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Friday, November 17, 2017

New Beer Friday, Deer Camp Edition (November 17)

Nothing to fear from the Siciliano's
Preamble by Steve Siciliano

The deer in the vicinity of Irons, Michigan, will have nothing to fear this weekend from a group of men who will be gathering in a cabin in the woods.

Instead of stalking whitetail, they’ll be grilling short ribs, beef tenderloin and whole chickens. There will be loaves of crusty bread, cases of beer, jugs of cider, good bourbon and homemade wine. There will be poker games, cigar smoke, talking, laughing, bantering and good-natured ribbing around the camp fire.

The men might raise a toast to the relatives and friends who are gone, and they may reminisce a little about mid-November weekends past. They’ll probably add an episode or two to their collection of deer camp memories.

Here's to another year of deer camp. If you're heading out into the woods this weekend, be careful, have fun, and don't forget to stop by Siciliano's before you leave to.

New and Returning Beer

  • Atwater Bockefeller, $2.09/12oz - "Brewed with respect to the season, Atwater’s Winter Bock boasts the body and deep malt flavors matched with a warming, but well blended hint of alcohol. Extended aging reduces the sharpness and acidity typically apparent in strong ales" (source).
  • Atwater Christmas, $2.19/12oz - "Brewed with respect to the season, Atwater’s Winter Bock boasts the body and deep malt flavors matched with a warming, but well blended hint of alcohol. Extended aging reduces the sharpness and acidity typically apparent in strong ales" (source).
  • Vivant Ski Patrol, $3.79/16oz - "This crushable slopes-inspired beer complements our Michigan winters with a hazy golden pour and a warming spice on the nose. The cardamom sets this wit apart from the traditional corriander variety" (source).
  • Ellison Crescent Fresh, $3.29/16oz - "This IPA is packed with American hops that are added to every stage of the brewing process. Big notes of citrus in the aroma are complimented by a smooth bitterness and crisp, piney finish. We added a f*** ton of hops to this beer in hopes that we please even the pickiest of hop heads" (source).
  • North Pier Old Shuck, $2.99/16oz  - "This deep dark brew is an ode to Old Shuck, the ghostly demon dog that roamed the countryside in 16th century England. Big coffee aromas pairs perfectly with a late addition of earthy English hops, making this the perfect roasty ale to drink all year round" (source).
  • Stone Fyodor's, $17.49/500ml - "A special batch of classic Stone Imperial Russian Stout, a rich, massively aromatic beer with notes of black currants, coffee and roastiness, was brewed to create this barrel-aged beauty" (source).
  • Stone Mikhail's, $17.49/500ml - "Like the classic version, this Odd Year edition was brewed in the authentic, historical style, but with the addition of espresso beans, producing roasty bitterness and deep, rich coffee flavors" (source).
  • Uinta Rise and Pine, $1.69/12oz - "Juniper and piney hops build the framework for this bold dark ale. With its assertive bitterness and smooth malt finish, this beer stands tall above the rest" (source).
  • Anchorage Rondy, $17.49/750ml - "Rondy Brew is a saison brewed with Citra hops, fermented with Saison yeast" (source).
  • Fantome de Noel, $15.49/750ml - "A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients" (source).
  • Fantome Hiver, $15.49/750ml - "Fantôme’s winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can’t so for sure what this year’s beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany’s beers" (source).
  • Nogne-O/Stone/Jolly Pumpkin Holiday Ale, $10.89/500ml - "This collaboration ale by Jolly Pumpkin, Nøgne-Ø, and Stone was brewed with ingredients indigenous to the area where each brewery is located. It contains Michigan chestnuts, Norwegian juniper berries, and white sage from Southern California. It also brewed with caraway seeds, malted oats and 25% rye malt" (source).
  • Left Hand Bittersweet Nitro, $3.69/12oz  - "OUR BIG, AGGRESSIVE Bittersweet stout is made smooth and even creamier with the help of tiny nitrogen bubbles that are released when you poured hard. The coffee’s dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones weave into the rich, imperial milk stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue. Bitter then sweet. Sweet then bitter. It’s Bittersweet" (source).
  • Left Hand Midnight Wheat Saison, $2.99/16oz - "Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness with Colorado barley and midnight wheat" (source).
  • Heavy Seas Partner Ship Mad Tree Wee Heavy, $9.69/22oz - "With Burundi Mpanga coffee from Deeper Roots in Cincinnati, Ethiopian Harrar coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. in Baltimore and cocoa nibs from Maverick Chocolate in Cincinnati, this robust brew is loaded with local flavor. Deep mahogany in color with layers of malt, chocolate, and roasted complexity" (source).
  • Odd Side Peanut Butter Cup Stout, $2.89/12oz - "A rich stout made with real peanut butter" (source).
  • Odd Side Pink Dank Juice, $2.59/12oz - "Dank Juice, our East Coast IPA, with Pink Guava" (source).
  • Elysian Bifrost, $2.19/12oz - "The rainbow bridge made from fire, air and water, used by the gods to travel from the world tree, Yggdrasil, to the heavens. Asgard. Brewed with Pale malt and small amounts of Munich and Crystal malts. Bittered with Centennial, finished with Amarillo and Styrian Goldings hops. Strong, hoppy, and smööth" (source).
  • Roak Chestnut Porter, $2.09/12oz - "Chestnut Maple Porter" (source).
  • Roak Flavorful 5, $4.99/16oz - "New England style DIPA" (source).

Video of the Week | Deer Camp Traditions

"At deer camp we eat pasties."


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