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Beer Reviews
Bomber of the Month: October
Almanac Brewing Co. - Golden Gate Gose
Regular Price: $6.99
Sale Price: $5.99
Sale End: 10/31/2014
ABV: 5%
Beer Advocate: 84
Rate Beer: 90
Almanac Brewing Co. - Golden Gate Gose

First brewed about 1000 years ago the Gose style, pronounced “Gose-uh”, contains more than 50% malted wheat with the rest of the grain bill being comprised of malted barley. The beer style is most closely related to the town of Leipzig, Germany, and went through a resurgence in the late 1980s. What makes this ale an interesting one is the addition of a slightly salted water base. On top of that it is fermented with lactic bacteria as well as the brewery’s choice of yeast strain. Most are then flavored with some sort of combination of coriander, hops, or colored syrups.

Almanac Beer Company is among the many U.S. breweries helping to bring this style to the masses. Golden Gate Gose is brewed with salt, lemon verbena, and coriander. Almost all of their ingredients for this beer were produced locally in California. One interesting twist Almanac decided to do with this beer is to ferment it with their house Saison yeast instead of the typical German Hefeweizen strain. The change of yeast will produce different esters than the traditional beers have.
On to the Tasting Notes:
The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a two finger head that quickly dissipates to a nice white lacing. Coriander and lemon verbena dominate the aroma with hints of wheat, brine, and spice in the background. On the palate is a continual tart, not sour, characteristic that is surrounded by notes of wheat, coriander, lemon, lime, and salt. This is a beautiful marriage between all of these complementary spices. The Golden Gate Gose is another marvelous beer by Almanac who is putting themselves, in just four short years, on the list of great new breweries in the Country.
Food Pairing:
The first food pairing that comes to mind when drinking this beer is fresh seafood. The Gose lends itself well to this cuisine because of the light, crisp, tart characteristics it imparts, and heck, it is brewed with sea salt. Smoked salmon with black pepper, lemon juice, thyme, and other spices of choice will really bring out the best of both food and drink. Another great pairing for this Gose would be a grilled halibut with fresh lemon and rosemary. The Gose lends itself to pairing numerous dishes because of its balanced acidity and saltiness.
New Arrivals
October 9th

**Updated 10-10-14**
•Evil Twin Brewing - Yin & Yang - Imperial Taiji Black & Tan - 4pk
•Evil Twin Brewing - Molotov Cocktail - American Double/Imperial IPA - 4pk
•Evil Twin Brewing - Xmas Eve in a NYC Hotel Room - American Double/Imperial Stout -4pk
•Evil Twin/Stillwater - Classique Imperiale - Saison - Limited Singles
•Stillwater/Evil Twin - Even Less Jesus - Imperial Stout - Limited Singles
•Stillwater - Remix Lower Dens W/Brett - Saison - Limited Singles
•Against the Grain Brewery - Bo & Luke - Russian Imperial Stout - Extremely Limited Singles **Sold**Out**
•Off Color Brewing - Fierce - Berliner Weissbier - Limited 4pk
•Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal - Barrel-Aged Project Dark Bruichladdig - Belgian Dark Ale - Limited Singles
•Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal - Barrel Aged Project #6 Port - Belgian Strong Pale Ale - Limited Singles
•The Willows/Prairie - The Willows Family Ale - American Wild Ale - Extremely Limited Singles
•Gigantic Brewing - Gigantic IPA - American IPA - Limited Singles
•Gigantic Brewing - Ginormous - Imperial IPA - Limited Singles
•Mikkeller - I Beat yoU - Imperial IPA - Limited Singles
•Mikkeller/Anchorage - Invasion IPA - Farmhouse IPA W/Brettanomyces - Limited Singles
•Mikkeller - Spontanbeetroot - Lambic Style - Fruit - Limited Singles
•Mikkeller Spontanredgrape - Lambic Style - Fruit - Limited Singles
•Mikkeller Spontanredcurrent - Lambic Style - Fruit - Limited Singles
•To Øl - F*ck Art the Heathens are Coming - Grisette - Extremely Limited Singles
•To Øl Sur Mosaic - Dry Hopped Sour Ale - Extremely Limited Singles
•Brasserie Bailleux - Au Baron - Cuvee des Jonquilles - Biere de Garge - Extremely Limited Singles
•Cambridge Brewing - The Great Pumpkin - Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles
•Fremont Brewing - Interurban IPA - American IPA - Limited Singles and 6pk
•Westbrook Brewing - Gose - Gose - Extremely Limited 6pk
•Westbrook Brewing - One Claw - American Pale Ale - Limited 4pk
•Crooked Stave - Batch 100 - Sour/Wild Ale - Limited Singles
•Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller - Limoncello IPA - American-ish IPA - Limited Singles
•L’Hermitiere Cidre Demi-Sec - Cider - Singles
•Peckham’s - Boysenberry - Cider - Singles
•Burrow Hill - Kingston Black - Cider - Singles
•Upslope Brewing -Pumpkin - Pumpkin Ale - Limited 4pk
•Avery Brewing - Rumpkin - Rum Barrel-Aged Pumpkin - Limited Singles **Limit 2 Per Person**
•Hoppin’ Frog Brewery - B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher - Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Limited Singles
•Hoppin’ Frog Brewery - Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles
•Brouwerij Oud Beersel - Oude Geuze Vieille - Gueuze - Extremely Limited Singles
•Brouwerij Oud Beersel - Oude Kriek Vieille - Lambic, Fruit - Extremely Limited Singles
•Elevation Beer Co - Downpour - Imperial Fresh Hop Red Ale - Limited Singles
•The Bruery - Autumn Maple - Belgian-Style Brown Ale W/fall flavors - Limited Singles
•The Bruery - Smoking Wood - BA Imperial Smoked Porter - Limited Singles
•Great Divide Brewery - Hibernation Ale - English-Style Old Ale - 6pk
•Shipyard Brewing - Smashed Pumpkin - Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles
• **Southern Tier – Pumking – Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Limited Singles**
• **Southern Tier – Warlock – Imperial Pumpkin Stout – Limited Singles**
Beer Reviews
Bomber of the Month: October
Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Ale
Regular Price: $9.99
Sale Price: $7.99
Sale End: 10/31/2014
ABV: 8.2
Beer Advocate: 91%
Rate Beer: 98 Points
Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Ale

The Saison, as a style, has been around in some form or another since the early part of the 1600s. It originated in the southern half of Belgium, Wallonia region, where the language is predominately French. This ale was brewed once a year in the fall and consumed a year later during the harvest. It has not been until recently that American brewers have really grabbed a hold of the style and started making it their own.

Prairie Artisan Ales is one of those breweries devoting a good portion of their brewing capacity to producing Belgian Farmhouse Ales. Prairie ale is a traditional Saison brewed with ingredients that would likely have been around back when the style was created. Instead of using new high alpha acid hops, such as other breweries do, they decided to utilize Saaz and other varieties that add spiciness and allow the yeasts to shine through. This is truly a classic style made in the new world.
On to the Tasting Notes:
Upon initial pour the carbonation ascends to the top of the glass with large, pure white, bubbles. The hue of the beer is an almost bright yellow with just a hint of cloudiness from the yeast. The aromas of spice, citrus, and a slight funkiness are quite pleasant and not uncommon for the style. The first sip brings thoughts of lemon, some dry tartness from the Brettanomyces, and unmistakable scent of fresh baked bread warm from the oven. The citrus and subtle dry spiciness linger for a bit on the palate before finishing. This will leave one wanting to take a next sip and enjoy the process once again. Prairie has created a delicious representation of the style and theirs is best enjoyed in any season!
Food Pairing:
There are a few different ways one could take pairing this delicious Saison. First, playing off the spicy and earthy characteristics, it lends itself to pairing with Asian and Middle-Eastern dishes. A nice Pad Thai with lemon, ginger, and fresh spices, or a gyro with seasoned lamb and Mediterranean spices would complement each other nicely. Another route that would work perfectly for this beer would be roasted chicken with garlic and thyme. The Saison would be transparent enough to let the subtle nuances of how the bird was prepared shine through while adding a nice dry citrus note to it.
New Arrivals
October 3rd

• Russian River - Consecration - Dark Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels - Limited Singles, one bottle per person **Sold Out**
• Russian River - Sanctification - 100% Brett Fermented Golden Ale - Limited Singles, one bottle per person *Sold Out**
• Russian River - Pliny the Elder - Double India Pale Ale - Limited Singles, one bottle per person **Sold Out**
• Ballast Point Brewing - Sculpin - India Pale Ale – Limited 6 pack bottles
• Ballast Point Brewing - Big Eye - India Pale Ale – Limited 6 Pack bottles
• Ballast Point Brewing - Pale Ale – Limited 6 pack bottles
• Ballast Point Brewing - Calico Amber – Limited 6 pack bottles
• De Proef - Long of Tooth - Old Ale - Collaboration with Surly - Limited Singles
• Brewery Ommegang - Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis - Dubbel Ale - Limited Singles, two bottles per person
• Cigar City Brewing - Happening Now - Session IPA - Limited 4 pack cans
• Epic Brewing - Big Bad Baptist - Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs and Coffee Beans
• Green Flash Brewing - Green Bullet - Triple IPA w/Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops
• Coronado Brewing - Idiot IPA - India Pale Ale - Limited 4 pack bottles
• Coronado Brewing - Islander IPA - India Pale Ale - Limited 6 pack bottles
• Coronado Brewing - Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - American Stout - Limited Singles
• Ska Brewing - Hoperation Ivy - American IPA
• Rogue Ales - Rogue Farms GYO Pumpkin Patch Ale - Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles
• Wynkoop Brewing - Pumpkin Ale - English - Style Brown Ale - Limited 6 pack cans
• New Belgium – Lips of Faith Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout – Limited Singles
• Elysian Brewing – Night Owl – Pumpkin Ale – Limited Singles
• Elysian Brewing – Dark of the Moon – Pumpkin Stout – Extremely Limited Singles
• Elysian Brewing – Punkuccino – Coffee Pumpkin Ale – Extremely Limited Singles **Sold Out**
• Elysian Brewing – Space Dust – American IPA – Limited Singles
• Stone Brewing – Enjoy By IPA – American Double/Imperial IPA – Limited Singles
• Firestone Walker – Velvet Merlin – Oatmeal Stout – 6pk Bottles
• Upslope Brewing – Pumpkin – Pumpkin Ale – Limited 4pk Cans
• Prairie Artisan Ales – Fred’s Blend – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout – Extremely Limited Singles **Sold Out**
• Prairie Artisan Ales – Coolship Truck – American Wild Ale - Extremely Limited Singles **Sold Out**
• Prairie Artisan Ales – 2nd Anniversary Ale – Extremely Limited 3 Liter Singles
New Arrivals
October 1st

  • • Cascade Brewing - The Vine - American Wild Ale - Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
    • Cascade Brewing – Blackcap Raspberry – American Wild Ale - Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
    • Cascade Brewing - Strawberry - American Wild Ale - Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
    • Jester King Brewery - Wytchmaker - Farmhouse Rye IPA - Limited Singles
    • Jester King Brewery - Noble King - Hoppy Farmhouse Ale - Limited Singles
    • Jester King Brewery - El Cedro - Hoppy Cedar-Aged Ale with Brett - Limited Singles
    • Jester King Brewery - Das Wunderkind - Saison - Limited Singles
    • Jester King Brewery – Biere De Miel – Farmhouse Ale Brewed with Honey - Limited Singles
    • Perennial Artisan Ales - Savant Blanc - 100% Brettanomyces fermented Belgian Blonde Ale aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes - Limited Singles, one bottle per person
    • Fremont Brewing - Interurban IPA - 6 pack cans, limited
    • Fremont Brewing - Universale Pale Ale - 6 pack cans, limited
    • Oakshire Brewing - Watershed IPA - 6 pack cans, limited
    • Rhinegeist Brewery - Truth IPA - 4 pack cans, limited
    • Avery - Rumpkin - Rum Barrel - Aged Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles, two bottles per person
    • Cigar City Brewing - Happening Now - Session IPA - Limited 4 pack cans
    • Epic Brewing - Big Bad Baptist - Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs and Coffee Beans
    • Green Flash Brewing - Green Bullet - Triple IPA w/Pacific Gem and Green Bullet hops
    • Coronado Brewing - Idiot IPA - India Pale Ale - Limited 4 pack bottles
    • Coronado Brewing - Islander IPA - India Pale Ale - Limited 6 pack bottles
    • Coronado Brewing - Blue Bridge Coffee Stout - American Stout - Limited Singles
    • Ska Brewing - Hoperation Ivy - American IPA
    • Rogue Ales - Rogue Farms GYO Pumpkin Patch Ale - Pumpkin Ale - Limited Singles

New Arrivals
September 30th

  • Oakshire- Amber- 6 pack cans
  • Oakshire- Watershed IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Oakshire- Espresso Stout- 6 pack cans
  • Oakshire- Hermanne 1882- American Wild Ale brewed with Muller Thurgau grapes and aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Oakshire- Funk d’Farmhouse- Farmhouse Ale partially aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Westbrook- Gose- Tart wheat ale brewed with salt and coriander- 6 pack cans
  • Westbrook- IPA- 4 pack cans
  • Westbrook- White Thai- Belgian Style Witbier brewed with Lemongrass, Gingerroot and Sorachi Ace hops- 4 pack cans
  • Westbrook- One Claw- Pale Ale- 4 pack cans
  • Trou du Diable- Dulcis Succubus- Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Fantome- Saison- Very limited singles
  • Fantome- Pissenlit- Saison brewed with Dandelions- Very limited singles
  • Fantome/Jester King- Del Rey- Saison- Extremely limited singles
  •  Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller- Limoncello IPA- IPA fermented with Lacto and brewed with Lemon Juice, Zest and Lactose- Very limited singles
  • Mikkeller- 1000 IBU- Intensely hopped IPA- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller- It’s Alive Rhubarb- Wild Ale brewed with Rhubarb- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller- Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter Barrel Aged- Porter brewed with Orange, Yuzu and aged in Grand Mariner Cognac barrels- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller- SpontanGooseberry- Lambic aged on Gooseberry fruit- Limited singles
  • De Molen- Hel and Verdoemenis Bourbon Barrel Aged- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels- Limited singles
  • Brewfist/Prairie- Spaghetti Western- Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee, Cocoa Nibs and Spaghetti- Limited singles
  • Mahr’s- Ungespundet Lager- Unfiltered Lager
  • Monchshof- Schwarzbier- 5 Liter mini keg
  • Het Nest- Kleveretien- Quad brewed with Anise- Singles
  • Hofbrouwerijke- Anarkriek- Belgian Style Stout brewed with Cherries- Singles
  • De Proef- Flemish Primitive #3- Belgian Wild Ale- Singles
  • Fremont- Bonfire- Winter Warmer- 6 pack cans, 22oz singles
  • Fremont- Interurban IPA- 6 pack cans, 22oz singles
  • Fremont- Universale Pale Ale- 6 pack cans
  • Left Hand- Warrior IPA- Fresh Hop IPA brewed with whole cone Colorado Cascade hops- Singles
  • River North- Barrel Blonde- Belgian Style Blonde aged 1/3 in Bourbon, 1/3 in Rye and Vermouth and 1/3 in whiskey vermouth and sweet vermouth barrels- Limited singles
  • Stone- Stochasticity Hibiscusicity- Belgian Style Golden Ale brewed with Hibiscus and Orange Peel- Singles
  • New Holland- Woodsman- Pale Ale aged in Oak barrels- Limited 6 packs
  • Almanac- Cerise Sour Blonde-  Sour Blond Ale aged in oak barrels with Cherrys added- Limited singles
  •  Almanac- Dark Pumpkin Sour- Sour Dark Ale aged in oak barrels with Pumpkins added- Limited singles
  • Almanac- Heirloom Pumpkin- Barleywine aged partially in Brandy and Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Oakshire- Hellshire IV- Old Ale aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels- Very limited singles
  • Rhinegeist- Truth -IPA- 4 pack cans
  • Rhinegeist- Franz- Oktoberfest- 4 pack cans
  • Paradox Deux- Sour Ale aged in wine barrels- Limited singles
  • Avery- PumpKYn- Imperial Porter   nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves
  • Odell- 180 Shilling- Imperial Scotch Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles 
  • Dry Dock- Imperial  Pumpkin Ale- Pumpkin Ale brewed with Saigon and Indonesian Cinnamons, Nutmeg, Ginger, Allspice, Mace, Cloves - Limited Singles
Beer Reviews
Bomber of the Month: September
Amager Rye Porter
Regular Price: $10.99
Sale Price: $7.49
ABV: 8.5
Beer Advocate: 90
Rate Beer: 99
Amager Rye Porter

While Rye is seemingly all the rage in American brewing, this grain has a long history within the Danish scene. Quite a fundamental part of the culture and one that defines flavors across the culinary landscape, rye is distinctly particular as a flavor. Tasting of grass and herbal mint tones but still having a woody, somewhat walnut sort of bitterness, rye seems to have been perfectly suitable for an application to beer. While yet another placement of interest that the Danes know a bit too well, the porters and stouts coming from Denmark have tones and characteristics all their own. Roasted flavors are pronounced and lean almost on the charred and acrid side. These blistered flavors are supported by a balancing semi-sweet chocolate tone that gives deep satisfaction (think of boldly smoked bbq that glistens with a sticky glaze of sweetness and how the way its abrasive flavor easily take one’s senses over). Danish dark beer and rye malts, it almost doesn’t get much more appropriate.


The Amager brewery is widely respected by countless contributors to the movement of current micro-styled beers. Mikkeller cut his teeth on their system while the polarizing brother at Evil Twin once formulated oak aged creations, even Shaun Hill of Hill Farmstead fame conceptualized new recipes with the Amager crew. While not the ultimate defining force for Danish beer, they certainly are a major contributor to the history and high status of importance within Scandinavian beer culture.
On to the Tasting Notes:

Amager’s Rye Porter pours with full bubbles that collect with a striking russet tone of deep brown. The nearly black liquid rests beneath the frothy carbonation and entices with a sleek onyx appearance. Amazingly fresh aromas of cut grass and wild herbs emerge from the glass that somewhat contradict what would have been expected in a beer that is so dark. Anise, molasses, sesame and dill are pronounced but met with the typical Porter presence of cocoa, caramel and coffee. The rye isn’t out of place in this beer, instead; it contributes a very focusing dynamic that singularly separates it from just about any other on the market.


The first flavor of the beer holds as much intensity as was detected on the aromas; radish tops, citrus, lemon balm, sourdough and spicy peppers hit the palate with a wonderful uniqueness of character. Very bold in their presence but the flavors settle and allow for all the chocolate, nutty and baked bread undertones to come to light. The beer has a richness but one that isn’t by way of sticky sweetness. The caramelized edge is subdued beneath the nutty, herbal and roasted tones, all of which add up to define the composition of the beer’s nature. Amager’s Rye Porter is boldly layered with memorable nuances that give a glimpse to how dark beers are crafted a world away.
Food Pairing:
One can’t drink this beer without an image of the ubiquitous Rugbrød coming to mind. The famous Danish rye bread began the initial thought process for the Rye Porter in the first place and it would only be appropriate to have a small offering alongside. The grain would unify throughout while the highly umami flavors of the sourdough would align in a most singular way. To contrast the chewy tones of the beer, pickled items or bold cheeses could stand up and make for an interesting interplay. Smoked salmon, spicy shrimp or steamed clams would bring out a mid-palate mineral note that only seafood could find. Stewed tomatoes, long braised beans or deeply cooked leafy greens are also suitable; add a unctuous piece of hearty lamb to really see the sparks fly and drive home a pairing not soon to be forgotten.
New Arrivals
September 18th

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Cherry Funk- Sour Ale aged on Cherries- Limited singles
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Prairie Hop- Belgian Style Saison dryhopped with Simcoe and Citra hops-
  • Firestone Walker- Velvet Merkin- Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Russian River- Temptation- Sour Ale aged in Chardonnay wine barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Perennial- Peach Berliner Weisse- German Style Sour Wheat Ale brewed with Peaches- Limited singles
  • Black Shirt Brewing- Red Evelyn- Imperial Rye IPA brewed with Belgian Candi-Sugar and Wild Flower Honey- Limited singles
  • New Belgium- Le Terroir- Dry hopped sour- Limited singles
  • Ommegang- UpsideBrown- Farmhouse Brown Ale bottled with Brettanomyces- Limited singles
  • Stone/Chris Banker/Insurgente- Xocoveza Mocha Stout- Imperial Milk Stout brewed with Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Chile Peppers- Limited singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Angel’s Share- American Strong Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Port- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • New Holland- Dragon’s Milk- Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- 4 packs
  • Stone- Coffee Milk Stout- 6 packs
  • Firestone walker- Wookey Jack- Black Rye IPA- 4 packs
  • Victory- Festbier- Oktoberfest style Lager- 6 packs
  • Victory- Moon Glow- Weizenbock- 4 packs
  • Denver Beer Co.- Hey Pumpkin- Pumpkin Ale- 6 pack cans
  • Boulevard- Hibiscus Gose- German Style Sour Wheat brewed with Salt and Hibiscus- 6 packs
  • New Belgium- Pumpkick- Pumpkin Ale brewed with Cranberries, spices and lemongrass- 6 packs
  • Upslope- Thai  Style White IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Sierra Nevada- Ovila- Belgian Style Tripel- 4 packs
Beer Reviews
Bomber of the Month: September
Jolly Pumpkin: Maracaibo Especial
Regular Price: $15.99
Sale Price: $11.99
Sale End: 9/30/2014
ABV: 7.5
Rate Beer: 98
Jolly Pumpkin: Maracaibo Especial

The legendary Michigan brewery of Jolly Pumpkin is perhaps one of the singular defining entities when discussing the important status of American breweries focusing on all things wild. One of the very first breweries in the country to craft beers that all see time in oak barrels, Jolly Pumpkin set out to define a vision that was all but scarce. Their method for creation allows for a wide family of beers that all share a similar 'wild' character from their house cultures of bacteria and Brettanomyces yeast. Intricate and varied but still amazingly structured and full of life, Jolly Pumpkin's beers are singular experiences that have very few rivals.

 

The signature flavors and style of Jolly Pumpkin blossom with extend bottle aging (one is almost required to allow for at least 3 months of waiting before opening). At the 6 month mark, the wild yeast used for bottle conditioning is fully present offering distinct earthy aromas of hay and wild herbs in addition to that quality simply described as 'funky'. (The date for the beer reviewed came from a November 2013 batch). 

 

Have your glass at the ready; JP's beers are always excited to emerge from their glass containers with a bubbling fury of energetic foam. Floral with marmalade and preserved fruit notes, some woody tones with a slight tang of cherry and a vinous sort comparison. The cinnamon used is welcoming with a zesty spiciness that works wonderfully well with the wild yeast's tropical and slightly gamey qualities. Sourdough bread, currants, gape leaves and black tea give a deep range of aromas that entice as only oak aged beer can.

On to the Tasting Notes:

The first sensation hits the palate with tart cherries and dried fruits. Concentrated and expressively tart, the funky side of the beer immediately builds mid-palate with woody notes that are as heady as they are complex. Leather and charred oak, figs and toasted nuts, cranberries and cinnamon sticks are all present with waves of flavor. The sour edge of the beer holds though and leaves a pucker on the tongue while a spicy sort of bitterness lasts long after the liquid is swallowed. The range of sensations and the variety of flavors are wide and only contribute to the beer's overall mystic. Intricately layered but not overly blatant as something that can easily be defined; simply another offering from Jolly Pumpkin that keeps us guessing.

Food Pairing:

Brilliant with anything containing an edge of roast; be it assorted root vegetables, whole chickens, thick slices of hearty squash or a glistening rack of ribs. The natural dark flavors of the beer together with the added level of acidity would bring just the range of qualities needed for anything with a degree of char. The earthy and umami depth of dry-aged beef could unify with Maracaibo on the same level that a dusty and tannin rich bottle of Bordeaux might. This is another beer that wouldn't stray from the sharp flavors of garlic or onions, the more concentrated the better; French onion soup, braised garlic smeared on toast or Middle eastern lamb filled onion rolls. Grab a special wheel of ultra-rip washed rind cheese; a beer like this needs a memorable partner with the same degree of intensity.

New Arrivals
August 29th

  • Evil Twin- Ron and the Beast Ryan- Brettanomyces fermented Honey Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Femme Fatale Sudachi- Brettanomyces fermented IPA brewed with Sudachi Citrus- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Femme Fatale Kabosu- Brettanomyces fermented IPA brewed with Kabosu Citrus- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- I Love You With All My Stout- Imperial Stout- 4 packs and 12 ounce singles
  • Evil Twin- Hipster Ale- 4 pack cans
  • Against the Grain- There Gose the Neighborhood- Tart Wheat Ale brewed with Roasted Red Pepper, Cilantro, Calamansi Fruit, Sea Salt and Coriander- Limited singles
  • Against the Grain- Mac Fanny Baw- Rauchbier brewed with Beechwood and Peat smoked malts, Alderwood Smoked Salt and aged in Bourbon Barrels- Limited singles
  • Against the Grain- Brettish Bulldog- English Style Old Ale brewed with Brettanomyces- Limited singles
  • Grist- Berliner Weisse- Tart Wheat Ale- Limited singles
  • Grist- Staple- English Style IPA- Limited singles
  • Avery- The Kaiser- Imperial Oktoberfest- Limited singles
  • New Belgium- Hop Kitchen #7- Hop the Pond- Double IPA- Singles
  • Ayinger- Oktoberfest- Märzen Lager- Limited singles
  • Prost- Oktoberfest- Märzen Lager- 6 packs
  • Left Hand- Oktoberfest- Märzen Lager - 6 packs
  • SKA- Rudie- Session IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Sanitas- Saison- 6 pack cans
  • Funkwerks- Tropic King- Saison- 4 packs
  • Stillwater- A Saison Darkly- Black Saison brewed with Rose Hips, Hibiscus and Schisandra Berries- 4 pack bottles
  • Stillwater- Brontide- Black Ale- 4 pack cans
  • Off Color- Troublesome- Gose- Tart Wheat Ale brewed with Salt and Coriander- Limited 4 packs
  • Dogfish Head- Punkin' Ale- Pumpkin Beer brewed with Brown Sugar and Spices- Limited 4 packs
  • Green Flash- Double Stout- 4 packs
  • New Arrivals
    August 21nd

  • Mikkeller/To Øl- Betelgeuze- Dry Hopped Lambic- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt de Tronçais- Light Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt de Tronçais- Medium Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt du Centre- Light Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt du Centre- Medium Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt Limousine- Light Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- French Oak Series- Forêt Limousine- Medium Toast- Barleywine aged in French oak barrels
  • Mikkeller- It's Alive!- Rhubarb- Wild Ale brewed with Rhubarb- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller/El Cellar de Can Roca- Hoppy Pilsner brewed with Columbus, Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Motueka Hops- Brewed for the world's #1 restaurant- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller/drumBAR- Golden Sap- Imperial Pilsner aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Brasserie- Au Baron- Cuvée des Jonquilles- French Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles
  • Brasserie Thiriez- Blonde- French Farmhouse Ale dry hopped with whole leaf hops- singles
  • Brasserie Thiriez/Get Radical- Train To Mars- French Farmhouse Ale brewed with Mosaic, Aramis and Simcoe hops- Singles
  • Timothy Taylor- Landlord- Pale Ale- Limited singles
  • Brauerei Gõller- Rauchbier- Limited singles
  • Kulmbacher Brauerei- Mönchoff Kellerbier- Unfiltered Lager- Limited singles
  • Birrificio Torrechiara- Spontaneously fermented wild ale aged in French oak barrels- Limited singles 
  • De Molen/Närke- Goths & Vandals- Strong Dark Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • De Molen/Anchorage- Mud & Funk- Imperial Stout aged in Wine and Bourbon barrels and conditioned with Brettanomyces- Limited singles
  • Anchorage- Galaxy IPA- Batch #6- White IPA brewed with Coriander, Kumquats and peppercorns and fermented in oak foudres then dry hopped with Galaxy hops- Limited singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Harvest- Single Hop IPA brewed with Equinox hops- Limited singles
  • Elevation- Wild Flowers- Imperial Saison- Limited singles
  • Elevation- Fan Boy- Imperial IPA aged in New American oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Deschutes- Pine Mountain- Pilsner- Singles
  • Avery- The Beast- Strong Belgian Style Dark Ale- Limited singles
  • Southern Tier- Warlock- Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkins- Limited singles
  • Southern Tier- Pumking- Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Limited singles 
  • Epic/DC Brau- Fermentation Without Representation- Imperial Porter brewed with Pumpkins and spices- Limited singles
  • Epic- Fest Divious- Märzen style Lager- Singles 
  • Dry Dock- Imperial Stout- Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- Limited singles
  • Aspen- Sour Brett Golden Ale- Saison aged in wine barrels- Limited singles
  • Funkwerks- Saison- 4 packs
  • Anderson Valley- Highway 128- The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Ale- Tart Wheat Ale brewed with Coriander and Salt- 6 pack cans
  • Anderson Valley- Fall Horinin'- Pumpkin Ale- 6 pack cans
  • Santa Fe- Oktoberfest- German Style Märzen Lager- 6 pack cans
  • Dude's Brews- Leaves of Lemongrass Wit- Belgian Style Witbier brewed with Orange zest, Coriander and Lemongrass- 4 pack cans
  • Dude's Brews- Riot Rye Ale- Rye Ale brewed with Peppercorns- 4 pack cans
  • Firestone Walker- Oaktoberfest- German Style Märzen Lager- 6 pack bottles
  • Elysian- Night Owl- Pumpkin Ale brewed with spices- Limited 6 packs
  • Drie Fonteinen- "3" Tumbler glassware
  • De Struise- Tulip glassware
  • Amager- Tulip glassware
  • Fantome- Tulip glassware
  • Jolly Pumpkin/Maui- Sobrehumano Tulip glassware
  • Rittergus Gose- Glassware
  • Au Baron- Cuvée des Jonquilles Tulip glassware
  • New Arrivals
    August 15th

  • Casey Brewing and Blending- Saison- Batch 2- Belgian Style Saison brewed with 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of Saison yeast, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, fermented in open barrel fermenters and then transferred and aged further in neutral oak barrels- Very limited singles, 6 bottles per person.
  • **Update**
  • Stone- 18 Anniversary IPA- The Hoppiest Gold Brown IPA On Earth- Imperial Brown Ale dry hopped with El Dorado hops- Limited singles
  • Gigantic- Ginormous Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Gigantic- Volta Imperial Saison- Limited Singles
  • Gigantic- IPL- Limited Singles
  • Gigantic- IPA- Limited Singles
  • Trinity- Wild Swinger- IPA fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Copper Kettle- Sobremesa- Pale Ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Agave and Lime- Limited singles
  • Lagunitas- Imperial Red Ale- Singles
  • Denver Beer Company- Graham Cracker Porter- 6 pack cans
  • Denver Beer Company- Incredible Pedal- IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Wynkoop- Patty's Chile Beer- Golden Ale brewed with Green Chili Peppers, Anaheim Peppers and Smoked Ancho peppers- 4 pack cans
  • Sierra Nevada- Flipside- Red IPA- 6 packs
  • Sierra Nevada- Narwhal- Imperial Stout 4 packs
  • **Update**
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Deschutes Cinder Cone Red Ale
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2014
    ABV: 5.3
    Rate Beer: 95
    Deschutes Cinder Cone Red Ale

    The Deschutes Brewery is one of a few businesses that makeup the ‘second wave’ of American Mico-breweries. Breweries of this status are varied and those that begun in the mid-eighties into the early-nineties are representative of a different era given the long climb that was needed to cross into the 2000’s when ‘craft’ beer really began to be understood. Originating from Bend, Oregon in 1988, their bottled beers are just now barely making distribution across the Mississippi river. Deschutes took their time to expand and grow while allowing their beer to slowly creep across the country in a natural progression. With their successful track record and the confidence of the previous decades worth of trials, Deschutes is steadily moving forward into the future without wavering from what defines them.


    While the brewery is known for making a splash with barrel aged, heavily hopped and wild beers, a different direction was taken to expand into the market with added bottled offerings. A new lineup was conceived for a 2014 summer release some were new, others were only had at pub locations and one was an old favorite that finally makes a long awaited return. Cinder Cone is back and thankfully so given that it can easily be the defining example of what the American Red Ale style should be.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The beer offers a deep copper color and a crisp white head as it is poured from the bottle. Slightly sweetened orange marmalade and pine resin aromas invite the senses and create an immediate sensation for the first desirable sip. Hops are quite prevalent adding lemon verbena, lime zest and pine focused aromatics, all of which, work off of the semi-sweetened baked biscuit and roasted barley side of the beer. Highly malt driven but tame on the perceivable sweetness with just the right amount of hop freshness allows Cinder Cone to create a sense of thirst from the aromatics alone.


    Roasted malt flavors fill the palate upon first sip; honey and almond skins are envisioned just as the herbal qualities of the hops kick in. Somewhat woody but not at all astringent, the hops lend a nice bitterness that holds into the boldly dry finish. The flavor is direct but so fully integrated that a full pint’s worth goes down with ease. Somewhat peppery from the Amarillo and floral from Tettnang varieites, Cinder Cone isn’t overdone with hop attributes. The biscuit and fresh bread flavors are smooth on the tongue giving a pleasant rounded edge to the rest of the beer. Red Ales are made for all to enjoy, a little something for everyone.

    Food Pairing:

    Highly savory foods would be the initial thought for a beer like Cinder Cone to play off of. Those that incorporate bread, in its various forms would drive the composition even further. Salty pretzels and spicy mustard, seed studded bagel sandwiches, buttery brioche and a small slice of pâté, classic César salad with crunchy croutons and even French onion soup coming with the molten cheese that conceals the drowned baguette slice would all bring that slight umami flavor to the forefront. Grains would be another direction to take a beer such as this; one-pot rice dishes, hearty farro salads, bulgur wheat with lamb or creamy grits with just a touch of heat should all find a pleasant earthy note to unify with a beer such as Cinder Cone.

    New Arrivals
    August 9th

  • Crooked Stave- St. Bretta- Summer- Batch 3- Wild Ale fermented in oak foudres with Tango Mandarin cirus juice- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Oude Tart- Flemish Style Sour Red Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Tart of Darkness- Sour Stout aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Avery- 5 Monks- Belgian Style 'Quintuple' Ale aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Trinity- Passion Swing- American IPA aged on Guava, Passion Fruit and Red Grapefruit- Limited singles
  • Deschutes- Armory XPA Experimental Pale Ale- Singles
  • Left Hand- Wake Up Dead- Imperial Stout- Singles
  • Delirium- Red- Belgian Strong Golden Ale aged on cherry juice- Singles
  • AC Golden- Colorado Native IPL- India Pale Lager- 6 Packs
  • Uinta- Punk'n- Pumpkin Ale brewed with spices- 6 pack bottles and cans
  • New Belgium- Snapshot- Tart Wheat Ale- Limited 12 Pack Cans
  • Blue Moon- Harvest Pumpkin Ale- Amber Ale brewed with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Allspice- 6 packs
  • Blue Moon- Cinnamon Horchata Ale- Ale brewed with Cinnamon and Rice- 6 packs
  • Anthem- Hops- Cider 'dry hopped' with Cascade hops- 4 packs
  • Woodchuck- Hopstation- Cider 'dry hopped' with Cascade hops- 6 packs
  • Bordatto- Basandere- Basque Cider- Blend of 19 estate grown heirloom apples fermented separately with indigenous yeast- Very limited singles   
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Epic Brewing Straight Up Saison
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.49
    Sale End: 8/31/2014
    ABV: 7
    Epic Brewing Straight Up Saison

    While based deeply in the long history of Belgian brewing, the Saison style is beginning to emerge on the current scene of modern brewing to great praise. The old classics of the Saison category are rustic and varied with earthy comparisons that contribute a sense of mystery to the consumer. Highly carbonated, dry on the palate and tremendously refreshing with their edge of citrus; the Belgian Saison are truly an example all their own.

    The new representations sometimes only merely echo the traits found in the old world; more obvious fruit tones and while highly yeast driven, the traits are not as varied and can sometimes  lack the energy and liveliness of their Belgian counterparts. Thankfully, there are some modern examples that do the Saison style justice.

    Originally a Salt Lake City transplant, the Epic Brewing Company came to Denver to open a second home that has quickly become a new city staple. Showcasing a staggering degree of different options that range from the bold and barrel aged to the basic and simplistic all while achieving a sincere level of enjoyment. With an understanding of proper restraint and titling their rendition appropriately; Epic's Straight Up Saison is a no nonsense take on the style.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Delicate aromas of ripe pears and green apples jump from the bottle once the beer is opened. The distinct Saison yeast traits are inviting with zesty freshness and hold just the slightest edge of tropical comparisons. Hoppy levels are at a minimum but herbal tones are still apparent and only add to the bright and green tone of the beer. While obviously modern, Straight Up has a tame presence of simplicity that doesn't attempt to change the fundamentals.

    Grapes and shaved lemon zest are welcomed with the first sip. Fully carbonated with high energy, the bubbles help enforce the rich fruit qualities that were apparent on the aroma. Honeydew, dried apple chips, golden raisins and overripe banana are all merged together to create a lingering flavor that borders on rich but never ends too sweet. As much as the semi-sweet fruit flavors that are tasted, the beer transitions near the finish into a sensation full of peppery and somewhat woody attributes. The spicy grains of paradise and heady coriander fragrance fill the senses at the tail end of the sip that leave an interesting contrast to how the flavor range began. Just the slightest bit earthy, the beer isn't overly drying nor full of heavy bread notes; it’s a direct and truly 'Straight Up' sort of Saison experience.  

    Food Pairing:

    Having a large range of fruit flavors, this Saison can find a place with delicate fare or act as an accent for the more intense sort of meals. Fresh noodles tossed with garden fresh tomatoes, grilled squash, pecorino cheese and basil leaves would be a blissful way to celebrate the height of summer. Poached fish and fennel, blackened jerk chicken and lemons, garlic and olives sautéed with fresh green beans; Saison is a friend for those flavors that have eccentric distinctions that boarder on the unique. Washed rind and extra aged Gouda style cheeses could work wonders with the pear and pepper notes from the beer. The simple things can sometimes be the most rewarding.

    New Arrivals
    July 30th

  • Crooked Stave- Double Dry Hopped Vieille-Oak aged Saison double dry hopped with Motueka Hops- Limited singles, two per person
  • Perennial- The Last Word- Tart Ale brewed with key lime, wintergreen, and wormwood- Limited singles
  • Perennial- Woodside- Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Woodside Honey- Limited singles
  • Trinity- Session Swingline- Session IPA brewed with Corriander and Tangerine zest and fermented in stainless- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    July 24th

  • Firestone Walker- Double Double Barrel Ale- Imperial English Bitter fermented in the Firestone Union Barrel system- Limited singles, 1 bottle per person
  • Lagunitas- SUCKS- Imperial IPA- 32 ounce quart single bottles!!
  • AC Golden- Peche- Oak aged Sour Ale aged on whole Colorado Peaches- Very limited singles
  • Deschutes- Cinder Cone- Red Ale- SinglesBrettanomyces- Limited singles 
  • New Arrivals
    July 23rd

  • Gueuzerie Tilquin- Oude Gueuze- Blended Lambic- Very Limited singles, 2 per person
  • Gueuzerie Tilquin- Quetsche- Lambic aged on whole plums- Extremely limited singles, 1 bottle per person
  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 7/16/2014- Limited singles, 1 bottle per person
  • Russian River- Consecration- American Strong Dark Sour Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon oak barrels with Currents added- Limited singles, 1 bottle per person
  • Almanac- Farmer's Reserve Citrus- Sour Blonde Ale aged in oak barrels with Buddha’s Hand Citrons and Bergamot Oranges- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Epic- Mid Mountain Mild Ale- English Style Mild Ale- Singles
  • Bear Republic- Café Racer 15- Double IPA- Limited singles
  • Achel- Bruin- Belgian Dark Ale- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    July 17th

  • Sierra Nevada- Beer Camp Across America- Mixed 12 Pack- Very limited amounts
  • Crooked Stave- St. Bretta Summer- Brett fermented Wild Ale aged in oak fouders with Valencia Oranges juice and zest- Limited singles
  • Against the Grain- Kentucky Ryed Chiquen- Rye Ale aged in Rye whiskey barrels- Very limited singles
  • Against the Grain- Bay and Pepper your Bretts- Farmhouse Ale brewed with Brettanomyces, Bay Leaves and Peppercorns- Very limited singles
  • Against the Grain- Citra Ass Down- Citra hopped IPA- Very limited singles
  • Off Color- Apex Predator- Farmhouse Ale- 12oz singles and four packs
  • Off Color- Scurry- Kottbusser- Dark Honey Ale brewed with Honey and Molasses- 12oz singles and 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Falco- IPA- 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Hop Flood- Hoppy Amber Ale- 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Molotov Cocktail- Imperial IPA- 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- The Cowboy- Smoked Pilsner- 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee, Vanilla, Chocolate and Almonds- Very limited singles
  • Stillwater- Premium- Common Ale fermented with Farmhouse and Brettanomyces- Limited singles 
  • Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA- 6 Packs
  • Stone/Beachwood/Heretic- Unapologetic IPA- Double IPA brewed with Azacca, Belma, HBC 342 and Steiner 06300 hops- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    July 15th

  • Casey Brewing and Blending- Saison- Belgian Style Saison brewed with 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of Saison yeast, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, fermented in open barrel fermenters and then transferred and aged further in neutral oak barrels- Very limited singles, 4 bottles per person.
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Fort Collins Brewery Out of the Ashes Smoked Rye Porter
    Regular Price: $9.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 7/31/2014
    ABV: 5.5
    Fort Collins Brewery Out of the Ashes Smoked Rye Porter

    There is something so deeply nourishing about smoke. The satisfying primal feeling that comes from food enveloped by the life force of wood in the form of natural ash and smoke. Heady with its presence; smoke is fundamental with its lasting distinction. Beers that take on these flavors are challenging for many and easy to understand why given the modern processes that are taken within clean brew houses. Fire and charcoal were once always at the start for all beer that was brewed many generations ago. Even if not intentionally added, smoke played a significant role in beer creation coming from the fires that were needed to heat the water for each new batch. Some desired the pure flavor and allowed a portion of the ingredients to take on the traits from the fuel source of varying origins. The German town of Bamberg is still famous for its beers of a traditional ‘classic’ sort of flavor, those that are expressive and pure with smoke.


    The shared interest in these flavors transcends across the globe and many others have taken a liking to the characteristics that come from smoking the beer’s base barley malts over hard wood. The Fort Collin’s Brewery shares this interest in their always evolving Out of the Ashes series of highly smoke forward creations. Using a heavy hand of rye malt and a combination of cherry and apple wood for the fuel source, Smoked Rye Porter is a dark beer with energy and lift even with the somewhat brooding sensation from the smoke.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    While the obvious level of smoke is abrupt, it doesn’t come off as intimidating. Pecan, cornhusks, woody herb stems, fudge and a touch of green apple dance out of the glass as the beer is poured. A few moments to acclimate to the smoke’s natural element might be needed for those still not accustom to this particular attribute. Once given time to settle, the beer is quite nicely layered with a toasted edge expected from the base Porter while the lingering campfire comparison gives depth. Cocoa and chocolate begin to emerge along with the strong nutty aroma that brings to mind sweetened caramel turtle cookies. Fundamentally the backbone of the beer; the smoke settles wonderfully and engages with its nuances.


    Now engaged and mystified from the aromatic display, the first sip is accepted and delightfully savored. The rye really comes alive as the liquid finally hits the tongue, as it is spicy but still herbal, cleansing but sharp with charred grapefruit rinds and green pepper leaves coming into focus. Bitterness settles with delightful balance in a somewhat savory way similar to that of darkened sourdough bread. Strong levels of toast and char come off comparable to coffee and chocolate while the smoke lingers with distinction. One sip leads to another and soon the glass is empty while the desire is still strong in the mind.
    Food Pairing:

    Without a doubt, beers of this nature are the essential pairing when it comes to BBQ eating. Start with a round of burger patties and taste just how joyful the shared smoky and charred elements come together on the palate. Add cheese (blue would be even better), any sort of vegetable (green chili counts and would do wonders with the rye), or a slathering of fresh aioli (add smoked paprika for a standout condiment); this is the time to make the burger as proper as we know they can be. Mushrooms would work nearly as well as any meat option; marinated in with garlic, soy and a splash of the base beer and you are ready for a hearty grilled cap or roasted side. The Smoked Rye Porter would even be great with a variety of pickled or vinegar laced vegetables, take it further with sauerkraut or to the ultimate degree with a spicy batch of Kim chi. There is not much this sort of beer can’t work with. Feel the embrace of the smoke. 

    New Arrivals
    July 9th

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Funky Gold Mosaic- Sour Ale dry hopped with Mosaic Hops- Very limited singles, 2 bottles per person
  • Bull & Bush- 4.0 GPA- American Pale Ale brewed with Grapefruit zest and juice- Limited singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Lawyers, Guns & Money- Barleywine brewed with Belgian Candi-Sugar and American Hops- 4 pack Cans
  • Boonville Cider House- Bite- Hard Apple Cider- 16 ounce 4 pack cans
  • New Arrivals
    July 3rd

  • Trve- Manannan- Sour Brown Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles, two bottle per person
  • Stone- Ruin Ten- Belligerent Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Trinity- Elektrick Cukumbahh- Saison brewed with Cucumbers and Lemon peel- Limited singles
  • Great Divide- Showdown- Rye IPA- Singles
  • Alaskan- Imperial Red Ale- Singles
  • Prost- Weissbier- German Style Wheat Beer- 6 packs
  • Lagunitas- IPA- 12 packs 
  • Wynkoop- Mile High Pale Ale- 6 pack cans
  • Victory- Summer Selectons- Mixed 12 Pack- Includes 3 bottles each of Summer Love Ale, Whirlwind Wit, Hop Ticket Session IPA, Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils
  • Pilsner Urquell- Czech Pilsner- 4 pack 16 ounce cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Full Sail Cascade Pilsner
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.49
    Sale End: 7/31/2014
    ABV: 6
    IBUs: 60
    Rate Beer: 90
    Full Sail Cascade Pilsner

    Homegrown and proud: Full Sail Brewing cross beyond the quarter of a century mark with a clever localized endeavor that respectfully appreciates but still pushes into new territory. The 26th Anniversary brew for Full Sail reinvigorates the sense of creation by blending a basic fundamental with that of something obviously new. Cascade hops are all American and have a tendency to stand out with such regard that their powerhouse presence can rarely be equaled. Similar words can be spoken about the Pilsner style; one of the most well known of all Lagers, with its hop qualities up front but still wonderfully drinkable and almost blissfully balanced. Together they meet, and in great company, as the celebratory Full Sail Cascade Pilsner.

    The standard European styled noble hops are replaced with the highly fragrant and sharply citrus forward Oregon ‘Salmon Safe Certified’ Cascade hops. The fresh lemon and grapefruit zest attributes jump with intensity out but don’t hold as a singular experience, instead, they transition into the Lager’s base style with pepper and apples holding through with ease. That German nuttiness and yeastiness mingle with the American hops properties and actually find themselves at home with great comfort. 

    Cascade hops can be seen as the domestic ‘noble’ variety and they fill the shoes of the old school varieties quite well when given the chance. All the hops used in Cascade Pilsner came from Sodbuster Farms (within the majestic Willamette Valley) who plant and grow much of their plants especially for the brewery. Full Sail’s lengthy stance as a driving force for the craft scene is evident and their contacts with hop growers comes to a head upon first taste in this new beer. 


    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Grass and citrus flavors fill the mouth with the first sip but are lengthy and pure with a freshness that is undeniable. Drying on the end but full of a fruitiness that feels like a balancing act for the high degree of bitterness contributed from that of the hops. The beer continues to engage with further sips offering the hop kick that is common in the modern IPA but settles with elegance that make German offerings so memorable. The familiarity of the two allows the final result to feel like it was always meant to be; nothing is out of balance and yet the beer is all about the hops.

    Food Pairing:
    The herbal notes bring to mind the bounty of fresh herbs and greens that are emerging in the early summer heat. Fresh mint tossed with peas, celery and olives starts the meal, a shower of bail leaves upon green beans and young potatoes could stand as the side with parsley and green garlic made into a paste to coat chicken now ready for the grill as the main. Sausages and burgers will easily find themselves that much more savory when beginning with a sip of beer, having a bite of food then needing another sip to wash everything down. Don’t deny the lemon backbone of the beer for cheese pairings, a tangy goat or sharp cheddar and you just mike make the cheese course the main point of any meal. Cascade Pils is one of those beers that isn’t just easy to drink, it feels so satisfying that one simply desires further tastes.
    New Arrivals
    June 25th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 06/13/2014- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Russian River- Supplication- Sour Brown Ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels with cherries- Bottled 04/15/14- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Russian River- Consecration- Sour Dark Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with Currents added- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Green Flash- Hop Odyssey- White IPA- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    June 24th

  • FATE Brewing Company- Barrel Aged Uror- Gose- German Style Sour Wheat Ale brewed with Salt and Coriander and aged in Arta Reposado Tequila barrels- Very limited singles

  • FATE Brewing Company- Laimas- Watermelon Kolsch- German Style Kolsch brewed with fresh Watermelon puree- 4 pack 16 ounce cans and 16 ounce single cans

  • Ska- Estival Cream Stout- Stout brewed with Orange Blossom Honey, Milk Sugar, and aged on Orange Peels- Limited 6 pack 12 ounce cans

  • Great Divide- Oatmeal Yeti- Imperial Stout brewed with Oats and Raisins- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    June 23rd

  • Avery- Obscuro & Nimbosus- Sour Ale aged in Rum barrels with Key Limes and Ginger added- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • New Arrivals
    June 20th

  • Almanac Beer Company- Farm to Barrel- Dogpatch Strawberry- American Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with Strawberries- Very limited singles
  • Almanac Beer Company- Farm to Barrel- Farmer's Reserve Blackberry- Sour Blonde Ale aged in wine barrels with Blackberries- Very limited singles
  • Almanac Beer Company- Golden Gate Gose- Tart Wheat Ale brewed with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena and coriander- Limited singles
  • River North- Barrel Reserve 2014- Blended Strong Ale 55% aged in Whiskey, 31% in Sherry and 14% in Chardonnay oak barrels- Limited singles
  • River North- Quad on Oak- Belgian Style Quadrupel aged on oak chips- Singles
  • Epic- Smoked & Oaked- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale brewed with Cherrywood smoked malts and aged in whiskey barrels- Limited singles
  • Epic- Straight Up Saison- Belgian Style Saison- Singles
  • Left Hand- Chainsaw- Double Sawtooth Ale- Singles
  • Full Sail- 26th Anniversary- Cascade Pilsner- Singles
  • Victory- Moving Parts- IPA brewed with  American, English and Czech hop varieties- Limited singles
  • Eel River- IPA- Singles
  • Anderson Valley- Bourbon Barrel Stout- Imperial Stout aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Prost- Dunkel- 6 Packs
  • Prost- Pilsner- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Früh Kölsch
    Regular Price: $3.49
    Sale Price: $2.49
    Sale End: 6/30/2014
    ABV: 4.8
    Früh Kölsch

    There simply can’t be a better beer to suit the summer as that of a Kölsch. Crisp and clean but flavorful and engaging; a drink that soothes parched throats while tantalizing needy taste buds. A hybrid style of sorts, Kölsch beers are fermented warm (the basic practice for the foundation of Ales) but then conditioned cold (classic for Lagers) that allows for roundness on the palate while still retaining a clean edge of clarification.  The balancing act of zippy citrus, mellow wheat, bitter hops and floral yeast create a satisfying flavor that nearly defines what it means to be refreshing. Know the way through a glass (or three) of Kölsch.


