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Warehouse Tested, OSHA Approved: Kondrauer Hopster Soda
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:47

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Warehouse Tested, OSHA Approved: Kondrauer Hopster Soda


We're not big soda people here at Lime Ventures. They're usually too sweet, artificial-tasting, or otherwise nasty to earn a spot in our already bottle-crowded fridge.

But when we heard about a hopped soda made by a Weihenstephan-trained German brewer, our ears perked up a bit. As regular operators of heavy machinery, beer isn't always a work-appropriate beverage. Now we're all hooked. Since the first box of samples arrived at our warehouse, bottles of Hopster have remained chilled and within arm's reach at all times in our warehouse. This stuff is good.

It's made with four hop varieties: Tradition, Perle, Cascade, and Taurus, which lend the soda a lovely floral and citrusy aroma. That hoppiness melds neatly with the flavors present in the soda's lemony green tea base. It's highly carbonated, not-too-sweet (just 13g of sugar per bottle!), and--most importantly--we can use the forklift in between sips without ticking off OSHA. Just 54 calories a bottle.

 

Available now in 250ml bottles.

 

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Liquid New Zealand
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 22:32

Liquid New Zealand

Six years ago, Zeffer's ciders were only available at the Matakana farmer's market in their home country of New Zealand. It was a small stage, but a  fitting setting for this stuff, fermented from fresh-crushed fruit grown locally on the family farm.

Zeffer has come a long way from these idyllic folding-table beginnings, both geographically and production-wise. This is good news for us. This means we're able to enjoy a taste of some of the finest cider made in a country known for producing excellent apples.

These are clean and bright ciders that offer a lovely taste of New Zealand agriculture. Check 'em out!


Now available in 500ml bottles:

Hopped up Pippin
A bright golden cider made from Nelson-grown Sturmer Pippin and Cox Orange Pippin apples and dry-hopped with Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin, and Motueka hops from the same region. Crazy juicy--hugely citrusy and tropical in flavor.

Dry Apple Cider
Made entirely with green apple varities, this is a dry and simple cider with a refreshing tannic bite that will keep you reaching for your next sip.

Red Apple Cider
Soft pink in color, this lightly sweet cider is designed to taste like biting into a fresh red apple. Made with red-fleshed Nelson-grown Mahana Red apples.

Juicy Pear Cider
A lush and indeed juicy pear cider with low acidity and smooth, stone fruit-like aromatics.

Zesty Citrus Cider
A tart, super-bright cider made from an array of green apple varieties and a punchy addition of lemon and lime zests. Summer is coming--be ready!
 
Big Ideas from a Little Belgian Brewery
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 17 April 2015 19:59

Big Ideas from a Little Belgian Brewery

Over the last 137 years, control over Brouwerij Kerkom's beers has passed through many hands, most of which have belonged to a member of the founding Clerinx family. That's great and all, but long-established brewing dynasties aren't terribly unusual for Belgium.

What sets Kerkom apart from its peers is the fact that, through the years, the brewery has remained amazingly malleable. They seem unusually open to new brewing ideas and techniques, and they create beers that reflect a refreshing identity.

At the moment, we've got a range of Kerkom beers available that accurately represent all the exciting things this brewery does. We suspect you'll love them as we do.


Now available:

Bink Bruin
A malty, gently bitter Belgian brown ale just begging to be served alongside a burger or lamb merguez sausage. Amazingly complex despite its delightfully low ABV (5.5%).
Now available in 330ml bottles & 30L kegs.

Bink Bloesem Kriek
A golden ale blended with an absurd amount of local cherry juice. Impeccable balance of sweet and tart.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Kerkom Grand Cru
A spectacular beer behemoth weighing in at 13% ABV. Sweet, spicy, ultra-potent, and deeply complex. 98 on RateBeer!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Kerkom Reuss
An intriguing blend of fresh, pale beer with old, funky lambic. Zesty, sour, and layered. Watch this one unfold as it comes up to room temperature.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Kerkom Winter King
A delicious and bold strong ale that is big on maltiness and body, with a balancing bitterness on the finish.
Now available in 330ml bottles.
Note: individual product availability may vary from region to region.
 
Traditions Collide: Saison Renaud
Written by Mike Reis   
Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:23

Traditions Collide: Saison Renaud

We've never encountered brewers that are more yeast-obsessed than the folks behind Mystic Brewery. Their beers are drinkable celebrations of all the glorious flavor that can be coaxed from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, especially the characterful strains associated with saison production. Even their "Irish stout meets English porter," Descendant, is fermented with saison yeast.

They're pretty much the last people you'd expect to be screwing around in the realm of lager styles, where the most celebrated beers are decidedly un-yeasty. That didn't discourage them from making Saison Renaud. This beer is what is produced when the folks at Mystic take the ingredients used to make pilsner and ferment them with their house saison yeast strain.

It doesn't taste anything like the pale lagers of Bohemia or Bavaria--this is its own animal, and a tasty one at that. It's built for warm weather--refreshing and earthy like a pilsner, but with a peppery, fruity depth brought on from the yeast used to make it. It's two old beer styles brought together in one tasty package.

Now available in 750ml bottles.
 
Hoppy Gems from Cambridge, Now in Stock
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 10 April 2015 18:46

Hoppy gems from Cambridge, back in stock.

Cambridge Brewing Company has been around for eons by American craft beer standards. Founded in 1989, they've been pumping out reliable, delicious beer for more than two and a half decades now.

Somehow, they've managed to consistently stay ahead of the curve in the craft beer game, deftly avoiding becoming one of those crusty old "get off my lawn"-type breweries that can't keep up with the cool kids.

In 1991, "being ahead of the curve" meant developing the country's very first Belgian style beer(!). Today, it means crafting solid, drinkable IPAs that can stand out amidst a sea of other beers with those three letters on the label.

We've just received a load of two of these standout IPAs from Cambridge, each very different and delicious in their own ways. Check 'em out:

Now available:

Flower Child IPA
A bright, crushable IPA in cans made with Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum, Chinook, and Amarillo hops. Hugely aromatic with a dry, satisfyingly bitter finish.
96 on RateBeer!
Now available in 12oz cans.

Red God
A bold double IPA/imperial red ale featuring the citrusy, pungent, and pine-like hop aromatics of Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Chinook. Assertive bitterness backed up with rich, complex malt character.
95 on RateBeer!
Now available in 22oz bottles.
 
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