2013 May Beer Series

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Red Barn Farm Ale
The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, California
Lost Abby red barnIn 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 and 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.
This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you.

Gold Spike Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company
South Deerfield, MA
bbc gold spikeBerkshire Brewing Company Inc. is a regional brewery located in South Deerfield, MA, established in 1994 by Christopher T. Lalli and Gary A. Bogoff, a pair of homebrewers with the vision of being Massachusetts’ local brewery. The goal at BBC is to produce clean, fresh, well-balanced ales & lagers in small batches. At the present time they are capable of producing 580 barrels (17,980 gallons) of fresh beer each week. All of their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains no chemical additives or preservatives. They now produce nine styles of beer year round and seven seasonally brewed beers.
A pale golden ale, light in body featuring a crisp, clean malt flavor, Gold Spike is the perfect quaff for a warm day or when you are just looking for something a bit lighter. Brewed true to style, this interpretation of a German Kölsch uses an authentic yeast strain tracing to the beer’s ancestral home of Cologne.

Double Simcoe IPA
Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Easton, PA
Weyerbacher double-simcoeIn the beginning, Dan Weirback was a homebrewer and big fan of the blossoming new craft beers that were hitting the market. One weekend in late 1993 while vacationing in Vermont, Dan and his wife, Sue toured the Long Trail brewery, back when it was in the basement of an old mill. Dan was looking for a new business to get into but it was Sue who suggested they start thinking about starting our own brewery.
Nearly two years later, Weyerbacher Brewing Company was born in a livery stable in downtown Easton, PA. Launched in August of 1995, the original concept was to make some mainstream microbrews, like a Pale Ale and ESB. In 1997 they brewed their first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, which happened to be one of Dan’s favorite homebrew recipes. As hard as it was to get people to care about another “Pale Ale” in a sea of pale ales, people seemed to stand up and take notice of Raspberry Imperial Stout. The following year Blithering Idiot Barleywine and other Belgian beers like our Merry Monks’ Ale (originally called “Belgian Style Tripel”) were made. This was the time when their path was set. “… full-flavored high-quality brews for a discerning customer.”

“It’s a rich, dropped-bright, dark copper-colored beer with a massive meringue-like, frothy, foamy, sticky head that rises four fingers above the beer and glass. It eventually settles to a half-inch lace, retaining its froth to the last drop. Fantastic nose. Aroma is intense with resins, notes of pine, fresh-cut grass, floral, dry aspirin and a strong, prickly grapefruit that dominates. First sip is smooth, a bit chewy and juicy, with a thickish consistency. Palate is immediately coated with sticky, resiny hop oils that embed more pine, abrasive grapefruit citrus flavors, green wood and a minty back. Soapy suggestions, along with some dry aspirin. Fruity, tangerine middle, with black pepper, forest berries and warming alcohol beneath. Malts attempt to break through the onslaught of hops, providing a sweet base that tries to balance, along with some depth–charred caramel, fresh brown bread crusts and honey edges. Dry, woody finish, with raw, leafy hop oils still attached to the palate.” 90 points Beer Advocate

Rising Tide Brewing Company
Bar Harbor, ME
Rising tide spinnakerIn 1990 Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Maine’s first Cottage Brewery, followed in the foot steps of Geary’s (Maine’s first brewery) and Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brewpub and second brewery. The rest is history as the industry exploded. Run exclusively by husband and wife team Tod and Suzi Foster, with help from their daughter, Meaghan, they do everything themselves, from brewing and bottling, to labeling and delivery. In the tradition of classic Bavarian brewers, they control their product until it is dropped at their customer’s door.
Spinnaker is the big billowy sail that is used when you are sailing downwind. The feeling of sailing downwind is what the brewers of Rising Tide are aiming for with this summer wheat beer. Spinnaker is the perfect companion to a lazy summer day. With a nod to the traditional hazy wheat beers of Germany, this hefeweizen balances sweet yeast esters and spicy phenolics with a refreshing bready body. Prost!


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