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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.
 
Now in Stock: Keith's Korner IPA
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:42

 

Now in Stock: Keith's Korner IPA

Perennial's series of draft-only IPAs has been a revelation. Turns out the brewery we've always known and loved for decadent imperial stouts, inventive Americanized Belgian-style ales, and delightfully refreshing Berliners and goses also knows their way around hop-forward styles as well. Every release has been a delight, which is why we're so excited to be bringing you the newest addition to the series: Keith's Korner.

It's a delightful take on the IPA style, featuring bright hop aromatics from Motueka, Denali, and Experimental Hop #06297 atop a lean malt base with a subtle toastiness from Munich and Golden Promise malts. Incredibly drinkable and satisfying.
Now available in 1/6bbl & 1/2bbl kegs.
Also available from Perennial:
17 Mint Chocolate Stout
17 Mint Chocolate Stout is one of the more decadent beers we've had. It's incredibly rich and strong, with deep dark chocolate flavor, smooth roasted malts, and cooling natural mint aromatics. We'd describe it as milkshake-like, but we've never had a milkshake this good.
Now available in 750ml bottles.
Glitter & Gold
Glitter & Gold is also made with an expressive Belgian yeast, and Perennial's brewers have complemented those fruity, spicy esters and phenols with a recipe that includes Missouri honey, spelt, and oats. This is floral, earthy, deeply complex stuff with huge aroma and a satisfying balance. It's an amazingly versatile food beer that is great on its own or with a meal at the dinner table!
Now available in 750ml bottles.
Suburban Beverage
A tart, hazy gose spiked with salt, orange peel, lemon peel, and key lime juice. It's citrus-packed and a touch grainy, with the bright snap of lactic acid coming up on the finish.
Now available in 750ml bottles.
Also:
Hommelbier 1/2bbl
Hommelbier 1/6bbl
Owen Brett Mosaic Saison 12x750ml
Saison de Lis 12x750
Saison de Lis 1/2bbl
Saison de Lis 1/6bbl
South Side Blonde 1/2bbl
South Side Blonde 1/6bbl

 
Berliner Mania!
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:51


Berliner Mania!

One of our favorite craft beer developments over the past few years has been the rise of the Berliner weisse. It's a delightful style that we can't believe we ever lived without--I mean, who doesn't love a low-ABV, flavor-packed, gently-sour, warm-weather crusher?

Though the style is very old, it has really come into its own as a canvas for modern brewers to experiment on--we've been delighted by Berliners made with citrus zests, stone fruit, wild yeasts, used wine barrels, and herbs.

We just noticed that we have a particularly exciting collection of modern Berliners available, so we thought we'd give you all a heads up. Check it out!

Now available:

Grimm Boysen Raspberry Pop!
Grimm's excellent "Pop!" series of dessert Berliner weisses returns with the introduction of Boysen Raspberry Pop!, featuring the tart tanginess of boysenberries and raspberries alongside vanilla and lactose richness. Smooth, lush, delicious stuff.
Now available in 22oz bottles.

Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Blueberry
Mikkeller has an amazing series of fruited Berliners going as well, with their "Hallo, Ich Bin Berliner Weisse" line. With the just-released blueberry variant, the tart, lean Berliner base is paired with earthy, juicy blueberries for a complex, dark purple drink that's sure to delight.
Now available in 500ml cans.

Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Mango
Also just released was Mikkeller's mango-tinged variant from the same series. Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse Mango offers up a more tropical flair, with loads of soft mango aromatics married neatly to the bright base beer. At 3.7% ABV, it's pure, crushable refreshment.
Now available in 500ml cans.


Looking for more tart, refreshing goodness? Try these:

Libertine Aubree Rye Saison
A tropical and zesty saison with an underlying rye spiciness. Earthy, fruity, and layered.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Libertine Edna Table Saison 6x750ml
A zesty, heavily-dry hopped sour saison at just 4% ABV. Absolutely loaded with delicate floral aromatics and melon and citrus-like fruitiness.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Perennial Suburban Beverage 12x750ml
A tart, hazy gose spiked with salt, orange peel, lemon peel, and key lime juice. It's citrus-packed and a touch grainy, with the bright snap of lactic acid coming up on the finish.
Now available in 750ml bottles.
 
Beautiful Spanish Ciders on Draft
Written by Trent Thornberry   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:32


Beautiful Spanish Ciders on Draft!

Spanish cider is unlike any other beverage in the world. The ciders of Basque Country and Asturias are beguiling, complex, and well-loved across the globe, expressive of terroir and a mastery of wild fermentation. But Asturian cider is rarely available on draft. In fact, before we started working with the folks at Ciders of Spain, we're not sure we ever saw a keg of the stuff!

Thankfully, we do have a partnership with the folks at Ciders of Spain, and they've managed to get their hands on some truly special products. In addition to their regular lineup of Asturian offerings, we've now got a selection of several of the importer's finest ciders, available now in kegs. Check it out!

Now available:

Guzman Riestra Sidra Natural
This is a fantastic example of a traditional Asturian cider--it's mostly still and wild, with bold acidity and a rustic appearance. It's made with Spanish and French cider apple varieties for a huge aroma, layered structure, and food-friendly balance. Expect briny, funky, and wild flavors in bounds.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 30L kegs.

Viuda de Angelon Sidra Brut
Viuda de Angelon's Sidra Brut is made entirely from earthy, matured cider, refermented in package to produce a dry, festive drink with a fine, natural carbonation. If Guzman Riestra's Sidra Natural is a traditional Asturian cider, this is a more modern take--a bright sparkler for the Champagne lover.
Now available in 750ml bottles & 30L kegs.

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 & 30L kegs.


Also available from Ciders of Spain:

Fanjul Sidra Natural 12x700ml
Guzman Riestra Brut Nature 12x750ml
Sidra Avalon 24x330ml
Viuda de Angelon Diamantes de Hielo 12x375ml
Viuda de Angelon Sidra 1947 12x750ml
 
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