    The city that holds the truth for the best Kölsch offerings is that of Cologne in western Germany. The pub culture is furiously fast paced when ordering glasses of fresh Kölsch. The waiters (commonly called Köbes) will bring the beer in a variety of small, slender beer glasses (Stange, Reagenzglas or Fingerhut) and will continue to do so until the drinker indicates the end of their session by placing a beermat or coaster atop their half empty vessel. There are a variety of options as far as bars and breweries are concerned, but one of the favored classics is Früh.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Since 1904, Früh has been keeping the traditional focus of crafting Kölsch to the specifics that makes this style so distinct. The beer pours with a tightly structured head of white bubbles that settles atop a deeply golden colored liquid, which is filtered to add to the overall refinement that soon follows in the flavor. Aromas of German yeast, cracked wheat, lemon rinds and pepper arise from the glass. Pleasing traits of an herbal sort of nature come from the noble hops that are used, which only add to the beers tantalizingly floral aroma. Thirst is immediate once a bottle of Früh is opened.


    Semi-sweet bread flavors hit the palate with a satisfying delight. Crisp and direct with a rounded flavor that is singular but still highly engaging. Fruits in the way of citrus, apples and green grapes add high notes upon the lingering bitterness from the distinctly European hops. While the beer is full of texture and pleasant carbonation on the initial sip, the liquid settles and glides across the mid-palate with ease leaving a smooth sensation that goes down with amazing ease. Something so basic but still so desired, the first sip is nearly 1/3 of the bottle; summer heat and Früh Kölsch are partners like none other.

    Food Pairing:
    While the beer is on the light side, it is certainly not a push over when it comes to standing up to bold flavors from a culinary side. Kölsch beers have the weight to pair with bratwursts and garlic heavy sausages, offering a cleansing lightness to disperse the basic richness of pork flavors. The citrus side of the beer is perfect for fish; battered cod with salty chips, prawns swimming in a fragrant tomato base or an aioli slathered piece of grilled trout, all have contrasting flavors that make a beer of such energy a pleasure for fellowship. This is also a great style for salad dishes as vinaigrettes, pickled items and high acid applications should be soothed when the beer’s grainy malt base is brought to the forefront. If using for a cheese pairing, stand clear of overly ripe wash rinds or the pungent blues of the world; salty cheddars, tart goat’s milk or dense Swiss cheeses are better suited to dance alongside the Früh Kölsch.
    New Arrivals
    June 11th

  • Epic/The Bruery- Peche de Nuit- Stout brewed with Peaches and spices- Very limited singles
  • Crabtree- Berliner Weisse- Tart German Style Wheat Ale- Limited singles
  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Regalia- Farmhouse Ale brewed with barley, wheat and spelt and fermented with Brettanomyces- Very limited singles
  • Perennial Artisan Ales/Hopleaf- Hopfentea- Berliner Weisse brewed with a custom tropical tea blend- Very limited singles
  • AleSmith- Yule Smith Summer- Double IPA- Limited singles
  • Port Brewing- SPA- Summer Pale Ale- Limited singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Track #8- Belgian Style Quad brewed with raisins, cinnamon and dried chilies and aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    June 5th

  • Boulevard- Love Child No. 4- American Wild Ale aged 50% in whiskey barrels and 15% in wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Stone- Enjoy By 07/04/2014- Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Stone- Stochasticity Project- Quadro Triticale- Belgian style Quad brewed with Triticale grains- Limited singles
  • New Belgium/Odell- FOCOllaboration- Pale Ale- Limited singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Crazy Mountain Hookiebobb IPA
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 6/30/2014
    ABV: 6.7
    IBUs: 87
    Crazy Mountain Hookiebobb IPA

    What can be done for the IPA category? Has it reached a threshold for tolerance? Can anything new be given to reinvigorate this formula that is now so widely produced? What will be the future of hops? While the answer isn’t immediate for all these questions, it is clear to see that the style of beer called India Pale Ale has reached a point of acceptance that cannot be wavered. In fact, it seems that even with the high proportion of variations available on any given day, the beer known as the IPA has never tasted better.


    Any successful brewery fresh to open their doors within the past 5 years would have known the odds that were against them. The classics that wouldn’t waver, the selective hype driven entities that couldn’t be deterred, the comrades that were seemingly always a few steps a head. With all of this weight at hand: how can one thrive alongside the neighboring best? Don’t fault the attributes of what is already known.


    Crazy Mountain has taken what is already commonly desired from a modern IPA creation and kept the fundamentals of why these beers are so highly acclaimed. Rather than forcing something outside the needed means, the boundaries are respected and a pleasurable ease of enjoyment is reached. Simple and unassuming in its sheen of light copper, Hookiebobb IPA fills a glass with all the proper specs that brings a comforting edge of complacency. An eggshell head of foam precedes the zesty and herbal string of aromas that can only be associated with a fermented liquid that is pure with hoppy delights.

    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Not many other styles of beer can become so immediate with their presence as those of the India Pale Ale. Hookiebobb is no different; lemons and grapefruit peel, peppery but crisp with freshness, ripe peach and fragrant fruit flavors. Crazy Mountain crafted a beer that understood it predecessors in the conceptualization of Hookiebobb. Simcoe adds a grassy and green comparison to pine and lemon verbena while the aromatic New Zealand Galaxy variety contributes mango and tropical high notes. Something so familiar in flavor but never reaching a state of fatigue with its display; hops are the main focus but are given in a way that is clean on the palate. It seems there is more than enough room for another IPA, especially one as simple as this.
    Food Pairing:

    Hoppy beers are great deterrents for spice; the malt needed to balance the bitterness comes into play when used to soften the heat’s sensation. Spiced sauces, peppery rubs and zippy marinades would echo though with a chilled glass of Hookiebob in hand. The herbal tones from the hops are also great to pair with vibrant salads and marinated vegetables. Pickled items shouldn’t be forgotten as they work wonders as a contrast with their acidic edge. Being so easy to put down, it’s hard to not mention breaded and fired items, their natural savory flavors immediately make one think of something refreshing; Crazy Mountain’s Hookiebobb always comes through in this department.


    New Arrivals
    June 4th

  • Trve- Melissa- Sour Petite Saison aged in wine barrels with Brett- Limited singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage- Calabaza Boreal- Wild Ale brewed with Grapefruit Peel, Grapefruit Juice, Peppercorns and aged in wine barrels- Limited singles
  • Strange Craft Brewing Company- Dr. Strangelove- Barleywine- Very limited singles
  • Copper Kettle- Charlie's Golden Strong- Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale- Singles
  • Copper Kettle- Naja- Imperial Red IPA- Singles
  • Aspen- Saison- Singles
  • Prairie- BOMB!- Imperial Stout brewed with Espresso Beans, Chocolate, Vanilla Beans, and Ancho Chile Peppers- Limited singles, 3 bottles per person
  • Elysian- Dayglow IPA- IPA brewed with Mosaic, Centennial and El Dorado hops- Limited singles
  • Stone- Collective Distortion- Imperial IPA brewed with Elderberries and Coriander- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Anniversary- Sucre- American Strong Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Tradewind Triple- Belgian Style Triple brewed with Rice and Thai Basil- Singles
  • Green Flash- Hop Odyssey- 30th Street Pale Ale- Pale Ale brewed with Warrior, Cascade and El Dorado hops- Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA- IPA brewed with fresh New Zealand Pacifica, Motueka and Southern Cross hops- Limited singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Ovila Saison- Saison brewed with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns- Limited 4 packs 
  • Epic- Escape to Colorado IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Epic- Hop Syndrome- Hoppy Lager- 6 pack cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale
    Regular Price: $5.99
    Sale Price: $4.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2014
    ABV: 5.1
    IBUs: 14
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 93
    Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale

    The Ales and Lagers from Tadcaster’s Samuel Smith’s Brewery always come to mind as the best examples for classic versions of time honored English beers. Their focus for retaining balance with an ease of drinking is apparent in each of their many options, even in their line of fruit beers. Not something that many would initially think of as coming from a brewery that is a modern museum of the old world brewing practices. In fact, all the fruited offerings under the Samuel Smith’s label are actually initially brewed and fermented at the Melbourn Brother’s brewery in the southern town of Stamford.


    Originally a brewery since from around 1825, operations were halted in the 70’s and it wasn’t until the mid 90’s when Samuel Smith reopened the old Melbourn brewery to focus on the production of their line of Organically certified fruit beers. The base beer is sent up to the Tadcaster brewery where it is blended and packaged along side the other Samuel Smith’s offerings. History represented in a new light, still as a tribute to the style of English Ales as we have grown to love.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Fragrant peach skin and orange blossom aromas jump from the bottle upon opening. The fruit comes off as enticing; ripe and fresh rather than the usual syrupy and artificial qualities commonly found in most fruit beers. Melon, pears and a touch of bready comparisons are made as the beer opens and breathes.  The beer’s English origin is apparent from the subtle earthiness contributed by the yeast and only gives depth upon the obvious aromas from the apricots. Even with the fruit’s up-front-and-center sort of presence, the structure of the base beer is not overshadowed.


    Fresh apricot flavors, concentrated with their sugars, hit the tongue with a pleasing level of sweetness. The beer is lively with carbonation and yet smooth around the edges giving a crisp feeling of refreshment. Tartness follows the initial apricot fruitiness and adds a bright perk of limes and juicy mangos to the range of flavors. Honey and lemon wedges, grapes and peach preserve, dried apples and baked bread; Samuel Smith knows how to do a fruit beer justice. The fruit nectar sweet tones together with the lingering tartness really work and never loose sight of fundamentals that make English beers so enjoyable.
    Food Pairing:
    Fruit focused but not overly sweet, just the sort of beer that will work wonders across a different range of flavors for food pairing. Starting the meal next to spicy shrimp skewers with an avocado, cayenne and grapefruit salsa would contrast nicely upon the soft sweet tones of the beer. Spareribs lightly smoked and lathered with a peach glaze (or preferred bbq sauce) would just about epitomize the sort of backyard meals we wait all year to enjoy. Sheep’s milk cheeses with grilled apricots, mint, honey and toasted almonds would make for a proper cheese and accoutrements pairing. With the hot summer months just around the corner, there really isn’t much more we could ask out of a beer with these attributes.
    New Arrivals
    May 15th

  • Firestone Walker- Stickee Monkee- Belgian Style Quad brewed wit Turbinado brown sugar and Belgian Candi-sugar and aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Gigantic- IPA- IPA brewed with Cascade, Centennial, Crystal and Simcoe hops- Limited singles
  • Gigantic- German Style Hefeweizen brewed with Beechwood smoked malts- Limited singles
  • Gigantic- Too Much Coffee Man- Imperial Black Saison brewed with custom roasted cold pressed Coava coffee- Limited singles
  • Crooked Stave- St. Bretta Spring- Brettanomyces fermented Wild Ale brewed with Minneola Tangelos and fermented in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Deschutes- Not the Stoic- Belgian Style Quad brewed with Pomegranate Molasses and aged 15% in Wine barrels and 15% in Rye whiskey barrels- Limited singles
  • Odell- Jaunt- Golden Ale brewed with Riesling Grape Juice and aged on oak staves- Limited singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Hoptimum- Imperial IPA- 12 ounce 4 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Les Trois Mousquetaires Hopfenweisse
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2014
    ABV: 6
    Rate Beer: 94
    Les Trois Mousquetaires Hopfenweisse

    Located just south of Montreal in Brossard, Canada, Les Trois Mousquetaires, The Three Musketeers, is aptly named as the three founders and their dedication of efforts to the production of beer fermentation once other ‘steady’ plant work ceased. Given the status of Montreal as a city both engaged in European traditions but uniquely modernized as a Canadian historical oasis, the Mousquetaires brewery is beyond appropriate to represent the strong steadfast conviction that is: ‘One for all, all for one’. The brewery allows old world styles to lay the basis for their creations, all the while engaging with creative progression to redefine the ‘classics’.


    One such example is their Hopfenweisse, a beer that is built like a German Hefewizen/Weizenbock but is enhanced from dry hopping with large amounts of the Summit variety. The expressive traits of German yeast fill the room immediately after the cork is freed from the bottle’s neck. The beer is billowy and creamy as it settles into an awaiting glass. The looks of a picture perfect German Wheat beer, both with its golden hue and hazy appearance but the vibrant accents from the dry hopping method give unmatched distinction.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    While all together familiar, the beer is less about spicy clove and cloying banana, instead freshly sliced lemons and ripe stone fruit take their place. Hopfenweise is unique as it takes fundamentals but elaborates with obvious modern touches from the Summit dry hopping technique. Nutty and reminiscent of warm baked bread yet a fragrant and herbaceous hoppy edge gives way to an entire new range of contrasting sensations.


    Highly flavorful once finally sipped; juicy apricots, green grapes, pineapple and a hint of banana warm the palate with delicious satisfaction. The fruit levels are balanced without lingering with any sort of unwanted sweetness. The grassy flavors of hops transition the flavor into the range of bitter with just enough bite to complement the qualities that arose upon first taste. Citrus laden with just a whisper of tartness, fully textured and smooth on the tongue from the large bubbles with the zesty edge of hops being hard to miss; Hopfenweisse from Les Trois Mousquetaires takes you into new territory.
    Food Pairing:
    The options for engaging and creative food pairings are varied given the beer’s range of flavors and rounded texture of carbonation. German styled Hefeweizen or Weizenbocks always bring to mind egg dishes as the natural richness plays wonderfully off of the calming attributes from the beer’s energetic and yeasty foundation. Seafood ranging from fresh oysters, poached white fish, grilled sardines, stewed octopus or roasted tuna collar all would happily find their place alongside the Hopfenweisse. Burgers with bacon and the fundamentally Colorado green chilies would elevate the simple summertime meal into a structured flavor combination that will turn heads all though the warm months. Cheeses should not be forgotten; a hearty cheddar, aged Gouda and fresh goat’s all add their own characteristics to the beer’s natural flavors. All for one is right, this is a beer and a brewery not to be missed.
    New Arrivals
    May 2nd

  • Avery- Rufus Corvus- Barrel Aged Series No. 19- Barrel Aged Sour Ale 85% aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels, 9% aged in Chardonnay barrels and 6% aged in Zinfandel barrels- Very limited singles, 2 per person
  • Goose Island- Madame Rose- Belgian Style Ale brewed with Cherries and aged in Wine Barrels- Very limited singles, 2 bottles per person
  • Trinity Brewing- Red Swingline- Sour Dry Hopped Wild Ale brewed with coriander and Tangerine zest and aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Trinity Brewing- Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta- Wild Dark Ale brewed with Honey, Mustard Seeds and Golden Raisins and aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Trinity Brewing- Mr. Saison- Saison Vieille- Saison brewed with Amaranth Grains, Mustard Seeds, Lemongrass and Rose Hips- Limited singles
  • Trinity Brewing- Saison Man- Saison Provincial-  Saison brewed with Pilsen, Rye, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats, Spelt, Coriander and Grains of Paradise. Fermented with a blend of Farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces, dry hopped, and aged in Chardonnay barrels- Limited singles
  • Trinity Brewing- Three Flowers- Saison aged on three different Flower varieties- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    April 25th

  • Funkwerks- Raspberry Provincial- Sour Belgian Style Ale aged on Raspberries- Limited singles
  • Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA- Imperial IPA- Very limited singles
  • Odell- Fernet Aged Porter- Imperial Porter aged in Fernet Highland Amaro oak barrrels from Leopold Brothers- Limited Singles
  • Odell- Footprtint- Strong Ale brewed with hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit- Limited singles
  • Odell- St. Lupulin- Extra Pale Ale- Seasonal 6 pack
  • Stone- Saison- Saison brewed with Lemon Zest, Lemon Thyme and Lavender- Seasonal 6 pack
  • Wynkoop- Kurt's Mile High Malt- Vienna Style Lager brewed with Novo Coffee beans- Seasonal 4 packs
  • April 23rd


  • Russian River - Pliny the Elder - Imperial IPA - Bottled on  4/9/14 - Extremely Limited Singles - Limit one per person
  • Russian River - Consecration - American Wile Ale with Currents Added Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels - Extremely Limited Singles - Limit two per person
  • Trve Brewing - Tiphareth - Sour Red Ale with fermented with Mild Brettanomyces in Red Wine Barrels - Limited Singles - Two per person
  • Green Flash Brewery - Road Warrior - Imperial Rye IPA - 22 ounce Singles and 12 ounce 4-Packs
  • Ommegang Brewery - Fleur de Houblon- Belgian-style Summer Ale- 12 ounce 4-Pack
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Company - Pack of Crazies - Mixed Pack including 3 each of Crazy Mountain Amber Ale, Mountain Livin' Pale Ale, Lava Lake Wit and Boohai Red Ale - 12-Pack Cans
  • Hogan's Cider - Hazy Dazy - Medium Sweet Cloudy Still Cider - 3 Liter Bag-in-a-Box 
  • Hogan's Cider - Panking Pole - Dry Cloudy Still Cider - 3 Liter Bag-in-a-Box
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Green Flash: Hop Odyssey Black IPA
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.49
    Sale End: 4/30/2014
    ABV: 7.2
    IBUs: 85
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 98
    Green Flash: Hop Odyssey Black IPA

    Leave it to Green Flash to not give up on a style that can cause debates within inner circles of the beer community. The San Diego brewery is one of the classic California producers of all things hoppy and their new Hop Odyssey series of limited edition releases allows them to find new opportunities to bombard palates and push the limit of alpha acid comprehension. Their rendition of the Black IPA comes at a time just as some have finally given up on the style, luckily; it could be one of the saving grace examples to ever be put into bottles.


    It wasn’t but a few years ago when a fury of attention from American brewers went to foraging a new style that pulled attributes from other existing examples. The Black IPA was a natural progression after raising the bar from Pale Ale, finding the breaking point of a classic India Pale Ale and having to land back on earth from the extremes of ridiculous Imperial variations.


    Using a dark malt base full of toasted and chocolate flavors, then utilizing hops from the Pacific Northwest to show off aromas of pine and citrus, the style is somewhat of a natural contradiction. Some variations taste simply as hopped up versions of Dry Porters or oily Stouts, and that was hard for many to accept given the lack of unity between the two distinct foundations. The winners of the style truly make a new range of flavors that are admirable with balance yet still being upfront with a firm degree of hoppy intensity. Green Flash seems to have taken the past few years to perfect their offering; it simply is one of the better examples of a style so varied.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The pungent aromas of spruce and orange marmalade waft from the bottle upon first opening, welcoming with their assertive qualities that can only come from a beer of this nature. Kaki colored bubbles rest upon the nearly black liquid but one that isn’t so viscous as to be intimidating. Toasted rye bread, walnuts and cocoa try to shimmy beyond the hop aromas but in the end, remain one step behind the zesty presence from Citra, Warrior and Cascade hops. Upfront and not at all deceiving, this is a beer for true hopheads.


    Grapefruit bitterness meets pumpernickel in a flavorful first sip that quenches while rounding out with a pleasing edge of boisterous energy. Chocolate levels are present but subdued, the body is firm but not lingering with abundant weight or sharp with prickly carbonation, some smoke nuances work with the grassy hops and create a nicely layered interaction of somewhat contrasting flavors. Bitterness persists into the finish leaving a drying sensation that slowly beckons and creates that desire for another sip. French press coffee keeps coming to mind, along with fresh watercress and a fruity high note that is almost tropical. Well executed and pleasant, up there with the best of the (now widely accepted) style.
    Food Pairing:
    With spring emerging all around us, grilling and out door dining will soon work its way back into rotation. Meats and vegetables hit by the heat of the coals bring charred flavors that work well with a beer that is full of its own natural roasted character. Spring onions, blackened fish, potatoes coated in a herbed aioli and a side of the spicy Spanish Romesco Almond sauce would bring many interesting flavors to rise with a glass of Green Flash’s Black IPA in hand. Fresh of the season lamb shank, braised to perfection with citrus fruit, young garlic and olives could be a hearty dinner that still offers a brightness and high tone of acidity to bridge the herbal hops from the beer. A Pate Brissee tart dough filled with mushrooms, thyme, blue cheese and caramelized onions would be a splendid mid-day meal and a wonderful way to bring on the new season, as well as do this beer justice.
    New Arrivals
    April 16th

  • Amager Bryghus- The Sinner Series- Mixed pack including all 7 variations within the series- Sold at a discount for the set.
  • Amager Bryghus- Sloth- American Pale Ale- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Envy- American IPA- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Gluttony- Imperial IPA- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Wrath- Barrel Aged Saison- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Greed- German Style Pilsner- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Pride- Imperial Stout- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Amager Bryghus- Lust- Belgian Style Strong Ale- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Copper Kettle- Le chapeau- French Style Saison aged in red wine barrels- Limited Singles
  • Elevation- Third Base- Belgian Style Tripel- Singles
  • Fort Collins Brewery- Out of the Ashes- Smoked Märzen- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April 9th

  • Bull and Bush/Mile High Wine and Spirits/Grapevine Wine & Liquors- Colorado Barrel Collective #1- Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles Only sold at Bull & Bush, Mile High and Grapevine
  • Evil Twin- Double Barrel Jesus- Imperial Stout brewed with Muscovado Sugar and aged in Bourbon barrels- Insanely limited, one bottle per person
  • Evil Twin/Crooked Stave- Ryan and the Gosling- Brettanomyces fermented Ale brewed with honey and citrus- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Table Beer- Brettanomyces Fermented Pale Ale brewed with Simcoe hops- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout brewed with Vanilla, Coffee and Almonds- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with Vanilla, Coffee and Almonds added- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Evil Twin/Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts- Imperial Doughnut Break- Imperial Stout brewed with Doughnuts- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Falco- IPA- 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Yin- Imperial Stout- 4 Packs
  • Evil Twin- Yang- Imperial IPA- 4 Packs
  • Evil Twin- Ryan and the Beaster Bunny- Saison- 4 Packs
  • Perennial- 17 Mint Chocolate Stout- Imperial Stout brewed with Mint and Cocoa Nibs- Very limited singles
  • Anchorage/Crooked Stave- Between the Staves- Foudre Fermented Dark Sour Ale with Brett and aged in Cognac barrels- Very limited singles, 3 bottles per person
  • Fantome- Artist No. 1- Saison (?)- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Toccalmatto/Prairie- Okie Matilde- Brett Golden Ale- Limited singles
  • De La Senne- Brussels Calling- Belgian Pale Ale- Singles
  • De La Senne/Tired Hands- Crushable Saison- Saison- Singles
  • Mikkeller- Beer Geek Brunch- Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Kopi Luwak Coffee- Very limited singles
  • Great Divide- Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti- Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate, chilis and aged on oak chips- Singles
  • Avery- Samael's Ale- Strong Ale aged on oak chips- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April 3rd

  • Bull & Bush- Release the Hounds- Barleywine- Very limited singles
  • Firestone Walker- Parabola- Barrel aged Imperial Stout- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Great Divide- Belgian Style Golden Ale fermented with Viognier Grape juice- Limited singles
  • Firestone Walker- Easy Jack- Session IPA brewed with Bavarian Mandarina, Hallertau Melon, New Zealand Nelson, and American Mosaic hops- Limited 6 packs
  • Anchor- IPA- India Pale Ale- 6 packs
  • Uinta- Detour- Double IPA- 4 packs
  • Victory- Dirt Wolf- Double IPA- 4 packs
  • Victory- Summer Love- Blonde Ale- 6 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Robinson's Brewery The Trooper
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $4.99
    Sale End: 4/30/2014
    ABV: 4.7
    Robinson's Brewery The Trooper

    With an interest in British history and a desire for real English Ales, the partnership of the Robinson Brewery and the legendary metal band; Iron Maiden make up the driving force behind The Tropper. Brewed in honor of the famous song of the same name, The Tropper pays tribute to the furious ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimeria War. The song remembers the intrepid fury of the British soldiers that were sent to their almost complete demise while facing unrealistic odds. It brings a sense of honor while hosting a tribute, a toast of sorts, and now something that can be solidified with shared comradely given that a beer has been brewed to further that degree of pride.


    The Robinson Brewery collaborated with Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickenson to conceptualize all that went into making The Trooper a reality. Appreciation for both history and the fundamentals of classic English Ale are met in an alliance that is satisfying with heroic sort.


    Robinson’s 175-years of brewing knowledge come out in full force as the classic English Bitter Ale is modernized from the unique blend of Bobec, Golding and Cascade hops. An enticing aroma of granola, red apples, sweet potato and sliced oranges fill the air once the beer is first poured. The yeast properties aren’t overwhelming but certainly add a rounding edge to the fruity and slight vegetal undertones to the beer. The obvious smell of sweetened barley malt brings a comforting level of earthiness that transition nicely into quality near that of loose-leaf tea. Minty and almost woody, The Trooper riles up the senses with awareness and leads into fury of the first sip.
    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Mineral driven and long with citrus and sourdough bread flavors, the initial mouthful is thirst quenching and rounded with that English sort of directness that is so pleasant in their beers. Malt levels are high but never feel sugary, bitterness arises mid-palate and cuts through the biscuit and pastry notes adding to a finish that lingers with precision. Carbonation is smooth on the tongue and catches its stride with energy near the back end of the throat as the bubbles arise and cascade around the palate. Pine and marmalade flavors present themselves and last beyond the sweet moments of the initial sip. A beer that can begin the evening and hold steady until the last round; the sort of Ale that is worthy of respectful notice both a proper nodding or a blatant (musically engaged) banging of the head.
    Food Pairing:

    With nutty malt undertones and a pleasing edge of citrus, The Tropper is a playful beer for food pairing. Casual enough for simple sandwiches at lunch or warm squash soup with a dash of cream, even a chilled lentil and shaved fennel salad. Versatile but still interesting while retaining a pleasing degree of rounded flavors. Bangers and mash are always on the mind when an English Bitter such as this crosses one’s path. Fried foods are an easy and simple way to make a pairing shine with roasted game birds, mustard and bacon roasted Brussels sprouts with roasted beets and walnuts being a refined option. Cheeses high in salt and savory umami flavors will easily find a friendship with The Trooper. Raise a pint and turn up the volume, The Trooper deserves proper attention.


    “So when you’re waiting for the next attack, you’d better stand there’s no turning back!”


    New Arrivals
    April 2nd

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 3/18/2014- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Prairie/Evil Twin- Bible Belt- Blend of BOMB! and Evan More Jesus- Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla and Chili Peppers- Limited singles
  • Ommegang/HBO/Game of Thrones- Fire & Blood- Red Ale brewed with Ancho Chili, Licorice and Anise- Limited singles
  • Oakshire- Hellshire IV- Old Ale aged in Bourbon and Brandy oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Oakshire- Barleywine- 2013 Vintage- Very limited singles
  • Oakshire- Funk d'Farmhouse- Farmhouse Ale aged for over a year in Pinot Noir wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Oakshire- Watershed- IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Oakshire- Overcast- Espresso Stout- 6 Pack cans
  • Westbrook- Mixed can 4 pack- Includes 1 can of each: Gose (Tart Wheat Ale brewed with Coriander and Salt), IPA, White Thai (Belgian Style Wit brewed with Lemongrass, Ginger and Sorachi Ace Hops), One Claw (Rye Pale Ale)
  • Cigar City- Mixed can 6 pack- Includes 2 cans of each: Jai Alai IPA, Humidor Series (Jai Alai IPA aged on cedar), Invasion Pale Ale
  • New Arrivals
    March 28th

  • Anchorage/Hill Farmstead- Grassroots Brewing Arctic Soirée- Wild Ale fermented in oak barrels with Brett, lime juice and hibiscus- Very limited singles
  • Anchorage- Rondy Brew- Saison aged in oak barrels with lemongrass, wild yeast and dry hopped with Mosaic hops- Limited singles
  • Trve Brewing- Manannan- Sour Brown Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles
  • Stone- Imperial Russian Stout 2014- Limited singles
  • Deschutes- Mirror Mirror- Barleywine- 50% aged in wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • New Belgium- La Folie- Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale aged in oak barrels- Singles
  • New Belgium- Transatlantique Kriek- Golden Lager blended with Boon Cherry Lambic- Singles
  • New Belgium- Lips of Faith- Gruit- Ale brewed with Horehound, Bog Myrtle, Yarrow, Wormwood and Elderflowers- Singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Red Poppy- Sour Brown Ale aged in oak barrels with Cherries added- Very limited singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Carnevale- Belgian Style Saison bottle conditioned with Brett- Singles
  • Port Brewing- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • Alesmith- Olde Ale- English Style Strong Ale- Very limited singles
  • Boulevard- Grainstorm- Black Rye IPA- Singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Hookiebob- IPA- Singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Old Soul- Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale brewed with Juniper- Singles
  • Left Hand- Wake Up Dead- Imperial Stout- Singles
  • Mikkeller- Orange Yuzu Glad I Said Porter- Porter brewed with Oranges and Yuzu fruit- Singles
  • Brewdog- Cocoa Psycho- Imperial Stout brewed with Coffee, Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Beans- Limited singles
  • Backcoutry- Imperial Saison- 4 packs
  • Shiner- Ruby Redbird- Ale brewed with Grapefruit Juice and Ginger- 6 pack cans
  • New Arrivals
    March 25th

  • Renegade- Sunday Morning- American Strong Ale brewed with Novo's Sumatran sourced Ulos Batak coffee beans- Limited singles
  • Goose Island- The Illinois- Imperial IPA- 4 packs 
  • New Arrivals
    March 20th

  • Stone- Enjoy By- 4/20/2014- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Positive Contact- Strong Ale brewed with Fuji apples, farro grains, cayenne and cilantro- Very limited singles  
  • Rogue- Chipotle Ale- Amber Ale brewed with smoked chipotle peppers- Singles
  • Great Divide- Rumble- Oak aged IPA- 6 packs
  • Ommegang- Glimmerglass- Belgian Style Saison brewed with orange peel and pink peppercorn- 4 packs
  • Abita- Strawberry Harvest Lager- Limited 6 packs 
  • New Arrivals
    March 19th

  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Sump- Imperial Stout blended with coffee from Sump Coffee- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin/Sante Adairius- Joey Pepper- Belgian Style Golden Ale brewed with spices- Very limited singles
  • Bear Republic- Apex- Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Firestone Walker- Opal- Saison- Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: March
    Rogue Irish Style Lager
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.99
    Sale End: 3/31/2014
    ABV: 5
    IBUs: 28
    Rogue Irish Style Lager

    While lacking a true connection to the heritage of Ireland (or to the history of beer in relation to cultural significance), the modern ‘Irish Lager’ is a tool of marketing more than anything else. Guinness can never go unmentioned when speaking of Ireland and its pub culture, so it would also be no surprise that they would be the establishing force behind the few Irish Lagers that can be found on shelves today. A country dominated by the Stout needs a contrasting offering as an alternative. It also turns out that a fun drink can be achieved by carefully blending the two.


    Rogue Ales crafted a seasonal release that represents the drinking culture for the St. Patrick’s Day. No question that glasses are filled with beer on this day and why not bring attention to that fundamental while offering an alternative to the usual options at hand? Made with acidulated malts that give a lightness and somewhat tangy edge to the liquid, Rogue’s Irish Style Lager was envisioned as a microbrew option for floating dark beer.


    Pouring with a golden tone and a shiny egg white head of bubbles, Irish Lager is as classic and basic as they come for the style and yet, that is what gives appeal. Apple aromas and black pepper are prevalent as the beer opens and settles into the glass. Comparisons to whole-wheat crackers, citrus zest and freshly toasted nuts are easy to make while the faint grassy notes of Sterling hops linger on. Crisp and simple with an inviting note of fruit that casually sets the moment for proper, casual, beer consumption.
    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Sweetened flavors of ripe pear and green grapes are first tasted with a tangy citrus note quickly following and rounding out the first sip. Pleasing with the simplistic range of flavors, a direct and almost ‘to the point’ type of drink. Bitterness from the hops hold though on the finish but leave a drying sensation that creates the desire for another sip. Flavors of green apples are unmistakable but work nicely to give the semi-sweet sugar levels a touch of contrast. Again, easy but comforting with the direct nature that is held within Rouge’s Irish Lager. Something that can please when one is prepared for the sort of affair at hand. Shouldn’t be a problem to enjoy as the restrictions for consumption are lifted for this annual date on March 17th…
    Food Pairing:

    Go classic and go big for food, the beer will act as a counter weight to a hearty meal. The ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage are sure to make an appearance and a Lager with the sort of weight and amount of sweetness would refresh given the meat’s intensity and match similar herbal tones to those found in the cabbage. Soda bread warm out of the oven as an opening snack or toasted with a slathering of butter as a late night treat would be adequate applications with Rogue’s Irish Lager in hand. Flaky Cheddar cheese and shaved apples are a sure bet to get the palate engaged; a chilled glass of Lager would simply and easily clean things up. 

    New Arrivals
    March 6th

  • Oliver's Cider and Perry- Posh Scrumpy- Methode Champenoise bottled conditioned wild yeast fermented cider- Very limited singles
  • Oliver's Cider and Perry- Bittersweet Funk- Dry cider aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Oliver's Cider and Perry- Gold Rush- Medium dry cider fermented with wild yeast aged in oak barrels with secondary fermentation done with Lambic yeast- Limited singles
  • Hogan's Cider- Picker's Passion- Medium dry cider- 3 Liter boxed cider
  • Cidrerie L’Hermetière- Demi Sec French Cider- Limited singles
  • Ribela Natural Cider- Spanish Galician Cider- Limited singles
  • Zeffer- Slack Ma Girdle- Farmhouse style cider- Limited singles
  • Peckham's Cider- Moutere Cider- Limited singles
  • Peckham's Cider- Cidre Kir- Dry cider blended with blackcurrent juice- Limited singles
  • Green River Ambrosia- Ginger Libation- Alcoholic ginger Ale sweetened with pineapple and citrus juice- Limited singles
  • AEppel Treow- Poirissimo- Pear Dessert Wine- Sweet Comice Pear Cider blended with Barlett pear brandy- Very limited singles
  • AEppel Treow- Pommeaux- Apple Dessert Wine- Sweet cider of Golden Delicious, Winesap, Arkansas Black and Fameuse apples blended with apple Eau de Vie- Very limited singles
  • Trve- Eastern Candle- Batch 4- Wheat Ale fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in white wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Trve- Manannan- Batch 2- Sour Brown Ale aged in whiskey barrels- Very limited singles
  • Trve- Winter Zephyr- Batch 2- Sour Black Ale aged in whiskey barrels- Very limited singles
  • The Bruery- Tart of Darkness- Sour Stout aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • The Bruery- Sour in the Rye- Sour Rye Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Saison de Lente- Saison brewed with Brettanomyces- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller- Winbic- Saison blended with Lambic- 1.5 Liter Magnum- Very limited singles
  • Freigeist Bierkultur- Hoppeditz- Doppelsticke Alt- Limited singles
  • Jackie O's- Mixed Can 4 Pack- Included two cans each of the following: Chomo-Lungma Honey Nut Brown Ale and Mystic Mama IPA- Limited 4 packs
  • Saint Arnold- Bishop's Barrel 6- Imperial Stout brewed with Pumpkins, molasses and brown sugar aged in rum barrels- Very limited 12 ounce singles
  • River North- Quad on Oak- Quad aged on oak chips- singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Harvest 2014- Single Hop Yakima #291 IPA- Limited singles
  • Sierra Nevada- 4 Way IPA Mixed 12 Pack- Included Three bottles of the following: Torpedo Extra IPA, Snow Wit White IPA, Nooner Session IPA and Blindfold Black IPA- Limited 12 Packs
  • Stone- Go To IPA- Session IPA brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Ahtanum, Cascade, Crystal, El Dorado, Magnum, Sterling and 06300 hops- New year round 6 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: March
    Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 3/31/2014
    ABV: 8.1
    IBUs: 55
    Beer Advocate: 93
    Rate Beer: 99
    Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

    Celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Day with a proper pint of Stout. The typical Irish Stout option (famous for sporting a creamy head) is boarding on redundant and although born on the Emerald Isle, it lacks being anything special. The time calls for a bold offering of a beer. One that is memorable with each sip but still smooth enough to have in shared company, something satisfying and appropriate for the moment while holding its own level of distinction. Something Imperial just might do the trick.


    Bear Republic’s Big Bear Black Stout is sometimes overlooked given the brewery’s reputation for focusing on all things hop related. At 8%, the Big Bear Stout is a no frills option for everyday drinking but when the moment arises, can stand easily on its own for what the style dictates.


    The name doesn’t lie, the beer pours very dark and settles with a jet-black color that collects with a mocha-toned head of bubbles. Classic Stout aromas of cocoa powder, espresso beans and deeply toasted bread are present. The Cascade hops show their presence adding a light pine and orange peel aroma that only briefly peak above the bold roasted characters of the base malts. Certain secondary aromas of anise and sweet soy only add to the bold but welcoming range of aromatics found on Big Bear Black Stout.
    On to the Tasting Notes:
    The full texture of the liquid easily glides across the palate. Mellow carbonation allow for each sip to go down smooth leaving a creamy sort of felling. Chocolate, coffee and molasses enriched quick breads are easily tasted and easily transition into the dry finish. Noting is out of balance, the flavors are simple but present and only add to the beer’s easy drinking sort of nature. While sweetness is detected it only comes as a balancing mid-palate perk and gives way to the toasted edge that defines the style. When in need, this is one of those beers that never lets down.
    Food Pairing:

    Given that the beer’s lingering flavor is that of char and heavy roast, grilled and braised meats are easy options for pairing. Just about anything with grilled marks can bring out the coffee and almost smoky flavors of the beer. Mussels, sardines and smoked fish would be pleasant options if looking for something from the sea. The briny flavors work very well with the dryness of the beer making for a wonderful contrast of flavors. Of course, dessert is a great place to have a beer of this nature. While the bittersweet flavors would easily match with a nice piece of chocolate, the beer is leaning enough on the dry end of the spectrum to be saved from being a redundant finish to a meal. Coconut and vanilla or anything rich with cream would make for a winning combo.

    New Arrivals
    February 28th

  • Dry Dock- Signature Series- Bligh's Barleywine- English Style Barleywine aged in whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • Avery Opuntia- Sour Ale aged in tequila barrels with prickly pears added- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Odell- Tree Shaker- Imperial IPA brewed with peaches- Limited singles

  • Alaskan- Jalapeño IPA- Imperial IPA brewed with Jalapeño peppers- Limited singles

  • New Belgium- Hop Kitchen #5- RyePA- IPA brewed with Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade and Mosaic hops and rye grown in North Carolina (malted by Riverbend Malt House)- Limited singles

  • Stone- Old Guardian- Barleywine- Singles

  • Deschutes- Fresh Squeezed- IPA brewed with Citra, Moasic and Nugget hops- 6 packs

  • Dogfish Head- Aprihop- IPA brewed with apricot puree- Limited 4 packs 

  • New Arrivals
    February 26th

  • **UPDATED**

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 02/13/2014- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Hebrew-Lenny's RIPA on Rye- Rye IPA aged in rye whiskey barrels

  • Speakeasy- Black Hand- Chocolate Milk Stout- Stout brewed with lactose and TCHO Chcolate cacao nibs- Singles

  • **UPDATED**

  • Crooked Stave/Upslope- Ferus Fluxus- Wild Belgian Pale Ale aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Drie Fonteinen- Oude Kriek- Lambic aged on whole cherries- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Drie Foteinen- Zwet.be- Belgian Porter fermented with wild yeast- Limited singles

  • Brasserie Fantôme- (Black label) Saison- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Brasserie Fantôme- BOO!- Saison brewed with pumpkins- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Brasserie Fantôme- Brise BonBons- Strong Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles

  • Mikkeller/Prairie- American Style- American Style IPA fermented with Brettanomyces- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller/Grassroots- Barrel Aged Wheat is the New Hops- Hoppy Wheat Ale fermented with Brettanomyces and aged in Chardonnay barrels- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Winbic- Blended Saison with Lambic and spices- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Spontanelderflower- Lambic aged on elderflowers- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Spontanpeach- Lambic aged on peaches- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller- George- Imperial Stout- Limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Big Worse Worst Worster- Barlywine- Limited singles

  • MIkkeller- AARH HVAD?!- Hoppy Belgian Style Golden Ale brewed with Brettanomyces- 1.5 LITER BOTTLES!

  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, vanilla and almonds- Limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Imperial Doughnut Break- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, almonds and Doughnuts- Very limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Bozo Beer- Imperial Stout brewed with a possible combination of molasses, lactose, chocolate, almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla beans, cinnamon, oak spirals, chiles, marshmallows, muscovado sugar, chestnuts, and coffee- Very limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Freudian Slip- Barleywine- 4 packs and 12 ounce singles

  • Evil Twin- Ashtray Heart- Smoked Porter- 4 packs and 12 ounce singles

  • To ØL- Liquid Confidential- Imperial Chili Stout aged in Cognac barrels- Limited singles

  • Perennial- La Bohème- Belgian Style Wild Ale aged in wine barrels for two years with cherries- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Perennial- Black Walnut Dunkel- Dunkel Weiss brewed with Missouri black walnuts- Limited singles

  • Off Color Brewing- Troublesome- Gose- Wheat Ale brewed with coriander and salt- Limited 12 ounce singles

  • De La Senne- Taras Bulba- Extra Hoppy Belgian Pale Ale- Limited singles

  • Brasserie Blaugies- La Moneuse- Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles

  • De Ranke- Kriek- Belgian Ale aged on cherries for 6 months then blended with Girardin Lambic- Very limited singles

  • De Ranke- Saison de Dottignies- Limited singles

  • De Ranke- XXX Bitter- Extra hoppy Belgian Ale- Limited singles

  • De Struise- Panneput- Belgian Strong Ale- Limited singles

  • Amager/Hoppin Frog- Frog Hopping to Amager- Stout- Limited singles

  • Timothy Taylor & Co.- Landlord- English Pale Ale- Limited singles

  • Dieu Du Ciel- Péché Morel- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee- Limited singles

  • Jopen/The Monarchy- Grätzer- Tart Wheat Ale brewed using oak smoked wheat malt and Lubulin hops- Limited singles

  • Jopen/The Monarchy- Grodziskie- Tart Wheat Ale brewed using oak smoked wheat malts, Polish hops and willow bark- Limited singles

  • Hof ten Dormaal- Zure Van Tildonk- Spontaneously fermented Belgian Wild Ale aged in oak barrel for over 1 year- Very limited singles

  • Birrificio Torrechiara- Panil Raphael- Spontaneously fermented Belgian Style Flemish Sour Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles 

  • Nøgne Ø- Tindved- Sour Wheat Ale brewed with Sea Buckthorn berry juice- Limited singles

  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: February
    Epic Brewing Barleywine
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 2/28/2014
    ABV: 10.1
    Rate Beer: 95
    Epic Brewing Barleywine

    The American Barleywine. A beer style that sends traditionalists in a fury of opinionated declarations while others languish in the blatant flavor that is bountiful with boldness.  The confluence of richly sweet malts with the herbal and bitter hops, bound by a warming layer of decent alcohol levels, make this style one that holds distinction among the rest. Standing on the grounds of the English foundation but leaning in the direction of modernization from the degree of distinct hops, the American Barleywine is a category all its own.


    We should feel so lucky that Epic Brewing Company chose Denver as the new location for their second brewery. Having a few years of brewing under their belts at the original location within Salt Lake City, the beers didn’t have to go through the usual grown pains that always arise with new businesses. Epic just about hit the ground running showcasing many old favorites as well as a range of  new recipes brewed to honor the new location within Colorado. Even with all the new additions to their lineup, Epic’s own interpretation of the modern Barleywine is a beer greatly welcomed here in the Mile High city.


    Released as part of Epic’s ‘Exponential Series’ of bold and robust beers, Barleywine is one of the standout creations from this brewery’s portfolio.  Pouring with a color of burnt copper and mahogany tones, the beer is easily seen as something that can pack a punch of flavor. Raisins, baked brioche and green tea aromas are inviting while a sweetened edge of amber honey and molasses lingers on the end. While the hops can be detected from the get-go, they don’t ever have a ‘green’ quality nor do they linger on the side of being compared to a Double IPA. Instead, the hops act more herbal and slightly woody than juicy or overly citrus laden. The alcohol is well integrated as it pushed over the 10% mark; Epic’s Barleywine is no holds barred and that is just the way it should be.

    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Flavors of caramel and brown sugar, barley and granola, dried apples and mocha all come out with full force with the first sip. Hitting the tongue with an initial sweetness, the hops quickly meet mid-palate and offer a pleasing bitterness from the Chinook and Cascade varietals, offering a candied orange rind sort of fruit level. The Barleywine has a very intriguing level of roast for a beer of this sort. Lingering with cocoa and coffee comparisons, the toasted edges are welcomed and round out the finish quite nicely. Letting the beer warms brings out more nuances and links the bold flavors that much more sometimes bringing to mind chocolate coated pecans. Pleasing now with the high tones of tea and oranges, the beer seems to have a firm foundation of richness for those looking to age bottles.
    Food Pairing:
    Barleywines can be seen either as a beefy Syrah or a pleasing Madeira when given the chance to be paired with food. Beef dishes with nice smoke or pork dishes with a light sweetness could both be protein applications. Hearty braises with root vegetables will bring warmth in the winter while smoked fish, kale and sprouted grains as part of a mid-day lunch could be a lighter option. Grab the highly aged Goudas or the creamy sort of blues when going for cheese pairing, the beer will easily be one of the best options for both. Desserts are the obvious pairing but Epic’s Barleywine is a touch drier than other English examples that saves it from becoming cloying at meal’s end. Treacle flavors, a simple pot de crème, chocolate fudge and blondies are all fair game. When needing a little comfort, reach for the Barleywine.
    New Arrivals
    February 19th

  • Bull & Bush- The Legend of the Liquid Brain- Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Avery- Uncle Jacob's- Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout- Limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Elevation- 8 Seconds- Kolsch- 16 ounce bottles, four packs

  • Backcountry- Breakfast Stout- 12 ounce bottles, four packs

  • New Arrivals
    February 13th

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Puncheon- Wine barrel aged Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Birra- Farmhouse Ale- 12 ounce Singles and 4 packs

  • Boulevard- Chocolate Ale- Strong Ale brewed with Christopher Elbow Artisan Chocolate Cocoa Nibs- Very limited singles, 2 bottles per person

  • Stone- Stochasticity Project- Grapefruit Slam IPA- Limited Singles

  • Lagunitas- Cappuccino Stout- Stout brewed with Hardcore Espresso coffee beans- Singles

  • New Arrivals
    February 12th

  • Brouwerij Girardin- Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)- Blended Lambic- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Epic- Big Bad Baptist- Batch # 28-Imperial Stout brewed with Novo Coffee (Special Epic Brewing Espresso Novo roast ), cocoa nibs and aged in whiskey oak barrels- Limited singles

  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: February
    Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 2/28/2014
    ABV: 5
    IBUs: 20
    Rate Beer: 95
    Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis

    The gift of flowers. Pleasantly accepted with happiness and delight. They are something so fragile but meaningful enough to touch both the one giving as well as the one receiving. To achieve that sensation in the form of a beer could very well be a little something special for everyone.


    This very sentiment seems to be the driving force for the creation known as Saison de Lis. Conceptualized by the creative team at the St. Louis brewery; Perennial Artisan Ales, Saison de Lis combines the natural floral notes of a classic Belgian-Style Saison with the enticing aromas from Chamomile flowers. The end result is refreshing and heady with a calming and delicate flavor that soothes with its tenderness.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    As Saison are known to do, Perennial’s de Lis is highly carbonated with precise bubbles that collect atop the pale yellow base liquid. Apples and yeast driven esters arise from the glass and bring focus while the faint tealeaf and pollen high notes lend interesting complexities. The Saison fundamentals are crisp with baked apple and ripe pear comparisons that linger with a hint of citrus and grass. The lasting qualities are comforting as they hold a welcoming sensation similar to that of sunbeams catching the petals of wild flowers or the blades of hay among the countryside.


    The first flavor is full of fruiyt notes, freshly baked bread and lovely sweet tea. Herbal high notes are rounded by the lasting flavors of freshly milled grain and cracked pepper. Honey doused almonds and the distinctly woody chamomile flowers mix nicely with the soft bitterness that the beer’s drying finish is full of. Lasting with energy, the texture is seamless and easy to swallow without sugar levels or over carbonation distracting from the overall experience. Saison de Lis offers a different direction for the style, one of which works quite well and is full of subtle notes that are bountiful and yet  pleasing with their simplicities.
    Food Pairing:

    Quite a variety of options to choose from for a beer that is as aromatic and focused as Saison de Lis. Cheeses love to work with beers such as this. The rich flavors of  milky Triple Creams match with the honey contributions, salty Sheep or musty cloth bound Cheddars would both work in contracting differences with the fragrant flowers while the tang of goat’s milk would equalize the straw notes of the beer. Seafood, weather Cod simply fried with tartar sauce or shellfish steamed with fennel and butter, would both find a shared ground to stand upon. Quiches, soft scrambled or hollandaise enriched poached eggs all beg for a partner such as the Saison de Lis. Dessert shouldn’t be forgotten, nutty baklava, smooth vanilla gelato or even a casual glazed donut; Saison de Lis fills the gaps and makes for a wild card when pairing beer and food.


    Perennial is for lovers!! 

    New Arrivals
    February 6th

  • Firestone Walker- Sucaba- English Style Barleywine aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Funkwerks- Dark Prophet- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale aged in whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • AleSmith- My Bloody Valentine- Imperial Red Ale- Limited singles

  • Green Flash- Hop Odyssey- Black IPA- Limited singles

  •  Trinity- Saison Man- Saison brewed with pilsen, rye, flaked wheat, flaked oats, spelt, coriander and grains of paradise and fermented with a blend of Farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces, dry hopped, and aged in Chardonnay barrels- Limited singles

  • New Arrivals
    January 29th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 1/06/14- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Rogue- Farms 7 Hop IPA- IPA brewed with Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Rebel, Independent, Freedom & Alluvia hops- Limited singles

  • Rogue- New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta- Hoppy Barleywine- Limited singles

  • Rogue- Double Chocolate Stout- Imperial Stout brewed with Dutch bittersweet chocolate- Limited singles

  • Full Sail- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- Limited singles

  • Epic- Utah Sage Saison- Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Sage, Thyme, and Rosemary and hopped with Centennial, Citra and Calypso with fresh and dry-hopping with additional Citra- Limited singles

  • Alesmith- IPA- Back in stock

  • Odell- Lugene- Chocolate Milk Stout- 4 packs

  • New Belgium- Snapshot- Tart Wheat Ale- 6 packs

  • Saint Arnold- Winter Stout- Limited 6 packs

  • Uinta- Yard Sale- Winter Lager- 6 packs

  • Grand Teton- Trout Hop- Black IPA- Limited 4 packs

  • Sir Perry- Pear cider- 4 pack cans

  • Blackthorn- Cider- 4 pack cans

  • New Arrivals
    January 24th

  • Crooked Stave- Nightmare on Brett- Dark Sour Ale aged in Leopold Brothers whiskey barrels- Very limited singles, three bottles per person

  • Drie Fonteinen- Oude Geuze- 375ml bottles- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Mikkeller/Amager- Hr. Frederiksen Veasel Brunch- Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Kopi Luwak coffee- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller/Amager- Barrel Aged Hr. Frederiksen Veasel Brunch -Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with Kopi Luwak coffee and aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Black Fist- Extra Imperial Double Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- 26.1% alcohol!- Very limited singles

  • To Øl- Fuck Art This is Architecture- Belgian Style Quad- Very Limited singles

  • To Øl- Fuck Art This is Advertising- Hoppy Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale fermented with Brettanomyces- Very limited singles

  • Nogne Ø/Mikkeller/Brew Dog- Horizon Tokyo Black- Blended Imperial Stout- Very limited singles

  • Panil Barriquée- Flemish Style Sour Red Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles

  • Dieu du Ciel- Grand Noirceur- Imperial Stout- Limited singles

  • Dieu du Ciel- Penombré- Black IPA- Limited singles

  • New Arrivals
    January 21st

  • AC Golden- Framboise Noir- Flemish Style Red aged in oak barrels with whole Colorado Blackberries- Very limited singles

  • New Arrivals
    January 17th

  • River North- Barreled and Bretted J. Marie- Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels with Brettanomyces- Extremely limited singles, one bottle per person

  • New Arrivals
    January 16th

  • De Dolle- Stille Nacht- Belgian Strong Ale (?)- Very limited singles, two bottle per person

  • Elevation- Oil Man- Imperial Stout aged in oak whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • Elevation- Senorita- Imperial Porter brewed with vanilla and cinnamon- Limited singles

  • Ommegang- Chocolate Indulgence-  Belgian Style Stout brewed with chocolate- Limited singles

  • Ommegang- Hop House- Dry Hopped Belgian Style Pale Ale- Limited 4 packs

  • Black Shirt Brewing- Red Ale- 6 packs

  • Black Shirt Brewing- Indian Red Ale- 6 packs

  • Black Shirt Brewing- Red Saison- 6 packs

  • Black Shirt Brewing- Red Porter- 6 packs

  • **UPDATE**

  • Sierra Nevada- Bigfoot- Barleywine- 4 Packs

  • Wynkoop- Cowtown- Milk Stout- 4 Pack cans

  • Alaskan- ESB- 6 packs

  • Tommyknocker- Legend- Brown Ale aged on Hungarian Oak- Limited Singles and 4 packs 

  • **UPDATE**

  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: January
    Full Sail Brewer's Share: Imperial Lager
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 1/31/2014
    ABV: 8
    IBUs: 28
    Beer Advocate: n/a
    Rate Beer: 98
    Full Sail Brewer's Share: Imperial Lager

    With the Brewer’s Share line of beers, Full Sail has opened the door for creativity and long desired concepts to finally become a reality. These beers come from any of those that are part of the workforce of the brewery, an offering that only enforces the stance of being an all ‘employee-owned company’. As honorable as it is to see one’s individual beer be bottled for a national release, Full Sail donates a portion of all proceeds from the sale of the Brewer’s Share to a local charity chosen by that particular employee. With the holidays at ease and the cold weather in full force, a calm beer to warm the belly seems to be in order.


