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Product Feature: Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 15 January 2018 17:09

Product Feature:
Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager

There are few images in beer more classic than that of a tall mug of lager, with its frothy head just starting to tip over the edge of the glass. But more than just an iconic image, the slightly-overfull glass represents beer drinking in its purest form. It represents the satisfying glass of beer that serves as a reward for a day's work well done. It represents jovial moments with friends at the pub.

Of course, it does not represent the serious, thoughtful sipping generally associated with the craft beer movement. But that doesn't mean that this element of beer culture is completely detached from craft beer. No, it turns out that brewers and drinkers alike see the value in a satisfying glass of lager, so why not drink one that is well-made and delicious, but still affordable? Craft breweries are realizing that the demand for a well-crafted lager is out there, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have lagers of character and depth available for our daily drinking.

Toppling Goliath's Dorothy's New World Lager is one of these beers that we keep finding in our glass and it's proof that Toppling Goliath is more than just brilliant hop-forward pale ales and IPAs. It is an impeccably balanced California Common with a solid maltiness, a soft hoppiness, and a smooth, rich texture. Expect grainy malt character, earthy hop aromatics, and a clean, snappy finish. It's a perfect everyday beer that is compatible with a wide range of foods and represents a perfect way to cap a work day. Golden, hazy, and deeply satisfying.

Now available in 16oz cans
 
Spectacular Beers from Upright
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 15 January 2018 17:07


Spectacular Beers from Upright

By now you've likely heard us make the claim that Upright is one of the most underrated breweries on the planet. That claim has never been more true than it is today.

From the basement of an unassuming office building in central Portland, Oregon, Alex Ganum and his crew produce truly inventive, truly delicious beers that we are proud to have in our portfolio.

Upright's offerings have always impressed us, from their long-standing group of flagships, Four, Five, Six, and Seven, to their always surprising, always amazing special releases. As time has passed, Upright has grown and evolved, maintaining their status as one of the most exciting breweries in the Pacific Northwest.

And while our beloved "numbers" may be gone, Upright has replaced them with beers that are just as worthy of a place in your glass. Saison Vert and Supercool are incredible beers, and their special releases have only gotten more ambitious and exciting.

I don't know that we've ever had as many of these special, unique products in stock at one time as we do now. Trust us, you do not want to miss these.


Now available:

Fatali Four
Fatali Four is a barrel-aged riff on the brewery's now-discontinued classic, Four. This version takes the wheat saison base and complements it with the tropical flavor and heat of the Fatali pepper. The wine barrel aging allows the beer to develop a somewhat tangy, acidic finish, resulting in a flavor packed beer with acid, heat, and explosive aroma working together in harmony.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Ives ONE
The Ives series is one we've been eagerly anticipating. It's a series of lambic-inspired beers, each made with raw wheat and turbid mashing procedures. This first release was aged in barrel for 19 months and was bottled still (uncarbonated) and straight (no young beer blended in). It's an ultra-complex, slightly-oxidative, gently-sour beer that is not totally dissimilar in flavor profile from a fine vermouth. Just four barrels produced.
Now available in 375ml bottles.

Ives TWO
Ives TWO is taken in a completely different direction. This bottling is sparkling and bottled in 750ml bottles with 2 year old, 1 year old, and fresh beer blended to create a brighter effect. This brightness is amplified by juicy aromatics from a portion of the blend which is aged on nectarines. Funky, lively, fun.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Pathways Saison
Pathways is an unusual mixed-fermentation saison, each release the result of the blending of different barrels. This release has a gentle acidity, herbaceous hop character, and earthy and fruity yeast character working in concert. Oak and Brett for days!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Red Flannel IPA
Red Flannel is an IPA built for winter drinking, with a robust, caramelly, and rich malt character supporting what the brewery describes as "old school" straightforward hopping. Upright's signature house yeast provides floral aromatics in the background. A satisfying winter IPA!
Now available in 1/6bbl Pub Kegs.

Saison Bruge
Saison Bruge is also built for winter drinking--a cold-weather take on the normally-bright saison style. This variant is made with chocolatey dark malts and cacao nibs from Meridian Cacao. Fruity and spicy with a creamy, lush mouthfeel.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Saison Vert
Saison Vert is a beautiful saison brewed with wheat and black limes. It has impressive complexity for a 4.75% ABV brew, with zesty hop and citrus aromas in droves. As the beer ages, the black lime flavor really pops and a dry, minerally finish is rounded out with a more developed acidity. Absolutely delicious fresh or aged.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Supercool
Supercool is modeled after the American IPA style, but it has so much more going on than that would imply. It features the punchy hoppiness of Chinook, Cascade, Crystal, Exp. 7270 and 331 hops, with lemony, woodsy, pine-like aromatics over a rustic, earthy base. The beer is fermented with saison yeast at cooler temperatures, offering a soft yeasty character that does not play as prominent a role as in other Upright beers. It is a beer of incredible complexity that you are sure to enjoy exploring. A total delight.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Three Point Pils
You don't need to be a Blazers fan to appreciate Upright's newest session beer, Three Point Pils. In their words, it's "light enough to enjoy throughout an entire game," and we're inclined to agree. It's just 3% ABV, but packs loads of character from spicy European hops and traditional Czech brewing methods. You'll be reaching for your next glass before you can say "na zdraví!"
Now available in 1/6bbl Pub Kegs.
 
