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Thursday, February 21, 2013

New Beer Friday, February 22 Edition

Distorter Porter from Greenbush Brewing
By Hey Kevin

Today the beer gods smile upon us, my friends. Not only is the Michigan Winter Beer Fest just a few short hours away, Siciliano's is pleased to present one of the most beer-packed NBF's in recent memory. This week's list of new suds features 35—count them—35 new beers, including our first-ever delivery from Greenbush Brewing Co.

You'll forgive us then for cutting short the NBF preface for this week. There are simply too many beers to get through. And anyway, what's left to say besides this: Be safe and have fun at the Winter Beer Fest, everyone. Save a turkey leg for your old friends at Siciliano's!

New (and Returning) Beer 

  • Greenbush Brother Benjamin, $3.49/12oz - "This beer was developed as a collaboration with Mark Richman, the lucky winner of the Taste of the Nation "brewer for a day" silent auction item. This is one monster of an imperial IPA, brewed with a bit of honey and beet sugar" (source).
  • Greenbush Closure, $1.79/12oz - "Ready to put the past behind you and reach for something new? Our Closure Pale Ale features a different hop variety each and every time we brew a batch, so when you’re prepared to move on, you don’t have to go very far" (source).
  • Greenbush Distorter, $1.79/12oz - "A stout-ish porter with a touch of porter-ish stout. Accepting the fact that we live in confusing times, Greenbush offers up it’s own "ball of confusion," with Distorter - a robust porter blurring the lines between a porter and a stout. Have a bottle or get therapy" (source).
  • Greenbush Anger, $1.79/12oz - "A haughty black ipa with a bit of pent-up attitude for those "special" days. Our addicting little black IPA using Belgian dark malts and dry-hopped for intense aroma. 7.6% ABV and 85 IBU’s. Release some bottled-up Anger and learn to enjoy life a little" (source).
  • Greenbush Dunegrass, $1.79/12oz - "A justly hopped ipa with absolutely no dunegrass. Combining west coast and noble hops to create our own IPA with a shining finish. And, as an environmental treat, absolutely no dunegrass was killed in order to make our fine beer, so drink up!" (source).
  • Lakefront Wheat Monkey, $1.49/12oz - "Wheat Monkey Ale captures the fresh, unfiltered spontaneity of our brewers’ creativity. Crisp and refreshing year-round, this American Wheat Ale pours a lazy, hazy golden color. Its large, white, foamy head can be attributed to the generous amount of malted white wheat added to the mash. The aroma is enhanced by our fruity house ale yeast and its fresh baked bread flavors are perfectly balanced with a Cascade hop addition" (source).
  • Aiko Super Brew 15, $3.69/500ml - "15 worthy beers competed at the famed Martens Brewery for the honor to be exported to the US. The last, 15th entry came out the winner. Super Brew 15 was selected for its exquisite equilibrium of taste, the result of a harmonious combination of specific beer components and special double fermentation process. This unique beer, known in the Anglo-Saxon world since the eleventh century as Barley Wine, has been prized by true connoisseurs for the past millennium" (source).
  • New Holland Monkey King, $1.79/12oz - "A soft, medium-body saison with subtle pepper character and fruity undertones. Pairings: shellfish, spiced cheeses and citrus-laden vinaigrettes" (source).
  • New Holland Blue Sunday, $14.39/22oz - "This unique anniversary libation, heritage-blended from our library of barrel-soured beers, exhibits deeply layered flavors of malt and oak, with a tart finish" (source).
  • Troubador Obscura, $4.29/11.2oz - "Troubadour Obscura is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale with 8,5 % alc. and refermentation in the bottle. Poured in the special glass, Troubadour Obscura has a nice creamy foam head. The beer has a malty character with a nice little roasty flavour. Troubadour Obscura has a mild bitterness, which is a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Troubadour Obscura has a mainly malty aroma. The smell of roasted, burned wood is completed by a light chocolate touch. Troubadour Obscura is produced with 4 different types of malt, hops, yeast and water" (source).
  • Troubador Magma, $8.39/750ml - "A Triple IPA wich Czech bittering hops and Simcoe for Dry-hopping. Made by De Proef for Drie Musketeers, Ursel" (source).
  • Reissdorf Kolsch, $4.29/16.9oz - "Reissdorf Kölsch is the beer speciality from Cologne with a tradition starting 1894. A Kölsch with a pleasant, full-bodied, and uniquely light and sweet taste in premium quality, that is brewed for the adepts who prefer something special" (source).
  • Morland Tanner Jack, $2.19/12oz - "A smooth-tasting ale enhanced to offer an elegant happy floral nose, a nutty malty palate and a lingering malty sweetness" (source).
  • Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet, $4.69/11.2oz - "First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley. Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness" (source).
  • Bosteels Deus Brut des Flandres, $34.09/750ml - "First brewed at Bosteels, transfered to the Champagne region of France were it is treated much like a champagne with the bottles inverted and the yeast expunged and bottle recorked" (source).