    Once deemed ‘Big Daddy J’ Malt Liquor’, brewer Jason Muñoz envisioned a rendition on a style that doesn’t get much attention in the current mico-brewery scene. The title of ‘Malt Liquor’ was initially created as a way to label higher alcohol beers for government and state regulations. While that majority of the bottles having this title are less than desirable, they can easily be translated as being an Imperial version of a Lager or Ale. Poking a bit of fun but making a tasty beer along the way, Full Sail’s Imperial Lager is a flavorful brew that should go as being valued as such.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with a deep copper tone of color and a vibrant head of bubbles, the beer is exactly what one would expect. Nutty aromas of toasted grains, fresh baked rolls and apricot fruits are present. The influence of German Hallertau Hersbrucker hops can be sensed with their distinct herbal and slightly woody aroma. Pasty cream and chamomile flowers arise as the beer opens, a pleasant introduction to the first sip.


    Semi-sweet stone fruits, whole grain bread, toasted seeds and a touch of custard hit the palate with direct concentration. The beer is bold and rounded, leaning on the side of being a touch sweet, but never stepping over the limit with a cloying sort of intensity. Peach jam and granola, honey and oatmeal, biscuits and bitter hops are all tasted from front to back as the beer is sipped, savored and swallowed. The creamy and over-ripe fruit levels might be a touch abrasive at first, but the beer settles as one becomes accustom with the lingering levels of noble hops. Easy drinking but soothing all the while.

    Food Pairing:

    Chicken is the first food that comes to mind, given the beer’s floral and honeyed notes. Fry the bird and toss in a sourdough waffle with some rich maple syrup for a fun brunch twist or roast off a few thighs with hearty Delicata squash and braised mustard greens for a satisfying winter meal. Polenta or grits would also accompany the beer’s grain focused flavors nicely; sear a nice piece of pork or a handful of shrimp to add some protein and really drive the meal home. This would be a nice beer to have with along side Korean BBQ, the variety of spicy and fermented flavors would be fun to interact with the beer’s sweet and fragrant qualities.


    Proceeds from the sale of this bottle go towards the Helping Hands Against Violence charity.


    Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: January
    Colorado Cider Company Cherry Glider Cider
    Regular Price: $8.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 1/31/2014
    ABV: 6.9
    Colorado Cider Company Cherry Glider Cider

    Meeting the demand of the thirsty population within Denver, The Colorado Cider Company has been busily creating a wide variety of hard ciders since their inception in 2011. With a line of ciders that run the range from classic English Styles, the modern use of Chardonnay barrels, or the downright unique integration of hops and lemongrass, The CO. Cider Company is filling a gap in our local scene that has been left open for too long. The arrival of the Cherry Glider Cider only reinforces that this company is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

    Cherry Glider was envisioned as a way to enhance the natural flavors already found in the base Glider recipe without adding too much unnecessary sweetness or sugars. The final product is quite an accomplishment. Cherries are immediately recognizable, both in the delicate rosé color of the liquid and in the fragrant, fruity aroma. Freshly seeded Bing cherries, allspice, and citrus fruit hit the senses with delightful clarity. Sliced green apples are apparent as well but seem to take a step back as the distinct qualities from the cherries make themselves known. The carbonation is light as the cider is poured into a glass, only upon first sip do the tiny formation of bubbles collect and show their strength.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The cider holds great texture and a striking degree of tartness upon the tongue. Tannin levels are high with sweetness only lightly gracing the palate. The lactic level reaches its peak mid-palate and pulls at one’s cheeks that leave a great sensation that transition into the drying finish. Wild berries and fresh strawberries emerge as the cider sits and breaths but make no mistake; the overall flavor is clearly all about the cherries.


    The layering of crisp, ripe fruit with the sharpness from the base cider is pleasantly refreshing and never reaches a level of fatigue. The layering of apples and cherry fruit is very well arranged and creates a harmonious symmetry in which fans of both classic ciders and sweeter variations should equally enjoy. Honey crisp freshness, jam laden chewiness, moments of sourness with sweet tones to balance; wine fans should also take note…

    Food Pairing:
    Pork dishes naturally come to mind given the natural affinity with pairings to both cherries and apples. Brined pork chops with roasted acorn squash and a vibrant kale salad studded with dried cherries and roasted hazelnuts would easily make for one delightfully composed meal and allow both sweet and tart flavors of the cider to work in sequence. Thai flavors and bold chili heat should easily work with the ripe cherry sweetness while creamy bacon potato soup finds a similar level of comfort. An arranged cheese plate would be yet another way to have contrasting flavors to mingle with the range of flavors of the cider. Crumbly and salty Cheddars, smooth and tangy goat’s milk, robust and powerful blues; it would be a fun composition to say the least.
    New Arrivals
    January 8th

  • Russian River- Supplication- Bottled 10/21/13- Sour Brown Ale aged in pinot noir wine barrels with cherries added- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Perennial- Vermillion- English Style Barleywine- Very limited singles

  • Trve- Mythological Occult Ale Series- Eastern Candle- Wheat Ale fermented with Brettanomyces and aged chardonnay wine barrels- Batch #2- Back in stock!

  • Crooked Stave- 'Brandy' snifter glasses

  • Trve- Trve Brewing pint glasses

  • New Arrivals
    January 2nd

  • Epic/Crooked Stave- Elder Brett- Golden Ale aged in wine barrels with wild yeast- Limited singles

  • Epic- Big Bad Baptist- Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa and coffee and aged in whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • Victory- Hop Ranch- Imperial IPA- 4 Packs

  • Victory- Old Horizontal- Barleywine- Singles

  • Odell- Red IPA- 6 Packs

  • Avery- Maharaja- Imperial IPA

  • New Arrivals
    December 27th

  • Trve Brewing- Eastern Candle- Brettanomyces fermented wheat Ale aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Trve Brewing- Manannan- Sour Brown Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • The Wild Beer Co- Bliss- Saison brewed with roasted apricots, Brettanomyces and spices- Very limited singles

  • The Wild Beer Co- Iduna Cru- Saison brewed with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, Sommerset apple juice Brewttanomyces and bottle conditioned with Champagne yeast- Very limited singles

  • The Wild Beer Co- M.O. (Modus Operandi)- English Ole  Ale aged in Bourbon and red wine oak barrels with wild yeast- Very limited singles

  • Crabtree- Goosebeery Cezanne Saison- Limited singles

  • Crabtree- Oatmeal Stout- 4 Pack 16 ounce cans

  • Aspen- 10th Mountain Imperial Oatmeal Stout- Limited singles

  • Great Divide- Lasso- India Pale Ale- 6 packs

  • Dogfish Head- World Wide Stout- Imperial Stout- Very limited singles

  • Dogfish Head- Piercing Pils- Pilsner Lager brewed with pear juice and tea leaves- Limited 4 packs

  • New Arrivals
    December 18th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 12/06/13- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Russian River- Supplication- Sour Brown Ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels with cherries added- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • De Dolle- Oerbier Special Reserva- Belgian Strong Ale aged in wine barrels- VERY limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Fantome- Fantome de Noel- Strong Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles

  • De La Senne- Xmas Zinnebier- Belgian Dark Ale- Limited singles

  • Loverbeer- Nebiulin-a- Vintage Blended Sour Ale with grape must added- VERY limited singles

  • Crooked Stave- Cranberry & Spice Vieille- Oak aged saison brewed with hibiscus, nutmeg, cinnamon and cranberries- Limited singles

  • Jolly Pumpkin- Noel de Calabaza- Oak aged wild ale- Limited singles

  • The Bruery- Rugbød- Danish Style Rye Dark Ale- Limited singles

  • Green Flash- Palate Wrecker- Triple IPA- Singles and 12 ounce 4 packs

  • To Øl- Jule Maelk- Imperial Strong Stout (15% abv!)- Limited singles

  • Anchorage- Galaxy White IPA- Wild Ale brewed with kumquats, black pepper, coriander, fermented in oak barrels and bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces- Limited singles

  • Weissenohe- Monk's Xmas- Strong winter Bock- Limited singles

  • Three Barrel- Freeze Cat- Winter Lager

  • Epic- Imperial Stout- Singles

  • Appelreow- Appely Brut- Bottle fermented Cider- Limited singles

  • Rogue- Santa's Private Reserve- American Strong Ale- Singles

  • New Arrivals
    December 13th

  • Copper Kettle- Snowed In- Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles

  • Wynkoop- Mile High Mix- Mixed can 12 pack

  • New Arrivals
    December 12th

  • Fifty Fifty- Eclipse- High West Rye (Lime Green Wax)- Imperial Stout brewed with honey and aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels- Very limited singles

  • Fifty Fifty- Eclipse- Java Coffee (Lavender Wax)- Blended Imperial Stout brewed with honey with 45% aged in Elijah Craig Whiskey barrels, 45% non barrel aged Totality Stout and 10% French roast cold toddy coffee added- Very limited singles

  • Lagunitas- Hairy Eyeball- Strong Ale- Limited singles

  • Lagunitas- Sucks- Imperial IPA- Limited six packs

  • Lagunitas- Daytime- IPA- six packs

  • Boulevard- Imperial Stout- Imperial Stout brewed with Belgian Yeast and partially aged in whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Quadruple
    Regular Price: $12.99
    Sale Price: $9.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2013
    ABV: 11
    Beer Advocate: 92
    Rate Beer: 98
    De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Quadruple

    The blissfully pristine, immaculately romantic and almost fairytale realistic town of Bruges within northern Belgium is one memorable place to experience. The canals that run throughout the small village represent the flow of progress and energy that has always been apart of the emotion of the area. The horrors of the two World Wars miraculously spared Bruges and left it as it once was seen many hundreds of years prior. As quaint and blissfully cemented in time as the town seems to appear, there is an unmistakable vibrancy to the walls of the village.


    De Halve Maan translates as ‘The Half Moon’. This brewery based within Bruges can be loosely traced back to the 1600’s. The styles that we know today weren’t established until the eighties but operations of modern brewing took place as far back as mid nineteenth century. While not build with the fundamentals of Trappiest brews, these are still highly enticing beverages that can hold their ground if lined up with many of the classics. Just as Bruges itself, the beers of Straffe Hendrik are highly enjoyable and simply something that can’t be forgotten.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Formidable strength, captivating appearance, deceptive flavors; Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel is one of the world’s greatest renditions of a style so widely desired. Pouring with energy and a liveliness that can only occur with secondary bottle fermentation, the liquid is more than excited to empty from its glass containment. An arrangement of firmly structured bubbles emerges and collects within the awaiting drinking vessel. Dark brown in color with a slight ruby tint as light passes though near the edges of the glass. The Hendrik Quad gives off an aromatic bouquet of figs and lavender, a smell that comes to define the Belgian beers of this nature. Some notes of black pepper, fennel seeds and Valencia orange peels give a contrast upon the usual dark fruit and sweetened qualities that are first apparent on the nose.


    Sipping and tasting the initial flavors of the liquid are filled with pure delight. Rich date and caramelized stone fruits offer delicate sweetness while a note of milk chocolate and molasses gives a mid palate creaminess all the while allowing just enough bitterness to transition into the surprisingly dry finish. Licorice and honey, currants and allspice; the beer is full of bold flavors but not so overbearing as to loose the qualities that make it so pleasant to drink.


    The bubbles are not sharp on the palate, their lush texture helps make each sip feel smooth and pleasing all the while giving no attention to the beer’s bold 11% alcohol strength. Roasted grain attributes bring to mind Stouts while the significantly dry finish is something unique that isn’t usually found in the Quad style. Highly complex and full of a variety of engaging flavors, Straffe Hendrik’s Quad is truly a beverage that stands on its own.

    Food Pairing:

    The burly and sometimes overwhelmingly sweet beers that make up the Quadrupel or Belgian Strong Dark Ale category are actually quite difficult to properly pair with food. The candi-sugar and dark molasses undertones can easily conflict and sometimes dominate many subtle flavors; it’s best to think big when thinking of what to cook. Braises (not usually including tomatoes) might be the easy option; the caramelized flavors of the meat would naturally match up with the brown sugar notes of the beer. Rich reductions and honey glazed ham, French onion soup and roasted beets, chocolate hazelnut tarts and creamy blue cheese. The beer is a joy as part of dessert as it doesn’t linger with too much overall sweetness. Cheese is another great partner offering elegance with triple creams and offering a calming suggestion for certain formidable blues. A beauty of a bottle to have post dinner, preferably with joyful company to celebrate yet another year well spent.

    New Arrivals
    December 6th

  • Bull & Bush- Yule Fuel- Winter Warmer brewed with spiced- Limited singles

  • Jester King- Mad Meg- Wild Ale- Very limited singles

  • Jester King- Wytchmaker- Farmhouse Rye India Pale Ale- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Jester King- Ol' Oi- Barrel Aged Sour Brown Ale- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Jester King- Boxer's Revenge- Barrel Aged Wild Ale- Very limited singles, two bottles per person

  • Jester King- Noble King- Hoppy Farmhouse Ale- Very limited singles

  • Perennial- Abraxas- Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, and cinnamon sticks- Very limited singles

  • Against the Grain/De Molen- Bo & Luke- Pappy Van Winkle Barrel aged Imperial Stout- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break-Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, vanilla, and almonds- Very limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Barrel Aged Imperial Biscotti Break-Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, vanilla, and almonds and aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Justin Blabaer- Berliner Weisse brewed with blueberries- Very limited singles

  • Evil Twin- Molotov Cocktail- Imperial IPA- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs

  • Evil Twin- Hipster Ale- Pale Ale- 12 ounce 4 pack cans

  • Stillwater- Debauched- Smoked Farmhouse Ale brewed with juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces)- Very limited singles

  • Stillwater- Classique- Saison- 12 ounce 4 pack cans

  • Stillwater- Existent- Black Saison- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs

  • Local Option- Blood Ov The Kings- Wheat Ale- Limited singles

  • Local Option- Dampf Loc- Steam Beer/California Common- Limited singles

  • Elevation- Fan Boy- Barrel Aged Imperial IPA- Limited singles

  • Big Choice- Hemlock- Imperial IPA- 12 ounce 4 pack cans

  • Bear Republic- Racer X- Imperial IPA- Limited singles

  • Gueuzerie Tilquin- Oude Gueuze Tilquin à l’Ancienne- 375ml singles- Very limited singles, one bottle per person

  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2013
    Score: 6
    Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome

    The plentiful bounty of cold weather beers during the holiday season is always something that represents the end of the year. Many breweries show off with their defining recipe in hopes of solidifying that feeling that only comes but once a year. The joy of the holidays and the renewal of a new year beckon to be celebrated with a favored beverage in hand. While there are many beers that are found only at this late moment of the year, a highly desired offering is sent in the form of Winter Welcome from the Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery.

     

    Fundamentally created with honor for the English brewing traditions, Winter Welcome is fermented in open slate slabs as has been done for decades. The beers that are born in these ‘Stone Yorkshire Squares’ all share a similar distinction with an unmistakable note of minerality. The beers that showcase this umami driven characteristic the best are certainly the darker offerings with Winter Welcome being at the top of the list.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with a darkened mahogany color, the bubbles are small and tight and quickly settle into themselves when poured into a proper piece of favored glassware. Some herbal notes jump out, the high quality Fuggle and Golding hops no doubt, but is matched with an aroma of dried apple and date fruits. The intensities of roast are kept to a lower level but can still be detected; like the torched edges of a warm fruit tart. The beer simply smells of the holidays, it could be the timing in which it is always enjoyed or it can be from the subtle woody notes and soft pine layers that make it so very welcoming.

     

    These malt driven beers are best enjoyed at a slightly warmer temperature than if pulled straight from the cellar or fridge. The task of waiting can be quite daunting if consumption wasn’t planned in advance with proper drinking conditions being taken into account. The first sip is presently focused with sweetened brioche, orange marmalade, nougat, honey and raisins. The sweetened flavors engage the front of the palate with a mid-flavor bitterness bringing to mind earthy hops and citrus that also have high perks of spice not far from cinnamon. The finish is well integrated and lingers on the dry end (allowing for the bottle and its contents become more than manageable in a single sitting) with that contribution from the stone fermentation vessels lightening the weight and rounding out the experience. Winter is here and it is met with open arms.
    Food Pairing:
    Food pairings don’t have to rely on the approach of ‘intensity meeting intensity’. Some of the greatest pairings happen when contrast is the main importance and Winter Welcome is a marvel of a beer for that reason. The texture of the carbonation and liveliness of dark fruit flavors allow for savory applications of simple salami, decadent pâté and smoked fish at the start of a meal. Wild flavors of game birds would be quite nice as a main course, the pleasing rosemary and garlic covered pork roast or a simple beefsteak cooked rare, these are all-comforting in their element and would be enhanced in their partnership with Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome. Classic English clothbound Cheddar is almost redundant to mention given the ease of the pairing but it is so pleasing that it should not go unmentioned. Dessert is appropriate; coconut, chocolate, sweet fruits and rich cakes, nearly all are happily addressed when a bottle of Winter Welcome is at hand.
    New Arrivals
    December 4th

  • Deschutes- The Abyss- 2013 Reserve- Imperial Stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark and vanilla with 6% aged in Bourbon barrels, 11% aged in oak barrels and 11% aged in oak wine barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Deschutes- Hop Henge- Experimental IPA- Limited singles
  • Full Sail- Wreck the Halls- IPA- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    December 3rd

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Eliza5beth- Farmhouse Ale brewed with Brettanomyces and aged on apricots- Very limited singles, 3 bottles per person

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Prairie Ale- Farmhouse Ale brewed with Brettanomyces- Very limited singles, 3 bottles per person

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- The Beer That Saved Christmas- Old Ale aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, 3 bottles per person

  • Mikkeller- Santa's Little Helper 2013- Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with spices- Limited singles

  • Mikkeller- To From- Porter brewed with spices (star anise, cinnamon, clove and coriander seed)- Limited Singles

  • Mikkeller- Hoppy Lovin' Christmas- Imperial IPA brewed with ginger and pine needles- Limited singles

  • Mikkeller- Red/White- English Red/Belgian Wit- Very limited 1.5 liter bottles

  • To Øl- Snowball Saison- Limited singles

  • To Øl- White Wine Barrel Aged Snowball Saison- Very limited singles

  • To Øl- Shameless Santa- Belgian Strong Dark Ale- limited singles

  • Kerkom- Winterkoninkske- Farmhouse Ale brewed with juniper and lavender- Limited singles

  • Nogne Ø- Winter Ale- Winter Warmer- Limited singles

  • De Ranke- Père Nöel- Hoppy Belgian Golden Ale- Limited singles

  • Blaugies- La Moneuse Special Winter Ale- Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles

  • La Choulette- La Choulette de Noël- Biere de Garde- Limited singles

  • Kulmbacher- Eisbock- singles

  • Adnams- Tally Ho Reserve- English Barleywine- Limited singles

  • December 2nd
    New Arrival

  • Goose Island- Bourbon County Brand Stout- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles and 4 packs- limit 4 bottles per person

  • Goose Island- Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with coffee added- Very limited singles and 4 packs- limit 4 bottles per person

  • Goose Island- Bourbon County Brand Barleywine- Imperial Stout aged in second use Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles and 4 packs- limit 4 bottles per person

  • New Arrivals
    November 23rd

  • Birrificio del Ducato- Brett Peat Daydream- Blended Wild Ale consisting of a peated Barleywine, Rauch Marzen aged partially in Scotch whiskey barrels and a Brett Ale matured in stainless steel for six months- Extremely limited singles.

  • Birra Del Borgo/Baladin/Dogfish Head- Etrusca- Strong Ale brewed with heirloom Cappelli Senatore grain, pomegranate juice, raisins, hazelnut flour, chestnut, wildflower, and clover honey, gentian root and tree resin and fermented in terra cotta amphora vessels- Very limited singles

  • Loverbeer- A Renna Glüh- Wild Ale brewed with spices and grape juice- Very limited singles

  • The Bruery- Rueuze- Barrel aged Wild Ale- Limited singles

  • The Bruery- 6 Geese A Laying- Belgian Strong Ale brewed with cape gooseberries- Limited singles

  • Epic- Smoke and Oak- Belgian Style Strong Ale brewed with Cherry Wood smoked malts and aged in oak whiskey barrels- Limited singles

  • Epic- Barleywine- Singles

  • Port- High Tide- Fresh Hop Double IPA- Limited singles

  • Port- Santa's Little Helper- Imperial Stout- Limited singles

  • Hanssens- Oude Kriek- 375ml- Very limited singles

  • Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes- Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien- Vintage 2012- Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles

  • Meantime- Coffee Porter- Singles

  • Brouwerij Huyghe- Delirium Nöel- Belgian Strong Ale- Singles

  • St. Bernardus Brouwerij- Christmas Ale- Belgian Strong Ale- Singles

  • Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck- Kasteel Winter- Belgian Strong Ale- Singles

  • Brouwerij Het Anker- Gouden Carolus Nöel- Belgian Strong Ale- Singles

  • Aspen- Double Conundrum- Imperial Red Ale brewed with all Colorado fresh hops- Limited singles

  • Apsen- Belgian Farmhouse Ale- Singles

  • Apsen- Independence Pass- IPA- 6 pack 12 ounce cans

  • New Belgium/Patagonia- California Route- California Common/Steam Beer- Limited 6 pack 12 ounce cans

  • Elysian- Bifrost- Winter Warmer- 6 packs

  • AC Golden- Herman Joseph's Private Reserve- Bohemian Lager- Limited 6 packs

  • Boulevard- Nutcracker Ale- Winter Warmer- 6 packs

  • Red Hook/Resignation Brewery- KCCO- Black Lager- 6 packs 

  • Ace- Pumpkin Cider- 6 packs

  • New Arrivals
    November 14th

  • Crooked Stave- L'Brett D'or- Surreal Golden Sour Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Jester King- Das Wunderkind- Farmhouse Ale re-fermented in oak barrels with wild yeast and bacteria cultures then blended with fresh dry hopped beer before bottling- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Jester Kind- Mad Meg- Farmhouse Provision Ale- Very limited singles, one bottle per person 
  • Stone- Enjoy By IPA- 12/13/13- Freshly brewed, packaged and delivered Double IPA- Limited singles
  • Stone- Crime- Lukcy Basartd (Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale) aged in Bourbon barrels with insanely hot chilies added- Very limites singles, one bottle per person
  • Stone- Punishment- Double Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon barrels with spectaculalry hot chilies added- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Stone- Southern Charred- Double Bastard aged 51% in Kentucky Bourbon barrels (10 months) 8% in charred American oak barrels (10 months) and 41% in second-use Kentucky Bourbon barrels (13 months)- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Stone- Mixted 12 pack- 12 pack including 3 bottles each of Levitation Amber Ale, Stone IPA, Ruination Double IPA and Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  • Firestone Walker- Anniversary XVII Ale- Blended Strong Ale- Very limited singles, one bottler per person
  • Perennial- Peace Offering- Brown Ale brewed with hundreds of pounds of maple syrup roasted squash, cinnamon and cloves- Very limited singles
  • Perennial/Penrose- Hereafter- Belgian Style Golden Ale brewed with Lacto strains, pears and white sage- Very limited singles
  • Cambridge- Sgt. Pepper- Farmhouse Ale brewed with black, green, white, and pink peppercorns- Very limited singles
  • Cambridge- Tripel Threat- Belgian Style Tripel- Very limited singles
  • Anchorage/Mikkeller- AK Alive- It's Alive brewed and aged at Anchorage in Alaska- Very limited singles
  • Mikkeller- Rauch Geek Breakfast- Smoked Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee- Limited singles
  • Mikkeller- Arh Hvad?!- Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Brett- Very limited singles
  • Anchor- Mixed 12 packs
  • New Arrivals
    November 8th

  • Goose Island- Halia- Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels with honey and peaches- Very limited singles
  • Goose Island- Gillia- Farmhouse Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and white pepper- Very limited singles
  • Goose Island- Juliet- American Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with blackberries- Very limied singles
  • Goose Island- Lolita- American Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with raspberries- Very limited singles
  • Hanssens- Oudbeitje- Strawberry Lambic- Very limited singles
  • De Dolle- Arabier- Belgian Strong Golden Ale- Very limied singles
  • Stone- Double Bastard- American Strong Ale- Limited singles
  • Alaskan- Smoked Porter- Limited singles
  • Boulder Beer- Shake- Chcolate Porter- Singles
  • J.K's. Scrumpy- Cuvée Winterruption- Apple cider with cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup- Singles
  • New Belgium/Cigar City- Belgian Style Ale brewed with Anaheim Chili, Marash Chili, and aged on Spanish Cedar Spirals- Limited singles
  • New Belgium- Wild Dubbel- Belgian Style Dubbel brewed with Shisandra flowers- Limited singles
  • New Belgium- Frambozen- Brown Ale brewed with raspberries- Limited 6 packs
  • Pug Ryan's- Pilsner- 6 Pack cans
  • Pug Ryan's- Dunkel- 6 Pack cans
  • Sierra Nevada- Celebration- Fresh Hop IPA- 6 Packs
  • Tommyknocker- Cocoa Porter- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: November
    Backcountry Weizenbock
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.99
    Sale End: 11/30/2013
    ABV: 7.2
    Backcountry Weizenbock

    The range of beer styles originating from Germany is staggering upon first glance. So many small variations of color or a change in alcohol content can create a new classification all together. It can be daunting to try and understand all the differences, and yet, it is so very nice to have these beers defined on the label without having to guess what the contents will taste like.


    The Bock beers of German origin can be seen as any style of beer that has been amplified or intensified in some way. Just as the Bohemian town of Pilsen is associated with the famous Pilsner malt, the north-central town of Einbeck can hold claim to the bockbier (sometimes found to have been called Ainpock or Oankbock). This style came in a time when the main beers of Germany were the examples found in the southern region of Bavaria. The brewing of these darker and stronger Bockbiers were soon undertaken in the city of Munich in 1540. Versions for the spring; Maibock, variations on its own name, the bold imperial Bock known as the Doppelbock and the highly refreshing wheat version; Weissbock or Weizenbock are all examples that have grown over time.


    These styles aren’t easy to find in American by way of a German import. The brewing energy that is currently taking the country by force is bringing traditional styles to light that were at one time no very common. There are more producers of certain German beer styles in American that in the countries in which they originated from. Rather than trying to find a semi-fresh bottle of imported German beer, it is increasingly become more proper to look towards the options being made close to home.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Backcountry’s Weizenbock label claims itself to be called the ‘Banana bread beer’. This is an appropriate description given the yeast’s iconic banana and baking spice bouquet. Freshly baked bread, cotton candy and bittersweet chocolate are all woven in the expressive aroma. The beer has a burnished copper color and holds a thick degree of haze giving off the naturally unfiltered nature of the style. Think of a classic Hefeweizen that was reduced and concentrated into something holding much more depth with a furthering degree of richness, these traits help solidify what makes up the Weizenbock.

     

    Those images of banana bread and fresh cloves that were sensed in the aroma are vivid and present on the palate upon first sip. Some light toffee notes emerge on the mid-palate and soon transition into a pleasing fruitiness not far from dark caramel and dried fruits. Baked apples and cinnamon arise while the soft layering of bitterness begins to show itself. The flavors mingle and work in unison to create a balance that make the beer such a pleasure to drink.


    Lacking the need for any citrus addition, the Weizenbock is engaging with high notes of dried oranges and mint. The texture is soft on the tongue with the sweetened flavors sliding easily across the palate without ever feeling sticky. The bottle’s contents are easily drained, even while the beer is slated as a ‘stronger’ version of other styles; it goes down with delightful grace. Drinking Weizenbock brings to mind the colder months currently at hand which makes the transition just that much easer to cope with.
    Food Pairing:

    With a thick backbone of bready malt, Backcountry’s Weizenbock fits in with wintertime fare quite nicely. Poultry dishes ranging from simple chicken wings to roasted duck would find a common ground with this beer on the table. Thanksgiving turkey would be an ease as the clove and apple accents of the beer would naturally play off the common flavors found during a meal so grand. Noodles drowned in rich broth and warming soup dishes bring out the lingering bitterness of the beer while softening the banana attributes, the final flavor works wonders as part of the meal. It goes without saying, fresh chocolate chip studded banana bread is a no brainer…

    New Arrivals
    October 31st

  • Prairie- Puncheon- Farmhouse Ale fermented in wine barrel- Very limited singles
  • Perennial- Heart of Gold- Wheat Wine- Very limited singles
  • Jackie O's- Mystic Mamma- India Pale Ale- 12oz Canned singles, very limited amounts
  • Bull & Bush- The Tower ESB- Singles
  • Odell- Woodcut #7- Russian Imperial Stout aged in new American oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Elevation- Apis IV- Belgian Style Quad brewed with honey- Singles
  • Paradox- Skully #5- Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with Cranberries- Limited singles
  • Paradox- Whiskey Barrel Porter- Porter aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla beans- Limited singles
  • Paradox- Dark Wheat Whine- Wheat Wine aged in red wine barrels- Limited Singles
  • Hanssens- Oude Kriek- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Samuel Smith- Winter Welcome- English Winter Warmer- Singles
  • Telluride- Tempter IPA- 6 pack cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: November
    AleSmith Grand Cru
    Regular Price: $12.99
    Sale Price: $10.49
    Sale End: 11/30/2013
    ABV: 10
    Beer Advocate: 90
    Rate Beer: 99
    AleSmith Grand Cru

    While somewhat confusing with the blatant wording, to call a beer ‘Grand Cru’ doesn’t actually define any particular style. The majority of the beers to be found that have the Grand Cru wording take influence from the producers of Belgium. The Belgians have an older history of beer production and before styles were truly designated into smaller categories, many of the producers that made a special or very unique batch of beer might simply call it their ‘Grand Cru’. These were usually beers that were of higher alcohol content and included a rich level of complexity, beers that were made for special occasions. The wine world has its influence on the term with some producers making special blends of aged stocks and calling the final product a ‘Grand Cru’ for bottling. This loose translation of the words can be found throughout the modern beer field, one standout comes from San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company.


    Yet another champion of American brewing, AleSmith is one of the classic leaders of the Southern California brewing movement that has been going strong for over twenty years. Highly awarded from both the World Beer Cup and the GABF, AleSmith understand the spectrum of the everyday (ESB), the hop heavy (IPA), the bold (Speedway Stout) and the Belgian-Style (Horny Devil). Their Grand Cru is a no nonsense creation that is built just as it would have been if it originated from a Belgium brew house. 

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Trappist yeast is utilized for fermentation and gives off the familiar esters of dark fruits, anise and sweetened breads. Richness is understood once the first glass is poured; dried raisins, figs, hints of toffee and even a touch of cocoa are detected as the dark copper liquid settles into a wide mouthed glass. Spicing similar to nutmeg and clove give a contrast the sweetened fruit aromas and help contribute to the overall experience.


    Mocha and coffee cake are present on the first sip, sweetened dates and vanilla come mid-palate and the vicious texture coats the palate with a lively texture of bubbles. Grand Cru hits the tongue with a forceful degree of carbonation but this helps the beer from feeling too heavy upon further sips. The sweet levels are high but, again, a warming baked pasty and dough like flavor help meld the sugary Belgian-Style fundamentals. The beer opens even more gracefully when allowed to come close to room temperature; chocolate and fudge emerge upon lingering notes from the spicy yeast and allow the beer to focus into the semi-dry finish. 

    Food Pairing:

    Being close to the rich end of the spectrum, Grand Cru would need a series of flavors that can compare with a similar level of weight. Braises with deeply flavored reductions and caramelized meats would be the savory contrast to equal the deep fruit notes from the beer. Hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans would all be great options if paired with a blue cheese and lightly dressed raw kale for a lighter, but still substantial, salad option. Baked Butternut squash, either mashed or made into a savory pie, brings the seasonal change into the forefront and would help showcase the natural spiced flavors of the beer.


    Grand Cru, something special, a beer to sip and share with the holidays bringing the warming feeling of contemplation upon us all. 

    New Arrivals
    October 25th

  • Great Divide- Fresh Hop- Pale Ale brewed with fresh American whole hops- Limited singles
  • Saint Arnold- Pumpkinator- Imperial Stout brewed with pumpkins, brown sugar, molasses and spices- Very limited singles
  • Hall- Farmhouse Harvest Ale- Singles
  • Hall- Oktoberfest- German Style Marzen Lager- Singles
  • Boulevard- ReBoot- White IPA- Limited singles
  • Prost- DunkelWeis- German Style Dark Wheat Ale- Limited 64oz counter pressured growlers
  • TRiNiTY- Merle- Dark Strong Saison brewed with sarsaparilla, sassafras, coriander, hibiscus and cumin- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 23rd

  • Russian River- Temptation- Sour Blonde Ale aged in Chardonnay oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • The Bruery- Oude Tart- Flemish Style Red Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Farmhouse Ale brewed with Rye and Brett- Limited singles
  • AleSmith- Decadence- 2013 Anniversary Lager- German Style Doppelbock- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • The Lost Abbey- Saison Blanc- Farmhouse Ale brewed with golden raisins and white pepper- Limited singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Witch's Wit- Belgian Style Wit brewed with honey and grapefruit zest- Limited singles
  • Shmaltz- Death of a Contract Brewer- Commemorative Black IPA- Black IPA- Limited singles
  • Shmaltz/Terrapin- Reunion Ale '13- Ale brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee- Limited singles
  • Moylan's- Old Blarney- Barleywine- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 18th

  • Great Divide- Peach Grand Cru- Belgian Style Strong Ale aged on Colorado peaches- Limited singles
  • Dogfish Head- American Beauty- Ale brewed with American Hops and Granola- Very limited singles
  • Port- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • SKA/DC Brau- Taster's Choice- Doppelbock brewed with coffee- Limited 6 packs
  • New Arrivals
    October 16th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 09/10/13- Limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Russian River- Consecration- Dark Wild Ale aged in Cabernet wine barrels with currents- Limited singles, two bottles per person
  • AleSmith- Old Numbskull- Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • AleSmith- Grand Cru- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale- LImited Singles
  • Elevation- Downpour- Extra India Pale Ale brewed with fresh hops- Limited singles
  • Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S the Crusher- Imperial Oatmeal Stout- Limited singles
  • Hoppin' Frog- Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale- Imperial Pumpkin Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Very limited singles
  • Hoppin' Frog- Goose Juice- Rye IPA- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 11th

    • Stone- Vertical Epic 06.06.06- Belgian Style Dark Ale brewed with anise and cedar- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
    • Stone- Farking Wheaton w00tstout- Imperial Stout brewed with wheat, rye, pecans and partially aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
    • River North- White- Belgian Style Wit- 16 ounce single cans and 4 packs
    New Arrivals
    October 9th

    • Ommegang- Take the Black Stout- Belgian Style Stout- Limited Singles
    • Short's- Huma Lupa Licious- IPA- Limited 6 Packs
    • Short's- Autumn Ale- Limited 6 Packs
    • Short's- Pontius Road Pilsner- Limited 6 Packs
    New Arrivals
    October 9th

  • Crooked Stave- Origins- Burgundy Sour aged in oak barrels- Limited singles, two bottles per person
  • New Arrivals
    October 8th

  • Jester King- Atrial Rubicite- Wild/Sour Ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries- Unbelievably limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Jester King- Boxer's Revenge- Farmhouse/Wild Ale aged in oak barrels- Exceptianlly limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Crabtree- Berliner Weisse- Sour Wheat Ale- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 9th

  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Saison de Lis- Saison brewed with chamomile flowers- Very limited singles
  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Woodside- Belgian Style Triple brewed with honey- Very limited singles
  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Aria- Belgian Style Pale Ale brewed with Brettanomyces- Very limited singles
  • Perennial Artisan Ales- Peach Berliner Weisse- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 7th

  • Three Barrel- Penitente Canyon Series- Hermano- Sour Ale aged in oak barrel- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Three Barrel- Penitente Canyon Series- Morada- Sour Ale aged in oak barrel- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Three Barrel- Penitente Canyon Series- Chimayo- Sour Ale aged in oak barrel- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Three Barrel- Bad Phil- Pale Ale- Very limited singles
  • Three Barrel- Hop Trash- IPA- Very limited singles
  • Three Barrel- Zigeunerweisen- Wheat Ale- Very limited singles
  • Three Barrel- Pumpelstilskin- Pumpkin Saison- Very limited singles
  • Three Barrel- Burnt Toast- Brown Ale- Very limited singles
  • Three Barrel- Black Copter- Export Stout- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 3rd

  • Prairie Artisan Ales- BOMB!- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla and chili peppers- Very limited singles- One bottle per person
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Puncheon- Farmhouse Ale fermented in oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Funky Galaxy- Black Saison brewed with Galaxy hops and conditioned with Brett- Limited Singles
  • Priairie Artisan Ales- 'Merica- Farmhouse Ale brewed with floor malted grain, Nelson Sauvin hops and bottle condionted with Brett- Limited Singles, two bottles per person
  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate, almonds and vanilla- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Evil Twin- Justin Blåbær- Berliner Weisse brewed with blueberries- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Evil Twin- Christmas Eve in a New York City Hotel Room- Imperial Stout- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Nomader Wit- Belgian Wit fermented with Brett- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Femme Fatale- Brett fermented IPA- Very limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Femme Fatale Yuzu- Brett fermented IPA brewed with Yuzu fruit 
  • Evil Twin- Falco- IPA- Very limited singles
  • Stillwater- Why Can't IBU?- Belgian IPA- Limited singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater- Autumnal- Farmhouse Ale- Limited singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater- Small Black- Black Saison- Limited singles
  • Scheldebrouwerij- Perfect Crime- Hollow Point- Belgian Style Quad- Limited singles
  • Local Option- Morning Wood- Oak Aged Amber- Very limited singles
  • Local Option- Vokuhela- Maibock- Very limited singles
  • Oakshire- Watershed IPA- Very limited 6 pack cans
  • Dogfish Head- Bitch's Brew- Imperial Stout- Limited singles
  • Boulevard- Bourbon Barrel Quad- Belgian Style Quad aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels- Very limited singles
  • Left Hand- Warrior IPA- Singles
  • River North- Rum Barrel Aged Quandary- Belgian Style Quad aged in Rum oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Deschutes- Chasin' Freshies- Fresh Hop IPA- Singles
  • Victory- Dirt Wolf- Double IPA- Limited 4 packs
  • Boulevard- Pop Up- Session IPA- 6 packs
  • Firestone Walker- Velvet Merlin- Oatmeal Stout- 6 packs
  • SKA- Euphoria- Pale Ale- 6 packs
  • New Belgium- Accumulation- White IPA- 6 and 12 packs
  • Angry Orchard- Green Apple- Cider- 6 packs
  • New Arrivals
    October 3rd

  • Avery- Rumpkin- Imperial Pumpkin beer aged in Goslings Rum Barrels- Very limites singles, two bottles per person
  • Odell- Fernet Aged Porter- Porter aged in Leopold Bros. Fernet barrels- Limited singles
  • Rogue- Rouge Farms- Pumpkin Patch Ale- Ale brewed with Rogue Farms Dream Pumpkins and locally grown barley and hops- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    October 2nd

  • Bull & Bush- Ghoul Fuel- Pumpkin beer brewed with Colorado grown heirloom Long Island Cheese pumpkins and spices- Very limited singles
  • Epic- Exponential Series- Big Bad Baptist- Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, coffee and aged in whiskey barrels- Very limited singles
  • Epic- Exponential Series- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • Green Flash- Green Bullet- Triple IPA- Limited Singles
  • Cigar City- Jai Alai- IPA- Very limited six pack cans, one six pack per person
  • Cigar City- Madruo- Brown Ale- Very limited six pack cans, one six pack per person
  • Sun King- Osiris- Pale Ale- 16 ounce cans, 4 packs
  • Sun King- Sunlight- Cream Ale- 16 ounce cans, 4 packs
  • Sun King- Wee Mac- Scotch Ale- 16 ounce cans, 4 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: October
    Elevation Wild Flowers Imperial Saison
    Regular Price: $11.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 10/31/2013
    ABV: 7.8
    IBUs: 30
    Elevation Wild Flowers Imperial Saison

    The beautiful Arkansas River Valley located within Chaffee County nearly right in the heart of Colorado is one of the most pleasant places the state has to offer. Hugging the base of the Sawatch mountain range, the region is full of marvels given the dramatic range of high altitude peaks. The ‘fourteener region’ is one that holds many memorable sights in any season. While the blissful solitude of the out doors within the winter months is captivating, the spring and warming days of summer truly ease the mind. The growth of the foliage and density of the trees paint the perfect picture of what best represents Colorado. With some good beer, this might be the single best place in the state…

    Located in Poncha Springs, the Elevation Brewing Company is surrounded by amazing plateaus and joyful views that captivate all who visit. They have reflected a similar level of beauty in their beers while showcasing the joyful season with Wild Flowers Imperial Saison. Brewed almost as a tribute of sorts to the natural element of the surrounding area, Wild Flowers captures the grace of the brewery’s ambiance.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Hazy in color with an orange hue of honey, Wild Flowers pours with an energetic thickness of carbonation but quickly dissipates into a persistent layer of thin bubbles. Highly yeast forward on the nose with heavy amounts of Belgian phenol characters that are very similar to ripe pears and baked banana bread. The esters are fragrant and enforce the nature in which the beer was named after. The smells are enticing with a floral richness that attracts without relying on an abundance of intensity. Notes of lemon balm and dried tealeaves emerge and give off a captivating degree of aromas that only pull you in for the first sip.

    The first sensation on the palate is full of a peppery, almost spicy flavor but they soon transition into a range of sweet fruits. Nearly tropical, but not candied in any way, Wild Flowers is like a fresh piece of apricot sliced in the sunbeams of a warm summer afternoon. Smooth texture and creamy weight gives off a lemon curd comparison while the potent Belgian yeast esters that came off on the nose, now fill the senses with a heady wave. Those used to the bone dry, rustic Farmhouse Ales from southern Belgium might find Wild Flowers leaning more in the direction of a Belgian Triple, but it still represents how varied the style can be. While the richness is obvious, it still comes with a dry and well-attenuated finish; all factors that make the ‘Imperial’ nature of the beer come into full focus. Wild Flowers is modern for sure, but a well-built example of a fine Belgian-Style Saison (and one that makes for a great beer to toast Colorado with).

    Food Pairing:
    Saisons are like Rieslings when it comes to food pairings, they can fit in almost any application. The candied notes are great for roasted pork and glazed vegetables while the soft spicing of the yeast would work well with small quail or pheasant dishes. Scallops and crab would be fun if looking for something coming from the water as long as there isn’t too much of a subtle composition as part of the dish. The body of Wild Flowers would allow potent blue cheeses to be calmed; this would be a nice beer to end a meal as part of a composed cheese plate. Desserts would be nice, pastry and sweet fruits would easily make for a pleasant place to sip an nibble.
    New Arrivals
    September 27th

  • New Belgium- Le Terroir- Dry hopped sour- Very limited singles
  • Robinson Brewery- The Trooper- English Bitter- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    September 26th

  • Firestone Walker- Velvet Merkin- Oatmeal Stout aged in oak barrels- Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
  • Deschutes- Green Monster- Green Lakes aged in Pinot Noir barrels with Brett- Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
  • Stone/10 Barrel/Bluejacket- Suede- Imperial Porter brewed with calendula flowers, honey and jasmine- Limited singles
  • Upslope- Pumpkin Ale- 16 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Ska- Autumnal Mole Stout- Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, spices, Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles- 6 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Mile High Wine and Spirits Exclusive Beer Release
    Crooked Stave Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette
    Crooked Stave Zeke's Belly Up Citrus Surette

    Zeke, our memorable, docile and highly lovable Weimaraner shop dog has connected with numerous individuals over the past few years at Mile High Wine and Spirits. When Zeke greets customers with calming affection, he is known to give himself up and enjoy a warming belly rub. This image is common within the store, enough that a beer label was created in his honor: Zeke's Belly Up. This label was made to represent Zeke’s own individuality by reflecting the same sort of uniqueness that can come from the combination of one beer in a sole oak barrel.

    Each year the staff at Mile High Wine and Spirits taste and choose from numerous barrel samples of Bourbon that will eventually be bottled in their entirety for the store. In addition to one barrel’s contents of distilled gold, we also receive the freshly emptied oak vessel in all its aged glory. These barrels are quickly turned over to local breweries that will then fill them with beer, and eventually, bottle the end result to be sold only at Mile High Wine and Spirits. The proceeds of these bottles go to local animal shelters as a way to help our canine and feline friends while paying tribute to that rascal of a dog, Zeke.

    While the current and fourth release of Zeke's Belly Up comes as a quite departure from the previous Imperial Stout releases, it encompasses all the same particulars of what the concept was built around. The knowledge of Chad Yakobson and the dedicated crew at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project were more than happy to help envision this new release.

    Crooked Stave's tart and somewhat tangy Surette Saison was funneled into a 10 year old Eagle Rare Bourbon barrel in late 2012. It mingled with the wood and evolved until it was first tasted in the summer of 2013. With the thought of replicating the flavors of a soothing whiskey sour, the juice and zest of fresh Valencia Oranges were added directly into the barrel to macerate for a further few weeks. The end result was bottle conditioned and has exceeded all of our expectations and projections. Zeke’s Belly Up Citrus Surette is now a reality.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The final beer is frothy with tight carbonation and a lovely color of oolong tea and orange marmalade. Zesty and fragrant with bold citrus aromas, a light amount of toast and subtle apple notes from the oak add a contrasting depth. The wild yeast edge of Surette is enticing while the natural lactic flavors only help the citrus come alive, giving comparisons to orange bitters, lemon pound cake and preserved fruits. The first sip is familiar but holds a heavier weight of texture than what is usually found in the base Saison. The rousing high notes of acidity met with the long persistence of slight pithy bitterness are engaging and quite distinct. Apricot jam meets peppery whiskey, wild flowers and candied orange rinds, juicy and fulfilling with elegance though texture and balancing levels of funk; this is a joyful bottle of beer to say the least! We know Zeke would be proud.

    Given that this batch of beer was limited to the size of one physical 53 gallon oak barrel, bottles will be very limited. 28 cases will be sold at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday October 5th at $8.99 per bottle with a limit of three bottles per person. Orders will be taken and transactions can be made over the phone, but, given there are only two available lines of communication for this method, we feel that the best way to purchase bottles is by arriving at the shop in person. We greatly look forward to sharing this with all our great friends and customers in the near future.

    New Arrivals
    September 19th

  • Rogue- Beard Beer- Wild Ale brewed with yeast cultivated from facial hair- Limited singles
  • Saint Arnold- Endeavour- Double IPA- Singles
  • Saint Arnold- Elissa- IPA- 6 packs
  • Saint Arnold- Fancy Lawnmower- Kolsch- 6 Packs
  • Dogfish Head- Sixty One- 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must- 4 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: September
    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Calabaza Blanca
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 9/30/2013
    ABV: 4.8
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 96
    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Calabaza Blanca

    The label of ‘craft beer’ is meaningless. Once needed as a way to associate the small breweries that produced higher quality products than those of the big brands, craft beer is a phrase that is lacking a pure definition and the glimmer of charm it might have once had. The current culture of brewing within American is at an all time high with more room to grow for those that have already become established. Breweries that once were small backyard operations are now available throughout the country with many opening second locations in different time zones. The beer being produced in American is dramatically different if compared from a production standpoint. To focus on a group simply by using the word ‘craft’ to give precedence is borderline unnecessary.


    Brewers should understand the craft that they are committed to from the beginning. Their dreams and dedications should arise in all the creations that come from their hands. The importance of technique, within one’s ‘craft’, can mean the difference between experiencing something that is uninspired while another is nearing ethereal. The great breweries of current times are obviously interested in the basis of what defines their ‘craft’. One would hope that those dedicating and consuming the final product could understand just what it is that captivates them.


    One of the strongest and possibly most iconic current American brewery to define what ‘craft beer’ is to some (and isn’t to others) is the Jolly Pumpkin brewery. Michigan has one of the most impressive single state collections of admirable breweries in the nation and Jolly Pumpkin is at both the most distinct and possibly the most impressive. Their labels and names are whimsical and somewhat playful but the beer within each bottle is captivating with honesty. It might come with a touch of humor for the industry as catchy names and flashy logos are just how many describe brands under the ‘craft beer’ title, yet, Jolly Pumpkin’s beers are not what one would expect.


    Defining their line of beers as being ‘Artisan Ales’, the concepts behind the methods come from the mind of Ron Jeffries. Forged in the year of 2004, just before these smaller breweries really began to be desired, the Jolly Pumpkin beers stood out from the rest as they integrated familiar Belgian styles but allowed these beers to spend time in oak barrels. These were not oak aged beers in the sense of bold wood flavors or desired contributions from sprits that were previously held within, these beers were lacking oxidation while having significant clarity and precision.


    The time in barrels give each beer a moment to mingle with natural yeasts and particular bacteria that will help give structure and distinction over time. Each of the many beers from Jolly Pumpkin is aged on oak. There was no other American brewery doing so at the time. Fresh bottles have vibrant flavors of what the base style might be while bottles reaching 5 months of age will have a pleasing tartness and an increased level of earthy yeast characteristics. Some that have been allowed to rest for years can pick up flavors that are down right sour. Jolly Pumpkin is simply one of the modern godfathers of creative American brewing.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    As the baby blue cap is pried off, an immediate burst of gas and smoke waft from the bottle. The beer is quick to push its way out of the bottle from the energetic bubbles. Picture perfect carbonation fills any glass; hopefully one with decent surface area, and the golden color of the liquid begins to emerge from underneath the foam. The citrus aromas are pure and unmistakable; tangerines, limes and Meyer lemons invite the senses with their zesty freshness. Anyone familiar with wild and sour beers will pick up on the distinct qualities contributed from the house bacteria and yeasts that were used. Even while boarding on funky, the aroma is soothing and inviting. To contrast, the integrated spicing from coriander contributes a nutty and herbal aroma not too far from Chai tea. Highly desirable, the beer is a joy to experience.

    The same degree of citrus intensity that was present on the nose is translated upon the palate upon first taste. Juicy and very tart but remaining bone dry, boldly carbonated and textured with a prickly amount of bubbles that coat the mouth and leaves a squeaky clean feeling. The spicing comes out on the finish with an earthy nutmeg and cardamom woodiness that gives the slightest bit of bitterness. The Belgian Style Wit qualities are still apparent, tangy and herbal with that soft sweetness of oranges. Calabaza Blanca takes the classic combinations and utilizes them as well as any other but gives a significantly larger amount of complexity along the way.

