Friday September 4
Wow, this was quite the week for beer! I arrived at work Wednesday around noon only to find stacks upon stacks of beer waiting to be put away. I certainly had my work cut out for me. Lots and lots of new product, but also lots of awesome returning product! I can’t make this thing too, too long, and with all the stuff I need to announce and mention, I should keep this introduction short. Here are the fresh arrivals (in some cases very fresh!) from this week.
Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier by Hofbrauhaus Munchen
The second Marzen to arrive this season and this one is the lighter side of this style (it’s color anyways). Sweet bread and malt, along with mellow caramel notes and spice. I’d recommend grabbing this one quick before all the other Marzens start showing up and this gets lost in the shuffle. ($4.79 for a 500mL bottle)
C4 double Coffee Brown by 8-Wired Brewing
This beer is meant to be the perfect marriage of the two greatest beverages in the world, and the result is certainly impressive. Rich coffee from Ethiopian beans merged with a double brown ale, my mouth waters just thinking about it! It has the complexity of the stout, but with a lighter body. The coffee is quite pronounced, which is what I would expect with something that wants to be the “perfect marriage”. ($10.69 for a 500mL bottle)
Hippy Berlinerweisse by 8-Wired Brewing
A fairly modern take on the old Berliner sour wheat ale. Generous amounts of vibrant fruity hops were likely used here, most of which I imagine from the southern hemisphere. Crisp, tart, lactic sour character with the typical cracker/bready malt notes. A great example of what a modern brewery can do to a classic style. ($10.29 for a 500mL bottle)
Flat white Coffee Milk Stout by 8-Wired Brewing
This is a sweet stout made with lactose and coffee. Rich coffee with mild roasty grains and chocolate notes. Mildly bitter, but balances out the sweet maltiness and lactose well enough. ($10.29 for a 500mL bottle)
Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing
This is one of the top rates IPAs in the world, and with good reason. Carefully crafted with huge fruity aromas including: mango, lemon, peach and apricot, along with some generous spice notes. The palate is very well balanced with a moderate malty sweetness and generous IBU’s to balance it out. An oily, resiny finish emphasizes the style. ($10.69 for a 650mL bottle, and $25.99 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Grapefruit Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing
This matches almost all the notes from the Sculpin, but both the flavors and aromas are enhanced greatly by the addition of grapefruit zest into secondary. Huge ruby red style grapefruit notes are prominent on both the nose and the palate, and the whole beer ended up slightly oilier than the original! Both IPAs side by side is a must for any beer geek, and then again (maybe this time not side by side) and then again the next day, and the day after. I’d say do it ad nauseam, but who could get tired of such an amazing pair of beers? ($25.99 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Even Keel Session IPA by Ballast Point Brewing
One more from this monster of a brewery, this time a session style IPA. They somehow still manage to pack 10 malts and 6 hop varieties into this mild, light and balanced session ale. They further enhance the complexity with 2 different yeast strains. This may very well be one of the most pleasant and complex session ales I’ve had. ($21.49 for a 6-pack of bottles)
Arctic Saison by Grass Roots Brewing and Anchorage Brewing
For those unaware, Grassroots brewing is a subsidiary of Hill Farmstead brewing, also known as the most consistently rated best brewery in the world. They collaborated with Alaska’s own Anchorage brewing to make this arctic style saison. An unforgivingly complex ale fermented in oak tanks with Brettanomyces. This rare offering is very limited, so please limit purchases to one per customer. ($25.99 for a 740mL bottle)
And that’s not all of course! There are so many returning beers this week it made my head spin! Hop Work’s IPA, Pig war white IPA, and Rise up read are all back in stock. Heretic’s Garmarye session pale, and the much sought after TenFiddy from Oskar Blues are also back! Last but not lease, the first of many pumpkin ales are in too! Howe Sound’s Pumpkineater is back in the usual 1L bottle format (one of my favorites!).
I think that’s about it!? Our Fall Tasting Schedule is online now, and there are a couple of goodies I think you should also check out. As always, please follow me on twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY to keep up with all the sweet stuff coming in, along with all the stuff me and the Wine Market staff happen to find funny, and neat and worthy of getting excited about.
See you this weekend!