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Jolly Pumpkin + Anchorage
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 20 February 2017 17:55

Jolly Pumpkin + Anchorage

The history of American craft beer is rich with legendary bromances, but we're particularly fond of the one between Jolly Pumpkin's Ron Jeffries and Anchorage's Gabe Fletcher. They're both pioneers in the beer scene, Ron for opening the country's first brewery to focus exclusively on barrel-aged sour ales and Gabe for his early and unwavering dedication to fermenting his beers with the funkifying yeast known as Brettanomyces.

But some of the best beers to come from these breweries have been born out of their collaborative projects, starting with Calabaza Boreal (which has now been brewed several times at both breweries) and continuing on through the years.

We currently have three (!) beers born of their friendship. Each is delicious in its own way, with the complex fermentation profiles we've come to expect from these talented brewers. Check 'em out!

Now available:

No Ka 'Oi
No Ka 'Oi is a Hawaiian phrase meaning, more or less, "the best." While the name certainly could apply to this unbelievably delicious wild ale, we think it probably refers to Gabe himself, who is, indeed, the best. Jolly Pumpkin made this beer in honor of his birthday, which we think is pretty cute. However sweet the backstory, this is a dry and tart wild ale brewed with Michigan-grown hops, raspberries, and lime. Complex but gentle.
95 on RateBeer!
Now available in 750ml bottles & 1/6bbl kegs.

Matame Ahorita
Matame Ahorita is a tart gose brewed with Alaskan sea salt and a whole bunch of citrus peels, from yuzu, lemons, and limes. Smooth, bright, refreshing.
97 on RateBeer!
Available in 750ml bottles while supplies last.

Calabaza Boreal (Brewed at Anchorage)
A funky gem of a saison brewed with grapefruit, peppercorns, and Galaxy and Mosaic hops. Bracing, bold, sour and bitter.
99 on RateBeer!
Now available in 750ml bottles.
Just in: Gigantic Sound & Vision and Mons Meg!
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 13 February 2017 19:00

Just in: Gigantic Sound & Vision and Mons Meg!

That's right, folks! Another round of Gigantic seasonals has just hit our warehouse and is available for ordering now. We're quite chuffed to be bringing you Sound & Vision and Mons Meg, two delicious beers built for late-winter drinking. As usual, each features delightful label art, this time from artists Ferris Plock and Skot Olsen.

These wonderful 22oz bottles and 1/6bbl kegs were accompanied by a fresh stack of IPA and Ginormous, so have at it! There's no time like the present.

Now available:

Sound & Vision
Sound & Vision is a delightful winter pale ale with a solid base of English maltiness and a tropical, aromatic hop character brought to the party by Mosaic and Pacific Jade hops--think pineapple, berries and melon. Also, the label art, by San Francisco artist Ferris Plock, manages to pay tribute to both David Bowie and Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is impressive. Delightful stuff!
Now available in 22oz bottles & 1/6bbl kegs.

Mons Meg
Mons Meg has all the punch you'd expect from a beer named for a powerful medieval Scottish cannon. It's a long-boiled Scotch ale with layers of caramelized, malty flavor and just a touch of roasty bitterness. Full-bodied, strong, and oh-so-satisfying.
Now available in 22oz bottles & 1/6bbl kegs.

Also available from Gigantic:

A tasty, hop-forward imperial saison brewed with Mandarina Bavaria and Hüll Melon hops.

A fresh load of this PNW classic in bottles and kegs has just arrived!

Like the massive robot that graces its label, this is a powerful, imposing beer. It's 8.8% ABV and 100+ IBUs. It's malty as all get-out and the seven hops used in its production leave the beer hugely aromatic.
Now in Cans: Argus Fermentables
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Friday, 03 February 2017 20:43

Now in Cans: Argus Fermentables

Lime Ventures now has its first canned ciders, courtesy of our friends over at Austin's Argus Cidery. They've taken their delicious and ever-popular Fermentables series and swapped their stubby 12oz glass bottles for these new 12oz cans and we couldn't be happier. The packaging is as beautiful as ever, and it's now vastly more portable. These little guys are ready for action at a great price!

Ciderkin is a tart, crushable "session cider," with citrusy, stonefruity aromatics. The can will disappear faster than you can say "ahhhhhhh."

Ginger Perry
An intensely-gingery pear cider inspired by spicy ginger beers. Wonderfully invigorating on its own, but also great as a mixing ingredient for your favorite gingery cocktails. Floral, spicy, dry, and drinkable.