    The beer drinks with such and enjoyment that each glass is quickly emptied with the hopes of more. Truly refreshing, the flavors are bright and vivid with purity and slowly place a spell over all those that sit with a bottle of Calabaza. While fresh bottles are driven by the snappy wheat and cracked pepper notes, aged versions dry out and develop a very lactic edge of acidity. The commitment to retaining the familiar attributes of a given style but adding depth though the use of oak aging is one that focuses on pleasure while still creating and fulfilling the desire of the unknown. 


    One doesn’t need to lump breweries such as this under the umbrella called ‘craft’. It is apparent from that first sip just how special the beers of Jolly Pumpkin can be. The brewery is one that understands their craft and the focus on this one word is a simplification of the commitment and methods utilized in the overall process. The ones responsible for the birth of Jolly Pumpkin had a vision of the future. With gratitude and happiness to be able to experience a beer such as Calabaza Blanca, that future is now a current reality.
    Food Pairing:

    The fragrant spice and citrusy edge of Calabaza Blanca bring to mind seafood and oysters. The beer is pleasant and clean enough to pair with delicate flavors that can included oysters on the half shell with shallot spiked mignonette, butter poached white fish, pan seared scallops and even sashimi applications would all make for a graceful combination. The bold carbonation of Calabaza, together with the pleasurable tartness, will be a joy with equally citrusy goat cheeses, salty and firm sheep’s milk and especially the dense Swiss styles. Coconut flavors and anything with a punch of spice, vibrant vegetables touched by a splash of high quality vinegar, blt sandwiches and simple roast chicken, all of these will happily take a joyful partnership with Calabaza Blanca. 

    New Arrivals
    September 12th

  • Prost Brewing- Oktoberfest- Märzen Lager- 64 ounce growerls
  • Grimm Brothers- The Farmer's Daughter- Oktoberfest Märzen Lager- Limited singles
  • Elysian- Night Owl- Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkins, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice- 6 packs and 22 ounce singles
  • Elysian- The Great Pumpkin- Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, clove, allspice and nutmeg- Limited singles
  • Elysian- Dark O' the Moon- Porter brewed with pumpkins and cinnamon- Limted singles
  • New Arrivals
    September 11th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- (Bottled 8/16/2013)- Limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Russian River- Temptation- Wild Ale aged in Chardonnay Oak Barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • AleSmith- Speedway Stout- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee- Limited singles
  • AleSmith- Wee Heavy- Scotch Ale- Limited singles
  • AleSmith- Horny Devil- Belgian Style Pale Ale- Limted singles
  • AleSmith- IPA- Singles
  • AleSmith- X- Extra Pale Ale- Singles
  • AleSmith- Nut Brown Ale- Singles
  • AleSmith- Anvil- ESB- Singles
  • Epic- Hopulent IPA- Batch 67 brewed with Mosaic Hops- Limited singles
  • Speakeasy- Double Daddy- Double IPA- Singles
  • Speakeasy- Payback- Porter-  Singles
  • Speakeasy- Big Daddy- IPA- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    September 6th

  • Avery- Thensaurum- Sour Strong Ale aged in Rum barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Alaskan- Pilot Series- Pumpkin Porter- Porter brewed with brown sugar, pumpkin and spices- Singles
  • New Belgium- Coconut Curry Hefeweizen- Hefeweizen brewed with Coconuts and spices- Singles
  • New Belgium- Yuzu- Imperial Berliner Weisse brewed with yuzu fruit- Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Narwhal- Imperial Stout- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Birra del Borgo- Duchessic Ale- Spelt Saison blened with one year old Lambic- Very limited singles, one bottl per person
  • Birra del Borgo- Perle ai Porci- Oyster Stout- Stout brewed with oysters and clams- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Cidre Triple- Bottle Conditioned bitter apple French cider- Limited singles
  • Picobrouwerij Alvinne- Cuvee Freddy- Oak aged Flemish Oud Bruin- Limited singles
  • Thornbridge Hall- Bracia- English Strong Ale brewed with Italian chestnut honey- Limited singles
  • Makana Meadery- Iqhilika Chili Mead- Honey Wine aged in red wine barrels with bird's eye chili added- Extremely limited singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: September
    Stiegl Brauerei- Goldbräu Märzen Lager
    Regular Price: $3.49
    Sale Price: $2.49
    Sale End: 9/30/2013
    ABV: 4.9
    Stiegl Brauerei- Goldbräu Märzen Lager

    While Germany and the Czech Republic hold their place as the more recognizable of the central/eastern European beer destinations, one shouldn't forget the bountiful amount of bottles that come from country of Austria. Much like the wine culture, the beers of Austria can be fundamental examples of age-old traditions or the modern forward thinking creations that are progressive as much as they are familiar. Standing strong as one of the world's leading countries for per capita beer consumption, Austria knows how to hold its booze when it comes to barley and hops. 


    One of Austria's oldest breweries, and possibly the most well known, Stiegl is said to be the largest independent brewery in the country. Located next to the stairs of the Festung Hohensalzburg fortress in the town of Salzburg (Stiegl’s translates to ‘stairs’), Stiegl joins both Mozart and The Sound of Music as cultural landmarks in this far western part of Austria. The brewery's history stretches back to 1492 with brewing operations taking place on this site for its entirety. Using pure local Untersberg mountain water, the lagers coming from the Stiegl brewery can compete with some of the finest examples to be found in any of the boarding countries. 


    Stiegl offers the range of classic styles with a few interesting options as well (Canned citrus radler and a Double IPA!). The beer that leads the pack from Stiegl is the Goldbräu Märzen Lager. Essentially an Oktoberfest, this offering is found year round when many of the other Märzen Lagers only arrive during the late summer season. No matter what the weather dictates, the Goldbräu seems to always find an appropriate place.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The beer pours a tightly woven head of bubbles that fill any vessel with precise layering until eventually falling into the copper colored liquid. Filtered to offer ultimate clarity, the bronze tone of the beer is a welcoming sight that immediately beckons a deep desire for the initial sip. Aromas of yeast and hearth baked bread highlight the origin of the beer, only the lagers of Europe smell this way. Fallen autumn leaves, toasted gains and fragrant brioche sooth the senses and fuel the appetite.


    Immediately thirst quenching, Stiegl’s Goldbräu is smooth on the tongue with a plush texture and a comforting flavor of roasted nuts and honey. Images of fallen oak and crisp fall evenings come to mind with each new sip. Some sweet levels similar to banana bread are apparent but quickly transition into a finish that is zesty and full of citrus high notes. While candied on the front palate, the finish is much drier than the usual Oktoberfest Märzen. Bitterness creeps onto the tongue and lingers with a pleasant degree of contrast. Wonderfully drinkable, the secondary flavors are subtle and allow the beer to be consumed with ease while still holding interest for the drinker.
    Food Pairing:

    The malt body and delicate offerings of sweetness allow for a variety of options when pairing food. Dinner rich with roasted meat laden with garlic and herbs, creamed sweet potatoes and lightly cooked hearty greens will hit the satisfying level of pure pleasure. Casual turkey and Swiss on rye with sharp mustard and creamy mayo (if that’s your style) will make one just as happy but without the kitchen clutter. For an early affair: French toast with hazelnuts and caramel coated bananas would set the tone for the rest of the day. Märzen for the people, by the people as Stiegl knows how to make a few happy…

    Austria’s beers will not be ignored!



    New Arrivals
    September 2nd

  • The Bruery- Batch # 1000- Bryeian- Cascadian Dark Rye Ale- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Autumn Maple- Belgian Style Brown Ale brewed with sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses and maple syrup- Limited singles
  • Trinity- Red Swingline- Hopped sour ale- Limited singles
  • Paradox- Pepitas Grande- Dunk Your Face Project- Belgian Style Dark Ale brewed with pumpkins, pumpkin seeds, Chimayó chilies and aged in red wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Paradox- Skully Barrel No. 4- Dark Sour Ale aged in red witn barrels with elderberries- Very limited singles
  • Timmermans- Oude Kriek- Lambic aged on cherries- Limited singles
  • Big Choice- Disconnected Red- Hoppy Red Ale- 16 ounce 4 pack cans
  • Big Choice- West Portal- Colorado Common- 16 ounce 4 pack cans  
  • New Arrivals
    August 29th

  • Bull & Bush- Turnip the Beets- Belgian Style Triple brewed with turnips and beets and aged in chardonnay oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Apostelbräu Hauzenberg- Roggen Bier- German Rye beer- Limited singles
  • BFM-Bière des Franches Montagnes- 225 Anniversary Saison- Saison aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Port Brewing- Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Birra Del Borgo- Maledetta- Hoppy Saison- Limited singles
  • LoverBeer- D'uvaBeer- Wild Ale brewed with grape juice- Limited singles
  • LoverBeer- BeerBrugna- Brett/Lacto fermented Wild Ale aged on local plums- Limited singles
  • LoverBeer- Madamin- Oak fermented and aged Oud Bruin Style Wild Ale- Limited singles
  • LoverBeer- DamaBruna- Extra aged oak fermented  Oud Bruin Style Wild Ale- Limited singles
  • LoverBeer- Marche'l Re- Sour Stout aged in oak barrels for 12 months then aged on coffee beans, rhubarb, saffron, gentian, cinchona and other spices- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    The week of August 26th

  • 12% Imports-
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- Stateside Saison- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- Cellar Door- Farmhouse Ale brewed with white sage- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- Existent- Black Saison- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- As Follows- Belgian Style Pale Ale- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- Debutante- Bière de Garde brewed with spelt, rye, heather, honeysuckle and hyssop- Limited singles
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales- Sensory Series Volume No. 1- Lower Dens- Ale brewed with Hibiscus- Limited singles 
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales/Hof ten Dormaal- Bronze Age- Farmhouse Ale brewed with local barley and raw spelt-Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Imperial Biscotti Break- Imperial Stout brewed with espresso, vanilla and almonds- Extremely limited, one bottle per person
  • Evil Twin/Westbrook/Local Option- Plastic Man- Saison- Limited singles
  • Evil Twin- Yin- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • Evil Twin- Yang- Imperial Stout- Singles
  • Evil Twin- Ryan and the Beaster Bunny- Saison- Singles
  • Evil Twin- Low Life- Pilsner- Singles
  • Evil Twin- Molotov Cocktail- Imperial IPA- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Evil Twin- Lil' B- Imperial Porter- 12 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Blonde- Farmhouse Ale- Singles
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Dark- Dark Farmhouse Ale- Singles
  • Hof ten Dormaal- White Gold- Farmhouse Ale brewed with chicory root- Limited Singles
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Blonde- #2 Cognac- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels 
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Blonde- #9 Grappa- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #1 Sherry- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #2 Port- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #3 Sauternes- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #10 Madeira- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #11 Armagnac- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Hof ten Dormaal- Barrel Aged Project Dark- #13 Cognac- Belgian Strong Ale aged in oak barrels
  • Brasserie de Cazeau- Saison de Cazeau- Saison brewed with elderflowers- Singles
  • Brasserie de Cazeau- Tournay Tripel- Dry hopped Tripel- Singles
  • Omnipollo- Mazarin- American style Pale Ale- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    August 22

  • Grimm Brothers- Magic Mirror- Imperial Köttbusser brewed with honey and molasses- Limited Singles
  • Crab Tree- Frambo- Belgian Style Blonde aged with raspberries, Brettanomyces and lactobacillus in French oak barrels, blended with a Belgian Style Brown and further aged for six more months- Limited Singles
  • Clown Shoes- Very Angry Beast- Imperal Stout(s) aged in Bourbon Barrels- Very limited singles, 2 bottles per person (BACK IN STOCK!)
  • Dogfish Head- 75 Minute IPA- 60 Minute and 90 Minute IPA blended and bottle conditioned with maple syrup- Limited singles
  • Dogfish Head- Birra Etrusca Bronze- Ale Brewed with malted barley, heirloom Italian wheat, hazelnut flour, pomegranates, Italian chestnut honey, Delaware wildflower honey, clover honey, gentian root and Ethiopian myrrh resin- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    August 16th

  • Crooked Stave- Hop Savant- Galaxy- Brettanomyces fermented wild ale aged in oak foudres hopped with Galaxy hops- Limited singles
  • Trinity- TPS Report- Brettanomyces fermented wild ale brewed with tangerine and lemon zest and aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    August 15th

  • Stone- 17th Anniversary- Götterdämmerung- Imperial IPA brewed with Pilsner malt and hopped with Herkules, Hersbrucker, Magnum, Merkur, Opal, Smaragd & Strisselspalt and dry-hopped with Sterling- Limited singles
  • Clown Shoes- Very Angry Beast- Imperal Stout(s) aged in Bourbon Barrels- Very limited singles, 2 bottles per person
  • Brash/Ska- Skakin Dirty- Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Dogfish Head- Red & White- Belgian Style Wit fermented with Pinot Noir juice and aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • Corsendonk- Dubbel- Singles
  • Ayinger- Oktoberfest- Marzen- Singles
  • Lammsbrau- Organic Pilsner- 11.2 ounce singles and 4 packs
  • Hofbrau- Oktoberfest- 6 packs
  • New Arrivals
    August 10th

  • De Proef/Cigar City- Tropical Tripel- Belgian Strong Golden Ale fermented with Trappiest yeast and Brett, aged on oak with lactose, dried peaches and toasted coconuts added- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Elevation- Engel Weisse- Barrel aged Berliner Weisse- Limited singles
  • Elevation- Wild Flowers- Imperial Saison- Limited singles
  • Funkwerks- Provincial- Belgian Style Berliner Weisse- Limited singles
  • De Proef- Reinart- Wild Ale- Brettanomyces Belgian Strong Pale Ale- Singles
  • Brouwers Verzet- Experimenteel Oud Bruin- Flemish Sour Brown Ale- Limited singles
  • Brouwerij de Dool- Ter Dolen Armand- Hoppy Belgian Blonde- Limited singles
  • La Trappe- Oak Aged Quad- Batch 12- Belgian Quad aged 91% in Bourbon barrels and 95% in Cognac barrels- Very limited singles 
  • Moylans- Hopsickle- Triple IPA- Singles
  • Lakefront- Chris- Maple, vanilla Doppelbock- Limited singles
  • Lakefront- 25th Anniversary- Belgian Style Apricot Ale- Limited 4 packs
  • Anchor- Old Foghorn- 12oz singles and 6 packs
  • Anchor- Big Leaf- Hoppy Red Ale brewed with maple syrup- 6 packs
  • Shiner- Premium- (formally Blonde)- 6 packs
  • Shiner- Oktoberfest- 6 pack cans
  • Full Sail- Pale Ale- 6 packs
  • Sam Adams- Harvest Pumpkin Ale- 6 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Epic Brewing Company Blue Ski Lager
    Regular Price: $3.99
    Sale Price: $2.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2013
    ABV: 5.3
    Epic Brewing Company Blue Ski Lager

    The American microbrewery boom is reaching heights that many never thought possible. Demand is far from slowing. The decision for many is sudden as growth can easily catch businesses off guard and quickly defines itself as a necessity rather than a future projection. There are those that understand their stance of only wanting to supply the direct locals and feel content of being a ‘neighborhood’ brewery. Others realize that the only way to bring the large picture into focus is to take the efforts to expand and grow.

    Getting the doors open is monumental for the young startups. Convincing patrons to stay and return over time is mandatory for the health of the business. If this can be done, all would seem golden. But then, not all that glitters…

    Sometimes being small is simply too small. Never having enough or running out with daily accuracy can quickly become frustrating. Taking the efforts needed for an upgrade might as well be just as difficult as opening the doors in the first place. Equipment and staffing, constructing and closures, problems and patched up solutions are inevitable and highly demanding all while regular duties are still in effect. Breaking ground on an existing location for has been achieved with glowing results for many big names within the brewing community and yet, many others see the opportunity to further their brand by creating a new location altogether.

    Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, all breweries that realized what potential could come from maintaining the forward momentum of their home base while thinking of new territory by opening a second location in a new state. These new markets will have beer already being brewed much closer to the final destination. Shipping costs and transportation issues are reduced and many owners realize what can be achieved in the future months if allowed to truly grow and expand. This direction will influence many more to come, and as of this past year, one of the most recent has been the Epic Brewing Company.

    Their original location is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and as of the summer of 2013, a brand new brewing facility was constructed within the city of Denver. The first beers to be brewed on the brand new system were created for this location in particular. Water sources, altitude and overall layout differences came into play and three new beers were made to utilize all the specifics of the area. One of the new beers within the introductory  ‘Classic Line’ is the easy drinking Blue Ski Lager.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Brewed to mimic the satisfying Pilsners style beers of Germany, Blue Ski is loaded with Weyermann pilsner and Munich malts that give off their signature nutty and soft biscuit aromas. Pouring with a golden clarity, the carbonation is tight with bubbles that rest easy atop the vibrant liquid. The image of a nicely poured lager is one that easily makes the mouth water. Herbal hop accents are present along with a zesty almost lemon rind fragrance to only increase one’s desire for the first satisfying sip.

    Rounded on the plate with a smooth texture that slides and coats the tongue with a medium-bodied degree of weight. Hops are present, but the Tettnang varietals are all in line with what would expect from a nice Czech Pilsner, fresh grass, light bitterness and soothing level of ripe citrus mingle on the palate. As the hops leave their distinct flavors, the beer’s base malt flavors come out with a hint of cream and baked bread driven comparisons. Not at all heavy, simply rounded and interesting while still being a simple and effortless drinking experience.

    Soft fruit flavor of pear and green grapes are faint, but apparent within the range of the other qualities. Never boarding on rich, the beer is bone dry, the fruitiness is met with a high level of tang that brings the citrus back into the fold. The arrangement of the variety of flavors come together nicely and make for a great first effort at the new Denver facility.
    Food Pairing:
    Seafood dishes would be a great platform for the beer to show off the light citrus flavors all while never distracting from the subtleties of light fish or shrimp. The German sausages and sauerkraut route could be taken, just stay clear of anything with excessive smoke. Lemon and rosemary grilled chicken would define the summer if had with a glass of the Blue Ski Lager. Thai food and other coconut/spice driven foods would also be a nice contrast for a pairing. Lagers are delightfully easy to pair with food but can also be overtaken when a single flavor is present. Keeping the pairing to simple flavors or counterbalancing heat is the way to go.
    Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Stone Smoked Porter
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2013
    ABV: 5.9
    IBUs: 58
    Beer Advocate: 90
    Rate Beer: 99
    Stone Smoked Porter

    The modern day beer drinkers, post 2010, are some of the most educated and highly opinionated groupings of individuals that dedicate their passion of something specific. Hobby isn’t the right word, neither is fad, many of those that devote their efforts to the world of all things beer related will most likely be interested for the majority of their lives. Never has there been a time where so many choices were made available to the consumer. Endless options from across the globe, legendary beers that stand the test of time are discussed and captured with ease, new styles forged out of bizarre combinations all for the desire of something new.

    That is now, post 2010, it would be difficult to imagine a beer wasteland as there was in the mid-nineties. These ‘classic’ styles were around, but they took a great degree of effort to capture. Traveling was mandatory to experience the monk’s ales of Belgium or the communal lagers of Germany and without it, these were nearly fabled tales that one could scarcely read about. The American ‘Craft’ scene was just emerging and from the void came an explosion of new forward thinking breweries that changed the beer world forever.

    Before the barrel-aged craze, the imperialization of anything containing hops, the insane sour and funk driven wild ales, beer was a simple affair for the majority of those partaking. There was a time when Sierra Nevada, Anchor and Anderson Valley were some of the only micobrewery options to be had. There was a time when Barleywines were a rare experience, Double IPAs were only distant concepts and a thick dark beer was something to cherish. Some of the most important figures to help mold the redundant into a semi-revolution came from Greg Kosch and Steve Wager, the co-creators of Stone Brewing Company.

    Stone’s imagery may be abrasive for some but there is no denying the influence it carried onto the rest of the forward thinking beer drinker over the years. Arrogant Bastard is a household name in today’s world but again, thinking back to a time where this was a significant departure from anything else on the market. Other beers began to take off in a similar direction, one of which was the Smoked Porter.


    Stone’s Smoked Porter is now seen as a pillar to the foundation of the brewery’s lineup. It is a common sight with the other standard offerings but not to say that it has ever become stagnant, this Smoked Porter is still one of the finest offerings of the style.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Toast and charred aromas are immediate upon the first sniff. Freshly baked breads with the slightest bit of burnt ends come to mind as well as a warming level of pleasant smoke that doesn’t at all intimidate. While many examples are full of extreme campfire and fatty bacon-like intensities, Stone’s Smoked Porter is a balancing act of pungency and delicate undertones. The smoke levels are layered upon the natural coffee and roasted grain sensations almost as if to give a final seasoning without detracting from the foundation of the beer’s style. Welcoming with a homey sort of approach, one is easily drawn in for the first sip.


    Lush and rounded on the tongue but never cloying or sweet, smoky and somewhat vegetal but not as if taking a sip of Islay born whiskey, hop heavy but by way of soothing bitterness rather than a harsh extreme. While Stone is known for pushing the limits to the far ends, their Smoked Porter is a pleasant and quite well mannered expression. All the flavors are within balance of each other; nothing feels out of place with the flavors of peat smoked malt falling in line with the chocolate and espresso attributes. The alcohol is in check around 5.9% making this a great beer for easy consumption while still tasting as if it was much stronger. Stone’s Smoked Porter is an offering that showcases restraint, the flavors are bold but when had in a reasonable amount come off as utterly desirable.
    Food Pairing:

    This is yet another wonderful application to pair with barbequed meats. Just as all smoked beers do, the shared flavor resonates between the liquid and the protein making for a seamless unity of the two. Dishes containing cooked or stewed tomatoes bring a bright note of acidity to the beer’s bitter and chocolate forward flavors. Long braised beans with chili and hominy would certainly make for a dynamic partnership; add grilled chicken or shrimp skewers for a rounded meal. After dinner chocolates or rich dairy laced offerings make for a variety of options for those with a sweet tooth. What did people do without beers of this nature years ago!?

    New Arrivals
    July 31st

  • Copper Kettle Brewing Company- Mexican Chocolate Stout- Stout brewed with bittersweet chocolate, chilies and cinnamon- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Tart of Darkness- Sour Stout aged in oak barrels- Limited singles
  • The Bruery- Sour in the Rye- Sour Ale brewed with rye and aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Paradox- Paradise Nines IPA Project- The Trippel Double- Beligan Style IPA aged in wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Paradox- Skully Barrel No. 3- Sour Ale brewed with currants and aged in wine barrels- Very limited singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Baudelaire IO Saison- Saison brewed with rose hips, rose pedals, hibiscus and aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Luciérnaga- Belgian style Pale Ale aged in oak barrels- Limited singles 
  • De Glazen Toren- Lentebier- Saison D'Erpe Mere- Hoppy Saison- Extremely limited singles
  • Brasserie St. Germain- Page 24- Brune- Biere de Garde- Singles
  • Clos Normande Brut- French Farmhouse Cider 
  • July 27th

  • Firestone Walker- Double DBA- Imperial Special Bitter Ale- Barleywine aged in oak barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA- Imperial IPA- Limited singles
  • Boulevard- Reverb- Imperial Pilsner- Singles
  • Dry Dock- Enterprise IPA- Limited singles
  • Hofbräuhaus München-Hefeweizen- Singles
  • Lagunitas- A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Wild- Belgian yeast fermented hoppy wheat Ale- 6 Packs
  • Sam Adams- Octoberfest- 6 and 12 packs
  • Sam Adams- Harvest mixed 12 pack
  • Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada- IPA Spiegelau glass
  • Victory- Golden Monkey Tulip Glass
  • New Arrivals
    July, 24th

  • **Update**
  • Epic Brewing- Classic Series- Escape to Colorado IPA- Singles 
  • Epic Brewing- Classic Series- RiNo Pale Ale- Singles
  • Epic Brewing- Exponential Series- Brainless Rasperries- Belgian Style Ale brewed with raspberries- Singles
  • Epic Brewing- Glutenator- GlutenFree Beer brewed with sweet potatoes and molasses- Singles
  • **Update**
  • Avery- Unlce Jacob's Stout- Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles, two bottles per person
  • Crabtree- Berliner Weisse Ale- Sour German Style Wheat Ale- Limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    July, 19th

  • Stone- WØØtstout-Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/ Greg Koch Collaborative Stout brewed with Pecans, Rye, Wheat and partially aged in Bourbon barrels- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Full Sail- LTD #3- Bohemian Pilsner- 6 packs
  • New Belgium- Pumpkick- Ale brewed with Pumpkins, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Alspice, Cranberries and Lemongrass- 6 packs and 12 packs
  • Breckenridge- Regal Imperial Pilsner- 4 packs
  • Timmermans- Oude Gueuze- Limited singles
  • Castelain- Biere de Garde- Singles
  • Weltenburger- Pilsner- Singles
  • Staatliches Hofbrãu München- Original- Helles Lager- Singles
  • Hacker Pschorr- Dark Weisse- 6 packs
  • Mardesous- Tripel- 11.2 ounce 4 packs
  • Blue Mountain- Cherry Cider- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    July, 11th

  • Deschutes- Black Butte XXV Anniversary Imperial Porter- Porter brewed with dates, figs, cocoa with 50% aged in Bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currants added- Very limited amounts, 2 bottles per person
  • Stone- Enjoy By 08.02.13- Super fresh IPA- Limited singles
  • Santa Fe- Los Innovadores Series- Kriek- Sour ale aged in oak barrels with cherries added- Very limited singles
  • Santa Fe- Saison 88- 6 pack cans
  • Rogue- Class of '88- Barleywine- Limited singles
  • Great Divide- Oatmeal Yeti- Imperial Stout brewed with oats and raisins- Singles
  • Konig- Pilsner- 4 pack 16 ounce cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Brewery Van Honsebrouck St Louis Fond Tradition Gueuze
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $6.49
    Sale End: 7/31/2013
    ABV: 5
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 94
    Brewery Van Honsebrouck St Louis Fond Tradition Gueuze

    The Belgian Lambic is a style of beer that might be the single best representation for the country concerning its contribution to the history of beer. Not only is it one of the most complex to brew, the process in which it is created is truly linked to the past by way of the odd methods and labor intensive steps needed to make what Lambic truly is, but it is one of the oldest surviving beer styles that still links modern drinkers with the palates of generations prior.


    Lambic is brewed using a grain bill that contains a large degree of unmalted wheat, long hours going though a turbid mash method from which the sugars and starches are truly pulled from the grist, old hops (upwards of three years old) contribute preservative oils but not much aroma or perceivable flavor, spontaneously fermented by the wild yeasts in large open top copper vessels called coolships and then aged in neutral barrels where the concoction mingles with resident bacteria and yeasts where it will rest until a master blender deems it worthy for consumption. Lambic is still enjoyed as it has been for hundreds of years, being only surpassed by the masterful creation known as Gueuze.


    All Gueuze is Lambic, only blended from stocks 1, 2 and 3 years in age. This blending achieves the proper balance of earthy complexities and bold funk with the bright lactic characteristics of lively bacteria and spritzy bubbles from the younger beer that still have available sugars to ferment and create the rounded texture that happens within the bottle for conditioning. Gueuze is the REAL Champagne of beers.


    While this style is debated back and forth as to it only being able to be properly achieved within the Senne Valley of Belgium, the traditionalists really do establish a sense of place without dismissing the obsessive level of desire that comes from experience a beverage so masterfully crafted. The few remaining brewers and blenders of Gueuze are to be cherished for their contribution to a fragile link to the past that is taking root in America by influencing and continually inspiring the most respected minds within the brewing industry.


    Some producers are so valued and sought after that their entire annual production, if allowed to come stateside, would only last a matter of weeks. Many Gueuze producers create in a year what local brewpubs might achieve in half the amount of time. It goes without saying that desire and interest play a major part into these beers. It has become something of a void for style appreciation as the demand for traditional Gueuze escalates and yet the realistic amount of liquid that can be bottled lacks in volume. As luck would have it, there is a producer just large enough where their offerings can be had almost daily.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The Brewery Van Honsebrouck is a powerhouse for typically known Belgian Style beers. Tripels, fruited offerings, Kriek labels, Flemish Browns and the like are scattered throughout the list and yet, the shinning star is the original St Louis Fond Tradition Gueuze. The beer is bottled unfiltered and without sweeteners (a sad occurrence with other modern blenders) and gives off a hazy color of bronze when poured and held to the light. The particles held within each bottle give texture and weight while contributing different flavors depending on if one’s glass was being filled towards the beginning of the bottle or at its end. The slow and steady pour from a bottle held nearly upright is the cleanest way to get the proper purity.


    Straw, faint raw milk cheese pungency, yeast and wood all come to the forefront with each whiff. These beers capture the rustic nature of their origin without boarding on the offensive. Earth driven with wild summer air and damp leaf qualities; Fond Tradition is still rather tame and easy compared to what other producers can display. With as much ‘funk’ as is displayed, there is still an inviting citrus lightness that draws one in.


    Full of razor sharp flavors, the Gueuze displays the time spent on wood with complex lactic high notes that make each sip so interesting. Lemon juice, green tea, washrind cheeses, fallen leaves and fresh grasses all mingle on the palate. Such a wide range of secondary characters but still focused and achieving a level of easy drinking that catches the attention of a wide spectrum of people. These beers are based in history; they were the drink of the peasants as well as the modern workingman. They are enjoyable and distinctly unique and truly something that has spawned a worldwide phenomenon as the thirst grows for this odd combination of old world elements. St Louis Fond Tradition is a starting point, a beer that represents what the style truly is while still giving lightness that is easy to explain. Truly a beer that could be had daily if one wanted.
    Food Pairing:

    One of the classic preparations would be a steamed pot of mussels with Gueuze. The briny flavors of the sea meet the citrus and herbal notes of the beer creating a perfect combo that makes all that experience it rethink the typical wine application. Other fish and coruscations based dishes share a similar relationship with butter sauces or fresh broths to give a base to work from. Blended Lambic is tremendous as part of a charcuterie board, the salt and natural fat of the meat working brilliantly with the high tones and thirst quenching flavors of the beverage. Cheeses are no different; this might be another one of those liquid that can pair with nearly any type of curd. Gueuze and food really bring out the amazing subtleties and further define this as being not only one of the most interesting experiences within the world of beer but one of the greatest ties to times past. 

    New Arrivals
    July, 10th

  • Russian River- Supplication- American Wild Ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries- Limited singles, 3 per person
  • The Lost Abbey- Boubon Angle's Share- Barleywine/Old Ale/American Strong Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Rogue- Honey Kolsch- Singles
  • Backcountry- Imperial Saison- Limited singles
  • Great Divide- Wolfgang- Doppelbock- Singles
  • Früh Kolsch- German Kolsch- Singles
  • Redstone Meadery- Black Raspberry Nectar- 16 Ounce Single Cans
  • New Arrivals
    July, 5th

  • Anchor- Zymaster Series No. 4- Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale- Saison Ale brewed with Yerba Santa- Limited Singles
  • New Belgium- Hop Kitchen- French Aramis- IPA brewed with French Aramis hops- Singles
  • Left Hand- Homefront IPA- IPA brewed with Orange Zest and Maple Wood Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats- Limited Singles 
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Weltenburger Barock-Hell
    Regular Price: $2.99
    Sale Price: $2.29
    Sale End: 7/31/2013
    ABV: 5.6
    Weltenburger Barock-Hell

    With roots firmly planted in the history of German brewing, the monastery Weltenburger Kloster brewery is one of the country’s most important breweries still in existence. While falling only a few years short of being called the world’s oldest established brewery, the monks who are still on premise to create the classic German styles make up the world’s oldest Monastery brewery.  Not much has changed from the way these beers were created hundreds of years ago, in fact, it wasn’t until the mid 70’s that new brewing equipment was installed to give modern touches. Classically focused with a proud stance for the true fundamentals, the beers of the Weltenburger Kloster brewery are some of the most pure offerings to be found from any German brewery.


    While their Assam Doppelbock and Barock-Dunkel get the most attention and awards, their Barock-Hell is a standout for the style, one of which showcases elegance and simplicity while still being highly enjoyable and masterfully balanced. All of the beers brewed on location at the Weltenburger monastery are created from a very pure water source that runs right beneath the walls of the brewery. The Barock naming for their beers showcases the ‘barouqe’ nature in which they are created. Helles, by style guidelines, are lighter in color than Dunkels but not as perceivably hoppy and bone dry as some Pilsners can be. They fall into a sweet spot for enjoyment as their lightness is easy and smooth but the slight touch of sweetness and obvious malt flavors make them wonderfully easy to drink. The Barock Hell is no exception; a true example of what proper balance can do for beer.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Once the bottle is opened, the energy of the liquid is known. Tight bubbles pour with vigor but find their place in the glass and settle with ease. Nutty aromas and yeasty layers emerge and create a magical fragrance that only true German beers seem to capture. Floral in a way that is engaging as a warm breeze is, caramel and distant brown sugar notes come out but only to subside and come into their own as a zesty lemon rind perk of sharpness arises. The yeast is always present by giving a structure to the delicate aromas without anything feeling out of place. The beer is simply captivating; it would be near impossible to walk away without a taste after smelling the bouquet of the Barock.


    Smooth on the tongue, the first sip is highly refreshing and offers a rounded texture full of clean flavors. Bread and warm malt bring a soft toast on the palate while the drying citrus gives a contrast and freshens. Amber honey, dried fruit, fresh herbs and a soft bitterness all give the Barock Hell a simple but still strikingly tasteful expression of flavor. The water source used to create these beers can be felt as the lingering sensation of vibrant citrus brings to mind the mineral and river rock like comparisons. Barock Hell is soft and warming in the right places but still expressive with bright grassy and sweetened grain flavors that balance each other out and create a finish that is dry and to the point. The focus of a true German lager is nothing short of inspiring.
    Food Pairing:

    The Barock Hell makes for a great back yard cookout pairing especially with summer in full swing. Grilled pork skewers with lemongrass and coconut steamed rice and lime/chili dipping sauce would be a great Asian meets European way to show off how the beer can tango with some heat. Classic Sauerkraut loaded on a mustard studded bratwurst would be the easy route and with the sweetened honey flavors meeting the sharp flavors of the condiments while soothing the partnership. Shrimp tacos with pickled red onions, mango salsa, cotija cheese and finely diced roasted potatoes would make for a delicious gathering and would showcase the mineral notes of the Weltenburger with the shrimp while the cheese and potatoes bring the earthy notes to focus. If paring with cheese, it would be best to seek out the extra aged styles from Holland, breaking and shattering rather than slicing due to their low moisture content, as their concentrated levels of sweetness and nearly crystal like texture give many lingering sensations of flavor. Swiss styles would be another great route as would sharp cheddars, both having great salty high notes to meet the soft malt sweetness of the beer. German lagers can do no wrong.

    New Arrivals
    June 28th

  • Avery- Momi Hiwa- Imperial Porter aged in Rum barrels with coconuts added- Very Limited Singles, 2 bottles per person
  • Firestone Walker- Pivo Pils- Hoppy Pilsner dry hopped with Saphir- 6 Packs
  • Paradox- PROJECT: IN THE SPIRIT OF SKULLY BARREL NO.1- Barleywine brewed with apricots and honey and aged in Jamaican Rum barrels- Very limited singles
  • Paradox- PROJECT: OL DROWSY'S MADMANColorado Farmhouse Saison Fermented with Farmhouse Yeast and Lactobacillus and aged in wine barrels- Limited singles
  • Paradox- PROJECT: DETERRING SHAMEN- The Golden Bearded Guard- French-Style Biere de Garde aged in American white oak wine barrels- Limited Singles
  • Paradox- PROJECT: DUNK YOUR FACEThe Trapper (2nd release) batch 20- Belgin-Style Strong Dark Ale aged in Bordeaux wine barrels- Limited Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- Snow Drop- Kottbusser- Altbier yeast fermented beer brewed with honey and molasses- Singles
  • Boulevard/Sierra Nevada- Terra Incognita- American Strong Ale aged 45% in Oak Foudres, 30% in Templeton Rye Whiskey barrels and 25% fresh beer dry hopped with East Kent Golding and bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    July 27th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- DIPA- Very limited singles, 1 bottle per person.
  • The Bruery- Bois- Anniversary Strong Ale aged in Bourbon barrels- Limited Singles
  • Hanssens- Gueuze- Blended Lambic- Very limited singles
  • Brasserie BFM- Anniversary Saison- Saison aged in used Abbey de Saint Bon-Chien oak barrels- Extremely limited singles
  • Stift Engelstzell- Benno- Belgian Saison- Limited singles
  • Christian Drouin- Poire- Pear cider- 375ml and 750ml limited singles
  • Sarasola Sagardoa- Spanish Cider- Limited singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomer of the Month: June
    Mikkeller Mexas Ranger
    Regular Price: $15.99
    Sale Price: $12.99
    Sale End: 6/30/2013
    ABV: 6.6
    Beer Advocate: 87
    Rate Beer: 99
    Mikkeller Mexas Ranger

    Mikkeller may be considered the forefather of the current ‘Gypsy Brewer’ movement that is growing across the globe. This neologism is a simplification of the efforts involved for those that ‘brew without a brewery’ but the term does capture the base essence that makes up the ideals. Creation though questioning the form, sketched images brought to life with only a faint collection of what may arise, the desire for the unknown by way of pushing what one knows. Simple creativity at its best.

    Mikkeller is a force that combines the scratching of an investigational itch but allowing refinement to build and take shape over time. Travel and insight plays as much a part as does new bounties of hop harvest or freshly emptied whiskey casks. Those who fit within this ‘Gypsy’ grouping are fueled by a desire of the experience, sometimes coming from a world away.

    The cuisine of Southwestern America is one of the defining traits of the location. Bold flavors and earth driven nuances infuse within the dishes that many hold dear. These influences are impressionable on those that cross the path and have an open mind. Beer can act as a condiment of sorts of retaining the base flavor of something worlds away while still giving a shocking reality to the taste buds. A Danish born dreaming of Texas Rangers might best describe what Chipotle Porter is all about. Playfully running with this direction, Mexas Ranger is a crazy fiesta follow up of a beer.


    By taking the spicy and chocolate forward flavors of the Chipotle Porter, Mikkeller’s Mexas Ranger is a fantastic elaboration on a theme that takes a direction south of the boarder. Using and intricate blend of corn, almond milk, cocoa, black beans, avocado leaves and the obvious chili peppers, the somewhat bizarre offering concentrates flavor more present on a cutting board than in a brewery and yet, the marriage works deliciously well.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Unquestionably spice forward upon the bottle’s opening, the chili and pepper fragrance hit the nose with a pleasant tingle. Cocoa and chocolate brownies merged with an edge of herbal hops work off of the beer’s base porter recipe and give a complex arrangement of sharp heat and memorable culinary attributes. Dark in color with a deep brown crown of bubbles, the beer has an oily film that coats the glass, once again, very similar to how the original Chipotle Porter appears.


    The first sip is a warming bite of chili heat and somewhat smoked meat qualities. Horchata and coconuts are faint, but present, all while the chocolate bitterness coats the tongue and leaves richness without feeling sweet. One can’t help but think of the black beans that are listed as an ingredient and what their contribution to the overall flavor range might be. Their presence isn’t distracting, there is a slight earthy character that helps give the mid-palate a lasting depth but is an example of softness. Herbs and some wild berry fruit show their faces but are rounded and help give more structure and intricate layers to the overall flavor. Spice driven but well-balanced, smoke heavy but light and aromatic, interesting and different but ultimately a very successful blending of two worlds of flavor.
    Food Pairing:
    Mexas Ranger might even be more suited for grilled and smoked foods than the Chipotle Porter is. The ‘green’ flavors of the beer make for wonderful vegetable options. Grilled artichokes, zucchini, pickled items and asparagus can all be matched up without loosing their sight of the pairing. Burgers enjoyed under the fading summer’s sun would elevated to become one of the more memorable meals of the year as Mexas Ranger both gives a smoky kiss to the meat while acting as a complement to the range of condiments. For meatless options, this could be a very dynamic beverage to have with a chilled bowl of gazpacho. Onions and citrus hitting the tongue with a perk of acidity while the beers spice and roasted flavor could bring out the natural flavors of the tomatoes. Another great beer for food, it doesn’t hurt that nachos come to mind when drinking a Mexas Ranger.
    New Arrivals
    June 22nd

  • Stone- RuinTen- Ruination Double IPA brewed with more hops, and larger alcohol and even more hops with the generous addition of larger amounts of hops then extra dry hopping- Very limited singles, two bottles per person.
  • Deschutes- Fresh Squeezed IPA- IPA brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops- Singles
  • Elysian- Space Dust IPA- Manic IPA Series- IPA brewed with Chinook, Citra and Amarillo hops- Singles
  • Elysian- Oddland Series- Peppercorn Saison- Belgian Style Saison brewed with pink, green and black peppercorns- Singles
  • Maui/ The Lost Abbey- Lemongrass Saison- 6 pack and 12 ounce single cans
  • Trinity- Saison Man- Rustic multigrain Saison brewed with grains of paradise and coriander and aged in French oak barrels- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Mikkeller Chipotle Porter
    Regular Price: $14.99
    Sale Price: $11.99
    Sale End: 6/30/2013
    ABV: 6.6
    Beer Advocate: 90
    Rate Beer: 99
    Mikkeller Chipotle Porter

    Mikkeller may be considered the forefather of the current ‘Gypsy Brewer’ movement that is growing across the globe. This neologism is a simplification of the efforts involved for those that ‘brew without a brewery’ but the term does capture the base essence that makes up the ideals. Creation though questioning the form, sketched images brought to life with only a faint collection of what may arise, the desire for the unknown by way of pushing what one knows. Simple creativity at its best.

    Mikkeller is a force that combines the scratching of an investigational itch but allowing refinement to build and take shape over time. Travel and insight plays as much a part as does new bounties of hop harvest or freshly emptied whiskey casks. Those who fit within this ‘Gypsy’ grouping are fueled by a desire of the experience, sometimes coming from a world away.

    The cuisine of Southwestern America is one of the defining traits of the location. Bold flavors and earth driven nuances infuse within the dishes that many hold dear. These influences are impressionable on those that cross the path and have an open mind. Beer can act as a condiment of sorts of retaining the base flavor of something worlds away while still giving a shocking reality to the taste buds. A Danish born dreaming of Texas Rangers might best describe what Chipotle Porter is all about.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with an insanely dark head, the beer's bubbles are nearing the color of a freshly pulled shot of espresso. While nearing the tone of pure black, there is a faint glimmer of light that pushes out though the edges of the liquid when given a closer inspection. The beer leaves a slight oily quality on the side of the glass as it reduces and settles into itself. The beer gets its name from the used of actual dried chipotle chilies and the first sniff is full of intensity, nearing a level as if they were crushed and dropped into the glass. Heavy levels of roasted grains and black peppercorns can also be detected as the scorching traits of the chili tickle one's nostrils. While it seems like a furnace of spice, there is a green note of hops and grilled vegetables that comes with subtle energy.

    The first sip is immediate with a spice that stings the back of the throat and warms the belly. The charred flavors are not painful; instead, they give a sensation that is highly unique within the beer world. The heat of the chipotle is somewhat soothing as the heady levels of smoke are met with the richness from the cocoa and bittersweet chocolate flavors to create a singular flavor not far from mole sauce.


    While the smoke plays a dominant part as of the overall flavor, it is less about peat and more about the aromas of a backyard bbq; inviting rather than bluntly harsh. Once the palate becomes accustom to the heat, delicious rich chocolate and fudge flavors really start to emerge. The Porter base is lush and highly textured with the slightest comparison to horchata coming to mind. The Porter coats the mouth with an oily texture which could have been contributed from the natural oils in the chipotle chilies. The silken nature is enhanced from this very contribution and gives the beer a desirable attribute as the bottle drains.
    Pouring with an insanely dark head, the beer's bubbles are nearing the color of a freshly pulled shot of espresso. While nearing the tone of pure black, there is a faint glimmer of light that pushes out though the edges of the liquid when given a closer inspection. The beer leaves a slight oily quality on the side of the glass as it reduces and settles into itself. The beer gets its name from the used of actual dried chipotle chilies and the first sniff is full of intensity, nearing a level as if they were crushed and dropped into the glass. Heavy levels of roasted grains and black peppercorns can also be detected as the scorching traits of the chili tickle one's nostrils. While it seems like a furnace of spice, there is a green note of hops and grilled vegetables that comes with subtle energy
    Food Pairing:

    Chipotle Porter might be the single best beer to have with a big plate of smoky ribs or long roasted pork shoulder. Anything with a bacon or natural smoke flavor will meet seamlessly with this beer. Paella, studded with spicy chorizo and fragrant paprika would be a great summertime option. Glazed meats and lightly sweetened foods would also meet the dark flavors with a delightful contrast of flavors. Hot spiced chocolate and churros with a glass of Chipotle Porter makes for a blissful night…  

    New Arrivals
    June 19th

  • Trinity/New Belgium- 10 Minutes of Pleasure- Berliner Weisse- Sour Wheat Ale brewed with Soursop fruit and aged in French oak barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, one bottle per person
  •  Breckenridge/Stranahan's- Well Buit E.S.B.- E.S.B. aged in Stranahan's whiskey barrels- Limited singles
  • Port- Anniversary- Double IPA- Limited singles
  • Anderson Valley- Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout- Stout aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels- Limited singles
  • Anderson Valley- El Steinber- Dark Lager- 16 ounce 4 pack cans
  • Ommegang- Mixed 8 Pack- Includes 2 bottles each of Hennepin, Witte, Rare Vos and Gnomegang- Limited 
  • New Arrivals
    June 13th

  • Bull & Bush- MAN BEER- English Style IPA- Limited 16.9 ounce singles
  • AC Golden- Peche- Oak aged sour style ale aged on whole Colorado fresh peaches- Very Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Festina Peche- Berliner weisse brewed with peaches- 4 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bull & Bush MAN BEER
    Featured Beer
    Featured Beer

    We are so very delighted to announce the arrival of a certain ‘Beer you’ve been practicing for’ that just might be the final piece in the massive puzzle that represents the Colorado beer scene. You are reading this correct; Bull & Bush has finally bottled MAN BEER! One of the most balanced English styled (but Colorado geared) hoppy offerings to ever grace a pint glass is now available in 16.9 ounce bottles. MAN BEER’s clean malt profile is smooth and satisfyingly nutty and gives the herbal and marmalade flavors of the hops a launching pad to erupt from. Gaining quite a cult following over the years, this is a new chapter for Bull & Bush.

     

    Bull & Bush is a legendary Denver landmark and cannot go unmentioned when discussing the top breweries in the state. Classic pub styled food all made from scratch, cask conditioned Ales, an unprecedented whiskey collection, highly desirable barrel aged offerings, local hop infusions and simply some of the most enjoyable beers to be had on a classic scale as well as on the experimental route. Numerous Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup awards have been given to Bull & Bush over the years including a marvelous Gold Medal for MAN BEER in the English IPA category in 2012.

     

    This truly is an exciting moment in Colorado’s brewing history and we are overjoyed at the chance to offer MAN BEER in its bottled form. 

    New Arrivals
    June 10th

  • Russian River- Redemption- Belgian Style Blonde Ale- Limited singles
  • Fantome- Pissenlit - Farmhouse/Saison brewed with dandelions- EXTREMELY limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Crooked Stave- Hop Savant- Batch 2 dry hopped with 462- Limited singles
  • Crooked Stave- Surette- Batch 4- Limited singles
  • Trinity- Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta- Dark Brett Ale brewed with honey, mustard seeds and golden raisins and aged in French oak barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Dupont- Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop 2013- Saison dry hopped with the Triskel hop varietal- Limited Singles
  • Upslope- Double IPA- 16.9 ounce cans
  • Backcountry- Maibock- Spring Lager- Singles
  • Ommegang- Witte- Belgian Style Witbier- Singles
  • Deschutes/Great Lakes- Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter- Limited singles
  • Alaskan- Piolet Series- Raspberry Wheat- Limited singles
  • De La Senne- Stouterik- Belgian Style Dry Stout- Singles
  • North Cost- Old Stock Ale 2013- English Style Old Ale- Limited 4 packs and 12 ounce singles
  • Full Sail- LTD #5- Vienna Lager- 6 packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Marble Double White Ale
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $4.99
    Sale End: 6/30/2013
    ABV: 7
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 92
    Bomber of the Month: June

    The ubiquitous American ‘Imperialization’ of classic beers styles is an attribute that can, in it’s own way, be a defining quality of many modern microbreweries. Some feel the need to stray from the casual offerings and elaborate until a new creation has been molded. The basic questioning of what could be done if doubled, tripled and even quadrupled fulfilled the desire for the unknown as well as succeeded in given new flavors and interactions along the way. 

    This situation spawned many new styles that we still cherish today but their inception was difficult to solidify. Most other designs were more or less redundant as intensity became the overall focus while stripping the beer from the basis in which it originated from. Imperial beers don’t have to be full of harsh characteristics, and when done right, they can achieve a delightful range of flavors that might not have been as vivid from whence they started. 

    The Marble Brewery from Albuquerque, New Mexico is one such brewery that understands the soft flavors of the simple styles but can also keep their striking purity when the doubling and ‘Imperialization’ is allowed. While Their Double IPA and Imperial Red are delightful and full of bold hop flavors, the Double White is the true stand out as it represents a different take on a highly recognized style.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Fragrant from the get go, Marble’s Double White Ale is spiced with coriander and citrus zest, as per the original style would, the aromas are based in fundamentals while offering higher levels of ripe fruit and winter wheat. Lacking the banana and clove qualities that make up German based wheat beers, Marble’s offering is expressive of Belgian styled distinction. The inviting aromas of Belgian yeast contribute elegant degrees of complexity with just the slightest bit of bubblegum and fresh oranges. All the basic nuances that are expected in many Belgian style wheat beers are present but concentrated to a degree of coming off as a new experience all together.


    The Double Wit is juicy and highly refreshing upon first sip. Bread and lemon rind are obvious while a soft Hibiscus like flavor emerges on the finish. Green grapes also play into the composure while a warming spice edge hits the back of the palate and helps with the drying sensation of the beer. Hazy and golden from the proteins within the wheat, the unfiltered nature gives a lovely texture and simply fills the mouth with a sort of creamy sensation. The texture is full without being candied, offering more weight than the usual beer of a similar style. The structure is comparable to Belgian Triples only without the residual sweetness, instead, the flavors are inviting and highly enjoyable just as if they were coming from a beer many degrees lower in alcohol.

    Food Pairing:

    Given the fruity flavors that open on the palate, this would be a nice beginning for simple meals and casual lunches. Goat cheese and feta both share the salty and sometimes lactic flavors and would work well off of the wheat and similar lemon elements from the beer. Shrimp dishes, white fish or sea food salads would bring a briny element to the table that could pull out mineral notes from the wheat while showcasing the bone dry finish. Eggs either as part of a vibrant spring omelet or lightly poached with rich hollandaise would fall into place when partnered with Marble’s Double White Ale. The simple applications are sometimes the most engaging and this is a beer that defines the application.  

    New Arrivals
    May, 31st

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Bottled 5/13/2013- Very limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Fantome- Chocolate- Farmhouse/Saison brwed with cocoa nibs and chili- EXTREMELY limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Bonny Doon- Querry- Apple, Pear and Quince cider- Very limited singles
  • Trinity- Three Flowers Saison- Saison brewed with a secret blend of flowers and Brett- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    May, 24th

  • Odell- Celastrina- Saison- Limited singles
  • Avery- Twenty- Anniversary Double IPA- Limited singles
  • Elevation- Third Base- Belgian Style Tripel- Limited singles
  • Elevation- False Summit- Belgian Style Quad aged in Breckenridge bourbon barrels- Very limited singles
  • Fantome- Primtemps- Farmhouse/Saison- EXTREMELY limited singles, one bottle per person
  • Odell- Double Pils- 4 Packs
  • Flying Dog- Single hop Citra- IPA- 6 packs
  • Ommegang- Fleur de Houblon- Belgian Style Blonde ale brewed with hole flower Bravo hops- 4 packs
  • Odell- Montage- Mixed 12 pack including; IPA, 90 Shilling, St. Lupulin and Loose Leaf
  • Beer Reviews
    Mikkeller/Anchorage Brewing Co. Invasion Farmhouse IPA 750 ml
    Featured Bomber
    Regular Price: $15.99
    Rate Beer: 99
    Featured Bomber

    More Mikkeller madness to invade your glass and cellars, this particular bottle coming to us from the spectacular Anchorage Brewing Company out of Anchorage Alaska. The long time brewer at Midnight Sun, Gabe Fletcher created Anchorage Brewing Company as a way to envision his desire for beers that focus on all things oak aged, wood fermented and that life bringing yeast known as Brettanomyces. Anchorage is one of the frontrunners of an American brewing movement that is specializing in the treatment of Brettanomyces and what it can contribute across a wider spectrum of beer styles. Mikkeller’s ‘Gypsy Brewer’ title brought him to direct communication with Gabe Fletcher and the basis for Invasion Farmhouse IPA was born.

