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New Beers from Prairie
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:27
New Beers from Prairie
We know that you know that if it says Prairie on the label, it's going to be good.
Ever since the Oklahoma brewery first jumped into the national craft beer scene a few years back, they've consistently wowed beer lovers all over with their unfailing quality and innovative ideas. As time has gone on, they've shown that they've got range, too, and four recent releases have shown that in a big way.
Check 'em out:
Now available:
Prairie Vous Francais
A gently tart, hoppy, and drinkable table beer brewed with barley, wheat, oats and Saaz hops and fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Bright, dry, and refreshing!
97 on RateBeer.
Now available in 750ml bottles.
Phantasmagoria
A dry and lean West Coast IPA that is loaded with citrusy and pine-like hoppy aromatics. Juicy and tropical.
Now available in 12oz bottles.
Ape Snake
An earthy, fruity, intriguing dark farmhouse ale hopped with Falconer's Flight and Centennial hops. Ultra-complex and built for fresh drinking and aging alike.
94 on RateBeer.
Now available in 500ml bottles and 1/6th and 1/2 barrel kegs.
TRVE Edition
A deep red sour ale brewed in collaboration with Denver's heavy metal-obsessed brewery TRVE. Caramelly and cherry-like, but tinged with the bright citrus notes of Citra hops.
Now available in 500ml bottles and 1/2 barrel kegs.
Also available from Prairie:
Prairie Ale
Bomb!
Birra
Funky Gold Simcoe
Hop
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New Beers from Prairie

We know that you know that if it says Prairie on the label, it's going to be good.

Ever since the Oklahoma brewery first jumped into the national craft beer scene a few years back, they've consistently wowed beer lovers all over with their unfailing quality and innovative ideas. As time has gone on, they've shown that they've got range, too, and four recent releases have shown that in a big way.
Check 'em out:

Now available:

Prairie Vous Francais
A gently tart, hoppy, and drinkable table beer brewed with barley, wheat, oats and Saaz hops and fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Bright, dry, and refreshing!
97 on RateBeer.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Phantasmagoria
A dry and lean West Coast IPA that is loaded with citrusy and pine-like hoppy aromatics. Juicy and tropical.
Now available in 12oz bottles.

Ape Snake
An earthy, fruity, intriguing dark farmhouse ale hopped with Falconer's Flight and Centennial hops. Ultra-complex and built for fresh drinking and aging alike.
94 on RateBeer.
Now available in 500ml bottles and 1/6th and 1/2 barrel kegs.

TRVE Edition
A deep red sour ale brewed in collaboration with Denver's heavy metal-obsessed brewery TRVE. Caramelly and cherry-like, but tinged with the bright citrus notes of Citra hops.
Now available in 500ml bottles and 1/2 barrel kegs.

Also available from Prairie:
Prairie Ale
Bomb!
Birra
Funky Gold Simcoe
Hop
Standard
 
Two New Ciders from Tilted Shed
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:24

Two New Ciders from Tilted Shed

We'd be happy to drink Tilted Shed's Graviva!, Barred Rock, and January Barbecue all year round. They are wonderful ciders that are expressive of terroir and apple variety characteristics without being pretentious or inaccessible and they're darn satisfying to drink. They're some of our favorite ciders anywhere and we're proud to have them in our backyard.

But Ellen and Scott, the masterminds behind these tasty beverages, aren't satisfied with just that. They're constantly experimenting, blending, and tweaking to make their ciders better, and when they unleash a new release on the world, you know it's going to be interesting and well-executed. We recently received two new ones from our North Bay friends and they more than live up to the standard Tilted Shed has set for themselves.

Now available:


Inclinado 2015
Inclinado is Tilted Shed's take on the Basque-style sidras of Spain--unfiltered, unfined, unpasteurized, and fermented to full dryness solely with wild yeast. The cider showcases the bright acidity, earthy funk, and juicy, floral aromatics that make Basque ciders great, with a little Sonoma twist: Inclinado is made entirely from organic Sonoma County Gravenstein apples. Please note that this release is not carbonated, keeping with the style of the ciders that inspired it--try a long escanciar pour!
Now available in 750ml bottles.



