A little more mercantile than merry but also democratic. That is how Mobcraft in Wisconsin rolls when they brew. And this time to honor of internet buying they have a barrel aged cherry accented stout to help you get through the checkout process.
“Cyber Monday is a smooth, full bodied, black as night stout with plenty of bourbon on the nose and hints of tart cherry. It’s heavy mouthfeel leads into distinct flavors of whisky and cherry that ends with a nice long toasty finish. This Russian Imperial Stout with cherries was aged for 10 months in 12 year bourbon barrels.”
Lacombe (ravine) in Alberta is the home to our last new Canadian brewery tour, Blindman Brewing.
Who have helpfully labeled all of their beers thusly:
batch 010 2015-november-21 longshadows ipa
batch 009 2015-november-7 blindman river session ale
batch 008 2015-october-30 to-be-named imperial stout
batch 007 2015-october-23 saison lacombe: automne
batch 006 2015-october-17 robust porter
batch 005 2015-october-9 longshadows ipa
batch 004 2015-october-8 blindman river session ale
batch 003 2015-september-17 blindman river session ale
batch 002 2015-september-14 saison lacombe: automne
batch 001 2015-september-13 blindman river session ale
When you are small you can add this much detail to your beer releases and I think it is super cool for this brewery that if Twitter is to be believed, opened this very month.
We head to Orange County for a wintry Russian Imperial Stout from Barley Forge Brewing in Costa Mesa. There is also a barrel-aged version aged in Hi-West Bourbon barrels.
I have only vaguely heard about Council Brewing but the yellow of the label and the promise of mango lured me to try Beatitude Tart Saison.
Tart this one is. My first beer from Council pours a very light yellow saison looks more like a fruit soda than a beer. That sour nose is strong on this one. You can almost smell the acid on this one. There is a wheat taste underneath the tart that adds a dimension to a beer that could become one note because the mango, though present, doesn’t wrest control of the beer from the tart. At the back end the beer ends with a watery note plus a nutmeg/cinnamon hit that is there and gone very quickly.
Here is the brewery description, “Beatitude is the French word for bliss which is what we float away on whenever we enjoy this specially brewed beer. Although this Tart Saison is brewed in the historical Wallonian tradition of other low gravity, tart farmhouse ales, the magic happens when our house blend of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Saison yeast throw an out-of-this-world party in our fermenters. Aged on various fruits and bottled with precision and care – this yields a beer with a lacto forward nose, an intensely tart fruit flavor, a doughy complexity from our no-boil process, and takes the word “refreshing” to a whole new level.”
Two on the list is the punny named beer from Boulevard.
“A perfect winter beer for curling up by the fireplace, this malt blanket features prominent toffee and caramel notes with just a hint of smoked malt. A subtle spiciness is provided by hopping with Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Goldings.”
Since November is the traditional time for San Diego Beer Week. It seemed only appropriate to highlight a podcast from the greater SD region.
Hosted by Greg Homyak, Brian Beagle and Melinda Hooker who have covered Green Cellar and their barrel program in an interview with the people in Cellar 3. Or the folks behind the Bine and Vine bottle shop. They also stray from San Diego from time to time as well.
Check our their thoroughly annotated listing for each podcast and find the brewers or breweries that you want to learn more about.
We start with the holiday season off with the 8th in the series from The Bruery. If you had to guess a style for each line of the song, this would have been the easiest to get right.
“8 Maids-a-Milking is the 8th beer in our “12 Days of Christmas” series, and we’d be udderly crazy to release anything but a milk stout. So we made an imperial milk stout to stand up to whatever Old Man Winter throws our way from now through 2019 with the final release of our series. 8 Maids-a-Milking is brewed with lactose, which is commonly referred to as milk sugar. It’s the only type of sugar that is unfermentable by yeast, which adds more perceptible creaminess and sweetness to the finished beer. This mouthfeel and sweetness is complemented by robust layers of milk chocolate, subtle spice accents from our house Belgian yeast and roasty, cafe elements indicative of our take on the style. Celebrate the seasons with the best of both worlds: enjoy some now, and lay a few down for up to 4 years to be enjoyed upon the release of 12 Drummers Drumming.”
Posts will resume tomorrow with the first of the Christmas beer labels! For now, enjoy pairing great beer with great food and great friends. (or family)
Looks like the beer fan on your Christmas list will get an early gift. Beachwood Blendery will open up for a couple days next month on December 12th from 2:00pm-10:00pm and then on December 13th from 12:00pm-6:00pm
The Tasting Room Tap list will include + for sale bottles include:
Propagation Series 004 – Ale with Rye, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces
Propagation Series 008 – Ale with Spelt, Brettanomyces, and Hallertau Blanc hops
Propagation Series 016 – Ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces
Propagation Series 032 – Ale with Brettanomyces aged in Oak Barrels with Pluots
With one month until Christmas, it is time to start pondering gift ideas. No need to jump the Christmas gun but jot down this item from Thinkgeek.
Now, these may not be the best for aroma and they won’t help you judge the clarity and color but they will satisfy the astronomy nerd who also loves beer.