    Mikkeller’s Invasion IPA label was created as a way of brewing the same base recipe at different locations to show just how minor details in location and circumstances can create completely new experiences. Using a Farmhouse yeast and aging in oak then hopped to a degree of being highly expressive with IPA characteristics, this Mikkeller/Anchorage collaboration brings the best qualities of many different styles all together in one beer.

    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Zesty and full of ripe citrus aromas, the hops are fragrant and full of freshness even while the beer is already 6 months old. Aged in oak and re-fermented in the bottle with Brett, the natural working power of the yeast slows oxidation and retains the punch of juicy tropical hop nuances. Having enough age, the wild yeast has emerged enough to contribute the distinct earthy and rustic edges of flavors that are both delicious as they are complex. Bitter orange rind, ripe mangos, tannic wood and picture perfect attenuation, this is a beer that sets a standard and should be in the running for beginning a new style all together. Two great mad men, at the height of their craft have put their heads together and created a beer that seems to have come from somewhere deep within their area of desire. It translates well onto us and we welcome the invasion.
    New Arrivals
    May, 14th

  • Crooked Stave- Hop Savant- Brettanomyces fermented Pale Ale hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and dry hopped with the experimental 344 variety- Limited Singles, three per person. 
  • New Arrivals
    May 10th

  • Mikkeller- It's Alive Grand Marnier- Wild Ale brewed with Brettanomyces and aged in Grand Marnier cognac oak barrels- Very limited singles
  • Mikkeller- It's Alive Chardonnay Mango- Wild Ale brewed with Brettanomyces, aged in chardonnay oak barrels with mangos added.
  • Gasthaus Brauerei Braustelle- Freigeist Bierkultur- Geisterzug Gose- Wheat Ale brewed with spruce, coriander and salt- Limited singles
  • Brasserie du Blaugies- Saison d'Epeautre (Bomber of the Month)- Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Weltenburger- Asam Bock- Doppelbock- Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Weltenburger- Barock Dunkel- Singles
  • Burrow Hill- Medium dry cider- Limited singles
  • Oliver's- Traditional Cider- Limited singles
  • Hogan's- Medium Cider- Limited singles
  • Hogan's- Vintage Perry 2010 (Bomber of the Month)- singles
  • Colorado Cider Company- Pearsnickety- Perry- Limited singles
  • Redstone- Mango Nectar- Very limited singles
  • Celestial Meads- The Fall- Cyser- Apple and honey wine with cherries added- Very limited singles
  • Brewdog- Tokio- Imperial Stout brewed with cranberries and jasmine and aged on oak- Limited singles
  • Dry Dock- Tripel- Singles
  • Dry Dock- Booty Box- Mixed 12 pack cans
  • Victory- V 12- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale- Singles
  • Boulevard- 80-Acre- Hoppy Wheat Ale- 6 packs
  • Sam Adams- Boston Lager- 6 and 12 pack cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Brasserie du Blaugies Saison d'Epeautre
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Regular Price: $12.99
    Sale Price: $10.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2013
    ABV: 6
    Beer Advocate: 89
    Rate Beer: 95
    Bomber of the Month: May

    To be interested in the craft of beer fermentation within today’s world of choices can be particularly challenging as much as it can be undeniably satisfying. Never has there been a better time to gain an understating of the individual styles that are linked with tradition from all the classic beer producing countries. Modern brewers have access to a variety of literature that describes these styles, many of them nearly being lost, with enough detail for them to once again be brought to life. While some beers are only enjoyed though educated guesses, there are still many producers that have strived to carry on the traditions of their area which only allows us to experience what these beers might have tasted like many decades ago. One of the most iconic styles that represent the fundamentals of beer born out of necessity is the much-varied Saison Ale.

    The Saison beer style is one of the most easy to understand from a conceptualization standpoint and yet one that is full of individual mutations. It is a style that is growing in popularity with the casual beer drinker to the point of blurring the overall essence from focus. These were beers that were distinctly part of the livelihood from the houses in which they came. Farmers along the boarder of France and Belgium didn’t simply create these beverages because of the enjoyment that was had from the liquid but because the liquid was something that allowed for survival though the harsh seasons. If the local water wasn’t fit for consumption, heat and fermentation changed that, bottles of beer were now added to the list of provisional items such as meat, produce and cheese that helped give the family profits for the land. While it can be difficult to find the honesty that represents what a Saison was created from, there are a few remaining producers that still dedicate with an approach as it was in times past.

    The Brasserie de Blaugies, located off a small road nearly directly where Belgium meets the boarder of France, might be the world’s most classic producers of the Farmhouse Saison. Run and operated completely by family members, the beers the Blaugies are created with a similar passion as those that came from the focused hands of generations past. Rustic and full of subtle tones, these are beers that are more about the soft moments of elegance in the finish than in the sharp slices of intensity. Their range is limited but highly dedicated, only five beers are made on a continual basis. The Saison d’Epeautre is not only a standout for the family but one that should be on the top lists for what a traditional Saison can be.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The name describes the large amounts of the ancient spelt grain that is used in the recipe. The spelt (Epeautre) was planted across the land hundred of years ago and would have been highly common in the classic Saison in rural Belgium. Once the beer’s cork is unleashed, enormous bubbles appear and creep up into the neck of the bottle before being transferred into an awaiting glass. The foam cascades and rests upon itself, dissolving with lingering arms of carbonation that clench onto the walls of the vessel. Earthy, dusty and full of honeyed aromas, the beer is expressive with yeasty notes and herbal tones. Not overly barnyard driven, the aroma is rather that of one experienced while smelling the fresh air within the meadows farm from any large city. Dandelions, hey bails, sun baked stones, wood and air cured meats are some of the images that keep coming to mind with further sniffs. The Epeautre expresses the qualities of the land from which it was created.

    While the first taste is heavy with carbonation to the degree of it washing out the palate, those that are had mid way though the bottle engage the drinker with marvelous delight.  Highly drying and bold with nuances from the grassy hops, the beer is focused heavily on the flavor of the spelt grain and comforts to the degree that fresh hearth baked bread does. The Spelt shows its self with a warming energy of dried citrus and tree bark while a rounded fruit flavor not too far from poached pears and quince gives variation. Not at all candied or sweet, the remarkably dry finish quenches the thirst while leaving a deep desire for yet another sip. This is a beer that does not demand your attention; rather, it extends a hand and quietly asks for a shared moment. 

    Food Pairing:
    With a foot in the old world, this is a beverage that is happy to pair with simple picnic flavors just as it would with hearty stews and roasted game. The woody and dry flavors are just what washed rind cheeses need to be soothed and calmed. Their salty levels are softened and the palate is cleansed after each sip. Vegetables are all invited; spicy fresh radishes hit with a touch of lemon and smeared with butter is a treat that seems to stop time, lightly grilled spring onions tossed with fresh peas and mint (with optional ham…) is more than just a side and even the difficult asparagus would meet the rye like flavors of the spelt with a unique partnership. Game meats and offal are options though they will still be a bit bold, there is no sweetness in the beer to blind these flavors, this is a pairing for the dedicated. Simple roast chicken and rosemary potatoes would make for a tame but still insanely delicious variation. The joy is in the rustic.
    New Arrivals
    May, 7th

  • Grimm Brothers- Maiden's Kiss- Maibock- Limited singles
  • Dieu Du Ciel- Péché Mortel- Imperial Stout brewed with coffee- Very limited singles
  • New Arrivals
    The Past 10 Days, or so...

  • Crooked Stave- St. Bretta- Brettanomyces fermented Belgian-style Witbier brewed with Minneola Tangelos- Limited Singles
  • Great Divide- 19th Anniversary- American Strong Ale aged on Birch Wood With Birch Syrup- Singles
  • Bear Republic- Black Racer IPA- Black IPA- Singles
  • Avery- Maharaja- Imperial IPA- Batch 17- Singles
  • Russian River- Consecration- Sour Dark Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels with Currents added- Limited singles, three bottles per person
  • De Struise Brouwers- Pannepot 2011- Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed with spices- Very Limited Singles, two bottles per person
  • Upright Brewery- Five- Hop forward Saison- Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person- **SOLD OUT**
  • Upright Brewery- Six- Rye Saison- Very Limited Singles, one bottle per person
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Prairie Ale- Farmhouse ale with Brettanomyces- Limited singles, 2 bottles per person
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Standard- Hoppy Farmhouse Ale brewed with New Zealand Motueka hops- 12 oz bottles- **SOLD OUT**
  • Prairie Artisan Ales- Prairie Hop- Hoppy Farmhouse Ale hopped with Simcoe and Citra hops- **SOLD OUT**
  • Saint Somewhere/Prairie Artisan Ales- Plus Tot L'etat- Farmhouse Ale brewed with Elderflowers and Persimmons **SOLD OUT**
  • Dogfish Head- Sixty One- 60 Minute IPA brewed with Syrah grape must- Limited 12 ounce singles, two bottles per person
  • Boulevard- Love Child #3- Blended sour ale aged in Bourbon barrels ranging from 16 months to 6 years and a portion aging for 11 months in stainless steel tanks with Lactobacillus- Very Limited Singles, three bottles per person
  • Mercury Brewing- Clown Shoes- Chocolate Sombrero- Stout brewed with Vanilla, Chilies and  Cinnamon, Singles
  • Mercury Brewing- Clown Shoes- Blaecorn Unidragon- Russian Imperial Stout- Singles
  • Paradox- Loathing Frown Imperial Brown Project-The Nihilist- Imperial Brown Ale aged in Hungarian oak wine barrels- Limited singles 
  • Paradox- The Deterring Shaman Biere de Garde Project- The Bearded Guard- French Style Biere de Garde aged in red wine oak barrels- Limited Singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Snow Cat- Stout brewed with coffee- Singles
  • Funkwerks- Solenna- German hopped Brettanomyces Wild Ale- Limited Singles
  • Trinity- TPS Report- Brettanomyces fermented Wild Ale brewed with Coriander, Lemon, Lime and Tangerine zest, rose petals and aged in French Oak barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • River North- Dubbel- Belgian Style Dubbel Ale- Singles
  • Backcountry Brewery- Pilsner- 6 packs
  • Backcountry Brewery- Pale Ale- 6 packs
  • Backcountry Brewery- Porter- 6 packs
  • Firestone Walker- Parabola- Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- Very Limited Singles, two bottles per person
  • Schmaltz- He'Brew- Rejewvenator- Dubbel Doppel- Belgian Style Dubbel blended with German Style Doppelbock with dates and figs added- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie de Blaugies/Hill Farmstead- La Vermontoise- Farmhouse Ale dry hopped with Amarillo Hops **SOLD OUT**
  • Anchorage/Mikkeller- Invasion IPA- IPA aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces- **SOLD OUT**
  • Mikkeller/Grassroots- Wheat is the New Hops- Brettanomyces fermented wheat IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Black- Imperial Stout- 17.5% Stout- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Fresler- Tripelbock- Limited Singles-
  • Mikkeller- Nelson Sauvin Brut- Nelson Sauvin hopped golden ale aged in Austrian Sauvignon Blanc wine barrels with Champagne and Brettanomyces yeast- EXTREMELY Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Funk E Star- Brettanomyces Wild Ale aged in Sauternes wine barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Funk E Star- Brettanomyces Wild Ale aged in Chardonnay wine barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Mexas Ranger Barrel Aged- Stout brewed with spices, almond milk, cocoa powder, chilies, black beans, and avocado leaves and aged in Tequila oak barrels- Limited Singles
  • To ØL/Omnipollo- Brewmance- Imperial Honey Stout aged in Bourbon barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • To ØL- Mine is Bigger Than Yours Muscatel Barrel Aged- Barleywine aged in Muscatel dessert wine barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • To ØL- By Udder Means- Milk Stout- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Trois Dames- L’Amoureuse Blanc- Ale brewed with Chassais wine grapes- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Trois Dames- L’Amoureuse Rouge- Ale brewed with Pinot Noir wine grapes- Limited Singles
  • Bad Attitud/Rappi Bier Factory- CH2 hoppy lager- Swiss hopped fresh hop Lager- Limited Singles
  • Sainte Helene- Antipode- Belgian Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • Masia Agullons- Pura Pale Ale- English Style Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • Cervesa Del Montseny- Malta Cuvee- Oak aged Pale- Limited Singles
  • Epic- Hop Zombie- Limited Singles
  • Pivovary Vratislavice- Konrad 11- Czech Pilsner- Singles
  • Pivovary Vratislavice- Konrad 14- Hoppy Czech Pilsner- Singles
  • Pivovary Vratislavice- ESO Marzen- Czech Marzen Lager- Singles
  • Odell- St Lupulin- Extra Pale Ale- 6 packs
  • Lagunitas- Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale- American Strong Ale- 6 packs
  • Ska- Mexican Logger- Lager- 6 pack cans
  • Tommyknocker- Nice- Saison- 6 packs
  • Crooked Stave- Glassware
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Hogan's Vintage Perry 2010
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $5.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2013
    ABV: 5.4
    Hogan's Vintage Perry 2010

    With an understanding of proper traditional English cider production, Hogan’s Ciders are created with a great appreciation of the land’s heritage while still allowing new approaches and equipment to help transfer the efforts to modern times. Located in the Malvern Hills only fruit hailing from the neighboring Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire are picked in the Autumn months and only their freshly pressed juices are used, no concentrates and no added sugars.

    The special complexities that come from Vintage bottle offerings allow the consumer to get a glimpse of a single harvest’s worth of flavors. Pear ciders or Perry is made using the same steps as the standard apple cider. Highly tanninc and nearly inedible, but perfect for fermenting, the pear fruit has to be harvest by hand at just the right moment of near ripeness. The Vintage Perry bottles from Hogan’s celebrate the bounty that can arise when the elements align and allow us to taste the special qualities from year’s past.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The first punch of aroma is purely that of freshly sliced pears. Highly fragrant with a clean zestiness that pleases the senses and entice with a desire for the first sip. Slight pepper notes arise giving the impression of cinnamon and mace with just the right touch of candied orange rind to provide a welcoming and quite delightful aroma. The Perry continues to open as it sits and expands with a slight yeastiness that comes across as having pastry like accents. Not overly funky as some other rustic bottles can become, this is an elegant and graciously inviting bottle of honest Perry.

     

    Crisp, sharp, direct and fully focused on the palate, Hogan’s Vintage Perry is citrus heavy without being tart. Long on the tooth with fruit but never feeling sweet or overly sugar laden. Green apple and under-ripe pear flavors are the most prevalent but attached are soft amounts of fresh herbs, tea and even wine like tannin. The grassy element of the Perry translates with an unbelievable refreshment factor while a flavor of toasted shortbread and baked scones arise with intriguing complexity. Even with a varying degree of contrasting flavors, the structure holds though and finishes bright and sparkly clean. Carbonation is light in appearance but stirs up when the liquid hits the mouth.  The bubbles add to the freshness and create an even higher degree of refreshment. 

    Food Pairing:

    The floral components of the Perry make it a wonderful spring weather option for picnics and light dishes. Given the natural ‘green’ flavor, salads with goat cheese, roast chicken and fresh peas or even a vibrant soup of fresh vegetables and tender potatoes. A large spread of cheeses would take well to both the acidity and the faint shortbread flavor of the Perry. Just about any range or style would fit in, even the accompanying fruit spreads and thick honeys that usually accent a proper cheese board. While dessert might be a bit rough if chocolates or butterscotch flavors were present, dairy based flans or custards and just about anything with Vanilla would be splendid with a chilled glass of Hogan’s Vintage Perry.  

    New Arrivals
    April, 19th

  • Stone- Imperial Russian Stout- Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Imperial Russian Stout- 2013 Espresso Version- Imperial Stout Brewed With Coffee- Limited Singles
  • Uinta- 20th Anniversary Birthday Suit- Sour Brown Ale- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Het Anker Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
    Regular Price: $11.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 4/30/2013
    ABV: 8
    IBUs: 50
    Beer Advocate: 90
    Rate Beer: 97
    Het Anker Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor

    Dedicated to upholding a proper example of what Belgian brewed beers are know to represent, the Het Anker brewery is one that continually holds it's stance as one of the best from overseas. Remaining steadfast while showcasing that 'Belgian Ales' are still some of the most creative and unique to be found today, the Gouden Carolus range of beers are familiar but still highly original.   While many have come to try and define each beer that crosses their path, Het Anker allows us to get a glimpse of what might be expected but still offering a sense of originality. Hopsinjoor is one such beer that at first glance might be thought of as one thing but with more time, the true qualities are then reviled.

    Golden in color with a strong level of candied richness, the beer is one that stands out from the higher degree of noble hops that are added. Some could go as far as to call Hopsinjoor a 'Belgian IPA', the beer strikes a wonderful balance between lush fruit and herbal hop flavors. Intense carbonation gives away it's origin with rich aromas only solidifying just how iconic the beers of Belgium come off even with just a simple sniff. The lasting degree of bubbles are dense and hold upon the rim of the glass with a firm strength all the while the golden liquid settles beneath. Spring flowers and damp young foliage emerge, zesty fruit characteristics bring to mind lemon marmalade and stone fruit jams. Inviting with a lemon curd style of richness but still being defined from the iconic Belgian yeast. 
    On to the Tasting Notes:
    Textured on the palate with richness that coasts the entirety of the mouth. Pasty and buttered fresh bread, herbal and grainy with the slightest bit of spice arising and creating a memorable first sip. At both times the liquid comes across as delicate while still striving for an assertive direction of strength. Dried apple slices, floral cinnamon and clove, citrus rind and freshly crushed herbs integrate upon the tongue. The fruit continues to come across as slightly overripe with a delightful appeal of sweetness quickly being met by the hop's natural bitterness that holds out with significant strength and rounds out with a calming degree of dryness. Less resin and juicy grapefruit flavors but with more herb steams and alpine styled freshness. Hopsinjoor is delightfully expressive of uniqueness while still giving a range of flavors that are highly familiar.
    Food Pairing:
    A wonderful beer for brunch, the sweetened pastry flavors fit in line with berry rich coffee cake and rosemary spiced roasted potatoes. Egg sandwiches are easily combined with the beer's herbal notes and achieve a delightful contrast of flavors. Crab and shellfish can be heightened by the soft bitterness found in the beer with briny offerings bringing to mind a slight amount of tarragon and cracked pepper. The yeast characters that are so distinct would fit along side hardy bread and roasted lamb. Asparagus and leafy greens would make for a nice direction if looking to keep a pairing on the lighter side. Delightful and soothing, this is yet another winner from Het Anker.
    April, 13th

  • Deschutes/North Coast/Rouge- Class of '88- Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Teku Steamware- Limited Glasses
  • New Arrivals
    April, 12th

  • Stone/Aleman/Two Brothers- Dayman IPA- IPA Brewed With Coffee Beans- Very Limited Singles- One Bottle Per Person
  • Boulevard- Coffee Ale- Strong Ale Brewed With Coffee- Very Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Positive Contact- Ale Brewed With Fuji Apple Juice, Farro, Cayenne And Cilantro- Very Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Chateau Jiahu- Ale Brewed With Brown Rice Syrup, Orange Blossom Honey, Muscat Grape, Barley Malt Hawthorn Berries And Fermented With Sake Yeast.
  • Maui- Aloha B'ak'tun- Belgian Style Stout Brewed With Chocolate, Cinnamon And Chilies- Limited 6 Pack Cans
  • Elysian- Loser- Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Elysian- Superfuzz- Blood Orange Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Ska- Vernal Minthe Stout- Stout Brewed With Peppermint, Spearmint, Cocoa and Vanilla Beans- Limited 6 Packs 
  • New Arrivals
    April, 10th

  • Russian River- Supplication- Bottled 12/17/12- Sour Brown Ale Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels With Cherries Added- Very Limited Singles, 3 Bottles Per Person
  • The Lost Abbey- Deliverance- Blend Of Bourbon Barrel Aged Serpent Stout And Brandy Barrel Aged Angel's Share- Very Limited Singles, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Port Brewing- Older Viscosity- Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- Very Limited SIngles, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Port Brewing- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Odell- Tree Shaker- Imperial IPA Brewed With Peaches- Limited Singles
  • Crazy Mountian- Hookiebobb- IPA- Singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Horshoes And Handgrenades- ESB- Singles
  • Gasthus & Gosebrauerri Bayerischer Bahnhof- Leipziger Sudhang- Ale Brewed With Gewurztraminer Wine Grapes- Very Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April, 4th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Double IPA- Bottle 03/12/2013- Limit, One Bottle Per Person
  • The Bruery- White Oak- Partially Barrel Aged Strong Golden Ale- Limited Singles
  • The Bruery- Trade Winds Tripel- Belgian Style Tripel Brewed With Rice And Thai Basil- Limited Singles
  • He'Brew- Funky Jewbelation- Blended Rye Whiskey And Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer- Limited Singles
  • Great Divide- Chocolate Yeti- Imperial Stout Brewed With Chocolate And Chili- Singles
  • Gouden Carolus- Hopsinjoor- Hoppy Belgian Strong Golden Ale- BOMBER OF THE MONTH
  • Kiuchi Brewery- Hitachino Nest- White Ale- Belgian Style Wit Brewed With Coriander, Nutmeg, Citrus Zest And Orange Juice- BOMBER OF THE MONTH
  • Uinta- Hop Notch- IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • Uinta- Wyld- Extra Pale Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Uinta- Baba- Dark Lager- 6 Pack Cans
  • New Belgium- Rolle Bolle- Ale Brewed With Soursop And Monkfruit- 6 And 12 Pack Bottles
  • Shiner- Ruby Redbird- Lager Brewed With Grapefruit And Ginger- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Kiuchi Brewery- Hitachino Nest White Ale
    Regular Price: $5.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 4/30/2013
    ABV: 5
    Beer Advocate: 92
    Rate Beer: 90
    Kiuchi Brewery- Hitachino Nest White Ale

    The infamous owl beers of Hitachino Nest are increasingly in large demand with many American craft beer enthusiasts.  While the image is recognizable and easy to memorize, the real factor that captivates the attention of thirsty patrons is from the distinct liquid that is behind each label. The Hitachino Nest line of beers was established in 1996 out of the Kiuchi Brewery that was then only known for it’s Kikusakari Sake and Shochu. These new products easily fit into the brewery’s family as certain Sake production methods were also applied to the new beers. While barrel aging and experimental directions have been taken over the years, the iconic beer under the Hitachino Nest label is the simple White Ale.

    The unfiltered liquid gives off a hazy golden color and quickly fills the room with delightful aromas of spice and freshly baked bread. Froth collects and settles at the top of the glass with a ring of crisp white bubbles. Fragrances of grated ginger, steamed basmati rice, sweetened quick breads; ground spices and citrus zest are intense with their presence. The pungency of the aromas entices the senses and helps wet the appetite for thirst. Yeasty phenols are expressive and give off a warming nutty element that only helps to align with the distinct characteristics that are contributed from the large amount of wheat used in the brewing process. While retaining the classic Belgian-Wit attributes, the beer emerges with a uniqueness that is both immensely delicious and delightfully captivating.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Wonderfully rounded and creamy on the palate from the first sip; a warming texture from the bubbles blanket across the tongue while the soft prickle of acidity cleans the mouth and leaves a soothing freshness. Pure flavors of oranges and tangerines, toasted grains and tart apples, concentrated but not at all rich, this is miles beyond anything that needs a wedge of citrus to be consumed. The beer’s weight is highly impressive. It feels as if the liquid gives one level of enjoyment while the actual flavor is from another origin all together. Lemongrass, nutmeg, cracked wheat cereal, chicken stock and umami are in heavy doses but at such a level that one can’t help but feel impressed.

    There seems to be such a conviction with a beer of this nature. One is easily taken off guard from the limited amount of preparation that the retro label and simple name might suggest. The beer is complex, but not at the expense of easy refreshment though calming consumption. Bright and delightful, this is beer that showcases how important subtle nuances can be for defining the overall experience.
    Food Pairing:


    The culinary accents and comparisons that the beer contains allows for a welcoming ease for paring situations. Eggs will no longer be the odd item on the menu as the wheat foundation adds sharp notes to cut through the weight while the soft spicing echo the natural flavors of quiche or soufflé. Chicken would be another option, try it roasted atop a traditional Japanese noodle bowl and marvel at the energy that is shared between liquid and food. Briny oysters and succulent scallops would be a delight while slow braised pork belly would offer a sensation that is not easy to replicate. Highly food friendly.

    New Arrivals
    March, 29th

  • Ommegang- Iron Throne- Blonde Ale Brewed With Grains Of Paradise And Lemon Peel- Very Limited Single, Two Bottles Per Person.

  • Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada- Life And Limb: Rhizing Bines- IPA Brewed With Bravo And 644 Hops- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person

  • River North- Barrel Reserve 2013- Blended Barrel Aged Strong Dark Ale- Limited Singles

  • Great Divide- Heyday- Belgian Style Wit- 6 Packs
  • Stone- Enjoy By 4/20/2013- MORE IN STOCK!
  • New Arrivals
    March, 23rd

  • AC Golden- Hidden Barrel Collection- Apricot Batch 2- Wild Ale Aged In Oak Barrels With Apricots Added- Very Limited Singles

  • New Arrivals
    March, 22nd

  • Stone- Enjoy By 4.20.2013- Imperial IPA- Very Limited Singles- Limited To 4 Bottles Per Person

  • New Belgium- La Folie- Sour Brown Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles

  • New Belgium- Transatlantique Kriek- Belgian Kriek Lambic Blended With Golden Ale- Limited Singles

  • Sierra Nevada- Bigfoot- Barleywine- 4 Packs
  • Full Sail- IPA- 6 Packs

  • Sprecher- Mai Bock- 16 Ounce 4 Packs

  • Sprecher- Black Bavarian- 16 Ounce 4 Packs

  • Stone- Enjoy By 4.20.2013- Pint Glasses- Very Limited Amounts

  • New Arrivals
    March, 21st

  • JW Lee's- Harvest Ale, Calvados Cask- Vintage 2010- English Barleywine Aged In Apple Brandy Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • JW Lee's- Harvest Ale, Port Cask- Vintage 2010- English Barleywine Aged In Port Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • JW Lee's- Harvest Ale, Lagavulin Cask- Vintage 2010- English Barleywine Aged In Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • JW Lee's- Harvest Ale, Sherry Cask- Vintage 2010- English Barleywine Aged In Sherry Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    March, 16th

  • Trinity- Red Swingline- Wild Ale Brewed With Coriander And Tangerine Zest, Fermented With Lacto, Aged In Oak Barrels With Brett And Dry Hopped With Mosaic Hops- Very Limited Singles
  • Trinity- Pappy Legba- Imperial Saison Brewed With Cherries- Very Limited Singles
  • New Belgium/Diel Du Ciel!- Lips OF Faith- Heavenly Feijoa Tripel- Tripel Brewed With Feijoa Fruit Hibiscus- Limited Singles
  • Funkwerks- Dark Propheit- Belgian-Style Dark Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • La Trappe- Oak Aged Quad- Batch #11- Quad Aged 55% In Malbec Barrels, 20% In New French Oak, 20% In Medium Toast New French Oak And 5% In High Toast Acacia wood- Very Limited Singles
  • Vicotry- Swing- Session Saison- 6 Packs
  • Lienenkugle's- Summer Shandy- 6 Pack Bottles And Cans, 12 Pack Cans
  • New Arrivals
    March, 13th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Imperial IPA- Bottled 02/19/2013- Exremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • The Lost Abbey- Red Poppy- Barrel Aged Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale Aged With Cherries- VERY Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • The Lost Abbey- Saint's Devotion- Belgian Style Pale Ale Spiked With Brett- Limited Singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Carnevale- Saison- Limited Singles
  • Port Brewing- Board Meeting- Brown Ale Brewed With Coffee And Cocoa Nibs- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Du Bocq- Blanche De Namur- Belgian Wit Bier- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    March, 12th

  • Crooked Stave- Vieille- Artisanal Saison- Oak Aged Saison Dry Hopped With Citra Hops- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    March, 7th

  • New Belgium- Hop Kitchen #1- Hoppy Bock Lager- Singles
  • New Belgium- Rampant- Imperial IPA- 6 Packs
  • Alaskan- Troppelbock- Oak Aged Imperial Doppelbock- Limited Singles
  • Alaskan- Freeride APA- Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Lagunitas- Wilco Tango Foxtrot- American Stong Ale- Singles
  • Lagunitas- Sucks- Imperial IPA- Limited 6 Packs (POSSIBLY THE LAST OF THE YEAR!) 
  • Left Hand- Twin Sisters- Double IPA- Limited Singles
  • Telluride Brewing CO.- Face Down- Brown Ale- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: March
    Full Sail Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
    Regular Price: $11.99
    Sale Price: $9.99
    Sale End: 3/31/2013
    ABV: 9.5
    IBUs: 65
    Rate Beer: 99
    Full Sail Top Sail Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter

    With a focus on specialized styles of a more indulgent nature, the Brewmaster's Reserve line up of beers is Full Sail's way to give the real beer obsessed a little something that they desire. Copious amounts of hops, larger levels of alcohol, oak barrels, all things that give the brewers some time to break free from the standards that go with making their flagship; Session Lager. One of the main standouts from the series is a massive barrel aged Imperial Porter, which unlike many other offerings from other breweries, can be found with relative ease. First brewed in 2009, Top Sail took many by surprise, as this was an offering not usually associated with what Full Sail has been known to do in the past.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Aged for a full year in a variety of Kentucky Bourbon and whiskey barrels, Top Sail is made for those that need an extra punch contributed from the oak. Opening with an aroma that is unmistakable for those familiar with barrel aged beers; maple covered oak, rich chocolate, freshly ground spices and dried fruits. The Porter's toasted grain qualities merged with the charred nature contributed from the barrels and have generated a distinctive range of aromas. Slight coconut richness, powerful black pepper and cocoa powder notes and a wonderful level of tobacco that follows though with presence. The beer is thick and very dark and yet the fury of bubbles help lighten the weight once the liquid finally hits the tongue.

    The first sip is a shot of intensity, peppery and upfront with lingering smoke qualities that are bridged with soft flavors of plums and raspberries. Chocolate covered cherries and malted shakes come to mind upfront then the warming sensation from the whiskey builds up and follows into the very dry finish. Massive bittersweet cocoa flavors last until the next sip brings back the mocha and coffee cake notes making this a big beer that offers a pleasant series of contracting experiences. The bourbon might not be for everyone’s palate but there have been many whiskey sippers turned avid beer drinkers that found salvation in a glass of barrel-aged beverage just as this one. 

    Food Pairing:

    While the beer is dark and very coffee forward, don’t let this one be limited to sweet cakes and after dinner treats. While it would lend itself very well to tiramisu (even if used to make the batter), the beer has a very intriguing dark cherry flavor that would speak volumes if enjoyed with red meat. Grilled beef would pickup charred flavors and natural smoke element that would naturally infuse well with the shared contributions from the beer. Anything high in salt, salamis and very dried Gouda styled cheese, would sooth the sharp notes of the beer and bring out the milk chocolate subtleties. For a vegetarian dish, the bitterness from kale and other leafy greens would be well suited if braised down and enjoyed with a splash of lemon, some hearty bread and a well poached egg. 

    New Arrivals
    March, 1st

  • Renegade- Elevation- Triple IPA- Limited 4 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    February, 28th

  • **UPDATE**
  • Sierra Nevada- Bigfoot- Barleywine- 4 Packs
  • Stone- Old Guardian- Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Old Guardian- Oak Smoke- Barleywine Brewed Using German Oak Wood Smoked Malt- Extremely Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Victory- White Monkey- Golden Monkey Belgian Style Tripel Aged In Wente White Wine Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Immort Ale- Strong Ale Brewed With Maple Syrup, Peat Smoked Barley, Juniper, Vanilla And Aged In Large Oak Barrels- Limited 4 Packs
  • Dogfish Head- Burton Baton- Partial Barrel Aged Imperial IPA- Limited 4 Packs
  • Deschutes- River Ale- Session Ale- 6 Packs
  • Abita- Strawberry Harvest Lager- Limited 6 Packs
  • **UPDATE**
  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Bottled 02/11/13- Extremely Limited Singles, One Per Person **SOLD OUT**
  • Russian River- Sanctification- Bottled 11/28/12- American Wild Ale Fermented Entirely With Brett- Limited Singles, Three Per Person
  • Trinity Brewing- Le Capitaine- Saison Brewed With Pumpkin, Candied Endive, Cocoa Nibs, Buddha's Hand Citrus And Fermented With Saison, Brett And Lacto- Very Limited Singles
  • Trinity Brewing- OH Face!- Saison Provisional- French Oak Aged Saison Brewed With Barley Oats, Wheat, Rye, Spelt, Lavander And Femented With Saison And Brett Yeasts- Very Limited Singles
  • Trinity Brewing/Black Fox Brewing Collaboration- Little Death Ride- 13 % ABV Saison Brewed With Aji Chilis, Annato Seeds, Tomatoes, Anasazi Beans, Fresh Maize, Pumpkins, Cacao Nibs, Honey, Hoja Santa, Wild White Cinnamon And Aged On Clay- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Trinity Brewing- Slap Yer Mammy- Triple IPA- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox- Paradox Of Tao- A Black And White Project- The Yin- American-Belgo Wild Black Ale Brewed With Pacific Gem And El Dorado Hops And Aged In Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox- Paradox Of Tao- A Black And White Project- The Yang- American-BelgoWild Wit Ale Brewed With Brett, Cardamom, Coriander, Rose Hips, Sweet And Bitter Orange Peels And Aged In Chardonnay Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Birra Le Baladin- Xyauyu- Gold- Italian Barleywine Aged And Oxidized Over 2.5 Years Under The Solera Method Of Aging- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Birra Le Baladin- Xyauyu- Fumé- Italian Barleywine Aged And Oxidized Over 2.5 Years Under The Solera Method Of Aging And Then Aged In Islay Whiskey Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Birra Le Baladin- Xyauyu- Barrel- Italian Barleywine Aged And Oxidized Over 2.5 Years Under The Solera Method Of Aging And Then Aged In Rum Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Birra Del Borgo- Caos- Italian Wild Ale Brewed With Malvasia Wine Grape Must And Bottle Conditioned With Champagne Yeast- Very Limited Singles
  •  Birrificio Montegioco- Mummia- Italian Wild Ale Aged In Barbara Wine Barrels. 
  • Hanssens- Oude Gueuze- 375ml Bottles- Very Limited Singles
  • La Rullé- Bière De Gaume- Belgian Tripel- Limited Single
  • Brouwerij De Glazen Toren- Saison D'Erpe Mere- Saison- Very Limited SIngles
  • Brouwerij 't Smisje- Calva Reserva- Belgian Strong Ale Aged In Calvados Oak Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Brasserie A Vapeur- Saison de Papaix- Limited Singles
  • Apostelbräu- First Bavarian Pale Ale- Unfiltered Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof- Original Leipziger Gose- Limited Singles
  • Schlossbrauerei Au- Professor Fritz Briem- 1809- Berliner Weisse- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Cider Bouché- 2011 Vintage- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Organic Cider 375ml- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Colette- Methode Champenoise 2011 Vintage Cider- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- Sooty Brother- Gratzer Ale- Smoked Ale- Limited Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- Big Bad Wolf- Sticke Alt Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- Little Red Cap- Alt- Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- The Griffin- Hefeweizen- Wheat Ale- Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- The Fearless Youth- Dunkel Lager- Singles
  • Grimm Brothers- Master Thief- Porter- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    February, 22nd

  • River North- 1st Anniversary Beer- Imperial Russian Stout- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    February, 21st

  • **UPDATE**
  • Firestone Walker- Sucaba- Barrel Aged Barleywine- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • New Belgium- Transatlantique Kriek- Cherry Lambic Blended With Strong Golden Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Lakefront- 25TH Anniversary Imperial Stout- Stout Brewed With Chocolate, Cocoa, Vanilla and Cherries- Limited 4 Packs
  • **UPDATE**
  • Odell- Amuste- Imperial Porter Aged In Wine Barrels With Colorado Tempranillo Grape Must- Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Madrugada Obscura, Dark Dawn Stout- Wild Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Brouwerij Bocker- Cuvee Des Jacobins Rougue- BACK IN STOCK!!- Limited Singles
  • Plank- Heller Weizenbock- Singles
  • Weisses Brauhaus G. Schneider & Sohns/Brooklyn Brewery- Weizenbock Dry Hopped With Hallertauer Saphir- SIngles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: February
    Elevation Señorita Imperial Porter
    Regular Price: $11.49
    Sale Price: $9.49
    Sale End: 3/3/2013
    ABV: 8.4
    IBUs: 35
    Elevation Señorita Imperial Porter

    The newest addition to Elevation’s ‘Black Diamond’ series of beers comes in the form of an Imperial Porter named Señorita that has been created to mimic the flavors of the highly delicious Horchata drink. This classic drink was originally brought over from Spain with its history going deep into the culture. The drink was carried across Mexico and Latin America where it branched off into different regional styles. These days Horchata is so common that it can be found in many forms across the southern American states. The variations are endless with spices, nuts, seeds and sugars being used interchangeably. Even as different as each offering can be, they still retain the simple pleasure of pure refreshment. 

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The version that Elevation has chosen to represent is highly aromatic with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, delightful with vanilla smooth on the finish with a lingering milky richness. Señorita welcomes with bold aromas of toasted coconut, Chai tea and a lingering chocolate quality that brings to mind the sweetened churros treat. The cinnamon and vanilla are wonderfully upfront and leave a wafting heady intensity with each whiff. The beer’s base style can still be felt as both roasted elements and herbal hops come out and work with the other added ingredients to make Señorita a very distinct beverage.


    The intensity of the spicing isn't as pronounced once the beer hits the palate. Tight rounds of carbonation give a creamy texture once the beer slides on the tongue. Cocoa powder and spiced coffee emerge upon the obvious cinnamon and mace like flavors. The mid-palate is fully engaged with milk chocolate and hazelnuts while a soft vanilla presence is felt on the exhale. The more one drinks, the more the spicing is subdued and the vanilla emerges with a wafting elegance. As was apparent on the nose, the Porter's roasted backbone lingers through each flavor and gives a great middle ground after each sensation. Intriguing and mystifying, each sip leaves one with a desire for more.

    Food Pairing:

    The bold spiced edge of Señorita allows for the big flavors of a variety of foods. The easy classic would include a heavily pan seared steak and rich Bérnaise sauce, while mussels and sea food stews would make for a more adventitious pairing. Chili con carne would be able to meet the spice levels and further allows the roasted and chocolate flavors of the porter to take center stage. Foods with decent acidity such as vinegar based sauces and braised greens with lemon and even an earthy molé would make for a unique experience and one where the high notes should balance nicely. Sweet foods, rice pudding, flan and other dairy based dishes will naturally link up with the beer's milk sugar flavors. The combo of chocolate with chili heat easily links up with Senorita's comparable hint of spice makes this one of those indulgent sensations that might be a bit too difficult to resist in small amounts. Señorita is one fine beverage. 


    New Arrivals
    February, 14th

  • New Belgium- La Folie- Vintage 2013- Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • New Belgium- Lips Of Faith- Cascara Quad- Belgian Style Quad Brewed With Date Sugars And Cascara Fruit- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Vertical Epic- 12.12.12.- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale Brewed With Spices- 3 Liters!!- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Immortal IPA- 6 Packs
  • Elysian- Bette Blanche- 6 Packs
  • Marble- Red Ale- 6 Packs
  • Boulevard- Irish Ale- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: February
    New Belgium/Brewery Vivant Biere de Garde
    Regular Price: $9.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 2/28/2013
    ABV: 9
    New Belgium/Brewery Vivant Biere de Garde

    Created as a way to materialize bold thoughts and hopeful moments of wondering minds, the Lips of Faith collection of beers is New Belgium’s outlet for the experimental. Sometimes hauntingly thought provoking but still satisfyingly delicious, the many releases that have shared the title of Lips of Faith are widely varied but equally engaging with a purity of originality. With energetic focus to continually grow from a basis of knowledge, New Belgium has begun to collaborate with other breweries, many of which are quite difficult to find even within their own states of distribution, but equally share a vision for the uncharted.

    The Brewery Vivant is a very recent addition to Michigan’s already impressive beer scene. Focusing on the rustic styles of Northern France/Southern Belgium, it didn’t take long for many enthusiasts to fall under the spell of their wonderful beers. The folks at New Belgium were so interested that they quickly agreed to brew a few collaborative beers with this striking new brewery. Biere de Garde is not the first meeting for these two (Vivant hosted the New Belgium crew and created a canned beer named Escoffier, Bretta Beer. Brett beer in a can… let’s hope it is not the last.), but is the first and possibly only time that we will see anything from Vivant in the state of Colorado.

    The undervalued French beer style known as Biere de Garde is on rise both domestically and from across the pond. Always living in the shadow of the very similar Belgian Saison, Biere de Garde is simply a further extension of the European Farmhouse Ale. Many modern breweries are trying to bring attention back to this dwindling style and the New Belgium/Vivant Biere de Garde is simply one of the finest interpretations to be found.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The beer is expressive from the moment the cap is pried off. Herbal aromas jump out of the bottle and fill the surrounding area with rustic qualities of hay and damp lumber. Juniper and lemon verbena, fresh tarragon and aloe, hearth baked bread and a touch of chicken stock. This is a culinary pantry concentrated into liquid form, and it entices with an honest gusto. The fragrant aromas are varied but wonderfully welcoming and create the perfect set up for the beer’s actual flavor.

     

    Biere de Garde is brewed using Bergamot oranges and while there were citrus aromas to be had, the real experience come forward with the first sip. Juicy orange freshness and ripe fruit sweetness hits the tongue with a remarkable energy. The beer slides over the palate and brings to mind wheat grains and marmalade with a hint of honey and sweet breakfast rolls hit with a dusting of zested orange rind. Pepper notes emerge from beneath the richness and bring a balance to the whirlwind of flavors. Waves of earth driven yeasty notes linger on after the beer disappears and leaves a sensation that makes one’s head nod with happiness.
    Food Pairing:

    With the intense aromatics and fragrant fruit like flavors, Biere de Garde is a beer that really comes into it’s own when had alongside a plate of food. Spiced Thai dishes with coconut and lime leaf will sway and mingle along with the beer’s bold citrus notes. Chili’s punch of heat would be tapered off from the baked fruit like sweetness of the beer. Any thing that picks up color from the oven or the stovetop will echo its flavor when matched with the beer. Root vegetables will also be elevated as the star of a meal when they are brought to life by the grainy and earthy tones. It goes without saying that this is one magical beer for cheeses. Don’t be tame; the scariest looking creations will taste joyful when had next to the New Belgium/Brewery Vivant Biere de Garde.

    New Arrivals
    February, 13th

  • Girdardin- Gueuze- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • The Bruery- Sour in the Rye- Sour Rye Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • The Bruery- Saison De Lente- Saison With Brett- Limited Singles
  • Crooked Stave- Surette Provision Saison- Saison Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Maracabio Especial- Brown Ale Brewed With Cacao, Cinnamon And Orange Peels And Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- La Roja- American Wild Ale Aged In Used Bourbon Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Bam Noire- Dark Farmhouse Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Full Sail- Brewer's Share- Weizenbock- Limited Singles
  • Full Sail- Nut Brown Ale- 6 Packs
  • Full Sail- LTD #4- Pale Bock- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    February, 8th

  • Funkwerks- Dark Prophet- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Boulevard- Grain Storm- Black Rye IPA- Limited Singles
  • Renegade- 5:00 Afternoon Ale- Blone Ale- 16 Ounce, 4 Pack Cans
  • Victory- Hop Wallop- Imperial IPA- 6 Packs
  • Boulevard- Double Wide- Imperial IPA- 4 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    February, 6th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- DIPA- Bottled 01/25/13
  • Elevation- Senorita- Impeiral Porter Brewed With Vanilla Beans, Milk Sugars and Cinnamon- Limited Singles
  • Elevation- First Cast- IPA- 16 Ounce 4 Packs
  • Elevation- Little Mo'- Porter- 16 Ounce 4 Packs
  • Telluride- Bridal Veil- Rye Pale Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Uinta- Monkshine- Belgian Pale Ale- 4 Packs
  • Sunner- Kolsch- Singles
  • Odell- Goblets
  • Great Divide- Pint Glasses
  • Great Divide- Yeti Goblets
  • New Arrivals
    January, 30th

  • The Lost Abbey- Serpent Stout- Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Green Flash- Palate Wrecker- Triple IPA- Limited Singles
  • Renegade- Elevation- Triple IPA- 4 Pack Cans
  • Dry Dock- Hop Abomination- IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • Dry Dock- Hefeweizen- 6 Pack Cans
  • Dry Dock- Amber Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Dry Dock- Apricot Blonde- 6 Pack Cans
  • Marble- Oatmeal Stout- 6 Packs
  • Abita- Mardi Gras Bock- 6 Packs
  • Anderson Valley- Boont- Amber Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Anderson Valley- Barney Flats- Oatmeal Stout- 6 Pack Cans
  • Anderson Valley- Hop Ottin- IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • Shiner- FM 966- Farmhouse Ale- 6 Packs
  • Staropramen- Czech Pilsner- 16.9 Ounce Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: February
    Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck: St. Louis Framboise
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $6.49
    Sale End: 2/14/2013
    ABV: 4.5
    Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck: St. Louis Framboise

    While fruit beers may have a following with most average American drinkers, they don’t carry much weight with the consumers of real ales and craft beers. The sad example of the highly popularized ‘fruited Lambic’ is one that defies the history from which the actual style is born from. The colors and flavors are essentially synthetic by way of the heavy dose of artificial sugars and fake fruit syrups that make the beers shockingly sweet and off putting in a way that borders on medicinal. These beers don’t do the style justice but they are not the only options for something with a fruit kick that is still drinkable.


    Fruit and Lambic have gone together for decades. Many patrons within Belgium were able to have the option of drinking a Lambic that was doused with fruit to cut down on the high level of acidity that is natural for the beverage. While all traditional Lambics are born from a spontaneous fermentation, the flavors are highly varied and can sometimes be a bit brash for some that want a more casual sort of drink. The traditions have changed over the years and the focus on sweet fruit flavors now outshines the balancing act that was once present. Luckily, there are still producers of fruited Lambic that use real ingredients for their beers.


    The Van Honsebrouck Brewery is a producer of traditional Lambics and even has a Gueuze bottling that gets the job done when the craving hits but no Cantillon or Girardin is around to satisfy. Their Fruited offerings under the St. Louis label are created from the addition of actual fruit purees with no artificial sugars or colors ever used in the process. The St. Louis Framboise is a beer that best achieves the flavor of real raspberries without too much of a cloying sugar flavor to steal the show. While many might still desire a higher amount of Lambic depth to shine though, this bottle should be seen as a stepping stone of an option. Drie Fonteinen’s Framboos and Hommage are bottles that we graduate to, this is something to give a more playful and casual sort of experience.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The beer pours with a rosey color and holds a tight head that is the slightest tone of pink in appearance. Raspberry and strawberry jam is brought to mind with first sniff. Some hibiscus and smoke are apparent, but not overly bold. There is a twang of earthy subtleties beneath the richness of the fruit, a glimpse of the beer’s beginnings of the Lambic base. Slight bready and welcoming, this is a beer that offers a cherry pie of aromas with open arms.


    The first flavor is a sharp zip of tartness and one that comes with a blast of raspberry intensity. The flavor is striking without being overly candy forward. Hitting just the right sweet spot of flavors, St. Louis Framboise is full of fruit while still being pleasant as beer for long sipping. The sharpness of acidity actually over takes the semi-sweet fruit levels and leaves the mouth with a pucker that desires another sip to fulfill the sensation. Bright and floral, this is a great beverage to begin an evening or finish it off in comfortable company. Quite a nice option for a Valentine’s celebration….

    Food Pairing:

    This is one of the more easy food beers as both the fruit and the tart flavors will be that much more interesting with contrasting flavors. Nearly all styles of cheeses would be appropriate; crumbly fresh chèvre brings a similar citrus pucker, triple crème’s richness would be cut from the tartness, the nutty and sharp flavors of aged sheep’s milk would find comfort with the fruit acting as a delightful contrast, blue cheese would be met on the intensity level as the brightness of the beer would tone things down. The beer acts as a natural sort of condiment and easily washes away each bite and prepares the palate for a new sensation. Highly vegetal and overly funky aged expressions might hiccup a bit if pared, think easy on this one. Dessert is on everyone’s mind, strawberry shortcake and cupcakes is the simple offering, chocolates and truffles being a classic offering while coconut laced sweet rice being a great option without too much sugar. Love is in the air.

    New Arrivals
    January, 30th

  • Elevation- Oil Man- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox- Low Hanging Fruit Beer Project- The Cherished- Doppelbock Aged In Wine Barrels With Cherries- Very Limited Singles
  • Brasserie De La Senne- Jambe Debois- Hoppy Tripel- Limited Singles
  • Boulevard- Rye On Rye- Rye Strong Ale Aged In Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    January, 23rd

  • Drie Fonteinen- Oude Geuze- Blended Lambic- Bottled March 22nd 2012- Very Limited Singles
  • Drie Fonteinen- Kriek- Lambic Aged With Cherries- Bottled January 27th 2012- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • Stift Engelszell- Gregarious- Austriain Trappist Ale Brewed With Honey- Limited Singles
  • Goedecke Döllnitzer Ritterguts- Gose- Sour Wheat Ale Brewed With Salt- Very Limited Singles
  • Anchorage- Galaxy IPA- Batch #3- Wit Ale Brewed With Galaxy hops, Coriander, Kumquats, And Peppercorns. Fermented And Aged In French Oak Foudres. Dry Hopped With Galaxy Hops. Bottle Conditioned With Brettanomyces And Wine Yeast- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Mikkeller- Milk Stout- Sweet Stout Brewed Lactose Sugar- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Yuzu Porter- Porter Brewed With Yuzu And Oranges- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Yeast Series 2nd Batch- American Style- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Yeast Series 2nd Batch- English Style- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Yeast Series 2nd Batch- Lager- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Mexas Ranger- Dark Ale Brewed With Spices, Almond Milk, Cocoa, Chili, Black Beans & Avocado Leaves- Very Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Chipotle Porter- Porter Brewed With Chipotle Peppers- Very Limited Singles
  • De Molen- Cease & Desist (Formaly Rasputin)- Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Renaissance- Tribute Barleywine- Vintage 2011- English Style Barleywine- Extremely Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    January, 16th

  • **Update**
  • De Dolle- Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2010- Belgian Strong Ale Aged For 25 Months In Bordeaux Wine Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • **Update**
  • De Dolle- Stille Nacht- Vintage 2012- Belgian Strong Ale- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Alvinne- Wild Morpheus Undressed- Belgian Oude Bruin Sour Ale- Limited Singles
  • Birra Del Borgo- Rubus Lamponi- Raspberry Wild Ale- Limited Singles
  • Loverbeer- BeerBera- Barbera Grape Fermented Wild Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Pause Cafe Brewery- Tosta Cuvée Normanna- Barleywine Brewed With Cacao Nibs And Aged For 6 Months In E. Dupont Calvados Oak Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Piccolo Birrificio- Chiostro Absinthea- Belgian Style Golden Ale Brewed Wormwood Leaves- Very Limited Singles
  • Birrificio Montegioco- Tibir- Wild Ale Aged In Oak Barrels With Timorasso Wine Grapes- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Carnegie & Co.- Carnegie Porter- Limited Singles
  • RCH Brewery- Pitchfork- Bottle Conditioned English Bitter Ale- Limited Singles
  • Porterhouse Brewery- Wrasslers XXXX- Irish Dry Stout- Limited Singles
  • Alsakan- Black IPA- Singles
  • New Albion- Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: January
    Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 1/31/2013
    ABV: 9.5
    Beer Advocate: 94
    Rate Beer: 100
    Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru

    The range of unique beers brewed in Belgium is staggering to say the least. Some create their own versions and representations of styles that sometimes cannot be easily categorized. It is easy to see how enthusiasts dedicate their lifestyles to focusing on beers of such uniqueness. Some have committed decades of their lives drinking through the classics and yet still have moments that are fresh and new. Even as some age, their characteristics evolve and change into am experience all its own. Whether it is a monk’s dedication, a farmer’s use of his land and its origins or a simple brewer who evokes the passion that is part of creating such fine products, the beers of Belgium are some of the world’s finest for a reason.