Topwork
Topwork is yet another dry release, this time a blend designed to showcase the character of the cider-specific apple varieties used to make it. It features the structure and aromatics of Sonoma and Mendocino County-grown Nehou, Rhode Island Greening and Transcendent Crab apples alongside the zippy acidity of Gravensteins. It's tropical and well-balanced, with an underlying earthiness supporting aromatics of papaya, kiwi, and peach.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Also available from Tilted Shed:

Graviva! - Available in 375 & 750ml bottles
Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider - Available in 375 & 750ml bottles
January Barbecue Smoked Cider - Available in 375 & 750ml bottles
 
It's Back! Jolly Pumpkin's iO Saison
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 11 March 2016 21:13

It's Back! Jolly Pumpkin's iO Saison

Dry, tart, crisp, elegant, and floral, Jolly Pumpkin's iO Saison is a beer we'd be thrilled drink any day of the year. It's a perfectly conceived and executed red saison that is quite unlike any other beer out there. And while it's a sturdy drink that develops beautifully as it ages, it's especially great fresh in the opening days of spring here in California.

Brewed with citrusy, tannic rose hips, juicy, floral hibiscus, and aromatic rose petals, it's a sour saison you won't want to miss, and this year's release has just rolled into our warehouse.

98 on RateBeer!

Now available in 750ml bottles, 1/6th barrel kegs & 1/2 barrel kegs.

Also available from Jolly Pumpkin:

Bam Biere
Bam Noire
Calabaza Blanca
Fuego del Otoño
La Parcela
Madrugada Obscura
Maracaibo Especial
Noel de Calabaza
Oro de Calabaza
 
Crooked Stave and Prairie Walk Into a Brewery...
Written by Mike Reis   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 01:21

Crooked Stave and Prairie Walk Into a Brewery...

Nope, that's not the start of a bad joke--it's the start of some seriously good beers. You see, both of these folks have recently made the trek out to Denmark to visit their friends atAmager Bryghus to collaborate on two tasty releases, which we have available now. Check 'em out:

Chad: King of the Wild Yeasts
Chad Yakobsen of Crooked Stave has rightfully earned a reputation for wild yeast wizardry, haven written about and experimented extensively with Brettanomyces and other funkifying organisms. Naturally, on his trip to Denmark, he's gone and made a Brett-forward saison with his buddies at Amager. Chad: King of the Wild Yeasts builds on a dry, earthy base with a layered hop profile provided by Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo and Citra hops. It's dry and tropical, punchy and satisfying.
93 on RateBeer!

Tulsa Twister
And because drinkers can just never seem to get enough hoppy Brett saisons, Amager also has Tulsa Twister out now, their collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales. It's a single-malt, single-hop Brett saison made with Simcoe hops and gentle pilsner malt. It's a lean and drinkable beer at 7.5% ABV with a peppery yeast character running alongside a citrus peel hop bitterness.
95 on RateBeer!

Now available in 500ml bottles.
 
Introducing: Dragon's Head Cider
Written by Mike Reis   
Thursday, 03 March 2016 01:19

Introducing: Dragon's Head Cider

Last month, we made a quick trip up to Portland, Oregon, to attend CiderCon, the United States Association of Cider Makers' big industry conference. It was a cider-soaked week and an exciting one, spent surrounded by about 1000 of our enthusiastic partners and peers.

As we made our way through session after session on the marketing of craft cider, orchard work, and service and presentation, it became clear that there were a small group of producers that everyone in the conference center was buzzing about.

This is a big deal--the cider world is one that is notoriously divided when it comes to the meanings of "quality," "craft," and "best practices." To encounter universal praise of a producer is proof that they're doing something right.

Dragon's Head Cider is one of those producers that everyone that knows cider seems to love--a real cider maker's cider maker. We were thrilled to get to spend some time with Wes and Laura Cherry, the husband/wife team behind these brilliant ciders, knowing that our first order from Dragon's Head was following us home.

We're so excited to be expanding our cider portfolio with bottles and kegs from this fantastic Washington producer.

Now available:



Manchurian Cider
Manchurian Cider gets its name from the Manchurian Crabapple, a tart, punchy little apple that provides brightness and a soft, drying astringency to the finish of this complex, tropical, citrusy, and drinkable cider.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 1/6 bbl kegs.

Wild Fermented Cider
Dragon's Head ferments this cider with just the wild yeast present on and in the apples used to create it. The result is aromatic, dry, fruity, and a little funky--it's a farmhouse experiment gone very right.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 1/6 bbl kegs.

Traditional Cider
Traditional Cider is made with more than 20 rare, old school varieties of apple that are grown specifically for cider production. These apples provide an earthy aromatic richness and underlying structure not available from apples grown for eating.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 1/6 bbl kegs.

Pippin Cider
Made entirely from the famed Newtown Pippin apple, this cider has a bright and tart profile, with white wine and melon-like aromatics.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Perry
Perry is tough to get right, but Dragon's Head has done a beautiful job with this perry made from Taylor's Gold pears and fruit from 100+ year old seedling trees that grow exclusively on their home Vashon Island.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Cheers!
 
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