February Beer Series

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Famine Tripel
Backlash Brewing Company
Holyoke, MA

The Backlash team is comprised of just two Bostonians – president and founder Helder Pimentel, 29, and brand manager Maggie Foley, 26.  Backlash faminePimentel has been an avid home brewer since he was old enough to have his first drink, and made Foley a craft beer convert just a few years ago.  Since then, the pair has worked diligently to turn Backlash from a pipe dream into reality.

Famine is part of Backlash’s Apocalypse Series (as in the four horsemen of the apocalypse). This Belgian Style Tripel was crafted using only one variety of malt and one variety of hop, representing the spirit of Famine, the third of the horsemen who precede the end of the world. The addition of Indian coriander and fresh orange zest add to the spicy citrus character of this beer.

Eagle Claw Fist
Clown Shoes Brewing Company
Ipswich, Massachusetts

Clown Shoes begins, and maybe ends, with a wonderful mission statement “Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free CS Eagle Clawand a little crazy.” Perfect. Clown Shoes is the brainchild of the son of a local wine merchant. It is being contract brewed by Mercury Brewing Company in Ipswich, MA, the home of Ipswich Ale. Rather than trying to explain the Clown Shoes brand to you, here are the words of brand owner Gregg Berman:

“Something’s happening, and it involves clown shoes and beer.  Clown Shoes?  Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant.  Our submission didn’t crack the top 5.  This burned me up inside.  While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer.  In no way did I expect to create a brand, figuring it would be one batch of beer for fun and then done.  But folks are digging the brews and a group of us are having a great time.  Clown Shoes has come to mean a lot to me on a lot of levels.  Clowns are questionable but the shoes make me laugh.  They remind me about humility and to find humor in life.  Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy.”

Eagle Claw Fist utilizes the same Chico yeast that shaped Hoppy Feet and Brown Angel. Canadian Two Row, English Crystal, and a little English Black Patent malt provide a sweet, balanced backbone. Simcoe, Centennial, and Citra work together to create a unique hop assault, with an intense bitterness that manages to leave your palate in one piece and is harmonized by the flavors of tropical fruits and flowers. The finish is dry.  ~ 94 points Rate Beer

Brown Angel
Clown Shoes Brewing Company
Ipswich, Massachusetts

Brown Angel was designed to have three distinct levels: a dark brown backbone with notes of chocolate and coffee resulting from the use of Maris CS Brown AngelOtter malt, aggressive American hops (Amarillo and Columbus) provide bitterness and some citrus,  while a more delicate floral finish is achieved from the use of the classic English hop, East Kent Goldings.  This is NOT your old school brown, but rather a sexy American interpretation.  At 40 IBUs and 7% Alcohol it goes down sneaky fast. ~ 93 points Rate Beer



Chocolate Sombrero
Clown Shoes Brewing Company
Ipswich, Massachusetts

Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chile plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown CS Choco SombrereoShoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That’s the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero! ~ 99 points Rate Beer

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