March 08, 2013
Dogfish Head “Peche”
From: Milton Delaware
Style: neo-Berliner Weisse
The Beer: A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches to — get this — 4.5% ABV! Hey, extreme beers don't have to be extremely boozy! Festina is available in 4-packs and on draft during the sweaty months.
Sadly, there are only a few breweries left in Berlin still brewing the Berliner Weisse style, which is characterized by its intense tartness (some say sour). There were once over 70 breweries in Berlin alone making this beer!
In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic (or green apple-like) character. Served as an apertif or summertime quencher, Festina is delicately hopped and has a pale straw color. To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup.
In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!
IBU: 8 (definitely in Paul’s range)
Goose Island “Nut Brown Ale”
From: Chicago, Illinois
Style: Brown Ale
The Beer: This Nut Brown Ale combines the finest domestic and imported malts to produce a chestnut-hued ale of unusual complexity. Subtle notes of chocolate, honey and fine tobacco give this ale an enjoyable and satisfying “nutty” finish.
From: Brooklyn New York
Style: American Brown Ale
The Beer: Brownstone is Sixpoints bedrock; the first fortress of Sixpoint. This mahogany-hued brew has elements of roasted barley and a hop-forward profile.
Main Beer Company “Lil One 2013”
From: Portland, Main
Style: American Strong Ale
The Beer: Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. MBC (Main Brewing Company) prefers that it not be classified. MBC thinks of it, simply, as their strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate.
Breckenridge Brewery “72 Imperial”
From: Denver, Colorado
Style: Chocolate Cream Stout
The Beer: Brewed with chocolate from Colorado's very own Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., this Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is full of rich, toasted chocolate notes with hints of dark fruit. 72 Imperial will take you where you need to go. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.