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Kicking the Keg on 2012

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Have a happy and healthy wrap up to 2012 everyone. Here’s to even more beer and cheer in the New Year!

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December 31st, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Frangelic Mountain Brown – Founders Brewing Company (2012)

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Frangelic Mountain Brown was released in limited numbers, is the sixteenth release in the “Mountain Brown Series”and is also the fourth iteration of the breweries “Backstage Series”. These beers are culled from taproom and event only releases and pushed front and center so a wider audience can enjoy them. To quote Dave Engbers Dave Co-Founder, Vice President, Director of Brand & Education, “The goal of the Backstage Series is to allow those beer enthusiasts who don’t have the ability to make it to our taproom an opportunity to experience some of the beers that, historically, have been limited to our taproom and a handful of high exposure events,” Engbers said. “Although these beers are not brewed in large volume, it is our intention to distribute them to all of our markets.” The other three beers previously released in this series are, Blushing Monk and Canadian Breakfast Stout from 2011 and Curmudgeon’s Better Half from February 2012. Frangelic Mountain was released this past July and was a challenge to track down. Intrepid beer hunters that we are (R.I.P. MJ) securing a bottle was never in doubt. We saved this bottle for a special occasion and we were not disappointed. keep reading...

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December 21st, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise – Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon (2011)

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Cantillon Cuvee Saint Gilloise

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We were lucky enough to come across a bottle of Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise at Pizzeria Paradisio while visiting Washington, DC. The bottle was priced at $40 for a 750 ml bottle, which we decided was worth the splurge since the last time we had seen a Cantillon beer we were actually at the brewery in Brussles. Look for a post on that visit coming soon but in the meantime, let’s talk about this beer.

Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise is an oak aged, dry-hopped version of the Belgian brewery’s unblended 2-year-aged lambic (being spontaneously fermented). This beer was dry-hopped with noble German Hallertau hops and was bottled in November 2011 with the beer inside being brewed in 2009. FInding a Cantillon bottle was interesting but this brew itself is a slight oddity as unblended lambic beers are rarely served on their own. Traditionally many lambic vintages are blended for a brewery’s gueuze. Yet another odd note is Cuvée St-Gilloise was originally brewed as Cuvée Des Champions in honor of brewmaster and blender Jean Van Roy’s hometown soccer club, Brussels’ Union St. Gilles, winning the Division III championship in 2004. Unfortunately St. Gilles’ performance has been in decline since, and he can no longer dedicate the beer to “Champions” adjusting the name of the brew to Cuvée St-Gilloise. Hey at least the club still has a beer brewed in their honor! keep reading...

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December 20th, 2012 at 3:21 am

Wet Hopped Pale Ale – Long Ireland Beer Company (2012)

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Long Ireland Wet Hopped Pale Ale was produced in a very limited batch, yielding only 1500 bottles that were sold at the brewery and select distributors. This 100% brewed and bottled on Long Island beer also uses locally grown “wet”, freshly harvested, Cascade hops from Condzella’s Farm in Wading River. Having a homefield advantage of being from Long Island, we were able to obtain a bottle relatively easily. The brew itself is a golden, amber color with a foamy white head that leaves behind a substantial amount of lacing. The aroma predominately features hops (no shock there) but there are also grassy, citrus notes in play. Bready malt rounds out the scent and prepares you for the sip, which actually is not quite as diverse as the aroma would indicate. The body is a bit light and although there is a good amount of carbonation, it is not vigorous and results in a slightly creamy beer. There are hop notes present in the taste, as well as a bit of malt, but they are both on the muted side. It finishes with a hint of hoppy bitterness and citrus leaving a bittersweet aftertaste. keep reading...

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December 19th, 2012 at 1:27 am

Harvest Ale – Founders Brewing Company (2012)

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Founders Brewing Company Harvest Ale is the Grand Rapids Michigan brewery’s foray into wet-hopped ales. This well respected brewery has put it’s best foot forward with this limited release brew. Harvest Ale is released annually in Mid-October with a party at the brewery and sent out to distributors just a week later. We were able to get our hands on a 4 pack of 12 ounce bottles from a local bottle shop. It is a crisp, light to medium body brew which looks great in the glass sporting a foamy, rocky white head and a hazy golden-yellow body. There is nice, plentiful lacing and mild carbonation is clearly visible. A lively aroma is to be expected from this style and Harvest Ale delivers. When bringing up the glass notes of citrus, fruit and mild but firm backing malts greet the taster. Lemon and berry-like flavors are present and the hop aroma is a tad on the piney, bitter side. Each note seems to layer nicely with the others. The taste follows the aroma adding a medium amount of bitterness, nice mild carbonation and is a true showcase for the wet hops. The finish is semi-dry and bitter while the aftertaste echoes the citrus and fruit flavors with faint malt refrains. Harvest Ale leaves a lingering aftertaste on your palate which pushes you back to the glass for more. keep reading...

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December 18th, 2012 at 10:22 pm