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Friday, June 19, 2015

New Beer Friday, Father's Day Edition (June 19)

By Steve Siciliano

I doubt that anyone needs to be reminded that this Sunday is a holiday. But in case you’re still trying to decide what gifts to give to those very special men in your life I’d be happy to offer a few suggestions.

If your father, stepfather or grandfather enjoys craft beer, a mixed six pack or twelve pack of hand-crafted brews hand-picked from one of Beer City USA’s best bottle shop is sure to put a smile on his face.

Perhaps the old man enjoys two fingers of good bourbon, rye or scotch with an occasional cigar. In that case you might consider picking up a unique offering from our ever-expanding inventory of quality spirits and a few hand-rolled, premium cigars from our walk-in humidor.

If pops is an aficionado of fine wines, you can choose a few nice bottles of cab, merlot, chardonnay or even Spanish rosé from our well stocked wine room. (Yes, real men drink rosés.)

If the patriarch has been thinking about delving into the hobbies of homebrewing or winemaking, this would be the perfect time to buy him a beer- or winemaking equipment kit. If he’s already taken the plunge into these life-enriching hobbies, you could pick him up some additional equipment or ingredients from the store that has the largest inventory of beer- and winemaking supplies in West Michigan.

And if you’re still having trouble deciding, a gift card from one of the area’s premier specialty stores is always a nice option.

On behalf of the entire staff at Siciliano’s Market I’d like to wish dads everywhere a happy Father’s Day.

New and Returning Beer

  • Brewery Vivant Dubbelicious, $3.39/16oz - "Dark and Caramel malts and a high temperature fermentation produce a mahogany pour with aromas of plum and raisin and a rich nutty finish" (source).
  • Blackrocks Honey Lav, $1.79/12oz - "This is our summer seasonal beer. An American Wheat brewed with Michigan honey and full lavender flowers. A Fresh and flavorful ale with a great balance between the floral lavender and sweet honey. Available May-August" (source).
  • Tapistry Hansel Hefe, $7.19/22oz - "Hansel is a light German hefeweizen with a strong dose of wheat malt. Golden in color and completely sessionable, Hansel will lure you with its gorgeous head and sensational aroma. Subtle notes of banana can be detected. Pairs well with sunshine" (source).
  • Great Lakes Sharpshooter, $1.69/12oz - "Inspired by Ohio’s “little sure shot” Annie Oakley, our Session Wheat IPA is peppered with rounds of whole orange peel and fully loaded with Jarrylo hops" (source).
  • Short's Hopstache, $1.99/12oz - "Hopstach 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).
  • Laguinitas CitruSinensis, $2.19/12oz - "We took some fresh Sanguinello Blood oranges, juiced 'em, concentrated that juice (without heat) and threw it into a wheatier version of our New Dogtown Pale Ale. The end result? A refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst" (source).
  • Not Your Father's Root Beer (ABV 5.9%), $1.99/12oz - "Silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don't typically drink beer but crave something unique. ABV 5.9%" (source).
  • Destihl Abbey's Single, $1.99/12oz - "A Belgian-style abbey ale crafted like those that Trappist monks brew for their own session beer. It is light bodied, light in color and relatively lower in alcohol with spicy phenolics and complex fruity esters of cherries, nectarines, peaches and bubblegum with a characteristic slightly tart and dry finish from the Belgian yeast" (source).
  • Destihl Hoperation Overload, $2.99/12oz - "Our mission for this Imperial or ’Double’ India Pale Ale is to overload the beer with hops for an intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma while still being balanced by a big malt profile, resulting in a hoppy beer with more dimension. This beer is light copper in color with some hop haze from overloading with dry hops as well" (source).
  • Destihl Vertex, $2.29/12oz - "This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma without the balance of caramel malts like our Midwest-style Baldock IPA. It has medium-high alcohol content, high fruity, floral and citrus-like American-varietal hop character, deep golden color and medium maltiness" (source).
  • Destihl Here Gose Nothin, $2.89/12oz - "Our Leipzig-Style Gose undergoes a spontaneous fermentation, similar to Belgian-style gueuze/lambic beers, and exhibits a complexity of acidic, flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeasts and bacteria in the fermentation. A primary difference between Belgian Gueuze and German-style Gose is that Gose is served at a much younger age. Gose is pale gold in color, has a fuller mouthfeel from added oats, and its hop character and malt flavors & aromas are negligible. Lemony and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palate as well as the spicy character of added coriander and some mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt as is traditionally common in this style. The beer’s lactic acid character is evident as a sharp, refreshing sourness, and it is typically enjoyed fresh, carbonated and cloudy with yeast character" (source).
  • Atwater Hop-a-peel, $1.99/16oz - "A frontal assault on the American IPA style that features not only the classic American Cascade and Chinook hops, but two of the new “Super Cascade” varieties in both the kettle and in the dry hop. Dried and ground orange peel is added to the whirlpool to deliver a citric bittering that sets HopApeel apart from the masses" (source).

Video of the Week | The Catch

Toss that man a beer. Amazing.


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