|The Siciliano Cup|
Tomorrow afternoon over one hundred craft beer enthusiasts will squeeze into the enclosed pavilion at Johnson Park for the awards ceremony for the Thirteenth Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition. The pleasure of draping gold, silver and bronze medals over the necks of wide-smiling homebrewers and the honor of presenting the Siciliano’s Cup to the beaming Best of Show winner are my favorite parts of the annual Siciliano’s homebrew parties. Having the opportunity to hang out with a group of truly wonderful people who share the common denominator of the love of hand-crafted beer comes in as a close second.
Jimmie Stagger and his bandmates will be providing some great entertainment at the party, the folks from Three Men and a Grill will be cooking up some excellent food and there will be plenty of stellar homemade beers, wines, ciders and meads to sample. I can’t think of too many better ways to spend a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in Beer City USA.
New and Returning Beer
- Founders Devil Dancer, $5.19/12oz - "When you dance with the Devil, the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBUs, it’s dry-hopped with ten hop varieties" (source).
- Paw Paw The Good, $2.29/12oz - "Double India Pale Ale" (source).
- The Bruery Tart of Darkness, $20.79/750ml - "Tart of Darkness is a sour stout that we aged in used oak barrels that previously housed beers such as Sucré™ or Black Tuesday®. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. This very special edition has an addition of tart cherries and sweet vanilla beans. The additional cherries help bring the fruit character of the Belgian-style yeast to the forefront while the vanilla matches flawlessly with the burnt roastiness of the malt" (source).
- The Bruery Poterie, $31.99/750ml - "Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly. Best stored and served around 55 degrees in a tulip, wine or hand-sculpted pottery glass" (source).
- Odd Side Wheatermelon, $2.29/12oz - "The perfect summer treat. A wheat ale brewed with tons of fresh cut watermelon" (source).
- Avery Twenty Three, $8.19/22oz - "Inspired by Brabant (remember that one?) and the goodness of its marriage of Brettanomyces fermentation and Belgian dark malts, we’ve crafted this celebratory wild ale using three strains of Bretts. Our house strain, Brettanomyces drie, brings loads of ripe stone fruit aromas to the mix. Brettanomyces bruxellensis lends the classic horsey and rustic aspects of a traditional wild ale, while Brettanomyces custersianus delivers massive tropical fruit essences to the flavor party. Add some beautiful, dark and robust Belgian specialty malts for caramel, chocolate and fig elements and you have this — our rendition of a Dark Farmhouse Ale" (source).
- Great Lakes Steady Rollin', $1.69/12oz - "A single-hopped session IPA brewed with Mosaic hops and inspired by the vibrant landscape of the Great Lakes region, Steady Rollin' is the perfect companion for cutting a new trail or rowing to a secluded bank with friends to kick back and watch the afternoon fade away. Fans of our Chillwave Double IPA will recognize the tropical fruit aromas and flavors of the Mosaic hop, which holds its own in Steady Rollin', adding tropical, fruity, and earthy aromas and flavors" (source).
- Short's Nicie, $1.99/12oz - "Nicie is an American Wheat Ale brewed with orange zest, lemon zest, coriander, and a hint of peppercorn. Orange-gold in color and light in body, Nicie is infused with the scents and flavors of fresh citrus. The subtle taste of coriander and spice of peppercorn makes this ale both refreshing and complex. Nicie is the perfect accompaniment to a summer day" (source).
- Short's Hopstache, $2.39/12oz - "Hopstache typifies the boldness that comes from American hop varieties. The aroma is dominated by fruity ale yeast esters and fragrant grapefruit tones. Initial malt sweetness is low, and citrus fruit and floral hop qualities overpower any other perceived flavors. Aided by the addition of grapefruit zest, the finish is a sharp hop shock that electrifies the mouth, but is not overly bitter" (source).
- Dogfish Head Pennsylvania Tuxedo, $2.89 - "A spruce-infused pale ale, Pennsylvania Tuxedo pays homage to the flannel-suited hunters and gatherers who dwell deep in the backcountry of north-central PA" (source).
- Dogfish Head Immortale, $4.29/12oz - "Pour this over pancakes. Vast in character, luscious and complex, Immort Ale was born at our brewpub in 1995 and made its way into bottles in 1997" (source).
- Avery Raspberry Sour, $13.79/750ml - "Sour ale with raspberries added. Aged in oak barrels. Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale" (source).
- Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, $14.39/750ml - "In honor of the 40th anniversary of the original release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis' 1970 paradigm-shifting landmark fusion breakthrough, we've created our own Bitches Brew -- a dark beer that's a fusion of three threads of imperial stout and one thread of honey beer with gesho root. It's a gustatory analog to Miles' masterpiece" (source).
- Avery Samael's, $8.99/12oz (1 per) - "Samael is the prince of demons, the angel of death, accuser and destroyer. Filled with enmity towards man, he planted the vine, the forbidden tree of paradise. Behold his venom and vengeance, both sweet and tempting, enticing you, his spellbound victim, within his wings" (source).
- Oberon Mini Kegs, 23.59/5L - "Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer bee" (source).
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