  • Eerie Brewing Co. Ol' Red Cease & Desist, $2.09/12oz - "Wee Heavy Ale: Powerful caramel malt flavor, finishing climatically with a smooth warming sensation. Deep Red" (source).
  • Kasteel Rouge, $4.59/11.2oz - "Belgian ale with cherries and cherry juice added" (source).
  • Silly Pink Killer, $4.59/11.2oz - "Fruity and thirst-quenching, sweet yet not sickly, Pink Killer is a beer based on malt, wheat and pink grapefruit, which explains its very unique colour and the hint of bitterness typical of this fruit, in turn quenching the biggest of thirsts with a flavoursome taste" (source).
  • Silly Saison, $4.59/11.2oz - "Saison style top fermentation old brown beer. Its taste is remarkable, light and favourably combined to offer a tone that is both modestly sweetened and fruity, leaving the mouth with a refreshing feel as is constantly asked of it" (source).
  • Hue Beer, $2.29/12oz - "Long-standing European influence show through in this clean, export-style Pils lager. Pale golden in color with snowy white foam, Hue is well-hopped enough tot stand up to spicy, intense southeast Asian fare and pairs well with a wide variety o f rice, noodles and curried dishes" (source).
  • Shipyard Export, $1.79/12oz - "The Shipyard Brewing Company's flagship beer, is a full bodied ale, with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle and distinctive hope taste, and a very clean and traditional finish" (source).
  • Baltika No. 3, $2.59/16.9oz - "Baltika Classic is a foamy, golden brew with a delicate flavor of hops and first-class malt" (source).
  • Baltika No. 4, $2.59/16.9oz - "A dark beer produced using caramel and rye malts. This combination of ingredients endows the beer with a harmonious hint of bread flavors and the specific aroma of caramel malt" (source).
  • Baltika No. 6, $2.59/16.9oz - "A traditional dark beer based on old recipes. "Baltika" brews this beer with the best dark and light malts with the addition of superior hop types and a special strain of yeast. Crystal-clear water and the secret touch of "Baltika"'s brewers make this a beer of unsurpassable quality" (source).
  • Baltika No. 7, $2.59/16.9oz - "The Baltika No. 7 beer is made from selective malt and rare hops and is distinguished for its special softness and fullness" (source).
  • Piraat, $12.89/750ml - "Piraat is a wickedly rich and rounded brew that packs a mighty punch. The powerful glow builds up from inside. Deep golden with a subtle haze. Lots of hops and malt. Mild sweetness. Reminiscent of bread dough, spices and tropical fruits" (source).
  • St. Louis Gueze Fond Tradition, $7.39/375ml - "Belgian lambic gueuze, Tart and effervescent, sour and citrusy with a bret funkiness in the finish" (source).
  • Einbecker, $30.09/5-liter Mini-keg - "Einbecker Brauherren Pils is the slightly tangy Premium-Pils-specialty from Einbecker Brauhaus AG, which is highly regarded by both Pils lovers and real connoisseurs. The unique Einbecker-bottle stands out among other beers on the market, especially with over 600 years of Einbecker experience in the art of brewing fine beers behind it" (source).
  • L'Abbaye Val-Dieu Triple, $9.29/750ml - "Val-Dieu Triple from Brasserie De L'Abbaye Du Val-Dieu is a triple ale from Cistercian Abbey du Val-Dieu with a color of golden plums, very delicate aroma, nutty, clean maltiness, and a drying finish reminiscent of garden mint" (source).
  • Sprecher Abbey Triple, $2.29/12oz - "We started with a Trappist Triple yeast culture and carefully blended Belgian pale barley malt with traditional malted wheat and oats to produce a delectable golden ale. This special brew is aged 12 weeks creating a fruity nad refined taste with a huge bouqet, light body, and a very smooth, non-bitter finish" (source).
  • Stone Old Guardian, $6.99/22oz - "A beautiful bold barley wine. Massive malt and hop notes. Silver Medal winner at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in the Barley Wine category. Gold Medal winner at the 2002 World Beer Championships in the Barley Wine Category. Look for it in the first quarter of each new year. Can be cellared or enjoyed upon its release" (source).
  • Frankenmuth Imperial Stout, $24.19/1litre - "Frankenmuth Brewery’s 2013 Imperial Stout will be bottled in limited supply and released to the public starting in February. With only 1,313 bottles of Imperial Stout being made in our Michigan brewery, this new brew is guaranteed to go fast! Michigan beer lovers will not want to miss out on these amazing hand-numbered 1 liter flip-top bottles" (source).
  • Right Brain Looping Owl, $8.99/22oz - "A small batch brew of Amber Ale aged in Grand Traverse Distillery whiskey barrels. If you like Bourbon, Cigars, or Smoking Jackets this is the brew for you" (source).
  • Right Brain Fat Lad Imperial Stout, $8.99/22oz - "Toasty-toasty chocolate stout with a big finish" (source).
  • Right Brain Igor, $8.99/22oz - "This rich imperial brown ale is to be respected, not only for its high gravity, but for its complex and moody flavor. Smooth, malty and full-bodied. Dig deep into notes of warm earth and dried fruit and uncover the essence of Igor" (source).
Picture of the Week

Winter, somewhere in Michigan


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