer

Collective Arts Papaya Saison 6% 473ml
Saison is a very complex style, traditionally fruity in the aroma and flavour. We cranked it up a notch with the addition of papaya. The result, earthy yeast tones, mild tartness and a tropical rush. This semi-dry, crisp brew is ideal for summer.

Collective Arts Hefeweizen 5.5% 473ml Can
This is a style of wheat beer originating from the south of Germany. The yeast produces unique flavours of banana and cloveswith a dry and tart edge. Minimal hop bitterness. “Hefe” means “with yeast”, hence the beers cloudy appearance.

Collective Arts Rhyme and Reason American Pale Ale 5.7% 473ml
Rhyme & Reason, Extra Pale Ale American style pale ale. The flavour and aroma of Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops prevail without excessive bitterness for maximum drinkability. Malt sweetness of Pale Ale, Crystal Carafoam and Wheat Flakes in the background complements the hops for a crisp finish. 5.7 ABV 55 IBUs.
97 Points on Rate Beer

Drink well
   Ian

 

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Posted: 15/12/2016