2014 March Beer Series

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Beer Blog, Newsletters | 0 comments

Russian Imperial Stout
Narraganset  t Brewing Company
Providence, RI
The Narragansett Brewing Company was founded in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA, in 1890. It was closed on July Narragansett Russian-Stout31, 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.

Originally created in the 18th century by the English to impress the Russian Czar, “imperial” stouts were brewed to survive the long, hard journey to Baltic regions to nourish troops, and generally offer higher alcohol content and heavy malt flavor. ‘Gansett’s Imperial Russian Stout is a sweet, full-bodied brew with a backbone of pale malt and Munich malt, accentuated by roasted malt, chocolate malt, caramel and crystal malt. The evenly-balanced stout has notes of chocolate flavors rounded out with light carbonation.  Great for soups and stews.

Brown IPA (100 Barrel Series)
Harpoon Brewing Company
Boston, MA
harpoon Brown-IPA-1Harpoon Brewing was founded in 1986, making it the first commercial brewery in Boston for over 25 years. The first beer, Harpoon Ale, was released in 1987. In 1988, Winter Warmer became the first New England seasonal brew. Octoberfest followed in 1990 and IPA was introduced as a summer seasonal in 1993. Over the years the brewery has outgrown its “craft” status. In an effort to maintain its small brewer appeal, the 100 barrel series was launched in 2003. This gave the brewers flexibility to try different flavors and combinations without committing to a full blown product launch. Not necessarily seasonal beers, these are released as they are ready for consumption. The 49th installment of the 100 Barrel Series is this Brown IPA.

In 1993, Harpoon introduced IPA as a Summer Seasonal. It was an instant hit and soon became part of the regular Harpoon lineup. Now it is the flagship of the line and the IPA that other in the industry attempt to emulate. This version of the 100 barrel series takes Harpoon IPA in a new direction by layering American hops over a base of malty brown ale.

Sweet, roasted notes of chocolate and honey malts combine with the pine and citrus of Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Cerne Pivo
Notch Brewing Company
Ipswich, MA
Notch_BSA Harvest_22oz_label_outlinesNotch, launched in 2010 is the first brewing company to focus exclusively on session. Notch was launched by Chris Lohring, a professional brewer since 1993, most notably at the Tremont Brewery in Boston MA. At a time when wineries and breweries were trying to pack more alcohol in there offerings, Notch is packing in flavor without the punch.

Inspired by the black session lagers of the Czech Republic, Notch Černe (CHAIR-nay) Pivo is malty, toasty, and infinitely drinkable. While Černe pours black, it trades the high intensity roast and bitterness of a porter or stout for the mellow malty profile of a lager. Think roasty, but think subtle roasty. It also trades the fruitiness of an ale for a cleaner lager aroma, which allows the subtle malt character to come through. Černe Pivo is Czech for “Black Beer”, and is a style wholly indigenous to the Czech Republic, yet with little awareness in the US.

Chocolate Ale
Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City, MO
Boulevard Chocolate_AleFounded 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.

In developing this beer, Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. A rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma was used. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself. Chocolate Ale is full of surprises, beginning with a glowing amber hue. The aroma is given over to earthy, fruity cocoa, with just a hint of hops. Smooth layers of dark chocolate intertwine with threads of caramel, vanilla, and nutty malt as the flavor warms and rounds to a bittersweet finish.

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