2013 July Beer Series

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Beer Blog, Blog | 0 comments

Flower Envy
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Somerville, MA
Slumbrew FlowerEnvySlumbrew 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, 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
The Flower Envy Saison is a saison coming in at 6% ABV, and is brewed with Noble Hops, Belgian aromatic malts and wheat. It pours a great light yellow and cloudy, and, like most saisons, the aroma that hits you when you pour it is almost the best part. It smells like citrus and light fruits, like fresh air coming off a field, and slightly of yeast. All very bright and refreshing.

Stone RuinTen  
Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA
stone ruintenStone 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.
The Stone RuinTen was originally released last year as a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the highly hopped Stone Ruination. Stone RuinTen IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has changed, as it will be a seasonal offering going forward. Between the five pounds of hops packed into each barrel. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor once again.

Terra Incognita
Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City, MO
Boul Terra IncognitoFounded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard beers are known for their full flavor, distinctive character, and unsurpassed quality. Their beers are currently available in 20 states.
Terra Incognita is a limited release collaboration between Boulevard and Sierra Nevada. It combines pale malt, amber malt and wheat for the grains, Bravo and Styrian Goldings for the hopping and is dry hopped with East Kent Goldings. It was barrel aged for three months before release. Enjoy now or cellar age to develop more complexity.

IPA
Blatant Brewery
Holyoke, MA
blatant IPABlatant 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.
Blatant is a “not too much” IPA. Is it hoppy? A little bit, but not too much. Does it have alcohol? Yes, but a relatively low 6.5% for an IPA. It is a beer that suggests having another just by being not too much.

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