Er Boquerón: We can't Tell You What Vice Magazine Wrote About This Beer
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Monday, 15 January 2018 17:03

Er Boquerón: We can't Tell You What Vice Magazine Wrote About This Beer


Although the URL of the following link to the Vice article that established Er Boquerón's cult status in the U.S. might give away one of the remarkable statements that author Charlie Norton makes regarding Er Boquerón, the FDA forbids us from making any such claims ourselves:

https://munchies.vice.com/en_us/article/vvxavy/this-craft-beer-made-with-seawater-is-almost-hangover-free

We are, however, permitted to agree with Mr. Norton that this Spanish export is "a great craft beer," and mention that (as he so pithily puts it) "it's been awarded two gold stars for exceptional taste by the blindfolded, tooth-extracting standards of Europe's top chefs and sommeliers at the International Taste & Quality Institute," any health benefits aside.

The fact that it's brewed with Mediterranean sea water might raise expectations of a Gose (such as Libertine does so well with their Pacific seawater Gose), but there is sufficient desalinization to the water harvested from Neptune's domain that only a tantalizing tanginess is added to this nicely nuanced Golden Ale.

Great with food (not just seafood and Spanish food, though those are certainly great places to begin one's pairing explorations), as well as suitable for any occasion (or non-occasion) that calls for a delicious and refreshing ale. Salud!

Now available in 330ml bottles
 
Just In: Montegioco's Bran Reserva & Crux Favorites
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 17:43


Just In:
Montegioco's Bran Reserva & Crux Favorites

This week we bring you a selection of some of our favorite just-received beers: one classic Italian strong ale, Montegioco's Bran Reserva, and two more-crushable offerings from our friends at Crux Fermentation Project: PCT Porter and Play Wave Pale. These are very different beers from very different places, but one thing is clear: beer lovers everywhere can appreciate them. Check 'em out!

Now available in 375ml bottles:

Montegioco Bran Reserva
Montegioco's Bran is a beautiful, unclassifiable dark ale, rich with fruity, licoricey, coffee-like flavors. It's a satisfying, beguiling treat on its own, but the Bran Reserva is something incredibly special. In this variant, Montegioco has aged Bran in Barbera barrels for 10 months. The beer takes on even more complexity and a Balsamic-like acidic edge. It's nutty, oaky, and tannic, with an underlying umami richness. It's a beer worth unpacking over a long sipping session--as it comes to room temperature and opens up, it will reveal even more tasty layers. A one-of-a-kind beer.
Now available in 375ml bottles.

And just in from our friends at Crux:

PCT Porter
Named for (and benefitting!) the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, PCT Porter is Crux's newest foray into the less-hoppy realm. It's a dry, super-drinkable everyday porter with a satisfying roasty edge. Balanced porter perfection.
Now available in 30L kegs & 12oz cans.

Play Wave Pale
Play Wave is a delightful pale ale built for crushability. It's a hop-forward beer, with big undulating hop aromas from late-addition Mosaic, Galaxy, and Centennial hops, but bitterness is restrained for a smooth sipping experience.
Now available in 30L kegs.

Also just received from Crux:

Cast Out
Cast Out is a brilliant IPA abundantly hopped with Australian Galaxy hops for juicy, tropical, floral aromatics in bounds. Delicious, hop-forward, PNW IPA goodness.
Now available in 12oz cans.

Gimme Mo
Crux's Gimme Mo comes with a tagline: "not just another IPA"--it's designed to stand out from the pack. It's lower alcohol (about 6%), well-rounded, and aromatic from Mosaic and Citra hops. Smooth and tropical and extra crushable.
Now available in 12oz cans.

Half Hitch
Half Hitch offers an even bolder IPA experience--it's a big double IPA with even mo' Mosaic. At 10% ABV, it's shockingly drinkable, with huge flavors of peach, guava, and citrus. A modern classic!
Now available in 12oz cans.

Pilz
Crux's Pilz is a wonderful mondern American pilsner. Unlike many New World examples of the style, this one isn't just a pale-ale-with-lager-yeast juice bomb. No, this is a fantastic lager with crackery malts and floral European hop aromatics in perfect balance. A pilsner you'll keep coming back to time and again.
Now available in 12oz cans.
 
Now in Stock: GRIMM
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:55


Now in Stock: GRIMM

It's hard to imagine a brewery more creative and exciting than Grimm Artisanal Ales. They manage to regularly come up with totally new concepts for beers that make you think "why hasn't anyone done that before?" And, more important than that, the beers deliver. Despite their tendency to head towards new, unexplored frontiers in craft beer, their products are consistently excellent--boldly flavored but impeccably balanced.

For the first time in a while, we've been able to get our hands on four new, different Grimm beers at once, and we're thrilled to bring them to you for the first time. Check 'em out!

Now available:

Boysen Raspberry Pop!
The newest addition to the "Pop!" family of dessert Berliner weisses is Boysen Raspberry Pop!, an electric pink sour ale made with (you guessed it) boysenberries and raspberries. It has big, lush berry flavor, soft oaky tannins, a tangy lactic acidity, and a touch of rich lactose sweetness.
Now available in 22oz bottles.

Living Daylights
Living Daylights is a delightful imperial Berliner weisse that is absolutely jamming with hop character. It's double-dry-hopped with Citra and is packed with Simcoe and Mosaic lupulin powder to result in a beer with a soft acidity and huge fruity aromas. Give the bottle a little swirl to rouse up the "hop dust" before pouring  for maximum hoppy goodness!
Now available in 22oz bottles.

Passion Dome
Passion Dome is a dry-hopped sour ale aged on passionfruit and oak. It's juicy, delicious stuff, and it's pure Grimm: creative and well-conceived, but also brilliantly executed. Tropical, bright, and flavorful.
Now available in 22oz bottles.

Sumi Cacao
If it's richness you seek, look no further than Sumi Cacao. This is a dessert imperial stout brewed with cacao and vanilla, a mega-decadent sipper that hides its 10.2% ABV amazingly well. A smooth, smooth, smooth and impressively chocolatey treat.
Now available in 22oz bottles.
 
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