2014 February Beer Series

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Beer Blog, Newsletters | 0 comments

Snow Angel
Somerville, MA
Slumbrew SnowAngel“Slumbrew 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.
You may be wondering why an IPA would be labeled Snow Angel. This IPA is hoppy but does not sacrifice anything in the fullness department. While you will find familiar citrusy aromas, the surprise is in the maltiness and overall weight. The flavors start as an IPA, slowly surrendering to the malt and finishing with a crisp piney zip.
Great for soups and stews.

1775 Tavern Ale
Battle Road Brewing Company
Lexington, MA
battleroad 1775Battle Road Brewing has been a long time coming. Business partners Scott Houghton and Jeremy Cross have 35 years of industry experience between them, but when they ventured out on their own to start their own company in 2007, the economic recession hit. Their own brand would have to wait for the time being. Tapping into the region’s rich history, each beer they brew will revolve around an event in the Revolutionary War. If your memory of Revolutionary War events is a bit hazy, do not fear. There is no quiz before or after tasting this unique ale.
“Impressive looking head on top of a mildly hazed amber colored brew, mind the sediment unless you want a full on cloudy looking pour. Semi-pungent hop resin in the nose, rhubarb jam, guava, caramel and hay in the aroma as well. Incredibly smooth, semi-chewy medium body. Heavy hand of Styiran Golding hops with leafy, woody and earthy tones. Grainy with a slight biscuity flavor, nutty as well. Good balance throughout, long drawn-out after tastes is enjoyable.” ~ 88 Beer Advocate

Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, Maine
Allagash tripelAllagash Brewing Company started in 1995, as a one-man operation in a small space on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. Founder Rob Tod had worked in a brewery setting before and recognized a void within the craft brewing movement. While both German and British styles had become prevalent throughout the U.S., the ever-creative Belgian-styles were very difficult to find. Through his travels, Tod had sampled many of these unique beers and felt that the flavors and traditions of Belgium needed to be shared with the American drinking public. He designed a small 15-barrel brewhouse, gathered the finest array of authentic raw materials and began his quest towards the production of traditional Belgian style ales.
“Light to medium in body with a sweet candy sugar malt flavour. This is soon cut by herbal, grain and phenolic flavour. Hop bitterness is complacent and is only in the background. Lots of spicy alcohol with hints of celery leaves and pine. Earthy yeast with its raw exotic fruity character laces the palate with more complexity. The fruity flavour lingers with a touch of grain and a heavy hand of warming alcohol ties up the finish.” ~ 92 Wine Advocate

Cali Belgique IPA
Stone Brewing Company
San Diego, CA
Stone caliIn 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.
Craft brewers engage in a lot of “What if” thinking. In this case, they thought “what if we use Belgian yeasts in an IPA?”. Sometimes, as is the case with this beer, the answer is “why not”. This is clear golden-orange in color. Aromas of Belgian spices, sweet and lightly roasted malts, and banana emerge. The taste is herbal, leafy, fruity, and bitter – balanced by fruity yeast esters.

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