    The Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs is a relatively modern establishment if compared to the age of some neighboring breweries. Built in 1979, the brewery has been producing fine quality beers that are similar in style and just as well made as those coming from any of the Trappiest breweries. Brewed without the use of excess sugars or preservatives, des Rocs ales are also bottled unfiltered to retain their upmost integrity. Full of character and charm, each beer from des Rocs showcase the honest approach from this simple, rural brewery.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The des Rocs Grand Cru is the most special offering that the brewery has in their catalogue. Once the cap is pried off, the energy of the beer immediately rises up and nearly out of the bottle. Big frothy bubbles fill the awaiting glass and settle upon the liquid with tight carbonation. Highly floral with a distinct fruity aroma of dried cherries, plums, sweet grapes and brown sugar. Sugar is apparent but not as maple laden or rock candy heavy as other similar examples come off. Belgian yeast is apparent and gives away the beer’s origin upon first whiff. There is something special about the distinct yeast strains that these breweries use. The aromas are indulgent for sure but at a level to be highly inviting.

    The first sip simply floats across the palate due to the large amount of bubbles that were obvious from the initial pour. Honey and hazelnuts are first tasted that give way to a darkened almost toasty edge of bitterness that translates into a milk chocolate like flavor at the end. Deep and long on the tongue, the beer’s texture is full and rich but not feeling sticky or heavy.  Caramel and dark honey is tasted but becomes lifted up by a sudden cherry flavor that emerges and finishes the beer with a delicate finish of lingering fruit. Hints of cappuccino and even Nutella give roundness to the slight tartness and flavors of yeast. Wonderfully complex but soft around the edges, this is a memorable beer for all those interested in the world of Belgian beers.

    Food Pairing:

    With the dark fruit flavors and the bold level of carbonation, des Rocs Grand Cru would fit alongside a variety of meats. Game foods such as venison and grouse would pull out the cherry notes with classic horseradish roast beef sandwiches giving a savory and spice combo to balance the sweet flavors. Triple cream and other richly textured cheeses are perfect to allow the richness of the beer to fully come out. Spiced cakes and cookies or even chocolate desserts will give way to the full intensity that the des Rocs Grand Cru is capable of.

    New Arrivals
    January, 9th

  • West County Cider- Redfield- Very Limited Singles
  • West County Cider- Roxbury Russet- Very Limited Singles
  • West County Cider- Reine de Pomme- Very Limited Singles
  • L’Hermitière- Demi Sec- French Cider- Very Limited Singles
  • Mjödhamnen- Höst i Vänge- Swedish Mead- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- XV- Trappiest Style Belgian Strong Ale- Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- Art Of Darkness- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale- Singles
  • Green Flash- Palate Wrecker- Triple IPA- Singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day- Quad Brewed With Raisins, Dried Chilis, cinnamon and tamarind- Limited Singles
  • De Ranke Guldenberg. ($14.99)

  • Blaugies- La Moneuse- Farmhouse Ale- Singles
  • Brasserie Baron- Cuvée Des Jonquilles- Biere de Garde- Limited Singles
  • To Øl- San Frontière- Belgian IPA, Dry Hopped And Bottle Conditioned with Brett- Limited Singles
  • Ridgeway- Foreign Export Stout- Singles
  • Freigeist- Abraxxas- Smoked Sour Wheat Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Freigeist- Ottekolong- Kölsch- Limited Singles
  • Mahr’s Bräu- Hell- Singles
  • Mönchshof- Schwarzbier- Singles

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    New Arrivals
    January, 8th

  • Odell- Lugene- Chocolate Milk Stout- Stout Brewed With Milk Sugar And Milk Chocolate- 4 Packs and 12oz Singles
  • Odell- Red Ale- 6 Packs
  • Great Divide- Orabelle- Belgian Style Tripel- 6 Packs
  • Great Divide- Belgian Style Yeti- Imperial Stout Brewed With Belgian Yeast- Singles
  • Great Divide- Old Ruffian- Barleywine- Singles 
  • New Arrivals
    January, 3rd

  • Lagunitas- Sucks- Double IPA- Very Limited 6 Packs, Four Per Person
  • **UPDATE**
  • Dogfish Head/Bierra Del Borgo/Baladin- Birra Etrusca Bronze- Ale Brewed With heirloom Italian Wheat, Hazelnut Flour, Pomegranates, Italian Chestnut Honey, Delaware Wildflower Honey, Clover Honey, Gentian Root And Ethiopian Myrrh Resin- Very Limited, One Bottle Per Person
  • North Coast- Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV- Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Tweason'Ale- Gluten Free Beer Brewed With Strawberries And Buckwheat Honey- Limited 4 Packs
  • Sierra Nevada- Ruthless Rye IPA- 6 Packs
  • Breckenridge- Pandora's Bock- 6 Packs 
  • Great Divide- Nomad- Pilsner- 6 Packs
  • **UPDATE**
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: January
    Brauerei Heller- Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Doppelbock
    Regular Price: $5.99
    Sale Price: $4.99
    Sale End: 1/31/2013
    ABV: 8
    IBUs: 40
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 99
    Brauerei Heller- Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Doppelbock

    The history of beer is a varied and immensely complex tale that represents fundamental human ingenuity through a connection to the elements while maintaining a focus of the community with their shared ideals being kept at the forefront. What we know as the ‘pub’ today might look a bit different than the ones that were popular hundreds of years ago but the merry sense of a shared drink is deeply rooted in our history as a society. Many of the old breweries were created as a way to utilize a local source of water, a field of wild hop plants or a crop of barley and these aspects helped unite the locals of a small area.

    The majority of today’s beer is brewed under a focus on cleanliness and sterilization that unquestionably creates a product that is more focused and balanced than ever before. With that in mind, there are still a few remaining examples that have not changed over the years, and if done so, would kill the soul in which they were created from. The spontaneous Lambics of Belgium, the rustic and wild farmhouse ales near the boarder of northern France, the classic English ales that are still fermented in stone squares and the pungent smoked beers of southern Germany.

    The southern German town of Bamberg is famous for the style of smoked beers called: ‘Rauchbiers’. Generations ago, this is how most all beer would have tasted as the barley was dried over a fire fueled by local wood that contributed it’s own flavor and distinct qualities. The beers of Bamberg would traditionally be made using wood that was prevalent within the local forests that surrounded the town. While there are just over 70,000 residents in the area of Bamberg, there are 10 breweries that all focus on variations of this highly original style.

    Possibly the most famous of all these breweries is the legendary Heller- Trum brewery. More commonly called: Aecht Schlenkerla, this brewery dates back as far as 1678 and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Schlenkerla term refers to someone who walks with a limp or handicap and is a direct reference to an energetic owner in 1877. The beers of the Schlenkerla are primarily brewed using beech wood as the source of fuel, however, there is one special holiday beer that gains it’s smoked flavors from high quality oak.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The Schlenkerla Oak Smoke is a Doppelbock in style and one recipe in which is only brewed for the winter months. Pleasantly smoke forward, think honey baked ham, the beer erupts from the bottle with a distinct aroma that completely takes over the senses. While the Doppelbock style suggests a slight fruit element, there is no mistaking the distinct qualities of smoked wood and distant campfire. The element is pungent but it is in no way offensive or harshly intense. Heavily burnt sugars, hearth baked bread, dates and even a note of soy sauce are all in alliance upon the aroma. The color is a deep mahogany if teetering on a tone of dirty brown. Carbonation is fluffy and helps elevate the flavor of smoke and leather across the entire palate.

    While the nose was filled with smoky comparisons, the first sip is actually full of dark fruit and salted caramel. Dried fruits and poached apples are first, black peppercorns and smoked almonds follow and then just as one is ready to swallow, the smoked backbone of the beer fills in the end of the flavor. Heady and almost sweet, the smoke has an enticing flavor of meat; it is as much steak au poive as it is grilled pork belly. Savory throughout, the Doppelbock shows itself more as the beer sits and one acclimates with the overall flavors. The smoke dissipates with time allowing subtle flavors from both the oak and the malt itself to come though. Sip after sip, it hits an addictive nerve the same way that rich chocolate or caramel corn does. Majestic and quite magical, this is one of the few beers that can take you back to a different time while still fulfilling all the same.

    Food Pairing:
    There simply is not a better combo to be found in the food and beverage pairing world than a Rauchbier and well made BBQ. The sticky and slathered meat meets with the soft sugars of the beer while focusing on the shared qualities of charred wood all work in creating a unison that is spellbinding. Pork or beef, deep rings of smoke or a long braise, it wouldn't change the principles of where they are founded. Vegetarians not fear! This beer takes the caramelized flavors of Thai dishes, Chinese glazed vegetables and Japanese Miso based foods with grace and delight. Either to bring out the smoked qualities or focus on the sweeter notes of the base style, the combinations are almost without limits. Dark chocolates, ripe black cherries or spiced cookies, this is one of the most varied beverages to use for ultimate food partnership.
    New Arrivals
    December, 27th

  • **Update**
  • Prost Brewing- Doppelbock- 64oz Counter Pressure Filled Growlers- Limited
  • Paradox- Paradise Nines IPA Project- The Catcher- Belgian Style Rye IPA- Limited Singles
  • Green Flash- Barleywine- Singles
  • Aecht Schlenkerla- Marzen- Smoked Lager- Singles
  • De Proef- Zoetzuur- Flemish Red Ale Brewed With Cherries- Singles
  • **Update**
  • Uinta- Sea Legs- Baltic Porter Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Green Flash- Double Stout- Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Bam Biere- Farmhouse Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Singles
  • Full Sail- Imperial Stout- Singles
  • Full Sail- Top Sail- Imperial Porter Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Limited Singles
  • La Trappe- Oak Aged Quad- Limited Singles
  • Brouwerij Verhaeghe- Vichtenaar- Flemish Red Ale- Limited Singles
  • Ska- Hibernal Vinifera Stout- Oak Aged Foreign Style Stout Brewed With Malbec Grapes- Limited 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Double IPA
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2012
    ABV: 8
    IBUs: 80
    Beer Advocate: 95
    Rate Beer: 100
    Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Double IPA

    Bear Republic’s exuberant passion for all things hoppy is matched only by their dedication for the thrill of auto racing. High speeds and loads of fuel seem to be a good place to begin. Each new beer gives a hint as to the minds that are behind the creation. Racer 5’s long flavor of bright hops, Hop Rod Rye’s lingering spice notes and Red Rocket’s rich malt body are some of the best values to be found in the current beer market. For the month of December, we at Mile High Wine and Spirits will showcase all three beers as a way of celebrating the range and style from this great modern hoppy producer.

     

    The town of Healdsburg in the Sonoma area of California is one of America’s premiere wine focused areas. As a meeting point for three of the most highly recognized wine regions, it might come as a surprise to some that a brewery is located in the heart of it all. Bear Republic understands the land and proudly stands as one of the few great breweries thriving within wine country. There must be something in the water that sends a beckoning for the hops as Bear Republic’s close neighbor’s down highway 101 are Russian River and Lagunitas. Sonoma doesn’t just stand for great American wine; the beer scene is quite impressive as well.

     

    Hop Rod Rye                       

     

    Creating new recipes as a brewer is similar to that of how a baker or chef might approach the task. With proper technique being a fundamental, the option for disassembling a method and rebuilding with a different approach can then become a reality. Beer will always be a creation that results when the combination of Yeast, Hops, Water and Grain are merged. These four elements can be defined and elaborated on with nearly endless combinations. The grains used can make the difference between a simple Pale Ale and that of a complex Stout. Just the way that bread is created, the right ratios make a world of difference.

     

    Rye is a grain that has taken off in the brewing world as it gives unique accents to beers while adding texture and aroma. Similar to how wheat creates a smooth mouth feel and distinct fragrances, rye is quickly gaining steam with many being taken under by the spicy qualities of this difficult grain. Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye is one of the most recognize American made beers that showcases the memorable flavors of rye and goes to show just how well they combine with the qualities that can only come from large doses of floral hops
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The color is a darkened copper tone, one that fills that glass and catches the eye even under poorly lit circumstances.  The expressive rye characteristics are unmistakable; warm baked bread, toasted grain, freshly ground spices and even a hint of dried apricots. Oranges and a bit of rosemary stems are even apparent as the hops begin to show themselves. The distinction from the rye shows on the nose and give a proper introduction as to what is experienced on first sip.

     

    The beer hits the palate with a sharp perk of spice but doesn’t seek and destroy with rough intensity. Grainy and yet discreet with a floral perk; the beer unloads the true richness of the recipe without overwhelming the taste buds. The flavor is full of grassy moments that mingle with citrus flavors; grains of paradise along with caraway merge into a black tea sort of flavor that finishes with the slightest hint of agave. The hops are bold but the weight of the body unites into the bitterness to give a tasteful balance. As varied as the flavor is, there is no mistaking the level of deliciousness though the intensity. Almost concentrated, the beer lingers with a fruit leather sort of grip that is pleasant while still retaining strength of character. Big and not to be forgotten, this is a beverage that can take the heat and fend for itself.

     

    Just as to be expected, spicy flavors from both the grain and the hops prickle on the tongue giving a shock to the taste buds that is pleasantly intense. Tart citrus fruit, smoked almonds, pumpernickel, allspice and fresh mangoes focus on the palate. The seamless hoppy/rye combo work wonderfully well together and allow for the rather high abv malt level of sweetness to go by unnoticed. An imperial IPA with a difference, the darkened edge and rather sharp mouth feel for the style are a welcomed change from many others within the category.  

    Food Pairing:

    With the subtle note of sweetness against the spicy rye heat, this beer will be great alongside most roasted meats. Hams sticky with their glaze, standing rib roast with all the fixings and even lamb will all be paired skillfully well with the bold flavors of the grain and hops. Glazed vegetables with rich butter and a douse of garlic would also be nice with the pungent flavors of the beer.  Both rich cheese and those with heavy savory flavors would contrast well with a chilled glass of Hop Rod Rye. 

    New Arrivals
    December, 21th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Bottled 11/30/12- NO LIMIT!!
  • Russian River- Consecration- Wild Ale Brewed With Currants And Aged In Cabernet Suvignon Wine Barrels- Bottled 09/14/12- Limited Singles
  • Crooked Stave- Nightmare On Brett- Brett Fermented Baltic Porter Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Very Limited Singles, 2 Per Person
  • Crooked Stave- La Brett D'Or- Sour Golden Ale Aged In Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles, 2 Per Person
  • Crooked Stave- Saison- Vieille Artisanal- Saison Aged In Oak Barrels- Singles
  • AC Golden- Ctayt- Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Stranahan's Oak Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles, 
  • River North- Barrel Series No. 7- Barrel Aged Avarice- Belgian Style Stout Aged In Stranahan's Oak Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • River North- Quandary- Belgian Style Quad- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Hop Henge- IPA- Singles
  • Aegir Julebrygg- Norwegan Spiced Ale- Limited Singles
  • Le Trou Du Diable- La Grivoise de Noel- Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • HaandBryggeriet- Bestefar- Winter Warmer- Limited Singles
  • Djaevlebryg- Hjul & Stejle- Rye Ale Brewed With Brett- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Red Chair- Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Green Flash- Grand Cru- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale- 4 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout
    Regular Price: $3.99
    Sale Price: $2.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2012
    ABV: 5
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 96
    Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

    Leave it to the legendary Samuel Smith Brewery to continually find ways to evolve their range of beers while still adhering to classic principals that define their name. The lineup of beers from the Samuel Smith Brewery is regarded as some of the finest examples to represent traditional English beer culture. Water is still used from a local well, fermentation takes place in slate vessels called “stone Yorkshire squares” and the desire to uphold the standard of only using the finest ingredients are still in place today. The past few years have given a rise in a larger selection of beers that are highlighted by organic fruit juices. This range of beers began the desire to create a category of beverages that were born from 100% certified organic ingredients.  Pride and interest for the future are qualities that make up the foundation in which the minds at Samuel Smith rest upon.


    With four fruit flavors already established (Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Apricot), the next in the lineup is one that nearly all can agree upon: Chocolate. Taking what many already hold dear by way of the English Stout and adding organically sourced Cocoa, it is simply a marriage that is seamless without boarding on redundant. Roasted chocolate malt merge with the cocoa and creates a flavor that has less to do with a simple marketing gimmick and more to do with the wonderful ingredients that make up the beer.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with a tightly range of bubbles and a head that rises well to the top of the glass, this is one energetic beer. The first aroma is purely that of a malted milk shake. The presence of cocoa powder is undeniable and with multiple whiffs, images of brownies and snicker doodle cookies are envisioned. The sweetened aromas are backed by a faint mocha presence that rounds out and prepares one for their first sip.


    Where sugar dusted pastries and cocoa doused hot chocolate were found on the aroma, the flavor is actually quite a contrast. The well water used in the brewing process can be felt on the palate as the liquid is direct without having any degree of cloying heft. Milk chocolate, fudge, coconuts and banana bread are present while the soft mineral contributions from the water give the beer a delightful lightness. The texture is smooth and almost creamy on it’s way down. Easy to drink in a simplistic sort of manner, not overly roasted nor too rich. With a direct sort of approach, this is a beer for those who enjoy a pint of Guinness or Nitro Milk Stout and should have no problem to happily take down with ease.

    Food Pairing:

    The contribution of cocoa on the palate sets this in the direction of dessert but the light finish allows the thought of savory dishes. Steak and chips would be a classic and easy partnership; the salt from the potatoes will find the mocha flavors in a delightful combo. Red meat will pull out the rounded mineral qualities and the depth of the stout body will stand up on their own. Truffles and high cocoa content chocolates are sure fits as their similar flavors match nicely. Bitter flavors would actually work well against the soft sweetness from the stout body. With the variety at hand and, this might be one of those bottles that should always be waiting and ready in the fridge.

    New Arrivals
    December, 19th

  • **UPDATE**
  • Elevation- Downpour- Imperial Red Ale- Limited Singles
  • Alvinne- Cuvée D'Erpigny- Belgian Strong Dark Ale Aged In Monbazillac Wine Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof- Berliner Style Weisse- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Ettal- Dunkel- Singles
  • Einbecker- Winter Bock- Doppelbock- Singles 
  • La Rullés- Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux- Belgian Strong Ale Brewed With West Coast Hops And Orval's Yeast Strain- Limited Singles
  • Die Hochland Imker- Sparkling Mead- Extremly Limited Singles
  • Die Hochland Imker- Single Variety Mead- Mead Brewed With Honey Dew And Honey Of Lime-Tree Blossoms- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Die Hochland Imker- Winter Mead- Mead Brewed With Vanilla, Clove, Cinnamon and Nutmeg- Extremely Limited Singles
  • **UPDATE**
  • Avery- Maharaja- Batch 17- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • Paradox- Dunk Your Face Belgian Style Dark Project- The Trapper- Belgian Style Dark Ale Aged In Bordeaux Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox- Non Fatal Souls Stout Project- Hell For Stout- Stout Aged In Bordeaux Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Rouge- Chatoe- Rougenbier Rye Ale- Weizen Style Lager Brewed With Rye Sourced From Rouge's Own Farms- Singles
  • Rouge- 19 Original Colonies- Mead Brewed Using Local Honey And Jasmine Tea Leaves- Singles
  • Great Divide- Colette- Farmhouse Ale- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    December, 14th

  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Elijah Craig 12 Year (Purple Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Old Fitzgerald (Blue Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Bernheim Wheat (Beige Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Rittenhouse Rye (Green Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Evan Williams (Black Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • 50/50- Eclipse- Imperial Stout Brewed With Honey- Mellow Corn (Metallic Gold Wax)- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- 75 Minute IPA- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Burton Baton- Imperial IPA Parially Oak Aged- LImited Singles
  • Stone- 12.12.12- Belgian Style Dark Ale Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • Left Hand- Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead- Stout Aged In Oak Barrels- Singles
  • Maui/Dogfish Head- Liquid Breadfruit- Ale Brewed With Breadfruit And Papaya Seeds- Limited 6 Packs And 12 Ounce Singles
  • Boulder Beer- Killer Pengiun- Limited 4 Packs And 12 Ounce Singles
  • Blue Moon- Proximity- Wheat Ale Brewed With Sauvignon Blanc Grape Juice- Limited Singles
  • Blue Moon- Impulse- Wheat Ale Brewed With Carbernet Sauvignon Grape Juice- Limited Singles
  • Avery- New World Porter- 6 Packsd Singles
  • New Arrivals
    December, 13th

  • AC Golden- Crayt- Russian Imperial Stout Aged In Stranahan's Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles, 4 Per Person
  • New Arrivals
    December, 12th

  • Dry Dock- Bligh's Barleywine- Barleywine Ale Aged In Stranahan's Whiskey Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, Two Per Person
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Noel De Calabaza- Wild Ale Brewed With Spices And Aged In Oak Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, Two Per Person
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Fuego Del Otono- Wild Ale Brewed With Spices And Chestnuts And Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Grand Teton- Coming Home 2012- American Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • The Lost Abbey- Gift Of The Magi- Belgian Style Golden Ale Brewed With Frankensence and Myrrh- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Dupont- Avex Les Bon Voeux- Strong Farmhouse Ale- 1.5 Liter Magnums- Very Limited
  • Crazy Mountain- Boohai Red Ale- Hoppy Red Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Prost Brewing- Pilsner And Half Stein Glassware
  • New Arrivals
    December, 6th

  • River North- Barrel Series #7- Barrel Aged Avarice- Belgian Style Stout Aged In Whiskey Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, Limited To Three Bottles Per Person
  • Sierra Nevada- Narwhal- Imperial Stout- 4 Packs
  • Alaskan- Pilot Series- Imperial Red Ale- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Old School Barleywine- Barleywine Brewed With Figs And Dates- Very Limited Singles, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Hell Hound On My Ale- IPA Brewed With Lemons- Extremely Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • Boulevard- Harvest Dance- Wheat Wine Style Ale- Limited Singles 
  • Marble- Imperial Red Ale- Limited Singles
  • Leinenkugel- Big Eddy- Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2012
    ABV: 6.8
    IBUs: 67
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 98
    Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

    Bear Republic’s exuberant passion for all things hoppy is matched only by their dedication for the thrill of auto racing. High speeds and loads of fuel seem to be a good place to begin. Each new beer gives a hint as to the minds that are behind the creation. Racer 5’s long flavor of bright hops, Hop Rod Rye’s lingering spice notes and Red Rocket’s rich malt body are some of the best values to be found in the current beer market. For the month of December, we at Mile High Wine and Spirits will showcase all three beers as a way of celebrating the range and style from this great modern hoppy producer.

    The town of Healdsburg in the Sonoma area of California is one of America’s premiere wine focused areas. As a meeting point for three of the most highly recognized wine regions, it might come as a surprise to some that a brewery is located in the heart of it all. Bear Republic understands the land and proudly stands as one of the few great breweries thriving within wine country. There must be something in the water that sends a beckoning for the hops as Bear Republic’s close neighbor’s down highway 101 are Russian River and Lagunitas. Sonoma doesn’t just stand for great American wine; the beer scene is quite impressive as well.

    Red Rocket                       

    Born from the mind of an avid home brewer who was excited to push the style guidelines until they blurred, Red Rocket is an accumulation of interest that have merged into a unique hybrid of a beer. Malt forward and displaying a color of dark crimson that is full of a blatant hop aroma and caramel fragrance that seem a little uneasy as they both represent an IPA as much as they do an old ale. Sweetened candy aromas come out as the beer sits but come off as enticing with a note of anise to give depth without becoming too distracting. It’s interesting to draw comparisons to other styles with the copper notes and citrus edges giving a display of irreplaceable qualities that is quite interesting.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pine and toffee are the first flavors to engage the palate; an herbal edge gives way to the bold hops that are apparent while still allowing the distinct grain and sweetened nature of the beer to be tasted. While leaning in the direction of non-traditional, all is forgiven as the combination of Scotch ale like smoke and hoppy red ale zestiness merge and creates an experience that is distinct while still being satisfying.

    With a dry texture and a lingering richness, Red Rocket is a bold beer but one that comes with a level of delight. The bitter/sweetened combo play well off of each other and creates a sense of balance even while having a fairly intense flavor. Toasted spices, sun dried tomatoes and oranges show themselves as one drinks deeper into the glass. Thyme and mint from the hops linger long on the palate with just the slightest hint of dates coming to rise. Very dry on the finish, Red Rocket is hard to peg as a defined style but the range of flavors allow the uniqueness to pass without question.
    Food Pairing:
    The pine and blatant hop levels bring to mind foods with a good punch of spice. The sweetened undertones will only help carry these foods that much further. Indian dishes would be the most exciting as they have both cooling and fire starting effects. BBQ with large levels of smoke and a bit of sweetness could make for one smile filled meal. Fish might be a little light unless it’s a tuna or salmon focused plate. Niçoise salad with briny olives, salty anchovies, peppery bites and a big piece of rustic bread would actually give good justice to the range of Red Rocket. Anything that might have a good salty intensity would be a great option to pair along side a beer this varied.
    New Arrivals
    December, 5th

  • La Trappe- Gift Pack- Includes 2 Bottles of Quad, 2 Bottles Of Isid'or And One Gobelt Glass
  • Tripel Karmeliet- Gift Pack- Includes 4 Bottles of Tripel Karmeliet And One Glass
  • St Feuillien- Gift Pack- Includes 4 Bottles Of St Feuillien Grand Cru And One Glass
  • Omer- Gift Pack- Includes 4 Bottles Of Omer Blonde And One Glass
  • Sam Smith's- Gift Pack- Includes 1 Bottle Of India Ale, 1 Bottle Of Oatmeal Stout, 1 Bottle Of Nut Brown Ale And 1Pint Glass
  • Ayinger- Weizen Bock- Limited Singles (New Label)
  • Ridgeway- Lump Of Coal- Stout- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Beer Geek Breakfast- Imperial Oatmeal Coffe Stout- Very Limited Singles
  • Xbeeriment- Copper Snow- Barleywine- Very Limited Singles
  • Santa Fe- Black IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • New Arrivals
    November 30th

  • Breckenridge- Well Built E.S.B.- Extra Speical Bitter Aged In Stranahan's Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Brouwerij Huyghe- Delirum Noel- Beligan Strong Dark Ale- Limited Singles
  • Woodchuck- Private Resreve- Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider- Limited 6 Packs
  • Firestone Walker- Proprietor's Reserve Series Glassware
  • New Arrivals
    November 27th-29th

  • Cantillon- Fou Foune- CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
  • Cantillon- St. Lamvinus- CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
  • Cantillon- St. Gilloise- CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
  • The Bruery- Rueuze- Sour Blonde Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED AMOUNTS- ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • The Bruery- Smoking Wood (Rye)- Imperial Smoked Porter Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Amounts
  • The Bruery- 5 Golden Rings- Belgian Style Golden Ale Brewed With Pineapple Juice And Spices- Very Limited Amounts
  • The Bruery- Rugbrod- Brown Ale Brewed With Rye- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Abyss Vintage 2012- Stout Brewed With Black Strap Molasses, Licorice, Cherry Bark And Vanilla With 6% Aged In Bourbon Barrels, 11% Aged In Oak Barrels and 11% Aged In Wine Barrels
  • Anchorage- Love Buzz Saison- Saison Brewed With Rose Hips, Peppercorns, And Fresh Orange Peels With Secondary Fermentation In Pinot Noir Barrels
  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Bottled On 11/07/12- Very Limited Singles, Two Per Person
  • Russian River- Supplication- Bottled On 08/27/12- Very Limited Singles
  • Avery- Mephistopheles- Batch 8- Limited Singles
  • Rogue- Santa's Private Reserve- Hoppy Red Ale- Singles
  • Fantome- Hiver- Undefinable Rustic Ale- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Happy Lovin' Christmas- Imperial IPA Brewed With Pine Needles- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Santa's Little Helper Vintage 2012- Belgian Strong Ale Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- From/To: Vintage 2012- Baltic Porter- Limited Singles
  • To Ol- Snowball Saison- Limited Singles
  • Kissmeyer- Two Front Teeth- Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Spices and Pomegrante- Limited Singles
  • De Ranke- Pere Noel- Belgian Strong Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • Dupont- Avec Les Bon Vieux- Winter Saison- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie Dubuisson- Scaldis Noel- Belgian Strong Dark Ale- Limited Singles
  • Brouwerij Kerkom- Bink Grand Cru- Belgian Strong Dark Ale- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie St German- Page 24- Biere De Noel- Biere De Garde- Limited Singles
  • Mahr's Brau- Xmas Bock- Limited Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe- Monk's Xmas- Bock- Limited Singles
  • Oliver's- Herefordshire Medium Cider- Bottle Conditioned Cider- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Goose Island- Mild Winter- 6 Packs
  • Vicotry- Storm King- Imperial Stout- 6 Packs
  • Marble- IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • Lagunitas- Pils- Czech Style Pilsner- 6 Packs
  • Bristol- Old No 23- Barleywine- 4 Packs
  • Browar Okocim- O.K. Beer- European Lager- 16oz 4 Pack Cans
  • Stiegl Goldbrau- Lager- 11.2oz Singles And 6 Packs
  • Pivovary Staropramen- Czech Lager- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: December
    Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
    Regular Price: $4.99
    Sale Price: $3.99
    Sale End: 12/31/2012
    ABV: 7
    IBUs: 70
    Beer Advocate: 94
    Rate Beer: 99
    Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

    Bear Republic’s exuberant passion for all things hoppy is matched only by their dedication for the thrill of auto racing. High speeds and loads of fuel seem to be a good place to begin. Each new beer gives a hint as to the minds that are behind the creation. Racer 5’s long flavor of bright hops, Hop Rod Rye’s lingering spice notes and Red Rocket’s rich malt body are some of the best values to be found in the current beer market. For the month of December, we at Mile High Wine and Spirits will showcase all three beers as a way of celebrating the range and style from this great modern hoppy producer.

    The town of Healdsburg in the Sonoma area of California is one of America’s premiere wine focused areas. As a meeting point for three of the most highly recognized wine regions, it might come as a surprise to some that a brewery is located in the heart of it all. Bear Republic understands the land and proudly stands as one of the few great breweries thriving within wine country. There must be something in the water that sends a beckoning for the hops as Bear Republic’s close neighbor’s down highway 101 are Russian River and Lagunitas. Sonoma doesn’t just stand for great American wine; the beer scene is quite impressive as well.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    With a quickness on it’s feet, Racer 5 is an IPA that might defy what many have come to expect from a California raised India Pale Ale. Rather than striking with too much bitterness, this IPA is a smooth and graceful beer that has a lovely length of rounded flavors. Tangerines and sweet citrus jump from the glass, a delicate hazelnut aroma blooms, as the distinct American hop zestiness is made apparent. Freshness is the first word that comes to mind; this smells like a proper American IPA should! A beer to kick back with and to engage while a daunting task is at hand. Racer 5 is quick to captivate but as that happens, is also quickly consumed.

    Flavors of tropical fruits are tasted but not of the typical mango/grapefruit style. Plantains caramelized with a touch of richness from added butter, bitterness from the hops are found at the midpalate and continue into the dry finish. Oranges are hinted at but don’t come off as being juicy. Proper bottle conditioning give a great texture from the tight carbonation of bubbles and actually helps retain the floral qualities of the hops. The high level of Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops used make for a wonderful marriage and come across as welcoming. Racer 5 is neither overly extracted nor too bitter; it instead offers one of the best domestic experiences with an American IPA that can be enjoyed in large amounts.

    Food Pairing:

    The lighter bodied nature of Racer 5 makes it a great beer to start the evening with. A glass full of this IPA will quench any degree of thirst while still retaining a degree of character if a bit on the bold side. Appetizer based foods, both dairy based and from the sea, are to be highly enjoyed. Hops give that typical punch of fruit and could easily side with both smoked trout and goat cheese. Simple burgers for a mid-week meal and a bottle of Racer 5 showcases just how nice a chilled glass of beer with some charred meat can get. Don’t over think the applications, this is a beer to sip while you sauté as well as take to the table and continue to drink through the efforts of drying dishes. Kick back, an IPA is there to help. 

    New Arrivals
    November, 20th

  • **Update**
  • Firestone Walker- XVI Anniversary Ale- Very Limited Amounts, Limit 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Upslope- Xmas Ale- Belgian Style Dubbel Brewed With Spices- Limited Amounts, 4 Cans Per Person. Sold As 16 Ounce Singes And As 4 Packs
  • Elysian- Valhalla- Red IPA Brewed With Sorachi Ace and Citra Hops- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Dragon's Tooth- Oatmeal Stout- Limited Singles
  • Full Sail- Wreck The Halls- IPA- Singles
  • **Update**
  • Great Divide- Barrel Aged Hibernation- Very Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    November, 16th

  • Crooked Stave- Sentience Bourbon Barrel Aged- Sour Quad Aged In Bourbon Barrels- VERY LIMITED AMOUNTS, LAST FEW CASES OF 2012 VINTAGE, LIMITED TO 3 PER PERSON
  • Crooked Stave- Oculus- Sour Blonde Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Vignole Grapes Added- Extremely Limited Amounts, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Avery- Czar- Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Firestone Walker- Walker's Reserve- Porter- Limited Singles
  • J.K. Scrumpy's- Solstice- Hard Cider Brewed With Maple Syrup, Cinnamon And Vanilla- Limited Singles
  • Anchor- Christmas Ale- 1.5 Liter Magnums And 6 Packs
  • Goose Island- IPA- 6 Packs
  • Goose Island- 312- Wheat Ale- 6 Packs
  • Vicotry- Mixed 12 Packs
  • 5280 Winter Mixed 6 Pack- Includes: Great Divide's Yeti Imperial Stout, Avery's Out Of Bounds Stout, Bristol's Laughing Lab Scotch Ale, Odell's Cutthroat Porter, New Belgium's Abbey Ale And Left Hand's Milk Stout
  • New Arrivals
    November, 17th

  • Prost Brewing- Alt- 64oz Growlers
  • Odell- Friek- Wild Ale Aged In Oak Barrels With Cherries And Raspberries- Limited Singles
  • Samuel Smith's- Organic Chocolate Stout- Stout Brewed With Cocoa- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    November, 8th

  • Stone- Double Bastard- Imperial American Strong Ale- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Lukcy Basartd- Blend Of Arrogant Bastard, Oaked Arrogant Bastard And Double Bastard- Very Limited Singles
  • Stone/Ken Schmidt/ Iron Fist- Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Stone/Evil Twin/Stillwater- The Perfect Crime- Black Smoked Saison- Limited Singles
  • Alaskan- Smoked Porter- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Boulevard- Nommo Dubbel- Limited Singles
  • New Belgium-Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout- Limited Singles
  • New Belgium/Brewery Vivant- Biere De Garde- -Limited Singles
  • New Belgium- Frambozen- Raspberry Ale- Limited 6 Packs
  • Firestone Walker- Velvet Merlin- Oatmeal Stout- 6 Packs
  • Sierra Nevada- Celebration Ale- American IPA- 6 And 12 Packs
  • Victory- Golden Monkey- Belgian Style Tripel- 6 Packs
  • Victory- Prima Pils- Hoppy Pilsner- 6 Packs
  • Victory- Hop Devil- IPA- 6 Packs
  •  Breckenridge- Christmas Ale- 6 Packs and 5 Liter Mini Kegs
  • Wells & Young's- Banana Bread Beer- Ale Brewed With Bananas- 4 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    November, 7th

  • St. Bernardus- Abt 12 Belgian Quad- 1.5 Liter Magnums- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • St. Bernardus- Christmas Ale- Belgian Strong Dark Ale Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • St. Bernardus- Mix Pack With Signature Goblet
  • Duvel- Tripel Hops- Belgian Strong Golden Ale Brewed With Styrian Golding, Saaz and Amarillo Hops- Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- Duvel Rustica- Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale- Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- Gift Pack Including Chocolate Indulgence, Hennepin, Three Philosophers And A Signature Glass- Limited Amounts
  • Dry Dock- Wee Heavy- Scotch Ale- Singles
  • Mad River- John Barleycorn- Barleywine- 12oz Singles
  • Port Brewing- Santa's Little Helper- Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: November
    Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel
    Regular Price: $11.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 11/30/2012
    ABV: 9
    Beer Advocate: 92
    Rate Beer: 98
    Brouwerij Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel

    The Belgian Tripel is one of the most highly categorized and still slightly misunderstood of all beer styles. While the name might be easy to recognize, the few details that make up the style are highly important and often overlooked. The name does not indicate that the beer has gone through three fermentations, instead, the Tripel wording came as a way of indicating a beer of triple strength. While originating from within the walls of Trappist breweries, the tales of the Tripel as being a reference to the holy trinity is simply an unconfirmed coincidence. While the alcohol range of other Trappist born styles might give evidence to this theory (3% for Single, 6% for Dubbel, 9% for Tripel), the alcohol isn’t the main defining factor when labeling this bold style.


    Sugars are used in the brewing process as a way of bumping the alcohol and giving a caramelized edge of flavor that many modern Tripels share. Hops are more abundant that those found in a Belgian-Golden Ale but aren’t perceived as strongly as the sugar levels are much higher to act as a counterbalance to the bitterness. Spices are common but not always needed as the particular yeast strain can give off aromas and flavors not far from pepper and toasted cardamom. Carbonation is always high, but most Belgian beers styles are, and give life to the dense and concentrated liquid. Far and wide, the Tripel is one of the best examples for a ‘classic’ Belgian style and yet, it seems each producer does things a touch different.


    One such example is the Tripel ale coming from the Het Anker Brewery that is bottled under their Gouden Carolus title. Het Anker is located in the town of Mechelen that is situated in between Brussels and Antwerp. The grounds in which the current operations reside can trace it’s brewing roots as far back as 1369 where the original purpose was to be used as a brewery for the archbishop’s palace. Distinct and flavorful beers have been brewed on this location for hundreds of years and it goes without saying that the Gouden Carolus range are some of the most celebrated and downright delicious of any being brewed in Belgium.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The Gouden Carolus Tripel is a softer, almost lighter version of what is more commonly found coming from Belgium. Frothy and full of large white bubbles, the beer pours out of the bottle with a lively energy and a quite appropriate hue of golden color. Lacing in the glass is thick and indicates the perfection that can happen with a proper bottle conditioned beer. Simply put, this is a beautiful beverage to admire.


    Ripe fruit aromas of blood oranges and sweet grapefruit burst out of the glass, a simple but very distinct candied citrus high note rounds things up and give away the beer’s level of sugar. Some herbal notes of lavender and sage add an interesting level of earthiness upon the almost cream sickle like sweet notes. Texture-wise, the Gouden Triple has more of a prickle and spice than other examples from Westmalle or La Trappe. While not overly decadent, the weight is still on the heavier scale of the spectrum.


    The candy and citrus come together on the palate in a display of concentrated variety. Notes of yeast and some spice continue all the way though till the finish of honeyed biscuits and crème anglaise.  Kiwi fruit is hinted at on the mid palate with a prominent flavor of citrus that seems to be the main composition of the beer. The herbal and botanical range of orange liquor is brought to mind in a display of highly unique brightness. Sweetness doesn’t take the entire spotlight but does come through with enough energy to grab a great deal of attention. Hops play in line with the bitter orange peel flavors but are also contributors to the dried herbal flavor and lingering woodiness. Quite a focused beer and one that represents what this style can be while still taking enough of a deviation to be considered a memorable standout.

    Food Pairing:

    With just enough sweetness to balance highly flavorful foods, the Gouden Carolus Tripel would accompany game birds such as pheasant and quail. The candied fruit flavors are great matches to the natural richness of duck while not cloying the palate down and diminishing the essence of the dish. Thai foods, exuberant with herbs and coconut flavors would play out with a highly interactive flavor range. Even strong briny sea driven foods like shellfish and calamari can have their day as they would easily mingle with the beer’s bubbles and be soothed by the soft zesty flavors of the hops. 

    New Arrivals
    November, 2nd

  • Bear Republic- Racer X- Double IPA- Very Limited Singles
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  • Left Hand- Fade To Black- Black IPA- Limited 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    November, 1st

  • Funkwerks- Deceit- Belgian Style Strong Golden Ale (2012 GABF Gold Medal Winner)- Limited Singles
  • Upslope- Christmas Ale- Belgian Style Dubbel Ale- 16 Ounce Cans- Limit, 2 Per Person
  • Paradox Brewing Company- Apple Saison Heralded Nocturnes Project- Saison Brewed With Apples And Aged In Chardonnay Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox Brewing Company- Autumnus Heralded Nocturnes Project- Belgian Style Ale Aged In Bordeaux Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox Brewing Company- Harvest American Belgo Pale Ale Heralded Nocturnes Project- Fresh Hop Belgian Style Pale Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- 75 Minute IPA- Blended 60 And 90 Minute IPA With Maple Syrup Added- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, 1 Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA- Imperial Stong IPA Continually Hopped For 120 Minutes- Very Limited Singles, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Burton Baton- Oak Aged Imperial IPA- Very Limited 4 Packs and 12 Ounce Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Chicory Stout- Oatmeal Stout Brewed With Roasted Chicory, Coffee, St. John's Wort And Licorice- Limited 4 Packs
  • De Struise- Rio Reserva- Belgian Strong Ale Aged In Bourbon And Wine Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Drie Fonteinen- Oude Geuze- 750ml Singles- EXTREMELY LIMITED- One Bottle Per Person
  • To Ol/Mikkeller- Walk On Water- Hoppy Strong Ale (Claims To Be The World's 'Lightest' Beer By Volume)- Limited Singles
  • To Ol- Mine Is Bigger Than Yours- Hoppy Barleywine- Limited Singles
  • Goliat- Imperial Coffee Stout- Limited Singles
  • De Molen- Kopi Loewak- Impeiral Stout Brewed With Kopi Loweak Coffee Beans- Extremely Limited Singles
  • De Molen- Bloed, Zweet & Tranen- Smoked Stout- Limited Singles
  • Kissmeyer- Honey Porter- Limited Singles
  • Beer Here!- Kremlin Crude- Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Freigeist Bierkulture- Pimock- Hoppy Weizen- Limited Singles
  • Panil Barrique- Belgian Style Flemish Sour Red Ale- Limited Singles
  • AeppelTreow- Kinglet Bitter- English/French Cider Hybrid- Very Limited Singles
  • Oliver's- Gold Rush- English Cider Aged In Oak Barrels And Fermented With Lambic Yeast- Very Limited Singles
  • Ross On Wye- Bottled Conditioned Farmhouse Dry Cider- Limited Singles
  • Hogan's- 201O Vintage Perry- Limited Singles
  • Zeffer- Dry Cider- Singles
  • Zeffer- Dry Perry- Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: November
    Henny's Cider Company Vintage 2010
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $4.99
    Sale End: 11/30/2012
    ABV: 6.5
    Henny's Cider Company Vintage 2010

    The low lying light from an early setting sun strikes across the fragile leaves, some of which hang delicately from mangled branches while others are scattered across the ground in a display that fully exhibits the reality of one season’s transition into another. Fall can sometimes be a long moment of build up that is quickly deflated from the strong grip of an early frost or the weight of a heavy snow. Other years, where the daily vibrancy of pure colors are outlined across the timid tone of the sky and the cool air instigates a desire for heavier layers of clothing, can be blissful as it brings to mind the moments of celebration we cherish. Even while the harshness of winter can damper day-to-day activities, the holidays are a way of slowing down and fully focusing on those special moments. We celebrate over food and drink, even with the varied members of the family tree, we share meals that satisfy desire while nourishing all the same, our glasses are full with a special beverage that can inspire and establish memories of a moment that shall not be forgotten.


    The creation of true cider is firmly rooted with the same ideals one can get when experiencing the change of seasons and their reflection of the times that become the holidays. Much like grapes in wine making, apples in cider production are very dependent on the natural environment they are harvested from. Some years are better than others but more importantly; each year is a representation of something that cannot ultimately be fully controlled.


    Henney’s Cider Company is one of the few English producers of real hard cider that concentrates on using only locally sourced apples that are treated with very little manipulations or shortcuts. Using a variety of cider apples, many of which are difficult to grow and hard to find, the range of selection is varied and allows for a wide spectrum of subtle flavors. Dry, medium and sweet are the simple labels for the offerings from Henney’s, while all are pleasurable representations of their designated styles; the most special cider is bottled under the Vintage label.


    Henney’s Vintage cider is created from one single year’s worth of apples. Each harvest could lend differences and nuances that might not reoccur in other circumstances. Bottled nearly completely still, the Vintage bottles of cider are a representation of the purity of the fruit. Henney’s does not use added sugars or concentrates in post fermentation, a technique that many large cider producers use to cover the flaws of poor fruit or raise unneeded sugar levels to a degree of unpalatable roughness. Henney’s Vintage offerings are always highly enjoyable as their freshness and dynamic simplicity are always within balance by showcasing the fruit’s natural flavors.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with just the slightest movement of bubbles, the cider is virtually still. The lack of carbonation doesn’t effect the experience as sometimes these added yeasts used for conditioning can influence too much of the flavor and detract from the desired qualities that are present in their most simple form. Delightful aromatics of stone fruit, river rocks, washed rind cheeses, wool and fragrant flowers are meshed together in a very soft harmony. There is no alcohol present but the amplification of phenols and aromas give way that this is no simple fruit juice.


    The first sip is clean on the palate with a crisp texture of semi-sharp tannins that give off a delightful flavor. Tartness not far from a green apple with the distinct pulpy flavors that linger as the way of biting through a snappy red apple skin does.  Oolong tea and a touch of cedar come into play and give the bright fruity notes a long heady feeling. The tannins are tightly woven and display upon the long finish that builds with acidity. Not overly tart, these 2010 bottles are highly citric without having the flavor of lemons or limes, they feel crisp and ultimately balanced as the fruit can be tasted and only after twenty minutes of being open does the liquid truly begin to display it’s true self. The purity is simply stunning and the balance is a remarkable experience, these beverages are astonishing in their way of capturing the full flavors of what we know an apple to be.

    Food Pairing:

    As a way of celebrating the vintage in which this bottle was born from, thanksgiving offers a playful and exciting series of combinations for a remarkable food pairing. Rich and decadent buttered biscuits and savory gravy, roasted meats and sweetened sauces, oyster stuffing or liver dressing, the flavors of thanksgiving are bold and highly varied. The crisp notes of the apple’s earthy depth and the sharp finish of tannins give these bottles of Henney’s Vintage cider a lead in the pack if compared to other options within the field of wines. Glazed hams are imagined with ease, seared edges of Brussels sprouts are digested without complaints and the cinnamon and spices of sweet potatoes and brown sugar are so pleasant, they would actually desire a repeat with next year’s meal. Cider is also great to cook with, a dash of the Vintage used to deglaze would offer a nice perk and truly meet any richness with a calming hand. Balanced, varied and simply an ease to drink, there should always be a bottle of Henney’s around to remind us how nice the seasons can be.


    New Arrivals
    October, 26th

  • **UPDATE**
  • Drie Fonteinen- Golden Blend- Blended Lambic Containing 1, 2, 3, and 4 Year Old Stocks!- Very Limited Amounts
  • Mikkeller- Rauch Pils- Smoked Pilsner- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Sort Gul- Black IPA- Limited Singles
  • 8 Wired- Hop Wired- Double IPA- Limited Singles
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  • AC Golden- Herman Joseph's Private Reserve- German Style Lager- Limited 6 Packs
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  • New Arrivals
    October 25th

  • **UPDATE** 
  • Deschutes- The Dissident 2012- Cherry Ale Partially Aged In Oak Barrels- Extremely Limited Amounts, One Bottle Per Person- SOLD OUT
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  • New Belgium- La Folie Vintage 2012- Flemish Style Sour Brown Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Upslope- Pumpkin Ale- 16 Ounce Single Cans- Very Limited, four Cans Per Person
  • Grand Teton- XX Bitch Creek- Imperial ESB- Limited Singles
  • Port Brewing- High Tide Fresh Hop IPA- Limited Singles 
  • New Belgium- Snow Day- American Black Ale- 6 And 12 Packs
  • Sam Adams- Winter Ale- 6 and 12 Packs
  • Sam Adams-  White Christmas- White Ale Brewed With Cinnamon, Nutmeg, And Orange peel- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    October 18th

  • Lagunitas- Brown Sugga'- Strong Ale Brewed With Brown Sugar- 6 Packs
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    October, 18th

  • The Bruery- Autumn Maple- Belgian Style Brown Ale Brewed With Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, Vanilla, Molasses, and Maple Syrup- Limited Singles, 3 Bottles Per Person
  • SKA- On The Sly Again- Weizenbock- Limited Singles
  • Timmermans- Pumpkin Lambicus- Lambic Brewed With Pumpkins- Very Limited Singles
  • Timmermans- Blanche- Lambic/Witbier Blend- Limited Singles
  • North Coast- Rasputin- Imperial Stout- 4 Packs
  • North Coast- Scrimshaw- Pilsner- 6 Packs
  • Bristol- Winter Warlock- Oatmeal Stout- 6 Packs
  • Alaskan- Winter Ale- Ale Brewed With Spruce Tips- 6 Packs
  • Oskar Blues- Dale's Pale Ale- 19.2 Ounce  Single Cans
  • Shock Top- End Of The World- Wheat Ale Brewed With Chili- 6 Packs
  • Imperial- Costa Rican Lager- 6 Pack Cans
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    October 16th

  • Paradox Beer Company- Project Candid Kaiser- American Style Pale Ale Aged In Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Paradox Beer Company- Project Bandeau Artiste- American Belgo Blond Ale Aged In Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles 
  • Paradox Beer Company- Project Paradise Nines- American Belgo IPA Aged In Wine Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Rogue- Chateau First Growth- Pumpkin Patch Ale- Ale Brewed With Fresh Pumpkins- Very Limited Singles
  • Samuel Smith- Winter Welcome Ale- English Winter Warmer Ale- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    October, 11th

  • Stone- Enjoy By 11.09.12- Insanely Fresh Double IPA- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, TWO BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Upslope- Pumpkin Ale- 16 Ounce Single Cans- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, TWO CANS PER PERSON
  • Oskar Blues- Ten Fidy- Imperial Stout- 4 Packs
  • Great Divide- The Big Show- Mixed Pack Including 3 Bottles Of: Hades, Hibernation, Hercules And Yeti- Limited Amounts
  • Sam Adams- Hop Tour- Mixed 6 Pack Including 2 Bottles Of: Latitude 48, Noble Pils And Whitewater IPA- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: October
    Elevation Apis IV Quad
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $8.99
    Sale End: 10/31/2012
    ABV: 10.7
    Beer Advocate: 92
    Elevation Apis IV Quad

    Located in Poncha Springs, Elevation is a new face on the range of the Colorado brewing scene but one that many will hold in high esteem as the months continue and new beers emerge. Their first beer, Apis IV, is their rendition of the Belgian-style ale known as a Quadruple or simply Quad. Apis is also the name of the genus for the honeybee with the ‘IV’ symbolizing the Quad style and the four individuals that make up the brewing family. Together, Apis IV is the accumulation of passion and hope, interest and experience, dedication and desire of four friends who also pay tribute to the locally sourced Colorado honey that is used to create each batch of this honorable beverage.


    Each bottle of Apis IV contains a liquid that is a graceful concentration of complexities that emerge with vigor once released from underneath the cork’s seal. Lovely large off white bubbles quickly collect upon the beer’s surface and subside to a faint layer after being poured into a large mouthed glass. Almost purple in color, the faintest bit of light can be seen breaking the edges of the beer if held close to light.  Dark fruits come to mind on the first whiff with figs and dates rounding out the bouquet. Sweetness is present but in the way yeasty bread coated in dark honey is: quite enticing. The honey is very well integrated and doesn’t allow any amount of the 10% alcohol to be known.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The bubbles re-emerge on the palate when the first sip is taken. Rounded and leaning in the rich direction, the texture is very full and without the heft of cloying sweetness than detracts from the drinkable factor of many other beers that share the style. The addition of honey is fully understood as the flavor of the beer continues. Being a highly fermentable substance, honey actually adds a much dryer character to the Belgian Strong Ale than what would be an expected characteristic of those such as Rochefort 10 or De Struise’s Pannepot. The honey isn’t tasted as being sweet, instead the floral essence mingles upon the distinct yeast strain and the dark malts to eventually smooth out in to a drying finish of pure balance.


