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Friday, April 27, 2012

New Beer Friday - April 27 Edition

Southern Tier 2X Milk Stout
By Chris Siciliano

With judging complete in the homebrew contest, it's time we turn our full attention to the homebrew party. Yes we know we've been peppering you with near daily reminders. But think how bad we'd feel if the party came and went and somebody missed it for some unnecessary failure on our part. Anyway here's a quick rundown of what (and what not) to expect at this year's celebration.

Do expect lots of great beer, mostly homebrewed, served up and shared amongst 150 or so like-minded individuals. Do not expect kegs of Bartles & James Wild Berry Spritzer.

Do expect great food and live entertainment and also to take home a selection of party favors including a Siciliano's beer mug, guaranteed to make you the envy of all your friends. Do not expect magical winged creatures to scoop you up at party's end to deliver you safely to your home. Arrange for a DD or cab to do the driving instead.

Do expect more reminders from us to come as the party approaches. Do not expect tickets to remain until the very last minute. Supplies are limited; get your tickets today!

New (and Returning) Beer

  • Saugatuck Brewing Neapolitan Milk Stout, $1.99/12oz - "Dark roasty notes balanced with creamy flavors of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla" (source).
  • Southern Tier Double 2X Milk Stout, $1.99/12oz - "We couldn’t stop at a traditional milk stout. Ours is a double, an addition to our 2X line, and at 7.5% abv is every bit as delicious as it sounds" (source).
  • Magic Hat Elder Betty, $1.59/12oz - "A weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor balanced by a touch of hops and complimented by tart berry flavors of elderberry" (source).
  • Brooklyn Summer Ale, $1.69/12oz - "Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's. They were also called "luncheon ales" or even "family ales", because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy. We brew our Brooklyn Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, $1.89/12oz (cans & bottles) - "This unique copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Brother David's Double, $8.19/22oz - "Winner of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal, Brother David’s Double is rich, dark brown ode to maltiness, with rich dark-chocolate creaminess, and the scent of banana and tropical fruit esters. Faint hop notes linger in the background against classic belgian carbonation" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Brother David's Triple, $8.19/22oz - "Brother David’s Triple features a bright, dry fragrance, with aroma overtones of malt, fruit, and freshly mown fields. A 10% ABV ale, it is balanced by a rich malt backbone, spicy hops, and fruity yeast esters. Surprisingly light bodied, the brewers add candy sugar during the brewing process to add alcohol and a medium-high carbonation" (source).
Picture of the Week

Grey Dove oyster mushrooms, mid-growth.
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