2013 August Beer Series

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Black Steam Beer
Narragansett Brewing Company
Providence, RI
Narragansett Black-SteamThe Narragansett Brewing Company was founded in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA, in 1890. It was closed on July 31, 1981, and then re-established in 2005. Formerly the number one selling brand in New England, Narragansett now occupies a relatively narrow segment of the market. Originally brewed in the city of Cranston, it was famous for its drinkability and the advertising slogan, “Hi, Neighbor, have a ‘Gansett!,” most famously uttered by Boston Red Sox announcer Curt Gowdy
Imperial Black Steam is the third offering in Narragansett’s Private Stock series, a beer style selected to explore the creative boundaries of the limited-edition craft series while also celebrating the brand’s 123 years of lager heritage. The Imperial Black Steam label is designed with elements of nostalgia depicting a classic turn of the century steamship.
Brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin, Narragansett’s Imperial Black Steam delivers a chocolaty raisin and plum flavor balanced with subtle hints of black currant and spice from the Northern Brewers hops. The unfiltered American heritage-style beer was brewed with Choice malts and San Francisco lager yeast at a warmer temperature than most traditional lagers – the process that gives Common beers their signature flavor and assertive hop bitterness.

Black Racer IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Company
Cloverdale, California
Bear black racerIn the modern town of Healdsburg, lies one of America’s best and most inventive brewpubs. Bear Republic is a little brewery with a growing reputation among craft beer enthusiasts. The pub is part sports bar, and part eclectic left coast idealist – it celebrates life and all of its offerings. The brewery distributes its offerings in 22 ounce bottles in select markets across the country, including Massachusetts. Black Racer is a seasonal beer that blends Bear Republic’s love of hops with their appreciation of dark ales.

Sittin’ on Hop of the World
Slumbrew
Somerville, MA
slumbrew sitting on hopSlumbrew is all about the synergy between craft products and every day consumption. Well conceived, locally-sourced, quality products should be 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, but only a small number make their way to commercial production.
Sittin on Hop of the World is a hybrid style incorporating fruit beers and American IPAs. Their white IPA is a hybrid ale brewed with wheat malts and fermented with fresh peach puree. The aromatic essence of peach flavors combines with a world of hoppy goodness from Galena, Amarillo and Citra hops.

Oak Aged Unearthly IPA
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York
so tier oak agedFounders Phineas DeMink and Allen “Skip” Yahn started Southern Tier with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002, with equipment gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Southern Tier Brewing Company began production in the Stoneman Business Park just outside of Lakewood, New York. By 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were locally distributed, and by 2005, sales covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania.
Steadily growing, throughout 2010 it became clear that more beer needed to be produced to satisfy a growing customer base. 800 barrels of fermentation vessels has been added to the production area and a 7500 square foot addition has been added for use as a conditioning room. The constantly running brewhaus has also been expanded and updated. In early 2011 the company replaced its bottling line with the most high-tech, state of the art bottling line of its size in North America. It fills, caps and labels an impressive 8,000 bottles per hour, with the ability to package 12,000 per hour at full speed.
Oak Aged Unearthly takes the undeniably excellent Unearthly to a new level. Starting with the original recipe, Unearthly is then aged in Oak. It elegantly straddles the line between bitter and sweet with flavors like pine resin and butterscotch. ~ 99 points Rate Beer.com

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