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Friday, March 16, 2018

New Beer Friday, Homebrew Party Edition (March 16)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

The annual Siciliano's Homebrew Party will be held this year on Saturday, May 19, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the enclosed shelter at Johnson Park. We are making major changes to the format of one of Beer City USA's most popular home brewing events. The following are the pertinent details:

The event will be free of charge and participants do not need tickets to attend. The party will be family friendly (children are welcome) and will be more of an open house and picnic style format. Participants should bring their own food, paper plates and eating utensils and some homebrew to drink and share. If you are not a homebrewer simply bring a six-pack or two of your favorite beer. In addition to securing the venue, Siciliano's will be providing solo cups and bottled water.

The Best-of-Show winner of the Siciliano's Cup will be announced at 4:00 pm.
Just a reminder that entry registration for the Fifteenth Annual Siciliano's Homebrew Competition opens on Monday, March 19. Go here for competition details.

New and Returning Beer

  • Evil Twin Hazelnut Imperial Biscotti Break, $4.39/16oz - "Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut Break is an 11.5 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with both coffee and chili along with hazelnut and vanilla extracts. While the stout is similar to the beer Evil Twin created exclusively for New York-based DeCicco Family Markets in 2013, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, owner of Evil Twin, told Tenemu in an email it is “not 100%” the same beer" (source).
  • Evil Twin Kolata IPA, $3.89/16oz - "IPA with lactose, pineapple and coconut" (source).
  • Evil Twin Molotov Surprise #3, $3.29/12oz - "This triple IPA w/ peaches is the newest addition to the rotational "Molotov Surprise" series" (source).
  • Evil Twin No Hero, $2.99/16oz - "An alien-like outsider, always flirting with oddity and exploring anxiety and paranoia. A style chameleon, a wonderful labyrinth and truly a transcendent genius. It’s impossible not to idolize out of proportion. This is a stout. It may not be a hero but it’s attractive, clever and hungry for stardom" (source).
  • Evil Twin Rhubarb Compote, $5.49/16oz - "Rhubarb is without a doubt my favorite vegetable. i have wanted to brew with it for years but never got around to it. until now! i don’t know about you, but this is my most anticipated evil twin beer in a long time" (source).
  • New Belgium Blackberry Whiskey Barrel-Aged Oscar, $15.99/375ml - "Oscar Aged in Blackberry Whiskey Barrels is a dark sour ale aged in blackberry-flavored whiskey barrels. It's part of our Wood Cellar Reserve series, a collection of rare, small-batch wild and sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America. From individual barrel expressions, fruit and spice experimentation and fermentation explorations, the Wood Cellar Reserve represents our most ambitious efforts in our two biggest passions – wood and beer. The beer inside contains the longest, continuous souring culture in America and will develop in the bottle for up to five years. Each batch is bottled-conditioned and 100% naturally carbonated, allowing for the perfect texture and carbonation that our blenders intended for this beer" (source).
  • Omnipollo Belgo, $5.19/12oz - "Belgian-style IPA" (source).
  • Omnipollo Fatamorgana, $4.09/12oz - "Drawing inspiration from the fidelity of a saison — rustic, alluringly cloudy and crisp — this imperial IPA was brewed using oats and wheat. Dry-hopped twice and completely untouched post fermentation to preserve aroma and flavor" (source).
  • Petoskey Robusta Nut, $2.59/16oz - "Robust porter, brewed with shredded coconut amd cocoa nibs, meshing nicely with the rich coffee undertones" (source).
  • Revolution Galaxy-Hero, $2.39/12oz - "Brewed for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, this IPA shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish. This IPA has big hop flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and citrus" (source).
  • Stillwater Strobe Lights, $5.69/16oz - "Double dry-hopped india pale ale" (source).
  • Stillwater/Oliver Trendsetter, $4.09/12oz - "Kettle sour IPA, dry hopped with Pacific Gem and Hallertau Blanc. Notes of dried apricot, overripe plum and caramel fruit cake … an Autumnal delight" (source).
  • Stillwater/Oliver Whipped Nitro Mango IPA, $5.49/16oz - "Nitro Double IPA brewed with over 500lbs of pureed mangos, vanilla bean, and lactose, then double dry hopped with over 130lbs of Citra and Simcoe hops" (source).
  • Short's Obliviate, $2.59/12oz - "Obliviate is a caramel brown colored Belgian Quadrupel with fruity aromatics of black cherry and apple, alongside the looming presence of notable alcohol vapors. Sweet brown sugar and hard candy flavors transition quickly to a warming, almost hot mouthfeel. The lingering effect of the high alcoholic strength creates a slight dryness, as if it evaporates from the palate" (source).
  • Blackrocks Murray Project, $3.39/12oz - "Named after our mash tun (which has a giant Bill Murray headshot on it), the Murray Project is an explosion of bright, tropical aromas with a malt profile that would have goldilocks saying just right" (source).
  • Boulder Shake, $1.99/12oz - "Our twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is dark black in color with rich, sweet aromatics and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. This unique brew blends five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel" (source).
  • Lagunitas Lucky 13, $5.19/22oz - "From the first day of the first mash of the first recipe in the first brewhouse in the first space to these coordinates on the cone of space-time; We have worked hard to walk in the footsteps of our hero brewers. Now we have found our own voice as brewers but our admiration for the Great Ones has not dimmed one bit. If we walked well down the hero’s path, perhaps we too have been an inspiration for others. Beer is a Bronze Age business and we feel honored to leave our footprints on it’s path into history- at the same time leaving our flavors on your buds. Obey those Buds! Thanks for your trust over the years and we hope you enjoy this specially brewed Hi-Gravity Auburn offering. Beer Speaks, People Mumble" (source).

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