Now available in 12oz 6-pack cans for $44.25.

Also available from Argus: vintage reserve releases!

Malus Cuvee
A still, bracing, funky cider built for the dinner table. Loads of acid!

2013 Perennial
A blended cider consisting largely of Blaze apples from the 2013 harvest, aged in French and American oak barrels to develop earthy natural fermentation characteristics.

A single-variety cider made from the Stellar apple, known for its pear-like aromatics. Aged in French oak casks to take on tannin and develop a layered, intense fermentation character.
Just in: Perennial White Impala
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 30 January 2017 20:16

Just In: Perennial White Impala

We don't often get the opportunity to tell you folks about a beer just as it arrives, but indeed, as I type these words, a fresh load of beer from Perennial is being checked into our system. As usual, it's got a bunch of great beer on it, including, for the first time, steel kegs. But we know it's not the packaging you're excited about, it's the stuff inside! In addition to freshly-packaged Saison de Lis, Hommel Bier, and Blonde, we've also just received Perennial's newest limited release, a draft-only beer called White Impala.

White Impala is a wheat IPA, hazy and crushable at just 6% ABV. It's juicy and bright, dry-hopped generously with Mosaic, Huell Melon, and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Expect explosive aromas of citrus, melon, and tropical fruit salad atop a smooth, malty base with just the right amount of bitterness. You're sure to love it!

Now available in 1/6 & 1/2 barrel steel kegs.

Also available from Perennial:

Blonde 30L PETainer, 1/6bbl
Glitter & Gold 12x750
Hommel Bier 1/6bbl
Meriwether Saison 12x750
Saison de Lis 12x750, 1/6bbl
Von Pampelmuse 12x750
Introducing: Ciders of Spain
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 30 January 2017 20:11

Introducing: Ciders of Spain

Spanish cider is unlike any other beverage in the world. The ciders of Basque Country and Asturias are beguiling, complex, and well-loved around the world. In their home regions, the ciders are seen as a part of daily life, inextricably woven into the culture of these special places.

The folks at Ciders of Spain hope to share some of that culture with the American drinking public by bringing us ciders that reflect the passion and skill of Spanish cidermakers. They are fascinating beverages, expressive of terroir and a mastery of fermentation. We're proud to be working with the Ciders of Spain portfolio for the first time. Their first shipment brings us a wide selection of some of the best Spain has to offer. Check it out!

Now Available:

Fanjul Sidra Natural
Fanjul Sidra Natural is made entirely from sour Asturian apples, which boast a powerful acidity and tannic structure along with complex, tropical aromatics. This is a still beverage that shines with food--think cured meats and rich cheeses.
Now available in 700ml bottles.

Guzman Riestra Sidra Brut Nature
While most Spanish ciders are served still from 700ml bottles, Guzman Riestra Sidra Brut Nature is a bit different. It's treated with the famed Champagne method of carbonation and clarification, and it's packaged in elegant 750ml sparkling wine bottles. It's a bit cleaner in fermentation character than what you might expect from an Asturian cider and is at its most satisfying alongside a plate of raw oysters.
97 on RateBeer!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Guzman Sidra Natural Riestra
From the same producer comes this more "traditional" Asturian cider--it's still and wild, with bold acidity and a rustic appearance. Made with Spanish and French cider apple varieties for a huge aroma and layered character.
Now available in 700ml bottles.

Sidra Avalon
Sidra Avalon is an approachable introduction to Spanish cider, with earthy aromatics and just a touch of perceptible sweetness. A balanced, drinkable Spanish cider with a boatload of character.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Viuda de Angelon Sidra Brut
Another Spanish sparkler! This one is made entirely from earthy, matured cider, refermented in bottle to product a dry, festive drink with a fine, natural carbonation.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Viuda de Angelon Sidra de Pera
Made entirely from pears and the yeast present on their skin and in their flesh, Sidra de Pera is a rich perry with vanilla aromatics and the slightest touch of residual sugar (1.5g/L). Made with the Charmat method to preserve the freshness of the delicate fruit aromatics.
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Viuda de Angelon Diamantes de Hielo Frost Cider
Lastly, we have the truly intriguing Diamantes de Hielo, Spain's answer to the ice ciders of Quebec. Made by fermenting ice-concentrated juice, the result is a dense, sweet, and bold drink with sherry-like qualities. Serve with dessert for a stunning end to any meal.
Now available in 375ml bottles.
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