September Beer Series

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Beer Blog, Newsletters | 0 comments

16th Anniversary IPA
Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, CA

Stone 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.

For this year’s Anniversary Ale, the Stone brewing team was inspired by some exotic additions of the lemony persuasion. It is a double IPA that is made with a significant amount of Rye malt, but not quite enough for it to be labeled “Rye IPA”. Even so, it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

Pepe Nero
Goose Island Brewing Company
Chicago, Illinois

When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that.

Today, Goose Island brews an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers, the best of which are then bottled at their Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in 26 states and Europe.

With an aroma of roasted chestnuts and a mysteriously dark, mahogany hue, Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. It’s roasty sweetness melds into a lingering, earthy, black pepper finish that is ideal for pairing with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, New York

Founders 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.

Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed. Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow its alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape the Pumking.

Boulevard Brewing Company
Kansas City, Missouri

Founded 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.

This beer is a collaborative effort between two of our favorite breweries, Boulevard and Pretty Things. The idea for brewing a Stingo came from Pretty Things brewers Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette. Paquette met Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels last year at the Cambridge bar Lord Hobo when Pauwels was in town for Beer Advocate’s American Craft Beer Festival. When Pauwels asked Paquette if he’d like to collaborate on a beer together, Paquette knew he needed to come up with something different. Boulevard, a 150-barrel brewery and the 10th largest brewery in the country, had only collaborated on two other beers. Pretty Things, with just four employees, had never done a collaboration beer.

Stingo is a beer traditionally made in Yorkshire, England and released on August 1. In fact, Samuel Smith has the only currently produced commercial Stingo on the market and it has not been released in the States for some time. Since Martha Holley-Paquette is originally from Yorkshire, this beer seemed to be a natural fit.


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