    Dark grapes, a light layer of maple and just a touch of sherry are felt while the tropical and caramelized notes shine above all others. Spices in the way of peppercorns or cocoa nibs are tasted on the back-end as the beer sits. The Belgian yeast strain seems to parallel the fruit tones and focuses together into a finish that is highly fulfilling and quite long. Once again, the drying finish and soft texture give the beer grace and help make this one of the more impressive domestic examples of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale/Quad category.
    Food Pairing:

    With just enough obvious sugar laced flavors to make the beer lean on the sweet end, something with a bitter and smoky direction would contrast quite nicely. BBQ meats with a nice layer of sticky sauce could easily be an option with the spicy sorts of smoked foods being a more difficult, but still admirable combo. Wild game and vinegar driven sauces would bring out the subtle peppery notes of the beer while meeting the earth driven tones. Blue cheeses could mingle with the beer’s soft honey qualities while crumbly cloth bound cheddars adding a savory sharpness to the darkened fruit flavors. Butter heavy pastries, either for brunch or dessert, would make a lovely partner with Apis IV as the richness of the food could match the sweet perk of the beer’s flavor.

    New Arrivals
    October 10th

  • Crooked Stave- Sentience- Sour Quad Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person 
  • PROST- Oktoberfest- German Marzen Style Lager- 64 Ounce Counterpressure Filled Growlers
  • Renegade- Elevated Wood- Triple IPA Aged In Wild Turkey Whiskey Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Chasin' Freshies- Fresh Hop IPA Brewed With Heriloom Cascade Hops- Limited Singles
  • Great Divide- Fresh Hop Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • River North- Barrel Aged J. Marie No. 1- Saison Aged In Stranahan's Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Cisco Brewers- Island Reserve Farmhouse Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- Scythe & Sickle- Biere de Garde- Limited 12oz Singles
  • St. Feuillien- Grand Cru- Belgian Strong Golden Ale- Singles
  • Brasserie Des Roch- Grand Cru- Belgian Strong Dark Ale- Singles
  • Traquair House Ale- Scotch Ale Fermeneted In Oak Barrels- NEW FORMAT 500ml Singles
  • Deschutes- Hop Trip- Fresh Hop IPA- 6 Packs
  • Short's- Huma-Lupa-Licious- IPA- Limited 6 Packs
  • Short's- Autumn Ale- Limited 6 Packs
  • Short's- Pandemonium- Pale Ale- Limited 6 Packs
  • Samuel Smith- Organic Cider- 11.2 Ounce 4 Packs
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    October, 8th

  • Avery- Odio Equum- Sour Ale Brewed With Raspberries And Aged In Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Barrels - Extremely Limited Amounts, One Bottle Per Person
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    October, 5th

  • Avery- Rumpkin- Imperial Pumpkin Ale Aged In Rum Barrels- Extremely Limited Amounts, Two Bottles Per Person **Sold Out**
  • Nectar Ales- Black Xantus- Imperial Coffee Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Extremely Limited Amounts, One Bottle Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Bitches Brew- Imperial Stout, Honey And Gesho Root Ale- Extremely Limited Amounts, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Crabtree- Peachtree Cézanne Saison- Saison Brewed With Peaches And Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels With Brett- Limited Singles
  • Crabtree- Stephanie's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie- Imperial Oatmeal Stout Brewed With Caramelized Raisins And Aged In Stranahans Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Crabtree- Woody B. Vintage 2011- American Barleywine Aged In Pinot Noir Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Cisco Brewers- The Woods- Lady of the Woods- Witbier Aged In Chardonnay Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Cisco Brewers- Island Reserve- Oak Aged Lager- Very Limited Singles
  • Odell- Woodcut #6- Imperial Strong Ale Dry Hopped With Mosaic Hops And Aged In New American Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Great Divide- Oak Aged Yeti- Imperial Stout Aged With Oak Chips- Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- Weizen Bam- Farmhouse Ale Fermented With Hefeweizen Yeast And Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Green Flash/St Feuillien- Friendship Brew- Black Saison Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • He'Brew- Hop Manna- IPA- Singles
  • Hofstetten- Eisbock Vintage 2012- Limited Singles
  • Apostelbraeu- Dinkelboc- Spelt Bock Dry Hopped With Opal Hops-  Limited Singles
  • Leipziger- Gose- Sour Wheat Ale Brewed With Salt- Limited Singles
  • Dansk Mjod- Viking Blod Mead Brewed With Hibiscus And Hops- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Magic Hat- #9- Apricot Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Magic Hat- Heart Of Darkness- Oatmeal Stout- 6 Packs
  • Magic Hat- Winterland 12 Pack
  • Odell- Isolation- Winter Warmer- 6 Packs
  • Great Divide- Hibernation- English Style Old Ale- 6 Packs
  • Breckenridge- Regal Pils- Double Pilsner- 4 Packs
  • Blackthorn- English Dry Cider- 4 Pack Cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: October
    Brauerei Aying Oktoberfest-Marzen
    Regular Price: $3.49
    Sale Price: $2.49
    Sale End: 10/31/2012
    ABV: 5.8
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 96
    Brauerei Aying Oktoberfest-Marzen

    The Oktoberfest celebration might be one of the single most recognized images in traditional beer culture. Large thirsty groups gathered in close proximity, steins in hand and full of frothy bier, the ladies delightfully showing off in their Dirndl dresses while the men dawn the iconic Lederhosen, this is a sight that is not only iconic but still practiced within the southern German region of Bavaria. This exuberant gathering celebrates a beer that shares the name of Oktoberfest but is also classified as the Marzen style.


    Named as the ‘March’ beer, Marzen was originally brewed at the end of winter as a way to supply beer throughout the warm summer months. Before the modern age of brewing equipment and high sanitation, many beers would easily become infected with ambient bacteria that thrive in warmer weather. Because the summer month meant that almost no beer was to be brewed, many breweries would make an extra large batch of beer at the end of March that would be aged in the cool caves until the next harvest season. The timing of the new season’s crop was easily integrated and eventually gave name to the moment that happened around the month of October.


    The Marzen beers had extra amounts of hops added and helped to act as a preservative for the beer over the extended months of aging. As a way to free the barrel’s space for the new season of brewing, a celebration would be held to drink up all the remaining beer. The Oktoberfest celebration was a way of bridging one season unto another, an acknowledgement of the new harvest of ingredients and an acceptance of the future to come.


    The Brauerei Aying or Ayinger Brewery is a large representation of the beer culture and styles that can be found within Bavaria. Known for their focus on the highest quality local ingredients, Ayinger is a special brewery that can happily be enjoyed stateside. One of their most celebrated seasonal beers is the Oktoberfest-Marzen.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Burnt copper in color, with a filtered appearance and a frothy head of lasting bubbles, the beer pours in a way that instantly makes one salivate. Wonderful aromas of baked biscuit, toasted grains, sprouted seeds and grassy hops come together in a delightful unison. The hops are obvious but certainly not out of balance. They keep the nose of the beer from coming across as too candied and add to the fresh, inviting quality of the beverage.


    As to be expected, the first sip is wonderfully satisfying with a diverse range of soft flavors that intermingle and merge together. Lightly fruity up front with a lightly toasted bread flavor than emerges mid-palate and transfers into the long finish that is focused solely on the hops. The smooth texture is almost silken, making the beer highly drinkable and showcases just how easily multiple glasses could be drank without fatigue. A subtle spice is noticed, not far from anise or cardamom, adding another layer of flavor upon the already varied range. At nearly 6% ABV, this Marzen is almost a bold beer compared to other German styles, and yet, Ayinger is still all about balance with nothing seeming out of place.

    Food Pairing:

    This is a great beer to exemplify the cuisine that accompanies the Oktoberfest celebrations. Sausages and other cooked Wurst meats go down that much faster when a glass of Weizen is in hand. Up the amount of mustard and onions, the Ayinger Oktoberfest won’t have a problem with the intensity, as the slight caramel sweetness will round things off nicely. Potatoes, pretzels and pickles all have their place if just snacking. Consider the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as Ayinger Oktoberfest seems to be the long lost accompanying beverage to the celebratory meal.

    September, 27th

  • Upslope- Pumpkin Ale- 16 Ounce Cans- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE PER PERSON
  • Alaskan- Baltic Porter- Porter Brewed With Cherries, Brown Sugar, Vanilla Beans and Oak Chips- Limited Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Ovila Dubbel- 375ml Singles
  • SKA- Mole Autumnal Stout- Stout Brewed With Ancho, Guajillo, And Anaheim Chiles, Cocoa Nibs, Cumin, Cloves, and Cinnamon, Limited Six Packs
  • Avery- Old Jubilation- Winter Warmer- 6 Packs
  • Full Sail- Session Fest- 12 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    September, 25th

  • Odell- Mountain Standard- Double Black IPA- 4 Packs And 12 Ounce Singles
  • Great Divide- Espresso Oak Aged Yeti- Singles
  • Elevation- Logo Goblet Glassware
  • New Arrivals
    September 20th

  • Dad's and Dudes Breweria/Prost Brewing- DANK IPA- 4 Pack 16 Ounce Cans And 16 Ounce Single Cans- Limited Amounts
  • SKA- Hoperation Ivy- Colorado Fresh Hop Beer- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Jubelale- Winter Warmer- 6 and 12 Pack Bottles
  • Boulevard- 80 Acre- Hoppy Wheat Ale- 6 Packs
  • Sierra Nevada- Beer Camp- Mixed 12 Pack- Includes; Floral IPA, Imperial Pilsner, Imperial Red Ale, Oatmeal Stout- Limited 12 Packs
  • Elysian- Night Owl Pumpkin Ale Glass Goblet- Limited Amounts
  • SKA- Modus Hoperandi Can Shaped 16 Ounce Glassware- Limited Amounts 
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: September
    Funkwerks Tropic King Imperial Saison
    Regular Price: $10.99
    Sale Price: $7.99
    Sale End: 9/30/2012
    ABV: 8
    Beer Advocate: 86
    Rate Beer: 95
    Funkwerks Tropic King Imperial Saison

    With a hopeful focus for crafting styles of beers that all share a strong Belgian influence, Funkwerks from Fort Collins might be bottling the most recognizable and fully stylized beers in Colorado. Highly aromatic and very well attenuated, their Saison seems to captivate all that cross paths with its memorable qualities. The yeast strain used seems to always shows up in each new offering and gives a deeper appreciation to the drinker as each batch shares the same origin of birth. One in particular, might even be the hailed favorite, is the Imperial Saison that goes by the name of Tropic King.


    Tropic King gets its title by honoring the particular style of Raku hop that are used. New Zealand in origin, this hop is known for it’s highly aromatic and expressive traits of tropical fruit. The esters are quite heady; mangoes, pineapples and fruit preserves are all tightly woven together to create the surging aroma. A little sweetened biscuit undertone adds richness without sacrificing the over-ripe fruit elements. Peach skin and even toasted cashews come to mind with each new whiff.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The palate is hit with a focused texture of soothing bubbles that transforms in to a first flavor of fresh pears and zesty citrus. As if biting into a piece of ripe mango, the juicy flavors of sweet fruit ooze from the beer. Underneath the ripe qualities, a deep spice that is reminiscent to fresh grated ginger begins to emerge and eventually take over.


    The very particular yeast strain used at Funkwerks is once again, very bright and upfront in Tropic King. Some grainy flavors of cracked wheat and bread can be detected and continue thought the mid-palate until condensing into the semi-dry finish. Soft smoke, bananas, bitterness from the hops and a soft meringue-like creaminess align into a range of flavors that creates the distinction in which Tropic King is known.
    Food Pairing:

    The high level of sweetened fruit flavors gives Tropic King a rounded edge that would pair very well with both rich flavors and spicy dishes. Creamy butternut squash soup, baked mac and cheese and anything with eggs would fairly square off with the Saison elements. Heat from a simple tomatillo salsa or a highly complex smoked chipotle would both bring out different qualities of Tropic King. Fish would be a no brainer for pairing, as their sea salt undertones would be any easy combo. Tropic King could also be used as a lighter dessert beer, acting as a counterbalance to anything with vanilla or cream and even giving caramel flavors something to work from.

    New Arrivals
    September, 18th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- Double IPA- Bottled 09/10/12- Very Limited Singles, 1 Bottle Per Person
  • Russian River- Temptation- Sour Golden Ale Aged In Chardonnay Barrels- Bottled 07/27/12- Very Limited Singles
  • Russian River- Redemption- Belgian Style Blonde Ale- Bottled 7/18/12- Very Limited Singles
  • Uinta- Oaked Jack Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Pumpkin Ale Aged In Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • No Li Brewhouse- Crysta
    l Bitter Ale- Limited Singles
  • No Li Brewhouse- Silent Treatment- Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • No Li Brewhouse- Born and Raised- IPA- Limited Singles
  • No Li Brewhouse- Jet Star- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Schneider Weisse- Aventinus Eisbock- Singles
  • Reisetbauer- Apfel Cuvee- Austrian Apple Cider- Limited Singles
  • Santa Fe- Oktoberfest- 6 Pack Cans
  • Santa Fe- Imperial Java Stout- Stout Brewed With Coffee- 6 Pack Cans
  • New Arrivals
    September, 13th

  • Upslope- Pumpkin Ale- Extremely Limited 16oz Cans, 2 Per Person
  • Funkwerks- Cherry Saison- Saison Brewed With Cherries And Cocoa- Very Limited Singles
  • Port Brewing- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Boulevard- Reverb- Imperial Pilsner- Limited Singles
  • Meantime- Naval Collage Old Porter- Porter Aged In Bruichladdich Octomore Scotch Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, 2 BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Stone- Ruination- Imperial IPA- 4 Packs
  • Stone- Oaked Arrogant Bastard- Oak Aged American Strong Ale- 4 Packs
  • Ace Cider- Pumpkin Cider- 6 Packs
  • September, 10th

  • Odell- The Meddler- Oud Bruin Style Ale- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    September, 6th

  • Lagunitas- Little Sumpin' Wild- IPA Fermented With Belgian Yeast- Limited Singles
  • Avery- Dugana- IPA- Singles
  • Elysian- Night Owl- Pumpkin Ale- Limited Singles
  • Twisted Pine- Red Rye-der- Rye IPA- Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Theobroma- Ale Brewed With Aztec Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Nibs, Honey, Chilies And Annatto- Limited SIngles
  • SKA- Euphoria- Pale Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: September
    Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $5.99
    Sale End: 9/30/2012
    ABV: 9.5
    IBUs: 100+
    Beer Advocate: 94
    Rate Beer: 100
    Firestone Walker Double Jack Imperial IPA

    Possibly one of the single greatest breweries to be in production today, Firestone Walker is a powerhouse of American Craft brewing. Taking a direction that combines very distinct old-world English fermentation techniques with a modern touch of American hops as well as a progressive direction for blending beers that have been aged in oak, Firestone Walker might be the single greatest breweries to represent the current movement of forward thinking American brewing.


    The Firestone Walker Brewery is located in the Paso Robles region of Central Coast California. Nearly half a world away from England, the almost lost fermentation method known as the Burton Union System is alive and well beneath the roof of Firestone Walker. The Union System is very unique as it allows a portion of beer to be fermented in toasted barrels before being blended back with the remaining batch that was fermented in stainless steel. The slight oak influence adds a dynamic dimension to the overall flavor and mouth-feel of each beer without ever coming across as blatantly oak driven. Never obvious, this is a great way to give the beers a depth that is missing in many modern ales across the county.


    While Firestone Walker can take pride in the fact of being one of the only breweries to utilize the Union System for fermentation, they also can also smile with the satisfaction of knowing that they produce one of the only beers to achieve an actual analytical analysis reading of 100 IBU’s. The International Bitterness Unit scale measures how perceivably bitter a beer by grading the level of present alpha acids contributed from the hops. It is easy to formulate a projected theoretical reading IBU count but it is another thing to actually hit the number. Double Jack is an Imperial IPA that rises above the analytical level of 100 IBU’s and can easily be categorized as one of the country’s most balanced beers at this level.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    As the cap is pried off the bottle, even before any liquid is released, a highly inviting and quite captivating aroma takes over the senses. Tropical fruit and damp grass unravels from the bottle, the distinct aroma of hops is unmistakable and so very much welcomed. Double Jack is dry hopped multiple times with some of the most distinct varietals; Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, but they are so well layered and proportionality integrated that they seamlessly blend in a fashion that is nearly perfect. Melon and even a little honey are also picked up: mostly due to the large malt presence needed to sooth the hops.


    After the highly engaging aroma, the flavor happily packs a similar punch of intensity. Rich with sweetened malt but never cloying, intense with bitter hops but without the astringent dissatisfaction of being overdone and so very smooth that this could be compared with beers nearing half the volume in alcohol. The flavor is built upon itself by way of each minor detail contributing a note that comprises the overall arrangement and creates a harmony that is just a joy to experience.


    Fruit forward but still highly focused on the almost dank hops that American IPA’s are so commonly desired, all with a sweetened backbone of richness to give balance. Double Jack showcases how a somewhat ‘extreme’ style can come across as being graceful all while keeping in mind the importance of the finer details. There are more aggressively hop forward beers on the market, but what they lack is the simple cleanliness and nearly clean hop flavors that come from Double Jack. It is simply a very finely constructed beer that sets the standard for the category.
    Food Pairing:
    While Double Jack doesn’t feel all that heavy, this is a burly beer that can easily take on a massive group of flavors. The soft layer of sweetness would talk down a salt coated piece of dry aged beef with the lingering heat of the hops warming up to a oil and herb coated slab of grilled pork. Dairy might be the soft spot for Double Jack to really show off its range. The mango and semi-sweet flavors from the distinct hops would take a similar fresh direction that goat cheeses have while the citrus undertones would match the herbal flavors of stronger, hard sheep’s cheeses. Butter, in all it’s glory, in a broth of mussels or coating wild mushrooms or sticking to strands of pasta, would easily engage with the liquid of Double Jack and unite in simple harmony. Don’t skip desert, lemon curd and this Double IPA might be one of the finer parings to unite beer with food.
    New Arrivals
    September, 5th

  • Elevation- Signal de Botrange- Farmhouse Ale Aged In Chardonnay Oak Barrels- Limited Singles, 3 Bottles Per Person
  • Hoppin' Frog- Barrel Aged Naked Evil- Barleywine Aged In Whiskey Barrels- Very Limited Singles, 1 Bottle Per Person
  • Hoppin' Frog- Frog's Hollow- Double Pumpkin Ale- Limited Singles
  • St. Bernardus- Tokyo- Witbier- Very Limited Singles, 1 Bottle Per Person
  • Prof. Fritz Briem- 1809- Berliner Weisse- Sour Wheat Ale- Limited Singles, 2 Bottles Per Person
  • New Arrivals
    August, 30th

  • Sierra Nevada/Russian River- Brux- Wild Ale Bottle Conditioned With Brett- Very Limited Singles
  • Ayinger- Oktoberfest- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Punk'in Ale- Pumpkin Ale Brewed With Brown Sugar, Allspice, Cinnamon and Nutmeg- Very Limited 4 Packs, Three Per Person
  • Dogfish Head- Burton Baton- Double IPA Aged In Oak- 4 Packs and 12 Ounce Singles
  • Dogfish Head- India Brown Ale- 6 Packs
  • Lagunitas- Day Time- IPA- Limited 6 Packs
  • Uinta- Punk'n- Pumpkin Ale- 6 Packs
  • Sam Adams- Harvest Pumpkin Ale- 6 Packs
  • Kona- Big Wave- Golden Ale- 6 Packs
  • Breckenridge- Autumn Ale- 6 Packs
  • New Belgium- Red Hoptober- 6 Packs
  • Hofbrau- Oktoberfest- 6 Packs
  • Warsteiner- Pilsner- 6 Pack Cans
  • Warsteiner- Oktoberfest- 12 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    August 29th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Bottled 8/14/12- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Russian River- Supplication- Bottled 6/22/12- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • De Glazen Torren- Epre-Mere Saison- 1.5 Liter Magnum- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Hanssens-Experimental Raspberry Lambic- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Strubbe-Ichtegems Grand Cru- Flemish Red Ale Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Dansnk Mjod- Viking Blod- Mead Brewed With Hibiscus And Hops- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Birrificio Pausa Cafe- Pausa P.I.L.S.- Pilsner Aged In Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Christian Drouin- Comte Louis de Lauriston Brut Cidre- French Dry Cider- Very Limited Singles
  • Henney's- Vintage Cider- Limited Singles
  • Ayinger- Oktoberfest Marzen- Limited Singles
  • Reissdorf-Kolsch- 5 Liter Mini Keg- Very Limited 
  • Uerige- Classic Alt Bier- Very Limited Singles
  • Uerige- Sticke Alt Bier- Very Limited Singles
  • Prof. Fritz Briem- Grodziskie- Grätzer- Sour Smoked Wheat Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Shipyard- Old Thumper- English Style Strong Ale- Limited Singles
  • Shipyard- Smashed Pumpkin- Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Limited Singles
  • Shipyard- Smashed Blueberry- Imperial Blueberry Ale- Limited Singles
  • Shipyard- Pumpkinhead Pumpkin Ale- 6 Packs
  • Uinta- Punk'n- Pumpkin Ale- 6 Packs
  • Hofbrau- Oktoberfest- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    August, 23rd

  • ***UPDATE***
  • Odell-Deconstruction- Partial Barrel Aged Wild Ale Brewed With Brett And Lacto- Limited Singles
  • ***UPDATE***
  • **UPDATE**
  • New Belgium/Alpine Collaboration- Super India Pale Ale- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • New Belgium- Peach Porch Lounger- Ale Brewed With Molasses, Lemon Peel And Peach Juice With Brett Added- Limited Singles
  • **UPDATE**
  • Mikkeller- SpontanFramboos- Spontaneously Fermented Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Raspberries Added- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Elysian- Night Owl- Pumpkin Ale- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- The Great Pumpkin- Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Dark O' The Moon- Imperial Pumpkin Stout- Limited Singles
  • Firestone Walker- Double Jack- Double IPA- 12 Ounce 4 Packs
  • Stone- Sublimely Self Righteous- Imperial Black IPA- 12 Ounce 4 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Zatec Brewery Dark Lager
    Regular Price: $3.99
    Sale Price: $2.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2012
    ABV: 5.7
    IBUs: 25
    Beer Advocate: 88
    Rate Beer: 96
    Zatec Brewery Dark Lager

    The Zatec Brewery is focused on hops. Fittingly named after a well-known hop-growing region, town and the distinct varietal (known more commonly as Saaz), Zatec is an ancient name that accumulates the long brewing history of the Czech Republic. Some old records indicated that brewing taxes were taken in the town as early as the start of the 11th century. 1261 ushered in the beginning of the ‘Society of Privileged Brewers’ and the beers that they produced were met by much praise from across the land. Centuries later in 1798, they laid the ground plan to what would become the current brewery with actual production beginning in 1801.

    Beer was steadily brewed at this location until the late 1930’s when the calls of war halted the fermentation of Zatec and the brewery’s kettles were dismantled and buried in a nearby field. Many European breweries were met with the same problem of their valuable copper kettles being taken and reused for war materials. 1946 saw the resurgence of the Zatec brewery and the beer once again began flowing. Zatec was state-run though the Communist Era and then locally owned after the revolution in 1989. The most recent upgrade for the brewery happened in 2001 with new equipment and building refurnishing progress going underway. Amazingly, though all the years of change and evolution, the beer is still brewed as it always has been.

    Zatec’s close proximity to the hop growing fields of the region allows an uncanny freshness to be obtained as the breweries have the option to pick their yields right before brewing if they needed. All the hops used are Saaz and Saaz related (others being Sladek and Premiant) and are added in three stages, which is fairly uncommon for the European lager style, their presence within the beer is a central focus of the overall flavor. Zatec also takes its distinction from the methods used for brewing.

    Primary fermentation is done in open top vessels and then the beer is transferred 80 feet below ground where it will be lagered for 45 days. Cool temperatures are consistent in these conditions and the process hasn’t changed in centuries. The Zatec beers are never gassed for bottling, they are all naturally carbonated for extended shelf life and overall better mouth feel. Each element that goes into the process allows the Zatec beers to stand out and define the style in which they are created.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    While the Dark Lager is made in the same style as that of the Bright Lager, it gets the darkened color and intense flavors from the addition of highly roasted barley. The beer billows out of the bottle with an off brown colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass and holds a tight structure of bubbles. Faint chocolate aromas and roasted coffee high notes come to mind with the first sniff. Intriguingly diverse with the herbal hops laying low but still adding a grassy accent upon the other aromas. Diverse and unique, the Dark Lager seems to hold more strength than is indicated.

    Cocoa, chocolate covered almonds, mocha and baked bread compact together with the first sip. Again, the hops are softened from the roasted flavors but still offer a counter flavor of wild herbs and a rounded bitterness. With a medium body and a smooth texture to fill the mouth, the beer slides down quite easily leaving a flavor that is pleasantly stronger than what one might think for a Czech born beer. The aromas and flavors bring to mind some English born Porters or Stouts and yet the body and lightness on the palate compare more to a darkened beer from a German origin. Showing influences from the neighboring countries but offering a very distinct direction, the Zatec Dark Lager is a dark beer that gives all the flavors of a rich and bold beer and yet all without the weight or sweetness.

    Food Pairing:
    The Dark Lager is nearly interchangeable with how a Dunkel style beer would be used for food pairings. The roasted edges and the obvious hop flavors are to match wonderfully with meats that have spent time on the grill. The charred flavors intensify upon the roasted backbone of the beer and will make for a great meal. With the slight sweetened chocolate flavor this would be a perfect fire extinguisher for anything heavy on the heat. Cheeses, of any richness or crumble, will be great next to the Dark Lager. Decadent and bold blue cheeses will bow next to the simple grace from Zatec.
    New Arrivals
    August 17th

  • Mikkeller/Cigar City- Swinging Harry Tropical Quad- Belgian Quad Brewed With Papaya, Mangoes, Citra and Simcoe Hops, Spiked With Brett And Aged In Grand Marnier Cognac Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED AMOUNTS, LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Mikkeller- SpontanKriek- Spontaneously Fermented Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Cherries Added- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- SpontanWildStrawberry- Spontaneously Fermented Ale Aged In WIne Barrels With Strawberries Added- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- Bourbon Barrel Aged Monk's Brew- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- Monk's Brew Aged In Red Wine Barrels With Raspberries Added- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- It's Alive White Wine- Belgian Wild Ale Aged In White Wine Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- It's Alive White Wine With Lychee- Belgian Wild Ale Aged In White Wine Barrels With Lychee Fruit Added- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Freigeist Bierkultur- Abraxxxas-  Lichtenhainer- Smoked Sour Ale- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Freigeist Bierkultur- Ottekolong- Kolsch- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Freigeist Bierkultur- Hoppeditz- Doppelstickle Alt- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Haandbryggeriet/Narke Kulturbryggeri- UnionOl- Imperial Porter Brewed With Honey, Juniper and Lingonberries- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, LIMIT ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Haandbryggeriet- Dark Force- Imperial Wheat Sour Stout- Limited Singles
  • Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest- Hertenheer- Hoppy Belgian Strong Golden Ale- Very Limited Singles
  • Ben Middlemiss- Hodgson IPA- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Yeastie Boys- Red Attitude- Golden Ale Brewed With 100% Peat Malt- Very Limited Singles
  • Oliver's- Classic Perry- Pear Cider- Limited Singles
  • Full Sail- Brewer's Share- Berliner Weisse- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    August 17th

  • Crooked Stave- Wild Wild Brett Indigo- 100% Brett Fermented Ale Brewed With Blueberries- Very Limited Singles- Limit 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Stone- 16th Anniversary- Double IPA Brewed With Lemon Verbena and Lemon Oil- Limited Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Ovila- Belgian Style Golden Ale- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    The Lost Abbey Carnevale
    Regular Price: $9.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2012
    ABV: 6.8
    Beer Advocate: 89
    Rate Beer: 98
    The Lost Abbey Carnevale

    With an honorable gold medal award at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival for Belgian and French Style Ale, Carnevale is a gem among the range of beers from The Lost Abbey. Focusing on eclectic styles and unique old world brewing, The Lost Abbey has two basic tiers in which all their beers fall. Are you a Saint or a Sinner? The Sinner beers are those that exhibit strength and depth though intensity while the Saint range is directed to delicate flavors and soft aromas. Carnevale is layered, bright and inviting and might make a saint out of all who take the time to taste.

    Carnevale pays tribute to the Venetian festival in which social and economical status is disregarded and all don masks to transform into something new. The beer takes it’s influence from the festivals’ anonymity as it has and appearance of one direction and yet the actual flavor comes from a different place all together. While mimicking a Belgian or effervescent French Saison/Blonde ale, Carnevale is dry hopped with zesty American hops that give a highly spicy and somewhat bitter flavor upon the fruit and Belgian esters. While it could be seen that this is a blend of two different worlds, the flavor indicates more that it came from an origin all its own. Much how California is talked about spawning a style of IPA beers distinct to their own place, Carnevale is somewhat within that category. Not a beer that is a better sum that each part, more or less a modern accumulation of favorites that has been blended in a wonderful way.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Large, white bubble emerges from the open bottle and energetically fills the glass. Highly carbonated, and rightfully so, the thick head of foam collects and gives off a wonderful aroma of pears and light spices. What it lacks in rustic charm, Carnevale makes up with a solid level of well-versed precision of respect for the times of old. Hops are the most obvious contribution that gives away the American origin of this beer and in fact add a level of amplification to the soft sweetness of the beer’s body. Floral from both the dry hopping and from the particular yeast, the combo is both distinct while still having a slight mystery.

    Cracked wheat, peppercorns, ripe fruit and sweet oranges are some of the first flavors tasted. Smooth on the palate with a medium bodied texture that translates into an almost chalky, dry finish. Some apples begin to arise as the beer sits almost giving the fruit flavors a light layer of tartness. Grains and flowers are what come to mind from consistent sips, this is a simple beer that pulls together a light range of flavors and turns them into a great drink for casual times.
    Food Pairing:

    Sea food would be a great place to start to optimal pairings, steamed mussels with garlic and lemon, steamed trout with fresh green beans and almonds, even something with a touch more richness like butter coated halibut with stewed eggplant and creamy peas. The citrus flavors bring sheep’s milk cheeses to mind, the carbonation easily taking on the full texture while the fruit flavors matching nicely with the subtle nutty flavors of the cheese. If eating meat, keep it on the lighter side, something fresh off the grill or coated in herbs straight from the roasting try. This style of beer is so refreshing that tart flavors from pickles or tangy notes from yogurts are surely to be rounded down if eaten with an accompanying glass of Carnevale. 

    New Arrivals
    August 15th

  • **UPDATE**
  • Cantillon- St. Lamvinus- Two And Three Year Old Lambic Aged In Bordeaux Wine Barrels With Merlot And Cab Franc Grapes Added- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONLY ONE BOTTLE OF ANY CANTILLON PER PERSON.
  • Cantillon- Rosé de Gambrinus- Blended Lambic Aged With Raspberries- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONLY ONE BOTTLE OF ANY CANTILLON PER PERSON.
  • Funkwerks- Scepter- Belgian Strong Golden Ale Aged In Cognac Barrels- Limited Singles
  • **UPDATE**
  • Anchorage- Whiteout Wit Bier - French Oak Chardonnay Barrel Aged WitBier Brewed With Lemon Peel, Black Peppercorns, Corriander And Brettanomyces- Extremely Limited, One Bottle Per Person
  • Anchorage- Galaxy White IPA- French Oak Barrel Aged White IPA Brewed With Galaxy Hops, Coriander, Kumquats, Peppercorns and Brettanomyces- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • The Bruery- Tart Of Darkness- Sour Stout Aged In Oak Barrels- Very Limited Singles, Two Bottles Per Person
  • Sunner- Kolsch- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    August 12th

  • River North- Barrel Series No. 2- White Wine Barrel Aged J. Marie Saison- Extremely Limited Single, Limit 2 Bottles Per Person
  • River North- Avarice- Belgian Style Stout- Limited Singles
  • Boulevard/Pretty Things- Collaboration No.3- English Style Stingo Ale- Limited Singles
  • Marble Brewing- Reserve Ale- American Strong Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles, Limit 2 Bottles Per Person
  • Schmaltz/Terrapin- Reunion Ale 2012- Strong Brown Ale Brewed With Cocoa Nibs,  Vanilla and Cinnamon- Limited Singles 
  • Avery- The Kaiser- Imperial Oktoberfest Lager- Batch 9- Singles
  • Boulevard- Long Strange Tripel- 4 Packs
  • Zatec- Tulip Glasses
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: August
    Zatec Brewery Bright Lager
    Regular Price: $3.99
    Sale Price: $2.99
    Sale End: 8/31/2012
    ABV: 4.6
    Zatec Brewery Bright Lager

    The Zatec Brewery is focused on hops. Fittingly named after a well-known hop-growing region, town and the distinct varietal (known more commonly as Saaz), Zatec is an ancient name that accumulates the long brewing history of the Czech Republic. Some old records indicated that brewing taxes were taken in the town as early as the start of the 11th century. 1261 ushered in the beginning of the ‘Society of Privileged Brewers’ and the beers that they produced were met by much praise from across the land. Centuries later in 1798, they laid the ground plan to what would become the current brewery with actual production beginning in 1801.

    Beer was steadily brewed at this location until the late 1930’s when the calls of war halted the fermentation of Zatec and the brewery’s kettles were dismantled and buried in a nearby field. Many European breweries were met with the same problem of their valuable copper kettles being taken and reused for war materials. 1946 saw the resurgence of the Zatec brewery and the beer once again began flowing. Zatec was state-run though the Communist Era and then locally owned after the revolution in 1989. The most recent upgrade for the brewery happened in 2001 with new equipment and building refurnishing progress going underway. Amazingly, though all the years of change and evolution, the beer is still brewed as it always has been.

    Zatec’s close proximity to the hop growing fields of the region allows an uncanny freshness to be obtained as the breweries have the option to pick their yields right before brewing if they needed. All the hops used are Saaz and Saaz related (others being Sladek and Premiant) and are added in three stages, which is fairly uncommon for the European lager style, their presence within the beer is a central focus of the overall flavor. Zatec also takes its distinction from the methods used for brewing.

    Primary fermentation is done in open top vessels and then the beer is transferred 80 feet below ground where it will be lagered for 45 days. Cool temperatures are consistent in these conditions and the process hasn’t changed in centuries. The Zatec beers are never gassed for bottling, they are all naturally carbonated for extended shelf life and overall better mouth feel. Each element that goes into the process allows the Zatec beers to stand out and define the style in which they are created.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Bright Lager is a picture perfect beer to pour, with the carbonated bubbles wafting into a glass and keeping their tight structure upon the surface of the clear light tan color of the beer. Filtered for ultimate clarity and refinement, these are the beers that can appeal easily to tired tradesmen or the parched few simply looking to talk over a few beers. There is a slight over-ripe fruitiness that emerges as the beer sits. Apples and ripe pineapple, a bit of summer wild flower and then the distinct grassiness of the hops comes out. The hops could be the show-stopped as their presence is one of purity and never falls out of place. They are both typical with the herbal aromas but also a bit more distinct as they bring a subtle earthiness that is not far from wet leaves or a damp forest. This shows how particular hop strains can be, while this is a beer that is fully about the flavors and aromas of their local hops, one would never get the impression of an American IPA or other “new world” hop focused beers.

    The bubbles feel almost fuzzy with their weight but simply clean the palate as they slide down one’s gullet. Nutty flavors similar to cashews or walnuts fill the first sip all without the richness usually associated with such flavors. The hops once again emerge with a bitterness that unifies with the slight fruitiness to create a highly balanced overall flavor. The finish is noticeably dry and even a touch spicy with the bitterness holding out and creating a highly drinkable beer. Simply a joy of balance as the range is subtle but each component is so tastefully layered.
    Food Pairing:

    With a clean finish and a high energy of carbonated bubbles, Zatec is a wonderful beer to bright out as part of a brunch meal. The zesty hop flavors will slice through any richness from a hollandaise sauce; the slight fruity edge match yogurt laden foods and the simplistic brightness of the beer would lighten the weight of any plate of eggs. Deep-fried anything, especially some Schnitzel, would just about be perfectly matched with a chilled bottle of Zatec Bright Lager. Fish and simple shellfish options are an equal in the eyes of the beers from Zatec.

    New Arrivals
    August, 3rd

  • Prost Brewing- weißbier- 64oz Counter Pressure Filled Growlers
  • LambickX- Still Lambic- De Troch Bottling- Very Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Hop Burn High- Double IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- 1000 IBU- Over The Top Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Citra Single Hop- IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller/To Ol- Ov Ral- Overall Double IPA Fermented With Wild Yeast- Limited Singles
  • De Molen- Mooi & Meedogenloos- Belgian Style Strong Ale- Limited Singles
  • Deschutes- Black Butte XXIV- Imperial Porter Partially Aged in Bourbon Barrels With Chocolate Nibs, Dates And Figs- Limited Singles
  • Port Brewing- Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper- Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Avery- The Beast- Strong Ale- Batch 010- Limited Singles
  • Aeppel Treow- Barn Swallow Draft Cider- Limited Singles
  • Shiner- WIld Hare- Pale Ale- 6 Packs
  • Boulder Beer- Hoopla- Pale Ale- 6 Pack Cans
  • Sam Adams Octoberfest- 6 And 12 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    July, 27th

  • Jolly Pumpkin/Maui Collaboration- Sobrehumano Palena ‘ole- Ale Brewed With Cherries And Passion Fruit And Aged In Oak Barrels- VERY LIMITED, ONE PER PERSON
  • Ommegang- Biere d'Hougoumont- Biere De Garde Aged On Maple And Oak Staves- Very Limited Singles
  • Left Hand- Oktoberfest- 6 Packs
  • Lakefront- Pumpkin Lager- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    July 26th

  • Firestone Walker- Double Double Barrel Ale- Bourbon And American Oak Aged Strong Ale- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Avery- Oud Floris- Sour Brown Ale 67% Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels, 17% Aged In Bourbon Barrels, 8% Aged In Rum Barrels and 8% Aged In Chardonnay Barrels- VERY LIMITED AMOUNTS, TWO BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • New Arrivals
    July 25th

  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Bottled 7/11/12- Very Limited Singles, One Bottle Per Person
  • Girardin- Guezue- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Vicaris-Tripel Gueuze- Blend Of Vicaris Brewed Belgian Tripel And Girardin Gueuze- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES- ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • LambickX- Still Lambic- New Batch Brewed 2010/11 And Bottled 2012- Limited Singles
  • The Lost Abbey- 10 Commandments- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale Brewed With Raisins And Rosemary- Limited Singles
  • Colorado Cider Company- Glider Cider- Singles
  • Colorado Cider Company- Pome Mel- Lavender Honey Cider- Singles  
  • New Arrivals
    July 20th

  • The Lost Abbey/New Belgium- Mo' Betta Bretta- 100% Brett Fermented Ale- Limited SIngles
  • Brewdog/3 Floyds- Bitch Please!- Peated Barleywine Aged In Scotch Whisky Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, LIMITED ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Coney Island- Bourbon Barrel Aged Human Blockhead- Bock- Limited Singles
  • Aecht Schlenkerla- Weizen Rauchbier- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    July 19th

  • Lagunitas- Hop Stoopid- 22oz. Singles- FINALLY HERE!!!
  • Lagunitas- Lucky 13.Alt- American Strong Ale/Alt- 22oz. Singles
  • River North- Barrel Aged Quandary- Quad Aged In Whiskey Barrels- Extremely Limited Singles
  • Stone- Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard- Singles
  • Deschutes- Chainbreaker- White IPA- 6 Packs
  • Widmer- Omission- Pale Ale- Gluten Free 6 Packs
  • Widmer- Omission- Lager- Gluten Free 6 Packs
  • Firestone Walker- Proprietor's Reserve Tulip Glass
  • New Arrivals
    July, 13th

  • Timmermans- Oude Gueuze-Limited Singles
  • Maredsous 8- Bruin- Belgian Style Dubbel- Singles
  • Samuel Smith's- Organic Apricot Ale- Singles
  • Brunehaut- Belgian Gluten Free Amber Ale- 4 Packs
  • Maui- Big Swell- IPA- 6 Pack Cans
  • Dogfish Head- Deluxe Pint Glass 
  • New Arrivals
    July, 11th

  • Crooked Stave- Wild Wild Brett Blue- Dark Ale/Black IPA Brewed With Colorado New Growth Blue Spruce- Limited Singles
  • Weltenburger- Pilsner- Singles
  • Dry Dock Tulip Glasses
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch
    Regular Price: $4.49
    Sale Price: $3.49
    Sale End: 7/31/2012
    ABV: 4.8
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 91
    Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

    Simplicity can often speak louder than complexity. The level of one's enjoyment for the small things can be amplified from the level of comfort that comes from simple pleasures. When concerning beverages, the power from the extreme side of the spectrum can sometimes take away from the simple foundation from which basic flavors are built. Beer will always be a beverage that encompasses a highly varied range of styles, many of which are amplified versions of basic fundamentals. One in particular is the unique and somewhat obscure style known as Kölsch.

    Kölsch beers are one of the hybrid styles within the world of brewing. Top forming yeast is used to initially ferment the wort and after a few days, the temperature is dropped and the beer is conditioned in very cold conditions, much as how lagers are created. This unique blending of two different styles gives these beers clarity and refinement while adding a longer flavor and more rich texture. This style is replicated throughout the world but only within the German city of Cologne can it be called Kölsch. The Reissdorf family has been brewing their version of the Kölsch since 1894 and in 1934, were the first producer to offer a bottled version. It is still a family run operation to this day and is the single greatest example of the style to be found in America. 

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Upon opening, carbonation fills the glass with bright white colored bubbles that slowly subside upon the burnt yellow hue of the actual liquid. Reissdorf is filtered using a centrifuge that has separated any trace of yeast and gives ultimate clarity to the beer itself. While it may share a similar appearance to some other Pilsners or Lager beers, the Kölsch aromas are much more expressive and a bit more upfront with an herbal hoppy edge. The top fermenting yeast lends a distinct aroma of cornhusks and toasted wheat, both of which are quite inviting. Fruity notes are in abundance and all without any degree of sweetness, the beer is pure and clean.

    The subtle construction that holds this beer together is evident upon first sip. The first flavor is filled with a strong citrus presence, one that almost comes off as herbal in a lemon verbena or lemon grass way. Wheat bread and mineral water are felt but not in an overly distracting way. The softness of the beer’s carbonation fills the mouth and transitions into the clean flavors that refresh and brighten the palate. There is also a tangy and almost tart perk at the end of each sip, a quality that only increases the high level of refreshment. The texture is unique as it feels more rounded than a typical Lager but not as heavy as some ales come off. Thrust quenching doesn’t even begin to describe how delightful this beer drinks in warm weather.
    Food Pairing:

    With a bone-dry finish and a bright perk of lemony flavors, Kölsch beers are great with greens. Simple salads coated in vinaigrette or tossed in nutty olive oil will complement the ease of the beer’s flavors. Vegetables would continue on a similar path with Reissdorf being a great partner to anything loaded with mushrooms. The earthy and slight bitterness of mushrooms find a home with the zesty minerality of the Kölsch. Big roasted dishes or anything with too much charred flavors might be a little much for the simplistic range. Chicken would be an exception; even one with a hint of smoke could take a notice to the Reissdorf Kölsch. The easy and simple flavors are the one’s we tend to remember.

    Drinking a chilled glass of Reissdorf Kölsch under the heat of the summer sun might be a beer moment that is so common in routine but has such liveliness to it that it simply becomes an affair of pure pleasure.
    New Arrivals
    July 6th

  • Brasserie Dupont/Iron Hill/Monk's Cafe- Special Belge- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Dogfish Head- India Brown Ale- 6 PACKS!!!
  • Dogfish Head- 90 Minute IPA- 4 Packs
  • Dogfish Head- Burton Baton- Oak Aged IPA- 12oz Singles and 4 Packs
  • Dogfish Head- Palo Santo Marron- Wood Aged Imperial Brown Ale- 12oz Singles and 4 Packs
  • Dogfish Head- Midas Touch- Ale Brewed With Muscat Grape Juice, Barley, Honey and Saffron- 12oz Singles and 4 Packs 
  • Rogue- OREgasmic Ale- Ale Brewed With All Oregon First Growth Hops And Local Malt Grown On Rogue's Own Farm- Singles
  • Rogue- Single Malt Ale- Ale Brewed With Malt Sourced From Rogue's Own Farm- Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: July
    Brewery Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale
    Regular Price: $8.99
    Sale Price: $7.49
    Sale End: 7/31/2012
    ABV: 7.5
    Beer Advocate: 93
    Rate Beer: 97
    Brewery Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Ale

    The Ommegang brewery has been known for their dedication of true Belgian-style beers since their formation in 1997. The idea came to the owner, Don Feinberg, when he was on a European trip in the mid nineties and fell in love with the variety and distinct beverages found in Belgium. He soon quit his day job and became a direct importer of Duvel into the states. The relationship grew into a formidable concept as the owners of Duvel (Moortgat) hoped to create a family of beers that were Belgian in style but brewed on American soil. With a little funding, Don Feinberg began the Ommegang Brewery that became one of the only of its type in American to replicate the true farmhouse breweries of southern Belgium.


    Built within close proximity to Cooperstown, New York, the 136 acres that once was a field for hop growing now houses a brewery and the local wells full of clean water supply exactly what a brewery needed. Ommegang was one of the first in America to brew all Belgian-style, bottle conditioned beers. The range has grown to incorporate a few modern tweaks but the foundation has never shifted. One of Ommegang’s most well known beers, and one of the first American brewed Farmhouse ales is the classic; Hennepin.


    Hennepin is named after a Belgian missionary who famously was the first European to lay eyes on Niagara Falls.  Quite an appropriate tie in for not only the location of the brewery but for the style of beers being brewed in a foreign land that is now called home. Hennepin is slightly different that other Farmhouse ales such as the famous Dupont example or even other current American offerings from Funkwerks or Boulevard. Highly carbonated with an off white egg shell color and creamy bubbles, the aromas are very expressive from the contribution of ginger, grains of paradise, coriander and orange peel. The distinction is evident but the soft integration and smooth texture on the palate speaks of the foundation from which it was born.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Ripe stone fruits aromas arise as the beer warms and the ginger begins to play its role, offering a subtle zesty high note. Hennepin has a very bold fruitiness on the nose, one that can easily be contributed from the highly active yeast strain. There is a comparable flavor range to other beers of the style but Hennepin’s soft spicing and creamy texture bring to mind a Golden Ale. Think of Duvel without the candied edge or Dupont’s Saison without the obvious hopping is somewhere in the range of how Hennepin feels.

    Pears, lemon custard and crushed wild herbs are perceived on the palate. The orange peel comes out fairly strong with the first few sips while poached pears begins to dominate the longer the beer is opened. Lemon balm and edible flowers are felt in a refreshing, heady sort of way. The high level of carbonation doesn’t dissipate and each sip is full of a vibrant energy that takes your full attention. Bubblegum and cracked wheat can also be tasted but in small amounts, the main focus of flavor is that of ripe fruit, herbal leaves and restrained hopping. Certainly a great beer to establish those who might not be accustom to the style and even then, the degree of rounded texture and balance would be enjoyed by the experts.

    Food Pairing:

    With the firm and creamy level of carbonation, Hennepin pairs well with foods with natural oils such as olives, fish and sauced dishes. Spiced foods would meet the fruitiness of the beer and calmed into an integrated eating/drinking experience. With the natural earthy nuances, cheeses and pickled foods would be easily combined. Tangy goat cheese, thick triple creams, salty rinds of washed cheeses and the crumbly texture of aged cheese would all have their merits when eaten along side Hennepin. This could also be poured along side desserts with meringue or whipped cream, making it a rare beer to pair with sweetened cuisine.

    New Arrivals
    June 28th

  • River North- Barrel Series No. 1- Whiskey Barrel Aged J. Marie Saison- VERY LIMITED, TWO BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • River North- Unified Theory- Oak Aged Wit-Limited Singles
  • Boulevard- Love Child No. 2- Bourbon Barrel Aged Wild Ale- VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Boulevard- Saison Brett- Limited Singles
  • Stone- 10th Anniversary Runination- Imperial Double IPA- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Smoked Porter Brewed With Vanilla Beans- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Smoked Porter Brewed With Chipotle Peppers- Limited Singles
  • Stone/Dog Fish Head/Victory- Saison du Buff- Saison Brewed With Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme- Limited Singles
  • Maui/Jolly Pumpkin- Sobrehumano Palena'Ole- Ale Brewed With Passion Fruit and Cherries- 4 Pack Cans
  • Alaskan- Raspberry Wheat- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    June 23rd

  • Crooked Stave- Surette Reserva- Oak Aged Farmhouse Ale- Limited Singles
  • Firestone Walker- Wookie Jack- Black Rye IPA- Limited Singles
  • Great Divide- Wolfgang- Doppelbock- Singles
  • Brasserie Dupont- Posca Rustica- Ale Brewed With Herbs And Spices- Limited Singles
  • Durango- Blueberry Wheat
  • New Arrivals
    June 14th

  • Breckenridge- Well Built E.S.B- Stranahan's Barrel Aged E.S.B- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Funkwerks- Fruition- Saison Brewed With Apricot Puree, Grains Of Paradise, Pink Peppercorns and Ginger- Singles
  • River North- Hypothesis- Belgain Double IPA- NEW BATCH- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
    Regular Price: $5.99
    Sale Price: $4.49
    Sale End: 6/30/2012
    ABV: 6.9
    IBUs: 75
    Beer Advocate: 91
    Rate Beer: 95
    Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

    While the India Pale Ale beer style can be traced back to an English origin, there is no debate that it is now one of the defining beers of American craft brewing. The variations are numerous and with the continual evolution of the category stateside, the India Pale Ale is becoming recognized as a domestic staple of modern brewing. Becoming distinctly American by way of the ever growing desire to imperialize and double the amount of hops that can be crammed into a recipe, the intensely hoppy flavors began flowing out of a few west coast breweries and ushered a new chapter for hop focused beers. It grew to include beer styles that didn’t usually offer this range of flavors, Red ales, Barleywines, Belgian-Styles and the most recent to take some attention; dark ales with a significant hop bite.


    With some simply calling these beers hoppy porters or light stouts with heavy hops, there has been a group of few demanding to call this a new style all together. The major waves to spark debates came about when a collections of brewers in the Pacific Northwest requested that the Brewers Association recognize a new style to be called Cascadian Dark Ale. The Cascadian mountain range stretches from British Columbia down to Northern California and includes the largest hop growing areas in all of North America. These hops are known for their particular qualities and are desired for many modern IPA producers. With the source of ingredients lending the brewer’s mind to wander, many locals within the Cascadian range felt it would be an honorable way to establish a new beer style while showcasing the roots for their inspiration.


    While beers of this nature weren’t born in the Pacific Northwest (brewers in Vermont and even Dogfish Head created very hoppy and slightly dark beverages in the nineties), they were significant contributions of new beers being released that shared similar qualities of flavor. These beers are brewed using the same steps and similar hops as would be found in regular ipas and should give off floral aromas of pine and citrus. The malts are darker than usual but not so roasted as to influence a flavor of richness, the hops are still to be the main ingredient of focus. Alcohol is within a range of around 5-7.5% and the beer should have a smooth texture and finish dry. The increased level of toast and bitterness works in unison with hop’s natural level of bittering flavors and yet these beers should still be highly drinkable with that zesty hop focus.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Hailing from within the heartland of the Cascadian range, Deschutes is a brewery that takes their local hops very seriously. The “American Black Ale” created many imitations through semi-successful tried efforts from a variety of domestic breweries. While not a surprise, one of the major beers to come out from the rest was the Deschutes brewed; Hop in the Dark.


