2014 April Beer Series

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Fire and Blood Red Ale
Ommegang Brewing Company
Cooperstown, NY
OmmegangthronesOmmegang began brewing Belgian-style ales in 1997. Founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, owners of Vanberg and DeWolf beer import company, and three family owned Belgian breweries including Duvel Moortgat. Ommegang started up in a purpose-built building based on a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former 136-acre hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, four miles south of Cooperstown, New York in the Town of Milford. They are among the finest Belgian beers that are not produced in Belgium.
Fire and Blood is the third in a collaborative series between Ommegang and Game of Thrones TV series. 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. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles. The beer has arrived just in time for the beginning of season 4.
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.
Perfect for Red Weddings.

Imperial Stout
Blatant Brewing Company
Boston, MA
Blatant-stoutBlatant was founded by industry insider Matthew Steinberg. Mathew has brewed at Offshore Brewing Company on Martha’s Vineyard and been operations manager for Mayflower Brewing Company among his other industry jobs. They are brewing Blatant at Pioneer Brewing in Fiskdale, MA. It is host brewed, which differs slightly from contract brewing. With contract brewing, you supply the recipe to the contract brewer and they make the beer to your specifications. When a beer is host brewed, the brewery, Blatant in this case, uses the host brewery’s facilities to make the beer and after the beer is started, the host takes care of the rest of the process.
Taste is creamy sweet and roasty malts upfront, a peek of dark fruit in the middle, and smooths on through to the close with coffee and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is almost too easy. Excellent brew.
Drink with grilled meats.

Mo – Pale Ale
Maine Beer Company
Freeport, ME
Maine moMaine Beer Company is an incredibly small brewery (self titled a nanobrewery) located in Portland. Started by two home brewing brothers, David and Daniel Kleban, MBC brews on a small 2-barrel brewing system, focusing on brewing one recipe at a time. Rather than being artificially prepared for the shelves, MBC bottle conditions all their ales. The brewing brothers certainly have their hearts in the right place – their electricity is 100% wind power, they donate all their used grain, yeast and grain bags to local farmers, and 1% of their sales are donated to environmental non-profits.
Maine’s first effort at American Pale Ale. Flavors and aromas of zesty citrus, passion fruit, and pine present themselves throughout. There is a very subtle malt sweetness for balance, but this is intended to finish dry.
Great with shell fish.

Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA
stone russian imp stoutStone Brewing Co. was founded in 1996 by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in San Marcos, CA. It’s most popular brand; Arrogant Bastard Ale was unleashed upon the world in November 1997. They moved to their current facility in Escondido, CA, in December 2005. Beer Advocate named them “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” in 2008 and “the most popular and highest rated brewery – ever!” in 2009.
“Nearly syrupy from a huge malty body, carbonation is at a medium crispness with an extremely viscous mouth feel. First the flavors go sweet with maltiness are fruity flavors of black currant and prune. Malt sweetness upfront is more of a mild molasses with a deep following of roasted grain and a chocolaty backing that sticks around until the finish. Hop are thrown in for good measure but don’t seem to get in the way too much. Alcohol flexes quick with a faint solvent flavor as well as the fruitiness providing some esters for more complexity. A smoothness creeps in out of nowhere and pulls the flavors in further which saturates the taste buds. Deep within, after the brew warms up a bit there is a dark caramel flavor that sits next to beer heaven. After the initial wave of flavor there seems to be a Zen of balance as all of the flavors meld together in perfect formation. The roasted grain lingers with an endless trail cleaning up all other flavors in its wake.” 93 points Beer Advocate
Drink with grilled meats


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