New Beers

Green Flash Beers have arrived!

Based in San Diego, CA, Green Flash has made quite an impression on the beer world. Their incredibly hoppy beers are some of the highest rated on Ratebeer.com.

West Coast IPA 95 Ibu's 8.1% ABV

As craft beer pioneers, Green Flash embarked on an expedition to brew the benchmark West Coast IPA. They ventured into the unknown and struck gold, discovering a tantalizing menagerie of hops. Simcoe for tropical and grapefruit zest, Columbus for hop pungency, Centennial for pine notes, Citra for citrus zest, and Cascade for floral aroma are layered throughout the brewing process. 98 points on Ratebeer.com

Road Warrior (Imperial/Double IPA) 80 Ibu's 9.0% ABV

Hop on and enjoy the rye of your life! Green Flash's imperial rye IPA is brewed with Columbus and Mosaic hops, rich crystal and spicy rye malts. Mosaic and Amarillo dry hopping boldly shines through in the finish. 98 points on Ratebeer.com

Hop Head Red (Double Red IPA) 70 Ibu's 8.1% ABV

A luscious beauty, Hop Head Red® exudes resinous hoppy qualities from Amarillo, Warrior and Nugget to overtake the full-bodied depths of a caramel malt base. Captivating and seductive floral aromas and alluring hop flavors are the result of dry hopping with mountains of Amarillo. 95 points on Ratebeer.com

Green Bullet 100+ Ibu's 10.1% ABV 

New Zealand grown Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops combine to create this adventurous Triple IPA. Green Bullet leaps onto your palate with bold, spicy pine and citrus flavors including tropical notes of mango and pineapple. 98 points Ratebeer.com

Imperial IPA 101 Ibu's 9.0% ABV

Reaching new heights, the mountains of Summit and Nugget hops in this intense high gravity Imperial IPA will thrill even the extreme beer adventurer. Unearth savory pine, evergreen and pineapple aromas and experience the colossal rush of a hoppy adventure. 99 points on Ratebeer.com

Double Stout 45 Ibu's 8.8% ABV

Green Flash explored 19th Century British Stout recipes, then charted a fresh course to land on a modern American version of the old-world classic. Their Double Stout encompasses the very best of both worlds. Golden naked oats, dark crystal and roasted malt offer a luscious balance of bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee. 99 points on Ratebeer.com

New Beers

Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons.

Fire and Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt and slight spice, followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character. A fruity, sweetish malt taste gives way to faint drying provided by the hops and rye. Underlying flavors of raisin and prune from the ancho chilies give way to a balanced malty and spicy finish.

La Trappe Oak Aged Quadruple

What happens when you take La Trappe Quadrupel and age it in a variety of oak barrels? You get a beer that is complex, beautiful, sophisticated and very, very limited.

The brewers at La Trappe use barrels previously used for wine, port, whisky, and sherry to impart a broad range of flavors and then blend these beers together at bottling to make a unique expression of Quadrupel, never to be repeated.

98 points ratebeer.com. 95 points Beeradvocate.com

La Trappe Jubilaris

Limited Release: One Time Only

Brewed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Abbot Dom Bernardus. Incorporating elements of his two favorite La Trappe beers—Dubbel and Isid'or—Jubilaris is malty, mild and fruity with a dark amber color.

It will not be brewed again.

St. Feuillien Speciale

Speciale is the pinnacle of the brewing art at St. Feuillien. It’s brewed in the middle of the year, aged for a minimum of 6 weeks in cold tanks and then bottle conditioned in the warm room for 2 more weeks. The result is a beer that has clean, delicious flavor and a beautiful, elegant condition. Carbonation is fine, the foam collar is creamy.

Speciale is dark brown, very full bodied and very flavorful. Aromas and flavors of fig, date and currants mingle with allspice, cinnamon and cocoa on the palate and in the nose.

97 points Ratebeer.com

St. Feuillien Belgian Coast IPA

This latest collaboration with Green Flash Brewing is a delicious blend of New World IPA and Belgian tradition. Nice spicy aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, citrus hops, fairly complex stone and tropical fruit.

90 points Ratebeer.com

North Coast Le Merle Saison

A rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas af tropical fruit.

96 points Ratebeer.com

Russian River/Sierra Nevada Brux

One of our most requested breweries is Russian River. Their Pliny the Elder has perhaps the strongest cult following of any U.S. microbrew. Well, if we all held our breath as long as possible most of us would probably pass away before we see Pliny in Utah. However, one of the great things to come out of the current trend of collaboration beers is that we are seeing beers from breweries we never thought we'd see.

This time it is a collaboration between Russian River and Sierra Nevada called Brux. Their description of it as a "Domesticated Wild Ale" is spot on. It is most certainly an American interpretation of Belgian Wild Ales. An amazingly balanced Belgian style farmhouse beer brewed using Brettanomyces but with a clear American microbrew influence. Unlike many other "Brett" beers, this one is without the sourness from Lactobacillus. At the current time the Brett is nicely mellow but we expect it to develop even more in the bottle over the next few months.

Fantome Hiver

Fantome HiverJust got in 5 cases of very rare Fantome Hiver Saison. 

750 ml @  23.00

Founded in 1988, Brasserie Fantôme has gained international attention and a cult following among lovers of craft beers. Owned and run by Dany Prignon, Fantôme is known for its unique variations on the Saisonstyle of farmhouse ale, often involving the use of herbs, spices or fruit juice. --Wikipedia

Hiver is Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so with the recipe varying each year.