    Labeled as “Cascadian Dark Ale” and very proud of the fact, the beer’s title shouldn’t be the main topic of discussion. Pouring with a light brown head that might easily be called out as a usual stout if seen from afar. Dark in color but not so intense as to block out a near light if held close. The hops are quite floral and add aromas of grapefruit and earthy grass to the creamy mocha and light chocolate tones. Malt is apparent but only after the waves of large hops make their presence known.


    The flavors are a mixed bag of tricky combinations. Chocolate and coffee are felt but don’t feel flabby or sweet. The hops spread their delightful bitterness on the palate and give off some refreshing floral high notes upon the smoke and chocolate. The beer holds long and focused without ever seeming sweet, the darkened flavors are an interesting combination to have with the lemon and piney notes and they actually marriage well. Balance is key and Hop in the Dark is integrated with wonderful technique. Toasted without feeling burnt, bitter without being overly dry, herbal but still clean with refreshment.
    Food Pairing:
    This is a beer that would be such a fun beverage for the restaurant owners and Cicerones to play with. The diverse range can be applied to the casual or the intense. The easy route of pan roasted steak would be obvious but the addition of fresh peas with butter laced potatoes and fresh mint makes the combo that much more interesting. Nutty flavors would be the next shoe in, beans, grains and even sweet corn would be a simple application with the toasted flavors of the beer. The hops allow an option of creamy cheeses or rich meats. This also might be one of the more pleasurable beverages to have along side foods with rugged levels of heat. The combinations could be endless, apple pie or chocolate cake, both would have their merits.
    New Arrivals
    June 13th

  • The Bruery- Fruet- Anniversary Ale Aged 100% in Bourbon Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, TWO BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Odell/Thornbridge- Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale- Limited Singles
  • Russian River- Consecration Batch 008- Dark Sour Ale Aged In Cabernet Sauvignon With Currents Added- Limited Singles
  • Russian River- Salvation- Belgian Style Dark Ale- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    June 6th

  • **UPDATE**
  • New Belgium/Lost Abbey- Brett Beer- Ale Fermented With Brettanomyces- Very Limited Singles
  • New Belgium- Tart Lychee- Sour Ale Aged In Barrels With Lychee Fruit And Cinnamon Added- Limited Singles
  • **UPDATE**
  • Port Brewing- Anniversary IPA- Limited Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Festina Peche- Berliner Weisse Brewed With Peach Juice- Limited 4 Packs and 12 oz Singles
  • North Coast- Old Stock Ale 2012- Old Ale- Limited 4 Packs and 12 oz Singles
  • Green Flash/Founders- Linchpin- White IPA- Limited Singles
  • Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S.- Imperial Oatmeal Stout- Limited Singles
  • Hoppin' Frog- Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.- Imperial Oatmeal Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels- Very Limited Singles
  • Twisted Pine- Roots Revival- Carrot IPA- Very Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Peste- Chocolate Chili Ale- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Ruin- Rosemary Agave IPA- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Split Shot- Espresso Milk Stout- Limited Singles
  • Elysian- Prometheus- IPA- Limited Singles
  • Full Sail- Brewer's Share- Alt- Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: June
    Privatbrauerei Plank Laaber Helles Weizenbock
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.49
    Sale End: 6/30/2012
    ABV: 7.5
    Privatbrauerei Plank Laaber Helles Weizenbock

    How rightfully accomplished the brewer, Michael Plank of the Privatbrauerei Plank Laaber brewery must be. As if proudly watching over the 16th century established family business isn’t enough, there is the high pedigree of working under extremely strict guidelines that is the German Reinheitsgebot and producing beers that would not only make the ancient traditionalists nod their heads with pleasure but can also sweep the judges of today’s market off their feet. With classic approaches, these beers have taken home medals in each year that they have been entered at the bi-annual, highly prestigious, World Beer Cup. None have been more recognized than that of their Heller Wizenbock as this year brought yet another Gold Medal to the Plank homestead and brings the total medal number to 6 from the World Beer Cup. While the praises are wonderful, the true feelings of accomplishments are certainly to come with each new brew day.


    Bocks are by nature, stronger and more concentrated beers than the usual lighter styles of German beer. Some can be the color of night with others are rich with warming alcohol and dark fruit and yet some still can appear light on their feet but pack a long punch to the unknowing drinker. The Weizen-Bocks are bocks that have at least 50% wheat malt and have very similar characteristics to that of Hefeweizens, only bringing a larger alcohol percentage to the glass. The Heller indicates that it will be a lighter colored beverage and somewhat lighter flavor as well.


    Plank’s Heller Weizenbock is not only one of the most highly recognized beers in the world for the style but also a beautifully true to style beverage. Plank is unique as they bottle condition each of their beers which allows the purity of each style to be upheld though travel and translates wonderfully well when finally opened and poured. The exceptional carbonation is tight with small bubbles, lasting with lace and so soothing with texture on the palate. Under the off white layer of foam, the color of the beer is muted by way of the unfiltered nature. Burnt orange and deep copper colors are present with a presence that is simply too inviting to pass up.
    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The classic aromas of banana and pepper are taken in their own direction as the slight buttered pastry undertone make combination of banana cream pie and yet, there is nothing sweet about this beer. Yeast is the pleasurable culprit for this joyful aroma; warm bread, baked fruit, green grapes and a soft cedar presence are woven together so nicely. With a long nuttiness, the yeastiness gives its self away and leads into the first sip.


    Smooth and delicate, a near perfect example of how carbonation can carry a beer’s flavor so long on the tongue. Bright with a delicate citrus, rounded with a baked fruit mid palate and wonderfully thirst quenching at the end. Some wheat and husky flavors come up and give an impression of bright sun on the tips of tall grasses. The distinct yeast is highly active on the flavor and comes off as nothing short of magical. With a balance between the yeasty, grainy notes and those of the banana and bubblegum, Plank’s Helles Weizenbock is delightfully complex while still being a beer that one could commit to throughout an evening and never grow tired. 

    Food Pairing:

    With its smooth texture and the firm nutty edge, foods rich in both flavor and texture would be rounded and cleaned up by the Plank Helles Weizenbock. As common as eggs are to find on a menu, rarely are they met with the kind of delicate reasoning as the one they would receive from the help of a wheat beer. Weizenbocks have just the right amount of sweetness to balance and yet finish with enough of a liveliness to lift a runny egg on toast, a quiche at lunch or a soufflé with dinner. Plates of chicken, either the pleasing southern fried style or the easy baked type could both find a common ground with a beer of such balance. Toasted coconut and even sweetened custard for dessert would be oddly enjoyed with a frothy glass of Plank Helles Weizenbock.


    While the awards bring the attention from a world away, it doesn’t seem that the praise is a necessity. These beers taste as if they were happily created as a way to uphold the historic family name through the traditions of German brewing. We feel lucky that beers of this caliber can be found on our shelves, they truly are a lesson in proper balance and flavor.
    New Arrivals
    May, 30th

  • Sierra Nevada- Ovila- Dubbel- 375ml Singles and 4 Packs
  • Sierra Nevada- Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale- New Zealand Fresh Hop Ale- Limited Singles
  • MOA- Blanc Evolution- Belgian Style Wit Ale Brewed With Coriander- Singles
  • MOA- St Josephs- Belgian Style Tripel- 375ml and 1.5 Liter Singles
  • MOA- Imperial Stout- Stout Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    May, 24th

  • Etienne Dupont- Pommeau de Normandie- Unfermented Apple Juice Blended With One Year Old Calvados and Aged In Large Oak Barrels For 30 Months- VERY LIMITED Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Pome 98- Unfermented Apple Juice Blended With One Year Old Calvados and Aged In Large Oak Barrels For 7 Years Then Conditioned In Bottle For A Further Five Years- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Etienne Dupont- Bouché Organic Label- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Reserve- Cider Aged For Six Months In Used Calvados Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Drouin Poire- French Perry- Limited Singles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Colorado Cider Company Grasshop-Ah
    Regular Price: $7.99
    Sale Price: $6.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2012
    ABV: 6.95
    Colorado Cider Company Grasshop-Ah

    Hard Cider production is long with history and extremely varied in style. Many different countries from across the globe all have their distinct contributions to the category of fermented apple juice, some being bright and enticing, while others taste with the rustic charm that goes back centuries with tradition. With these varied styles finally showing up on our shelves, we have decided to dedicate May as Cider month. Each week we will focus on a single style that represents the approach of a different country. These bottles will be on sale for that week only and hopefully many will gain an appreciation for one of the world’s more versatile, engaging and refreshing of beverages.

    With a nod in the direction of keeping locally produced products direct and basic in style, The Colorado Cider Company is a highly talked about recent addition to the list of newly opened Denver based breweries/distillers/fermented beverage producers. Carving their interest with the “classic” range of simply dry and off dry ‘Glider’ bottles of cider with that of the modern representation on the oak conditioned variants by way of Old Stumpy (where their cider is conditioned in used Chardonnay barrels), to a cider that they can call their own: the lemon-grass and hop infused; Grasshop-Ah. With both feet in the forward moving waters, and with a helpful push by way of the craft beer world, Grasshop-Ah is a unique creation that has gained the attention of many.

     

    The cap pulls off and a pressured hiss erupts from within the bottle. Pouring the cider into an awaiting glass gives a sparkle of effervescence that is delicate and well concentrated. Citrus is the defining aroma with big lemon-rind and lime zest aromas mingling with the crisp green apple qualities of the base cider. The hops begin to show themselves, only after the initial punch of fragrant lemon grass, and come off not too far from the way a lighter styled IPA might smell. Herbal freshness meets the ripe fruitiness and immediately heightens the degree of one's level of thirst.

    On to the Tasting Notes:
    The aromas translate very bold on the palate with the grassy hops giving a balance to the pleasing semi-sweetness of the apples. Citrus is felt but seems to be the binding force between the delicate bitterness and the high notes of the obvious apples. Some heady waves of vegetal flavors follow through to the finish that doesn't feel at all out of place. Apples, with seeds, steams and all, are fully expressed but given a diverse direction to take from the added flavors from the hops and lemon-grass. Finishing on the dry end, Grasshop-ah is a diversely layered beverage that holds each distinct element in a similar place of importance. True cider fans will appreciate the balance, new comes to the category will have fun with the uniqueness and beer drinkers will find common ground to land upon.
    Food Pairing:

    Like most of the other styles of cider, the fruitiness will calm heat with ease. The added effect of the soothing citrus of the lemon-grass will connect with concentrated flavors such as briny fish sauces, peppered meats charred on the grill, jerked chicken and baked artichokes. The herbal qualities of the hops with that of the simple cider base would go along with easy vegetables; either pickled, sautéed or baked. Without the bold bitterness that hops can contribute to beer, the overall freshness will give this great room to work off of brunch flavors. Smoke heavy bacon, fresh pastries, fruit syrups and the diverse range of flavors are all up to bat when Grasshop-ah is shared. Stick to cheeses that are fragrant without being too sharp, the creamy styles with a touch of funk, would be a winning combination.

    AC Golden, Hidden Barrel Collection
    Release Date Kriek: July 7, 9:00 AM
    Regular Price: $21.99 Each
    Release Date Kriek: July 7, 9:00 AM

    In other great news, the third variation from this first round of bottles, the Kriek, just got it's own label approval earlier this week. The Kriek was from the same original batch of beers that the Apricot and Peche are part of only it took longer to be labeled than the others. While we are very happy to know that all original variations will now be released, the Kriek bottles will not be ready for this weekend's tasting. Instead we will hold another tasting and release on July 7th for bottles of the Kriek. Just to clarify, May 26th will be the release of the Apricot and Peche with July 7th being the release of the cherry variation; Kriek! We will see you all then.
    AC Golden, Hidden Barrel Collection
    Release Date Peche & Apricot: May 26, 9:00 AM
    Regular Price: $21.99 Each
    Release Date Peche & Apricot: May 26, 9:00 AM

    The time is finally upon us. After many hiccups and over the last few long months of waiting, we are finally ready to announce the arrival of the first bottles from AC Golden’s Hidden Barrel Collection of beers: Peche and Apricot! These are the highly talked about “sour” beers that have been steadily gaining interest from a wide group of individuals (Peche was actually awarded a Silver medal in this year’s World Beer Cup). Aged in oak barrels with an average of over 100 pounds of fresh Colorado fruit, these beers are precise with acidity, highly complex and highly expressive of the fruit in which they were aged on. 

    We want to thank all those who have expressed interest; these bottles will be well worth the wait. While we would love to be able to allow bottles to go home with you today, with the high level of demand and extremely scarce nature of these beers, sales will be pushed off and begin on Saturday May 26th.  There will be a limit set to two bottles per person, per variation. Sales will begin once we open our doors at 9:00 AM, and we will be taking orders over the phone for those that might not be able to make it in person. Don’t feel that an early morning rush is needed; we have actually timed this release to coincide with our usual Saturday afternoon tasting! The Peche, Apricot and Colorado Native will be available to taste, for free, from 3:00 to 6:00. We have also secured the presence of brewers Troy Casey and Kent Reichow to be in attendance to answer any questions during the tasting.

    For those that want more information on this amazing project, click over to an interview that we conducted with Troy Casey.

    All of us at Mile High are filled with extreme gratitude to our friends over at AC Golden and to all of our customers that share our excitement for this new frontier of Colorado brewing. See you all on the 26th....

    New Arrivals
    May, 19th

  • **UPDATE, SOLD OUT**
  • Deschutes/Hair of the Dog- Collage- Barrel Aged Blended Beer- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.
  • **UPDATE, SOLD OUT**
  • Avery- Maharaja Batch 16- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • River North- Quandary- Belgian Style Quad- Limited Singles
  • Sprecher- Black Bavarian- 16oz 4 Packs and Singles
  • interviews with Brewers
    Interview with AC Golden Brewer; Troy Casey
    Interview with AC Golden Brewer; Troy Casey

    We were able to sit down with AC Golden brewer; Troy Casey, and gain some more insight behind the beers that will be part of the AC Golden Hidden Barrel Collection; Peche and Apricot. A great read for those with an interest in wild ales of any sort and a teaser as to what can be anticipated in the future for Colorado produced sour beers.

    1. Can you give a brief introduction of yourself and your history at AC Golden?

    I’ve been with AC Golden for about 4 years now. I started right after I finished my Masters degree from the University of California at Davis in Food Science.

    2. Where did your interests in the sour/wild beer styles first arise? Can you recall your first experience with a beer of this nature?

    The first time I tried a sour beer was when I worked for Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs back in 2004. They were experimenting with their Skull and Bones sour beer line and using different amounts of sugar to bottle condition. They gave me a couple cases(!!!!) of bottles, but my palate wasn’t quite ready for sours yet. I stored them in my parent’s basement after that, but I think they were thrown away. Now that I love sour beers, I kick myself every time I think of how naive I was!


    The first time I remember enjoying sours was drinking Eric’s Ale at New Belgium in college during a trip home from California. After that I researched other beers like it and learned that Russian River Brewing Company was very close to my school in northern California. Before I drove back to Colorado after my program was over, I picked up a bunch of early batches of Temptation, Supplication and Beatification. I had no idea how amazing these beers were when I bought them, I just knew they were special. Once I really got into sours, I realized what I had. After that, my sour obsession just started to spiral and hasn’t slowed down yet.

    3. With Herman Joseph's and Colorado Native being the familiar names most
    associate with AC Golden, was it difficult to begin a barrel-aging program that would focus on beers completely different in nature to the flagship brands?


    We’re an incubator brewery and so we get to play around with a lot of different styles of beer. We occasionally test these beers outside of the brewery to gauge consumer's reactions. No one told us to make these beers; we just started experimenting with them around 3 years ago. Sour beers are really gaining in popularity and we’re happy to have finally gotten on the shelf alongside some other phenomenal sour beers.

    4. With the first bottles from this program to finally be released, can you give specifics on how many physical barrels were filled and total bottle counts for each style?


    All of these beers had the fruit added directly to the oak barrel. We aged the fruit in the Apricot for 3.5 months. The Peche had the peaches in the barrel from the initial fill, so for about a year. We did one oak barrel of the Peche, and two barrels of the Apricot which we then blended to get the apricot flavor we wanted. If we didn’t add fruit we would get around 20 cases of beer, but the fruit displaces and absorbs a lot of the beer. We’re releasing 8 cases of the Peche, and 14 cases of the Apricot. We’re saving the rest for festivals and beer dinners.

    5. Where did the inspiration come from to dedicate in making these sour fruited beers? How much fruit is generally used to fill each barrel and where was it sourced?

    We love using local ingredients whenever possible, just like in Colorado Native Lager which uses 100%  all Colorado ingredients. We also love the great fruit that our state produces, so making sour beers with them was a natural fit. We added 95 pounds of Palisade peaches to the Peche barrel and 120 pounds of Palisade apricots to each barrel of the Apricot.

    6. How do you think time through aging or “cellaring” will interact
    with these beers?


    These beers were bottled through out last year, and we’ve been storing them at cellar temperature ever since to allow bottle conditioning to occur. We find that we get full carbonation at around 3-4 weeks when using our strain of brettanomyces for conditioning. What I’ve been happy to see happen since then is the settling of the pectin haze that we got from adding the fruit. The beers are getting brighter and brighter as they age. I think since we used so much fruit that those flavors will last for a while. I suspect that as the fruit flavor fades over time, the acidity will continue to grow. We suggest enjoying these beers fresh!

    7. What is your approach when concerning Brettanomyces as a major
    flavor contributor? Do you intentionally add Brett or will it
    naturally take over with time?


    We do some type of primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks using a regular ale or lager yeast. After the beer is ready in the tank, we’ll transfer to oak barrels and add multiple strains of brettanomyces to the barrel once we fill it. A few months later we’ll than add a combination of lactobacillis and/or pediococcus. We’ve learned not to add too much brett at the fill or else those flavors can dominate. We don’t like one thing to be too dominant in our sour beers, so we try to keep everything in balance.

    8. How much does blending play a part to the beers of this nature? Is
    there a certain character of flavor that can only be achieved by the
    slow process of blending?


    I have no idea. We’re very new to the sour game, and blending is a skill that can only come with time and the available beer to do it. I’m excited to learn more about blending as our barrel program matures and we have the opportunity to do more blending.

    9. For the conceptualization of different sour beers, do you utilize different base recipes depending on the projected outcome? Will different wort give different results, or more intriguing; will the same wort give different results upon aging?

    We consider the base beer recipe to be the canvas in the work of art, with time, barrels, yeast and fruit to be the different paints. It’s amazing how the exact same inputs to different barrels can yield considerably different flavors. Just the positioning of the barrels in our area with respect to the temperatures can cause different flavors. That’s what’s so fun about these beers – as a brewer you’re constantly being challenged by things you can barely control. When we test something in our program, maybe a new yeast strain, we don’t expect to see results for a year. It takes that long to learn the outcome. 

    10. What is the current size of the barrel-aging program? Is there a possibility of it growing?


    We added a lot of barrels last year so that we’d have more barrels to choose from in blends this year. We’ve got a few dozen barrels aging right now and we hope to add a couple more this year for some other experiments. We hope to do a larger release of beers of this nature later in the year.

    11. On a level similar to what is being released currently, what other beers can be expected to come from AC Golden? Will they all be sour or barrel aged in nature? What does the near future hold?

    We’re always experimenting with new beers, but won’t even think about releasing anything until we’re 100% happy with them, and that can take some time. We’ll let you know when we have something next! 

    Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Isastegi Sargado Basque Cider
    Regular Price: $11.99
    Sale Price: $9.99
    Sale End: 5/23/2012
    ABV: 6%
    Rate Beer: 97
    Isastegi Sargado Basque Cider

    Hard Cider production is long with history and extremely varied in style. Many different countries from across the globe all have their distinct contributions to the category of fermented apple juice, some being bright and enticing, while others taste with the rustic charm that goes back centuries with tradition. With these varied styles finally showing up on our shelves, we have decided to dedicate May as Cider month. Each week we will focus on a single style that represents the approach of a different country. These bottles will be on sale for that week only and hopefully many will gain an appreciation for one of the world’s more versatile, engaging and refreshing of beverages.

    The history of cider production within the Basque county is long and somewhat mysterious as it stretches as far back as 2000 years. While it is not confirmed as to how apples were first introduced to this area of northern Spain, many purists believe that there could have been wild varietals naturally growing on their own. Cider greatly infused its placement in the traditions of the Basque people and the style has now become somewhat of a phenomenon that expresses a distinction from other beverages. By law, no sugars can be added and the bottles cannot be filled with any sort of gas to give carbonation. The few families still producing ciders of this style are upholding methods that go back hundreds of years and fully embrace what it is to undertake the Basque heritage. These ciders are truly a taste of history.


    Production begins around the beginning of October when apples are plentiful and ripe as they fall from the trees. Hand sorted and then crushed into a pulp but not so that the seeds are broken as they could lead to unwanted bitterness. The crushed apples are pressed and the free run juice is racked into large cedar barrels or steel tanks where fermentation begins simply from the ambient yeasts in the area. Fermentation usually lasts until around January when the desired lactic flavors begin to arise. This time also begins the long tradition called Txotx when the Sagardotegi (cider house) will open its doors for the public to taste the new batches of cider straight from the barrel before being bottled. Isastegi is one of the first examples to be imported to America and is a classic estate to represent the traditional ciders of the Basque country.


    Located in the town of Tolosa, the Mari family has been dedicated to the production of Sagardo Naturala or natural cider since 1983.  They try to use apples grown locally in the area and only out source when certain vintages are lacking in proper quality. Their cider is created from a blend of over 12 different varietals that are aged in very old, large cider barrels called Kupelas and is bottled unfiltered. As with all other Basque Sagardos, the cider is bottled nearly flat and it is suggested that the liquid be poured from a height of about 3 feet into an awaiting glass thus creating a natural amount of carbonation. If poured as the traditionalists demand, an even level of bubbles combine and foam upon the liquid with a tight structure. This method gives of amazing aromatics and begins an experience that many will not soon forget.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Sea air, sun baked rocks, dried apple skins, wild herbs and pollen coated flowers are all tightly bound together to create one distinct aroma. Sharp lemon like acidity fills the nose as images of hot days and desert heat come to mind suggesting refreshment all without the first sip. Fully expressive from the place in which it came, this cider has a dynamic aroma that translates as being a touch aggressive but through multiple sips, unravels into taste that is honest and enticing.


    The first sip slaps the taste buds into shape almost the same way as splashing cold water upon one’s face. The acidity is striking, ringing with a tartness that can almost be felt like a sharp bite of pepper. Lemons and limes; freshly cut and squeezed upon the tongue, is a close comparison for how the first sip feels. The shocking acidity is met with a cheek gripping strength of tannic intensity equaled on a level close to straight cranberry juice or a young Barolo. The flavor is simply described as “wild” as it has traits of other styles of cider but is utterly unique with its distinct representation of basic terrior.


    If there was every a beverage to decant, this is certainly one to embrace. The first aromas are a mangled combination of polarizing extremes that expand on the palate in a way that might be off putting to some. Yeasty, earthy and full of an under-ripened apple sort of fruitiness and yet, if left to breath, these levels calm and integrate wonderfully well into themselves. Decanting allows oxygen to dissipate the odd aromas and brings the acid levels down a notch. While this will always be a drink that is distinct, if given time to open, the flavors shine with harmonious complexity.
    Food Pairing:

    This might be one of the single most impressive beverages to pair with foods. While sweetness is a great extinguisher for heat’s flames, the high levels of acid in the Isastegi are so bold, they can confidently overtake and dissipate hot foods. The same goes for highly salted foods liked brined fish, blue cheeses, cured meats and pickled vegetables. The cultural concept of tapas or Pintxos (as they say in Basque) is fully envisioned with a glass of Isastegi on hand. There might not be another liquid to make the transition from smoky to pickled, gamey to salty, fatty to sweet, roasted to acidic or any other varied combo. Palate cleansing and quite refreshing when drank over a variety of foods, this beverages keeps one on their feet.


    Fans of real Lambic take note; there are wonderful comparative aromas and puckering flavors that aren’t too far from those found in the Belgian born brethren. This is a special opportunity as these ciders are not made in much volume and up until just a few months ago, were never found in our part of the world. Fermentation is the basis for civilization.
    New Arrivals
    May, 16th

  • Trabanco- Poma Aurea- Method Champenoise Asturian Cider- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • New Arrivals
    May, 16th

  • Russian River- Pliny the Elder- LIMIT, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Russian River- Supplication- Sour Brown Ale Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels with Cherries- Batch 010- Limited Singles
  • Uinta- Birthday Suit- Sour Cherry Ale- Limited Singles
  • BFM/Terrapin Collaboration- Spike and Jerome's- Partial Rum Barrel Aged Rye Barleywine- Very Limited Singles
  • BFM- Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2007 (VERY LIMITED, ONE PER PERSON)- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • BFM- Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2006 (VERY LIMITED, ONE PER PERSON)- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Hanssens- Oude Gueuze (750ml. VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON)- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Hanssens- Oude Gueuze (375ml. VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON)- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Mikkeller- Monk's Brew- Belgian Style Quad- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- US Alive- Hoppy Belgian Wild Ale- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Black- 16.5% Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Djaevlebryg- Gudelos- Imperial Stout- Limited Singles 
  • HaandBryggeriet- Sweet & Sour- Wine Barrel Aged Sour Ale 
  • 8 Wired- Saison Sauvin- Saison Brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops- Limited Single
  • Mahr's- Pilsner- Limited Singles 
  • Mahr's- Mastodon- German Lager- Limited Singles
  • Uerige- Doppelsticke- Limited Singles 
  • Viven- Smoked Porter- Limited Singles
  • Ross on Wye- Medium Dry Perry- Limited Singles
  • De Ranke- Guldenberg- Belgian Golden Ale- Limited Singles 
  • De Ranke- Saison de Dottigines- Limited Singles
  • Uinta- Hop Notch- IPA- 6 Packs
  • Marble- IPA- 6 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    May, 10th

  • Firestone Walker- Parabola- Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout- VERY LIMITED, 2 BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Marble Brewing Company- Red Ale- Six Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Domain Dupont Etienne Cidre Bouché
    Regular Price: $12.99
    Sale Price: $10.99
    Sale End: 5/16/2012
    ABV: 5.5
    Rate Beer: 96
    Domain Dupont Etienne Cidre Bouché

    Hard Cider production is long with history and extremely varied in style. Many different countries from across the globe all have their distinct contributions to the category of fermented apple juice, some being bright and enticing, while others taste with the rustic charm that goes back centuries with tradition. With these varied styles finally showing up on our shelves, we have decided to dedicate May as Cider month. Each week we will focus on a single style that represents the approach of a different country. These bottles will be on sale for that week only and hopefully many will gain an appreciation for one of the world’s more versatile, engaging and refreshing of beverages.


    French cider or cidre, is an important beverage that signifies many eventful moments in the country’s long history. Manly being cultivated in the northern region of Normandy, cider nourished locals when water was unfit for consumption, brought income for many farms throughout the region and was produced with holy conviction by many generations of monks. While wine was in a questionable spot due to Phylloxera in the late 1800’s, cidre was wetting the throats of thirsty Parisians. Apple trees were being planted in large amounts due to their ability to provide fruit for eating, for brewing and for distilling (Calvados). World War I brought hard times upon French soil, most of the battling waging upon areas where the trees grew most plentifully. WW II brought even more hardships to the smaller family run farms and ever since, the family produced ciders of old have been steadily decreasing.


    The Domaine Dupont is a standing representation that not all is lost. Located in the Pays d’ Auge of Normandy France, the estate is still family owned and operated. With a variety of amazing vintage dated Calvados bottles and a lovely range of iconic cidres, the Domaine Dupont is one of the most classic producers in Northern France. Each of their bottled cidres is vintage dated to dignify the particular harvest and to hold a similar level of esteem as many wines are. The estate rests on nearly 75 acres of land with 13 different varietals being split between over 6000 apple trees. Production varies depending on the desired product but each bottling is masterfully blended to capture the proper balance of flavors needed. The traditional Cidre Bouché (cider under cork) is a blend of 80% bitter apples and 20% acidic apples that undergoes fermentation using native yeasts and is bottled unpasteurized and unfiltered. 

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    The bottle opens with a powerful pop and shows the lively carbonation that is more comparable to that of Champagne. Energetic bubbles fill the glass with a raging froth that soon engulfs itself and dissipates into a thin ring atop the liquid. The bubbles continue to express their vibrancy, rising to the surface of the cider and keeping a steady stream that again isn’t too far from what one would expect in a bottle of Champagne. The aroma is full of rustic honesty by way of wild qualities similar to apple steams, tree bark, overripe fruit and earthy funkiness. As blunt as some of these aromas are, they dissipate as the cider engages with the oxygen allowing the sweeter and more common cider notes to come though. The aromatics are a fulfilling transportation to nearly being in Normandy and breathing the air in which the apple trees grow and drop their fruit.


    The flavor is, at first, a bit abrasive, more baked and cooked than ripe and crisp. Apples are obvious and while being distinct, there is a heady complexity that can only be associated to the rustic nature of old tradition.  With the sweet apple fruitiness, there is a wild funkiness that allows many layers of flavors to continually develop as the cider opens and one’s palate becomes accustomed. Dry and full of good acidity without falling out of balance, this is a varied beverage that is interesting while still being utterly fulfilling. 

    Food Pairing:

    With a slight degree of earthy funkiness and a bright finesse of purity, this would be a great bottle to open at the beginning of a meal or as a beverage to share for celebratory reasons. Hailing from one of the most productive cheese regions of France, it is only natural that the Bouché would be amazing with wash rind cheeses like Pont L’Eveque, Livort or a classic runny and ripe Camembert. Chicken dishes, braised, roasted even baked would be rounded out and delightfully partnered with the cider. A delightful steak lunch with crisp greens and roasted potatoes is almost too easy of a pairing but one that does great justice to the Cider’s earthy notes.  Simply put, this is one of the most expressive and delightful of the classic old world styled fermented beverages.

    New Arrivals
    May, 9th

  • He'Brew- Funky Jewbelation- Blended Barrel Aged Beer- EXTREMELY LIMITED, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • De Ranke- Kriek- Belgian Golden Ale Blended with Lambic and Cherries- EXTREMELY LIMITED, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Bocker- Bellegems Bruin- Flemish Brown Ale Aged in Oak And Blended with Lambic- Limited Singles
  • St. Louis- Fond Tradition- Gueuze- Limited Singles
  • St. Louis- Bacchus- Flemish Oud Bruin- Limited Singles
  • St. Louis- Framboise- Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- IO Saison- Sasion Brewed with Rose Pedals, Hibiscus and Rose Hips- Very Limited Singles
  • Jolly Pumpkin- E.S. Bam- Hoppy Farmhouse Ale- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    May, 4th

  • New Belgium- Tart Lychee- Sour Ale Brewed with Lychee Fruit and Cinnamon- VERY LIMITED SINGLE, 2 BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • New Arrivals
    May 3nd

  • Funkwerks- White- Belgian Style White Ale Brewed With Camomile, Ginger, Coriander, and Citrus Zest- Singles 
  • Avery- Nineteen- Belgian Style Tripel- Limited Singles
  • Avery- Samael- Oak Aged Strong Ale- 2012 Vintage- Limited Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Hoptimum- Whole Cone Hop Imperial IPA- 4 Packs and 12oz Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Palo Santo Marrone- Imperial Brown Ale Aged on Palo Santo Wood- Limited 4 Packs and 12 oz Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Midus Touch- Ale Brewed With Saffron, Grapes and Honey- Limited 4 Packs and 12oz SIngles
  • Dogfish Head- Tweason Ale- Gluten Free Ale Brewed With Strawberries and Buckwheat Honey- Limited 4 Packs and 12oz Singles
  • Dogfish Head- Black and Blue- Belgian Style Golden Ale Fermented On Blue and Blackberries- VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Dogfish Head- Urkontient- Belgian Style Dubbel Brewed with Wattleseed, Toasted Amaranth, Rooibos Tea, Myrica Gale, and Honey- VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: May
    Aspall Orgainc Cyder
    Regular Price: $6.99
    Sale Price: $5.99
    Sale End: 5/31/2012
    Aspall Orgainc Cyder

    Hard Cider production is long with history and extremely varied in style. Many different countries from across the globe all have their distinct contributions to the category of fermented apple juice, some being bright and enticing, while others taste with the rustic charm that goes back centuries with tradition. With these varied styles finally showing up on our shelves, we have decided to dedicate May as Cider month. Each week we will focus on a single style that represents the approach of a different country. These bottles will be on sale for that week only and hopefully many will gain an appreciation for one of the world’s more versatile, engaging and refreshing of beverages.

    No country is better known for their hard Cider production than that of England. The climate is wonderful for apple production with ancient wild varietals being believed to have grown as far back as 3500BC. It wasn’t until around the time of the Roman invasion of Britain where apples were then planted as the orchards that we still know today. Many incarnations of cider or cyder were created and consumed throughout the centuries with a massive breakthrough coming when the English took the technique of blending to create the overall palatable flavor of their finished product. It was from this effort of combining different styles and varieties that the range grew to include light and dry, thick and sweet and tart and intense options.

    One of the most well known of English Cyder producers hails from the Shire county of Suffolk in the east region England, known as Aspall. Current production is still over seen and conducted by the eighth generation of the Chevallier family. Their stance for quality is apparent in each bottle but none representing the old family ways more so than the Organic Cyder.

    Upholding the style common in the late 1700’s, the fruit is picked and hand delivered where it is carefully sorted as not to include any apple that may have rot or heavy bruises. The choice fruit is washed, minced and sent to a large press where it is compressed and single strength apple juice is extracted.

    The new juice is pumped into a tank where yeast is added and an initial fermentation will take place upwards of 3-4 weeks. After the fermentation is complete, the cider is left to rest for 2 weeks so the dead and old yeast can drop out. The cider then is racked into tanks and allowed to mature, sometime for years depending on the style. Once completed and palatable, the real magic begins through the art of blending these different varieties. Each apple holds it’s subtle touches and only through the combination of these varied varieties can the bottles become what we find on our shelves.


    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Carbonated to a degree where bubble pour strong but dissipate as the liquid sits, the texture still retains a clean amount of liveliness. Such a delicate aroma, full of freshly cut fruit and damp wood all mingled upon the distinct apple seed purity. A touch of grain, almost wheat husk and a little dash of well water give the nose a lovely honesty. With just enough perceived sweetness to get one’s mouth watering, the faint aroma is quickly met by a much needed first sip. Pleasing with light ripe apple sugars then tart with a starchy textured tannin structure that leads into a juicy finish that is clean and quite dry. The balance between the bitter apples and the ripe dessert varieties can be felt and makes the overall flavor varied and interesting. Delicious to drink, especially if parched as this is wonderfully refreshing.

    Food Pairing:
    Having just the right amount of sweetness to make each sip satisfying, Aspall’s Organic Cyder can be enjoyed with a varied amount of foods without fault. The bright and rounded flavor of pure apples would take pork or roasted chicken dishes very nicely. Foods that have high levels of spice such as curries or chili laced dry rubs would also go down a little easier with the apple’s cleanliness to balance it all. Foods with too much sweetness or too much richness might cancel out the delicate nature of the Cyder. Anything with a savory edge would be simply delicious next to a dry cider like the Aspall Organic.
    New Arrivals
    May, 2nd

  • Norrebro Bryghus- Little Korkny Ale 2008- Vintage Barleywine- EXTREMELY Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller/Grassroots- Wheat Is The New Hops- Brett Fermented Wheat IPA- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLE, LIMIT 3 BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Mikkeller- Beer Geek Brunch Calvados- Imperial Oatmeal Stout Brewed with Coffee and Aged in Calvados Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES- LIMIT 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Mikkeller- Black Buffalo- Imperial Stout Aged In Buffalo Trace Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Mikkeller- Big Worse Red Wine Barrel Edition- Barleywine Aged in Red Wine Barrels- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES, 1 BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Mikkeller- Hop Burn Low- Hoppy Lager- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Ultramate aka 1000 IBU Light- 1000 ibu IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller- Green Easter- IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller/TO OL- Overall- Double IPA- Limited Singles
  • Mikkeller/ TO OL- Sleepover- Double IPA Brewed with Coffee- Limited Singles
  • TO OL- Goliat- Imperial Coffee Stout- Limited Singles
  • De Molen- Hemel & Aarde- Bruichladdich Peat Malt Smoked Russian Imperial Stout- Limited Singles
  • Nogne O/Bridge Road- India Saison- Saison Brewed with Australian Hops- Limited Singles
  • Viven- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • Brasserie Artisanale- Cuvee du Flo Blonde- Belgian Blond Ale- Limited Singles
  • Renaissance- MPA- Imperial IPA Brewed with Rakhu Hops- Limited Singles 
  • Brasserie a Vapeur- Saison de Pipaix- Singles
  • Brasserie a Vapeur- De Bises- Belgian Strong Ale Brewed With Fig Leaves- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie a Vapeur- En Folie- Saison Brewed With Spices- Limited Singles
  • Moylans- Hopsickle- IPA- Singles
  • Port- Hop 15- Imperial IPA- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April 26th

  • Brasserie a Vapeur- Saison de Pipaix 2002- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Brasserie a Vapeur- D'Antan 1996- Belgian Strong Golden Ale- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • De Glazen Toren- Saison d'Epre Mere- Limited Singles
  • De Glazen Toren- Cuvee Angelique- Dubbel- Limited Singles
  • La Rulles- La Grande 2012- Belgian Strong Golden Ale- Limited Singles
  • Hofstetten- Heller Bock Saphir- Bock dry hopped with Saphir Hops for 8 Weeks- Limited Singles
  • Birre del Borgo- 25 Dodici- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale Brewed With Orange Peels- Limited Singles
  • JW Lees- Harvest Ale 2008- English Barleywine- VERY LIMITED SINGLES 
  • JW Lees- Harvest Ale 2009- English Barleywine- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • JW Lees- Harvest Ale 2010- English Barleywine- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • JW Lees- Manchester Star- Old World English Porter- Limited Singles
  • Thronbridge- St. Petersburg- Imperial Russian Stout- Limited Singles
  • Etienne Dupont- Givre 2006- Ice Cider- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Sarasola Sagardoa- Basque Cider- Very Limited Singles
  • Hochland Imker- Extra Dry Austrian Mead- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • New Arrivals
    April, 25th

  • Great Divide- Barrel Aged Old Ruffian- Barleywine Aged in Stranahan's Oak Barrels- Limited Singles
  • Crazy Mountain- Lava Lake Wit- Wit Beer Brewed with Grains of Paradise and Lavander- 6 Pack Cans
  • **UPDATE**
  • Russian River- Pliny The Elder- Limit, One Bottle Per Person
  • New Arrivals
    April, 20th

  • Crooked Stave- Petite Sour Farmhouse Table Beer- Wild Ale Fermented and Aged in Oak Barrels With Lacto and brett- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April, 19th

  • Avery- Uncle Jacob's Stout- Imperial Stout Aged in Maker's Mark Barrels- LIMITED, 4 BOTTLES PER PERSON
  • Firestone Walker- Wookie Jack- Black Rye IPA- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Imperial Russian Stout- Vintage 2012- Limited Singles
  • Stone- Bottleworks 13th Anniversary Ale- Ale Brewed with 13 Hops and 13 Malts- VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Alaskan- Summer Ale- Kolsch- 6 Packs
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Samuel Smith's Organic Lager
    Regular Price: $3.49
    Sale Price: $2.49
    Sale End: 4/30/2012
    ABV: 5
    IBUs: 25
    Beer Advocate: 93
    Samuel Smith's Organic Lager

    When the discussion of English born beer arises, many will focus on the topic of Ales. Top fermented by definition but varying in color and style creates a steady range of beers that can easily be sectioned off a “pure” or “distinct” representation of classic English beer. Many purest take great joy in their selection of what they consider the proper pint of ale, and yet one of the largest advocates of English brewing is bottling a style more associated with the purists of mainland Europe. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England, a brewery based in so much history of traditional English born beer, is confidently and steadily producing not one, but two bottom fermenting Lagers.


    Rather than being seen as a diversion from the English born classics, the appreciation for brewing, regardless of it’s debated origins, is the place from which these lagers were born. While many beer enthusiasts sometimes frown upon lagers as a category, they are quite difficult to create as flaws can easily be detected without a mountain of hops or strong sweetness to hide behind. Samuel Smith’s engagement for the alchemy of real brewing is apparent with each offering found on the shelves. Organic hops and UK grown organic malt give the beer a very sincere focus of quality and adds a Tadcaster signature of discrete distinction. 

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Pouring with a fully aerated head of eggshell colored bubbles, the beer has a long and lasting pillow of carbonation. The actual beer it self has a light olive color and is filtered for ultimate clarity. The common aromas of barley and yeast are backed up by an intriguing quality similar to damp cement and toasted cornhusks. Inviting with its cleanliness and particular in its uniqueness. Even before first sip, it’s apparent that this is no Euro born beverage.

    The palate holds more depth than what the aromas might suggest. The rocky almost slate backbone of the beer is coated with the hops obvious touch, adding a faint bitterness that brings out the grains and finishes on the nutty side. More textured than usual lagers, the carbonation is nearly perfect for a beer that will certainly be swallowed in large gulps. The hops help lend a prominent flavor of pepper and spice without upstaging the beer’s ultimate smoothness. Some oat and grain-like flavors intertwine with the vegetal contributions from the hops that only affirm the beer’s delicious level of enjoyment. 

    Food Pairing:

    Being a beer full of refreshing softness, foods on the heavier or even greasy side can be salvaged and made into a supporting meal. Battered and fried fish and crispy frites or chips would go down fast as a simple lunch, egg salad and rye bread would find a rare partner with the beer’s herbal notes, even something with a bit of heat like spicy Thai noodles or racy bbq sauced pulled pork would be a breeze if eaten with a bottle of Organic Lager in hand. The simple applications aren’t just the only way of making this beer shine, the more difficult foods like artichokes, sardines, roasted garlic and even beets would find comforting support in a glass of Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager. 

    New Arrivals
    April, 18th

  • Brasserie a Vapeur- Saison de Pipaix Vintage 1996- Aged Saison- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Hanssens- Experimental Cassis- Lambic with Cassis fruit added- Limited Singles
  • Hanssens- Scarenbecca Kriek- Lambic with Schaerbeek Sour Cherries Added- Limited Singles
  • Brasserie des Franches Montagnes- Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien- Biere de Garde Vintages 2010 and 2009- Blend of Barrel Aged Biere de Gardes- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Brasserie des Franches Montagnes- Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien- Grand Cru Vintage 2011- Strong Ale Aged In Rum Barrels- Extremely Limited, One Bottle Per Person
  • Etienne Dupont- Cuvee Colette vintage 2008- French Farmhouse Cider Disgorged in the Champagne Method- EXTREMELY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON
  • Etienne Dupont- Cidre Triple- French Farmhouse Cider Made from all Bitter Apples and Triple Fermented- Very Limited Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Ettaler- Curator Doppelbock- Limited Singles
  • Klosterbrauerei Ettaler- Helles- Limited Singles
  • Leipziger Gose- Sour Wheat Ale Brewed with Salt and Coriander- EXTREMELY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock- Singles
  • Hofstetten Kubelbier- Zwickelbier- Limited SIngles
  • Prof. Fritz Briem- Grut Bier- Grut Brewed with Spices and Herbs- Limited Singles
  • Fort Collins Brewery- The Incredible Hops- Imperial IPA- Singles
  • River Norht- J. Marie- Saison- Limited Singles
  • New Arrivals
    April, 17th

  • Widmer Brothers- Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout '12- Imperial Russian Stout with Raspberries Added- Singles
  • Widmer Brothers- Nelson Imperial IPA- Imperial IPA Brewed with Nelson Sauvin Hops- Singles
  • Sierra Nevada- Summerfest- American Lager- 6 Packs and 12 Packs
  • New Arrivals
    April, 13th

  • Elysian- Avatar Jasmine IPA- IPA Brewed With Jasmine Flowers- Singles
  • Firestone Walker- Solace- Unfiltered Wheat Ale- Six Packs
  • Anchor Brewing- Summer Ale- Lightly Filtered Wheat Ale- 6 Packs
  • Ska- Mexican Logger- American Pale Lager- 6 Pack Cans
  • Abita- Strawberry Harvest Lager- 6 Pack Bottles, Limited
  • Blue Moon- Brewmaster Summer Sampler- Mixed 12 Pack
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter
    ABV: 5
    IBUs: 32
    Beer Advocate: 92
    Rate Beer: 98
    Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter

    Samuel Smith’s has grown to become the most respected and fundamentally important English brewery found on American shelves. Drinking through their wide portfolio is as close to a history lesson that one can get without picking up a book and taking notes. Their beers represent a firm dedication for the classic styles of old British origin. Today’s world of American beer is ever changing with new concoctions constantly being developed, some being trivial in conception and overly harsh in execution. While so much is built for new progress, drinking the beers of Samuel Smith’s is a refreshing moment to find comfort in the acceptance of something so familiar. These beers are the definitions that once helped build the sturdy foundations of American brewing.

    Samuel Smith celebrates 34 years of American importation in 2012. Decades ago, when breweries were at their most redundant and complacent, these English beers helped turn some heads and change the perception of what beer is and can be. The one that still stands on it’s own, is the Taddy Porter. Faintly earthy, tangy on the tongue and unmistakable with the punch of flavors, Taddy Porter is one of the world’s most dynamic beverages.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Blossoming out of the bottle with a smooth cascade into the glass, the beer climbs high and stands with a mocha colored head. Reddish brown in color, the appearance is almost comparable to dark tea. Lighter than many modern porters, Taddy holds it’s ground with a classic sort image of finesse and refinement. There is something so very inviting as a proper pint of English Beer.


    Mildly sweet aromas of licorice and stone fruit arise from the glass. The earthly edge gives a captivating level of complexity to take in while the hint of baked grains allow for the exact style of beer to be known. As the liquid rises in temperature more herbal notes and walnut tones are expressed. Impressive rather than distracting, these aromas speak to the beer’s origin from which it came.

    Smooth on the palate and complex with flavors of toast, cocoa nibs, ginger, root beer and plumbs. Heady flavors of smoke and birch unravel and give the enticing sweetness of fruit a balanced foundation. Tartness builds and finishes the beer, giving a long end to such a satisfying sip. Such a direct and stunning flavor allows the Taddy Porter to be consumed in large volumes without boredom settling in. This is a beer that gives a great light as to why England has such a sociable pub culture. 

    Food Pairing:

    One of the world’s most versatile beverages for food pairing, Taddy Porter’s range of options can be found in Sunday Brunch all the way through till post dinner chocolate. Roasted flavors, in a beer like this, mimic the charred and caramelized concentration of grilled foods. Simple enough for a casual cookout with burgers and brats but also refined enough as to find it’s way to the dinner table over a plate of seared scallops (The beer historian and brewmaster at Brooklyn brewery; Garret Oliver turned many with this now legendary pairing). Brown sugar based coffee cakes and waffles for brunch start the day right with a chilled glass of Taddy Porter alongside. Chocolate and raspberry based desserts are the most obvious for an after dinner application.

    It’s quite a good time to be drinking in America. To have the option of trying “next big thing” of the newly emerging oddball amalgamation of some micros and then taking the route of Samuel Smith’s, it always ends in a lesson of understanding the fundamentals. Much has changed in 34 years, thankfully, drinking a pint of Taddy Porter today is as much a revelation as it was many years ago.

    New Arrivals
    April, 6th

  • River North Brewery- Hypothesis- Belgian-Style Double IPA- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • New Arrivals
    April, 5th

  • Dogfish Head- 120 Minute IPA- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.
  • Dogfish Head- Sah-Tea- Ale Brewed with Black Chai Tea and Juniper Berries With Wort Heated By Hot Rocks- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.
  • Elysian- Idiot Sauvin- IPA Brewed With Nelson Sauvin Hops- Singles
  • **UPDATE**
  • New Belgium- Shift- Pale Lager- 16oz Four Pack Cans
  • New Belgium- Ranger- IPA- 16oz Four Pack Cans
  • New Belgium- Fat Tire- Amber Ale- 16oz Four Pack Cans
  • Breckenridge- Imperial '72- Chocolate Cream Stout- 4 Pack Bottles
  • Beer Reviews
    Bomber of the Month: April
    Rince Cochon
    Regular Price: $9.99
    Sale Price: $7.99
    Sale End: 4/30/2012
    ABV: 8.5
    Rince Cochon

    Pigs and beer. Such a simple affair of appetizing images, conjoined in a nectarous affair. Pigs representing the salivating desire for more with beer only enticing the first interest and a downward spiral of hand in hand debauchery unfolds. Simply put, to drink will eventually manifest a desire to eat and eating is better with a nice drink.

    Rince Cochon is a new beer around these parts. Loosely translated to “Hog Wash”, the actual beverage is quite a step up from the images the words may represent. Being brewed in the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style, it shares many similarities to its well-known brethren of Duvel, Lucifer and Delirium. What it somewhat lacks in notoriety, it certainly makes up in precise upholding of basic understanding. This is a beer that will turn some heads.

    On to the Tasting Notes:

    Lifting from the golden beverage are enticing aromas that compare to fresh pineapple, mandarins, rye bread and a faint grassiness. Belgian yeast has a way to always keep one guessing as to the particular strain but the obvious characteristics are known in an almost immediate interaction. Rince Cochon’s aroma has some wonderful yeast driven qualities that represent why the beers of Belgium are so captivating. Bold but not too harsh, aromatic but never too fruity and distinct with a certain degree of sharpness, but not one that comes off as too intense. It’s a beer that is tasted even before being sipped.


    The first touch of liquid to the tongue is a wonderful engagement. The candy coated orange peel meets an herbal zesty flavor and comes off as enticing and inviting. Hops are layered throughout and give a nice herbal backbone but are integrated enough to make multiple sips an ease. The golden ales of Belgium are some of the most deceiving beers around as their strength is masterfully hidden and multiple glasses aren’t felt until it’s too late.  Bright and zesty, Cochon is a Golden ale that finishes a hair above the rest as the nutty, almost sunflower seed like flavors round out the palate and keeps one wanting more.

    Food Pairing:

    It’s only appropriate that this beer would be a perfect accompaniment beverage to have with a wonderful plate of pork. An Easter Sunday dinner of garlic rubbed, salt smeared, roasted loin of pork, fresh peas studded with smoky bacon, peppered new potatoes and lemon juice covered greens would be a masterful greeting for a beer as pig friendly as the Rince Cochon. Its natural sweetness can be the calming force for the richness of streaky bacon while the nutty undertones and hint of grassy hops can soften mint’s strength or thyme’s heady woodiness. This is a springtime beer that can snuggle up next to bold flavors beautifully.

    New beers being brewed out of Belgium might seem to some as a statement based in redundancy but Rince Cochon takes the fundamentals of the classics and gives enough of a special touch to be understood as it’s own. Clean and less cloying than others can be and without the palate of marshmallows and cotton candy, this may be one of the better offerings to introduce some as to the distinct qualities that Belgium beers are known for. It also helps that a bulky pig is the endorsement on every bottle. Pigs and beer, what a mighty combo.

    New Arrivals
    April, 4th

  • The Lost Abbey- Red Poppy- Sour Brown Ale Aged in Oak With Cherries- VERY LIMITED BOTTLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.
  • The Bruery- White Oak- 50% Strong Ale and 50% Strong Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER PERSON.
  • Ommegang- Art Of Darkness- Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Green Flash- Palate Wrecker- Double IPA- Limited Singles
  • Ommegang- Hennepin- Saison- Singles
  • Mikkeller- Tiger Baby- IPA Brewed with Mangoes and Passionfruit- VERY LIMITED SINGLES
  • Gouden Carolus- Easter Ale- Belgian Strong Golden Ale- Singles
  • New Arrivals
    March, 30th

  • Mikkeller-Beer Geek Brunch Cognac Edition- Imperial Oatmeal Stout Aged in Cognac Barrels- VERY LIMITED SINGLES, ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER
  • New Arrivals
    March 29th

  • Cantillon- Classic Gueuze- VERY LIMITED, ONE BOTTLE PER CUSTOMER **UPDATE, SOLD OUT**