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Friday, September 7, 2012

New Beer Friday - September 7 Edition

By Chris Siciliano

With temps in the 80s all week, it would appear that summer is unwilling to let go. But judging by the shelves at Siciliano's, you'd think we were already well into fall. This year, September arrived with more pumpkin beers than ever. As for big belly-warming stouts, well, as you can see by the picture, those are coming too.

Another pleasant indication that fall is on its way is the week-long sale on homebrew and winemaking supplies at Siciliano's. This year's big sale begins on Monday, September 10th, and continues all week, ending on Saturday, 15th. Find more details by clicking here. Continue reading to see the newest arrivals to our shelves.

New (and Returning) Beers

  • Founders Breakfast Stout, $2.59/12oz - "The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever" (source).
  • Short's Noble Chaos, $1.69/12oz - "A German style Marzen (Oktoberfest) that is brewed in March, but released in mid September to allow this amber lager to mature fully for optimal drinking enjoyment. A subtle hop bouquet and toasted caramel malt flavors create a well balanced beer that finishes fresh and clean. With a pleasant nose and medium body, this brew is a taste of the season" (source).
  • Sam Adams Dark Depths, $6.19/22oz - "Dark, and fierce, this English porter was transformed, from a mild ale to a dark and complex lager that confounds definition. Immersed in dark, roasted malts and a bold citrus hop character, these big and contrasting flavors are brought together with the smoothness of a lager for a brew that’s rugged, mysterious, and full of flavor" (source).
  • Sam Adams Tasman Red, $5.09/22oz - "Bold, lively, and a bit rugged This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded and smooth with a dry and citrusy hop finish" (source).
  • Fox Barrel English Perry, $2.69/16oz - "100% Made In England. 100% pressed and naturally fermented in England. Made with only premium pears, smoothed with pure pear juice. No added flavors, colorants, malt, spirit or apple alcohols. No sorbate or benzoate preservatives. 100% Pearfection. A truly sessionable, classic English medium-dry natural Perry. Juicy, fresh, medium-bodied, with a subtle citrus zing and a long natural pear finish" (source).
  • Woodchuck Pumpkin, $1.99/12oz - "Every once in a while you know you stumble upon something glorious. That something just so happens to be our Private Reserve Pumpkin. We have combined our signature taste with a refreshing pumpkin finish. Limited to just two and half hours on the production line this is a true connoisseur's cider" (source).
  • Southern Tier Iniquity, $7.79/22oz - "Southern Tier Iniquity is an Imperial Black IPA, which is also called an Imperial India Brown Ale. This is a style that seems to be increasing in popularity. The hexagram talisman has been used around the world for centuries to invoke magic and good luck. Wishes of good fortune often collaborate with the brewer’s creative to yield dramatic results. We carefully chose the name for this Imperial IBA, Iniquity - a word opposing goodness. Why? This beer is contrary to what one might expect from an IPA; this is an ale as black as night. It is the antithesis of Unearthly. Some may consider it an immoral act to blacken an ale. We suggest they don’t rely on conventional standards. Allow the darkness to consume you. Iniquity weighs in at 9% alcohol by volume. It uses four different hops and 2-row pale malt along with debittered black malt in it’s brewing" (source).
Picture of the Week

Doug and John, working up a sweat
as they unload product for the big sale.


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