2013 October Beer Series

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York
so tier warlockFounders 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.
If you have tasted Pumking, then you know that Southern tier is no stranger to the art of brewing with pumpkin. Pumking is a Pumpkin Ale that is built on the back of an Imperial Ale. Warlock is an Imperial Stout that happens to have pumpkins as one of its ingredients.
Pours black with heady aroma of pumpkin spices and chocolate. Taste is of pumpkin spices, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with chocolate and roasted malt tones leading to a roasty, spicy finish.

Calcutta Cutter
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Portland, Maine
rising tide calcutta cutterRising Tide’s beers are brewed by Nathan Sanborn, a Portland native. Prior to founding Rising Tide in 2010, Nathan spent more than a dozen years teaching himself about brewing, experimenting with creative recipes on his home-brewing system, and serving up his beers for feedback from friends and family. Nathan is fascinated by the science and the art of beer-making. He strives to create beers that are informed by traditional styles but with a creative, modern sensibility. All beers are handcrafted in small batches. They are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle conditioned. Haze and sediment from the live yeast in the bottle are a result of the natural process used to create these beers. For best appearance, decant carefully into a clean, clear glass.
This is Rising Tide’s homage to IPA’s. India Pale Ales are so named because the English used to brew a higher alcohol and highly hopped ale suitable to travel by ship all the way to India. The reason for IPA may have changed over the years but essence of the brew remains the same. This has a hop lovers resiny aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma. Along with the hops, there is a pretty citric flavor that emerges as the beer warms slightly with just a touch of bitterness.

Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City, MO
Boulevard Long StrangeFounded 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 25 states and the District of Columbia.
The name Tripel comes from the brewing process where three times the malt is used as compared with traditional Trappist Ales. Be forewarned that Tripel are sneaky potent. Even though Tripels feel light and vibrant, that often belies the potency, which can approach 12% (this one is about 9%).
“Pours with a quick-brimming off-white foam with a sufficient head retention as the lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Nearly crystal clear with a glowing pale golden color. Peppery alcohol, hint of tropical fruit, faint white chocolate and a little bit of medicinal phenol in the nose. Moderate crisp body is extremely fluffy with lots of rolling carbonation which is par for the style. Maltiness sets the tone with a strong foothold of light bready and doughy biscuit flavor, both the phenols and hop bitterness balance with herbal and sharp accents. The alcohol comes off a little spicy but only slightly warming, it’s a bit tame which is great, but deceiving. Dried fruitiness middle to end with apricot, pineapple, mango. The finish is close to bone dry.” ~ 100 points Beer Advocate

Audacity of Hops
Cambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge, MA
cbc AudacityFounded in 1989 the Cambridge Brewing Company is the oldest brewery-restaurant in the Boston area and one of the nations first. As pioneers of new American beer styles we offer our patrons a wide array of hand crafted original beers as well as our interpretation of classic world styles and experimental beers. Over the years our beers and our brewers have received numerous awards locally, nationally, and internationally. For two decade they staunchly resisted the temptation to reach outside the walls of the restaurant for business. Finally, in 2012, they have chosen to take the next step, offering a limited selection in bottles.
Liberally hopped to an audacious degree, our Belgian Double IPA reaches across the aisle to bridge the seemingly contradictory brewing philosophies of the old world and new. Our beer uses generous portions of Pilsner and Vienna malts to give it its hazy golden color and rocky white head. Two independent dry hop additions of Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Hallertauer, and Spalt put aside their differences to form a delicious coalition. Floral grassiness dominates the nose with fruity hints of bright citrus well represented. Its subtle spicy flavor comes from a Belgian yeast as well as generous doses of German hops in the kettle. These aggressive flavors are complemented by a determined bitterness and a full but dry finish.

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