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Omer

This pale strong ale from Flanders has splashed upon the world beer scene with great fanfare. Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal in the World Beer Cup©, OMER bested many of the world finest beers in a hotly contested category. More recently it won a Gold Medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championships for French/Belgian Ale.

Pale golden and extraordinary, OMER has a firm malt character with a pleasant hop bitterness and warm, bready aroma. It's lighter character makes it an excellent Belgian Blonde for the spring weather. Perhaps a perfect patio beer.

Deus Brut des Flanders

"Wow, what a beer!" pretty much sums up this amazing beer from Brouwerij Bosteels (brewer of house favorite Tripel Karmaliet).  The first impression is how beautiful the presentation is of the beer in the 750 ml Champagne bottle.  This is not simply a gimmick however, Deus undergoes it's original fermentation and aging in Belgium but then is actually shipped to the Champagne region in France where it is given a secondary bottle fermentation in the traditional "méthode champenoise." 

The beer is then put into riddling racks, exactly like traditional Champagne, where the bottles are turned daily and gradually tilted toward the ground. This riddling is continued until the bottles are hanging vertically with the neck of the bottle facing down, a process which takes several weeks. This twisting and tilting forces the yeast sediment to compact into the neck of the bottle. The neck of the bottle is frozen which forms a slug containing the yeast and sediment.  When the bottle closure is removed, pressure forces this slug out resulting in a crystal clear beer. Just as is done for Champagne, a "dosage" of additional Deus is added to refill the bottle before corking.

What does all this mean for the flavor of the beer? It means that this beer is absolutely the perfect union between Dom Perignon and Duvel. A brilliant spicyness and nutty flavor from the yeast with a wonderful dry flavor, surprising given the 11%+ ABV, makes this absolutely the most romatic and festive beer I have ever had. 

Hell, don't take my word for it though:

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/deus-brut-des-flandres/18912/

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/202/7661

Blue Sky Wind Power Report

Just got our annual report from Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky Program. We purchased 195,600 kilowatt-hours of wind power in 2011. We avoided 234,403 lbs of CO2 release which is the equivalent of 238,329 miles not driven or 2,756 trees planted. It turns out that we actually used 203,366 kilowatt-hours so we missed our 100% goal and ended up at 96.2% wind.

We are making that up right now by purchasing extra blocks to overshoot 2012 usage and get back to 100% wind power overall.

If you are interested in Blue Sky for you home or business check it out at http://www.rockymountainpower.net/bluesky It really isn't that expensive overall and goes a long way to helping keep our air clean. The Beer Nut and Bayou are determined to maintaining a 100% renewable power program.

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