Mikkeller Beer Arrivals

Just got a big order of Mikkeller beers in today.  Many new beers and a few favorites restocked. 

Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Cognac Edition)

22.00 250ml Ratebeer.com 99 points

The regular Beer Geek Brunch Imperial Oatmeal Stout is brewed with one of the world's most expensive coffees, made from droppings of weasel-like civet cats. The fussy Southeast Asian animals only eat the best and ripest coffee berries. Enzymes in their digestive system help to break down the bean. Workers collect the bean-containing droppings for Civet or Weasel Coffee. The exceedingly rare Civet Coffee has a strong taste and an even stronger aroma. Mikkeller then took this high rated beer and let it splash about in a totally fresh cognac barrel for three months. Exceedingly rare and amazing.

Brew Dog/Mikkeller I Hardcore You

11.00 330ml Ratebeer.com 99 points

I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ’n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. They apparently kinda lost count.

Black Stout 

22.00 375ml Ratebeer.com 97 points

A 17.5% ABV Imperial Stout for hardcore beer geeks only.  It is the strongest beer brewed in Scandinavia and the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date.  Seriously, if you have never had an Imperial Stout stay away and wait until you are ready.  1 case only of this beer.

Big Worse

21.00 375ml Ratebeer.com 98 points

Mark's absolutely favorite Barley Wine but at 12% ABV it is definately not a daily drinker. Brewed with additions of candy sugar and using nugget, cascade and centennial hops, this beer is truly a blend of old and new world styles.  

Single Hop Beers

9.00 330ml

Severly limited supply on these three Single Hop IPA's from Mikkeller.  We have gotten in Ctira, Sorachi Ace & Simcoe this time around.  Those in the know have all the information you need about  these beers.

Brouwerij De Molen

Molen Windmill


Brewer Menno Olivier brings 12 years of experience to his Brouwerij De Molen, which translates to "The Mill Brewery" as the operation is located in a 300-year-old windmill. He began brewing in his kitchen as a hobby, went on to brew in Westmaas and Amsterdam, and then served as master brewer of De Pelgrim, a Rotterdam city brewery. It was during his time as master brewer that he decided to open a brewery of his own, so he created De Molen in the town of Bodegraven, about 30 km north of Rotterdam.

His stainless steel plant has a capacity of 500 liters and he brews in very limited quantities, only about 5hl per year (the same output as some home-brewers!).

So why bother with bringing in such an obscure and small Dutch Brewery? How about the fact that they were #10 on Ratebeer.com's list of 100 notable breweries in the world in 2010. How about the fact that one of the beers we got has a score of 100 on ratebeer.com and another scores 99!

Storm & Averij (Storm & Damage)

22.00 750ml  Ratebeer.com score: 96

An Imperial/Double IPA: A hazy golden-orange colour with a rich firm white foam. Big fruity hop aroma with a little yeastiness of orange-peels, mango,pine-needles, peaches, hay and wet grass. Full-bodied with notes of yeast, blood oranges, mango, biscuits and orange-peels. Long orangey, juicy, bitter finish with touches of yeast and pine. Dry hopped with Czech hops (Premiant)."  9.2%ABV

Amarillo

11.00 330ml  Ratebeer.com score: 99

This beer got it's name from the American hop used in the brewing process. Amarillo is a powerful hop in aroma, flavor and bitterness. But of course other hops were used as well, creating a beautiful combination. Not a beer to drink as a session beer, but one to enjoy. 9.2% ABV

Rook & Vuur (Smoke & Fire)

11.00 330ml  Ratebeer.com Score: 94

Brewed with smoked malts and chili peppers, this beer truly is a combination of Smoke & Fire.  The huge smoke flavor and aroma turn to sweet caramel and then a mild spicyness from the peppers that starts to show and build after about half the bottle. 8.2% ABV

Hemel & Aarde (Heaven & Earth)

13.00 330ml  Ratebeer.com score 100!

Made with the most heavily peated malt in the world from the Bruichladdich distillery. Almost pitch black and opaque, small head. Furiously peated aroma, hiding the malt, licorice and dark chocolate somewhat. Very full bodied, thick mouthfeel, like fluid bread. Dark chocolate, loads of peat, lapsang souchong tea, chocolate cake, culminating in an almost endless aftertaste that also has licorice. 10.3% ABV

New Jolly Pumpkin Beers

Two New Jolly Pumpkin Beers

For our wild and crazy beer Jolly Pumpkin fans out there we bring you two more beers from their lineup. For those new to JP's beer, Jolly Pumpkin takes pride in elevating the craft of brewing into an art using old-world production methods. Their focus is on open fermentation, oak aging, and bottle conditioning. Their beers tend to have a wild, often with a tart/sour profile. They are not beers for beginners but if you are a fan of crazy, funky beers then they will be right up your alley. They are certainly a favorite for many of our staff.


Maracaibo Especial

21.00 750ml

A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!

 

Calabaza Blanca

18.00 750ml

Aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle, Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian Biere Blanche. Spiced with orange peel and corriander, you'll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish.

 

Also, back in are Oro De Calabaza and La Parcela. 

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

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad


We finally got in our shipment of this years Bourbon Barrel Quad from Boulevard. You probably missed it the last time it arrived since we might have drank most of it ourselves. Sorry but it was that good. Well, this year we ordered a bit more and a few of you might be lucky enough to get some before we drink it all.

Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel's share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.

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