Beer Tasting: New Arrivals
April 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
When we get big drops of interesting beer, we’re very, very tempted to hoard it all for ourselves. But since we 1) wouldn’t make any money that way and 2) would very quickly blow past the sweet-spot level of inebriation it takes for us to do our jobs well, we’re going to–begrudgingly–share the wealth.
We recently brought in a wide array of beers from three of our favorite importers: Shelton Brothers, B. United, and 12%. Between them, they carry some of the world’s most singular, forward-thinking breweries, and this tasting will reflect that. We’re holding a couple of spots, but read below for what we’re definitely pouring:
Au Baron/Jester King Noblesse Oblige (Biere de Garde w/honey, 4.7% abv)
France’s Au Baron are masters of the biere de garde, the saison’s slightly darker, mustier cousin, so it stands to reason that they’d partner with Jester King, idiosyncratic maestros of all things farmhouse-y and funky. This clean, table-strength farmhouse beer is just what we need to prime our palates.
Dugges/Stillwater Tropic Punch Ale (Sour Ale, 4.5% abv)
Real talk: we were underwhelmed by the only other previous collaboration between these two we tried, the Forgas Gose. This, however, is a completely different animal. Bright, tart, and intensely juicy, it tastes like you’re biting into a fresh mango. Josh wants to strap on a Camelbak full of this stuff and just keep running, forever.
Birra del Borgo Fragus (Sour Ale w/strawberries, 5.8% abv)
Technically speaking, this is del Borgo’s flagship Duchessa saison with fresh strawberries added. Strawberries are a difficult fruit to work with in beer; if you don’t know what you’re doing, they can taste like plastic, and often do. Fortunately, del Borgo knows what’s up. Brimming with ripe strawberry flavor, hints of cheese-rind funk, and musty barnyard notes.
To Ol Peardon My French (Saison, 7.5% abv)
There’s a lot happening with this beer, so I’ll just let To Ol explain: “Cider-like Saison brewed with Pears and aged on Sauterne barrels. This crisp ale is straw coloured and sparkling using only Pilsner Malt and Unmalted Wheat, however we used Cider yeast and brewed it with Pears and used Calypso hops, to layer this beer with fruit flavours. This beer was then infused in Sauterne barrels, a sweet French wine, with Brett added into the barrels.” See?
Le Trou du Diable Baron Noir (Baltic Porter, 7% abv)
These guys make some of the best beers, in any style, on the planet. While normally focusing on saisons and sour ales, they can do pretty much anything, including Baltic Porters. A slightly strong porter fermented with a lager yeast, Baron Noir is clean and slightly doughy, with a flavor profile that mingles dark and milk chocolate alongside subtle coffee notes.
Alvinne Cuvee de Mortagne (Barleywine, 14% abv)
Alvinne is renowned–both in Belgium and, frankly, here at this bar–for their wide array of sour ales, but they’re no one-trick pony. Take this, for example, a behemoth of a barleywine aged in French Pomerol wine barrels. Unabashedly sweet and powerful, it wears its dark fruits on its sleeve, with massive fig, prune, and date notes, with just a hint of oaky dryness.
Cost is $25/person and, as always, you can stop in or give us a call to reserve your spot!