It’s been awhile.
Now that Craft Beer Week 2017 is firmly in the rear view mirror, we can finally…start preparing for Craft Beer Week 2018. But before that, here are a few nifty bottles that may have slipped under the radar in the last week or two, plus a couple that are coming up.
Peckham’s Feijoa, Home Block – 500ml – $16
Peckham’s, out of New Zealand, makes some of the most interesting and flat-out high-quality ciders in the world. These are two that we’ve never carried before: Feijoa is a blend of dry farmhouse cider and feijoa, a variety of guava native to New Zealand. Home Block is made from the finest apples in Peckham’s orchard.
Toppling Goliath Double Dry-Hopped Pseudo Sue – 650ml – $14
No draft beer this week from Toppling Goliath, but with these bottles, we’re not complaining. A special, double dry-hopped version of the brewery’s world-class Pseudo Sue pale ale, this beer is like tropical fruit-mango Juicy Juice.
8 Wired Grand Cru – 500ml – $22
Speaking of New Zealand. 8 Wired brews a good many beers, from the basic (Flat White, a coffee stout) to the bizarre (Batch 2.18, an imperial stout fermented in oak foedres with jaggery sugar). Their 2015 Grand Cru falls decidedly under the latter: a strong sour brown ale fermented in oak barrels with currants and cascara, the dried skins of unroasted coffee beans.
Blake’s The Tonic – 12oz can – $5
Blake’s summer seasonal is a dry cider brewed with cucumber and ginger. It is light and immensely refreshing, a quality that belies its considerable complexity.
Trois Dames Saison Vieille – 375ml – $12
The term “saison” doesn’t really do much to cover this beer and its intricacies. Initially fermented with farmhouse yeast in a wine foedre, it is then aged for one additional year in Pedro Jiminez sherry casks with the brewery’s house yeast. Deep grape notes, with hints of funky lemon rind and a nutty undercurrent from the the sherry barrel.
Mystic Saison Renaud – 375ml – $11
Mystic is very quietly establishing themselves as a brewery to watch. And though we carry their Old Powderhouse wheat wine, they specialize in farmhouse ales. This is their flagship, brewed with just pilsner malt and Saaz hops. Crisp and peppery, with easy drinkability.
Mystic Kanzu – 375ml – $18
This is a bit of an oddball, but bear with us. A dry saison brewed with single-origin Rwandan coffee, Mystic wrangles these seemingly disparate notes quite well, highlighting the fruity, nutty notes of coffee.