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Friday, July 7, 2017

New Beer Friday, Perdomo Habano Edition (July 7)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

The environs of Beer City USA have been blessed with some great summer weather lately and according to the forecasters there is more of the same on the way. Conditions should be ideal this weekend for one of my favorite warm weather pastimes — evening backyard deck sitting with a cold beverage and a good cigar. This summer I've been mixing my G&Ts primarily with excellent Junipero gin  ($29.99/750ml), and lately my evening smoke of choice has been a Perdomo Habano Sun Grown Churchill.

This medium-bodied, hour-long smoke features rich earthy flavors and subtle hints of spice. The Nicaraguan leaf wrappers in Perdomo's Habano series are aged for six years before being placed in bourbon barrels for an additional fourteen months of maturing. While the barrels impart no flavors or aromas of whiskey to the leaf, they do provide an excellent environment for aging tobacco and allow the wrappers to acquire a distinctly aromatic taste.

The Perdomo Habano series is also offered in Connecticut and Maduro wrappers and is available at Siciliano's in the following sizes and prices.

    • Robusto, 5 x 54, $6.59
    • Epicure, 6 x 54, $6.99
    • Torpedo,  6 ½ x 54, $7.19
    • Churchill, 7 x 54, $7.39

New and Returning Beer

  • Rockford Brewing Hoplust IPA, $1.99/12oz - "Hoplust is a profoundly hoppy and craft-style West Coast IPA! An intense bouquet of fresh hops will greet you on the nose.  Bursting tropical, citrus and piney flavors then explode on your palette.  Our approach to this IPA focuses more toward satisfying your craving for hop flavor than ramping up the bitterness. Using a proprietary blend of six hop varieties results in a unique, hoppy, flavor experience" (source).
  • Alesmith Speedway Stout, $8.59/16oz - "A HUGE Imperial Stout with coffee added for a little extra kick, jet black with a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavor" (source).
  • Alesmith Orange X Pale, $2.39/12oz - "Extra pale ale with oranges" (source).
  • Alesmith Spezial Pils, $2.39/12oz - "Inspired by classic European lagers, our entire Brewing Team got together to create this truly collaborative beer that captures the essence of European tradition. The result, Spezial Pils, is our take on a German-style pilsner with a pleasant balance between light, grainy malt and spicy, floral hops. We lager it at freezing temperatures for an extended period to round out its delicate flavors and improve drinkability. The finish is crisp and clean with a pleasant dryness and subtle bitterness" (source).
  • Short's Power of Love, $2.39/12oz - "Power of Love is a truly unique pink-colored Shandy created by blending Northwoods Soda & Syrup Co. Gourmet Lemonade and a Wheat Ale brewed with raspberry and rosemary. Enticing sugary aromas intermix with appealing citrus and herb fragrances. Very sweet lemon flavors give way to a shock of tart raspberry before turning sharply dry, as if eating a piece of grapefruit" (source).
  • Arbor Cucumber Lime Gose, $2.89/12oz - "A Gose with cucumber and lime peel" (source).
  • Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Toonilla, $4.49/12oz - "Cream stout brewed with coffee from Dark Street Roasting Company and vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels" (source).

Weekly Video | How to Make a Gin & Tonic

A solid tutorial on making gin & tonics, just in case.


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