March Beer Series

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Druid Fluid Barleywine Style Ale
Middle Ages Brewing Company
Syracuse, New York

Middle Ages Brewing Company is the only full production brewery in Syracuse and has been owned and operated locally since 1995. They are Middle Ages druid fluidinspired by the British Brewing tradition and all of the ales are handcrafted using only the finest ingredients including malt imported directly from England. Until recently, these beers were only available in Central NY.
A lot of people say that nothing good ever came out of Syracuse. Now I can come up with two things, three if you include Dinosaur BBQ (although that’s better if you eat it there).

Druid Fluid is an epic barleywine, made in the tradition of British Farmhouse Brewing. Lavished with a velvety blend of six different malts this is a warming beer with a lush mouthfeel. The complexities your discriminating palate will detect are ever changing as this barleywine matures. When young, an assertive hop character predominates and with age the beauty of the big malt balance unfolds. At 9.5%, this may sneak up on you and mace you over the head.


Board Meeting Brown Ale
Port Brewing
San Diego, California

In 1992, there weren’t many options when it came to locally crafted, freshly brewed beers produced in San Diego. As such, brother and sister team Port Brewing board-meetingand Pizza Port co-owners Vince and Gina Marsaglia started brewing at home. Soon, they were making more than they could leisurely drink. Yet, they really wanted to share some of the incredible brews they created with their customers too. So in October of 1992, a seven barrel brewery was installed and in 1993 the first handcrafted beer brewed on the premises of Pizza Port in Solana Beach was served.
Pizza Port became famous for fresh, hoppy beers prompting the addition of two more Pizza Port locations in Carlsbad and San Clemente. But even with three brewing systems, there wasn’t enough capacity to distribute the beers outside of the restaurants and Vince and Gina realized they needed to expand the production.

Board Meeting Brown Ale is an imperial brown ale brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. Newly released in February it joins a list of award winning beers Port Brewing and its sister company Lost Abbey. It is the first new beer to be added to the Port Brewing regular line-up since Mongo Double IPA in early 2010.


My Better Half
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Somerville, MA

Slumbrew is all about the synergy between craft products and every day consumption. Well conceived, locally-sourced, quality products should slum My Better Halfbe an every day part of our lives – not a unique occurrence. This is the spirit of Slumbrew.
Slumbrew is the research & development brand and concept of Somerville Brewing Company. Their mission is to brew unique, ingredient-driven beers that challenge common notions of what a beer should taste like. It is the result of nearly 15 years of beer travel and research by Caitlin Jewell and Jeff Leiter; and a decade of Jeff’s homebrewing recipe formulation.

While they produce a lot of small-run, pilot beers at the Slumbrew Beerlab, only a small number make their way to commercial production. The Somerville Brewing Company contracts with regional breweries to make the best recipes for wide-spread commercial release, but each recipe is an evolving process of refinement. This model for beer production provides an opportunity to experiment with innovative local ingredients to produce craft beers that stand apart from typical formulations.

It’s often said there is a better half responsible for making us whole, and so goes the inspiration for this ale. Its whole is born from a single recipe of 2-row pilsner, caramel, honey malts and cereal grains that balance with Cascade, Mt. Hood and Saaz hops. One half of the fermentation is cold lagered and the remaining half is finished as a warm ale fermentation. The result is a smooth and composed imperial cream ale well suited for contemplating your better half.


Hop Ottin IPA
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Boonville, California

Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Anderson hop OttinBuckhorn Saloon. Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat beers. These brews began as a dream of Kenneth Allen to create the smoothest tasting ales available anywhere.

When the demand exceeded the capacity of their 10-barrel brewery below the pub, the present 30-barrel facility was built at the corner of Highways 128 and 253, a mile from the center of Boonville. That was in 1996, and this brewery saw them through a dramatic period of growth, which included the introduction of a 12 ounce bottling line and a production level of 15,000 barrels in 1998, twice the amount brewed in 1997.
Handcrafted with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade hops, this beer is a showcase of bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and the resiny bitterness that hop heads crave.  With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.

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