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Friday, March 18, 2016

New Beer Friday, Let's Party Edition (March 18)

ATTENTION: The deadline for signing up for the 13th Annual Homebrew Party is Monday, May 9th at 12 Noon. Don't miss out on all the fun — Get your tickets today!

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

The Siciliano’s Homebrew Party will be held this year on Saturday, May 21, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the enclosed shelter at Johnson Park. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 11. Seating is limited so if you plan on attending this homebrew event — one of Beer City USA’s most popular — you are encouraged to buy your tickets early. Here are the pertinent details:

    • Bring some homebrew to drink and share. If you are not a homebrewer simply bring a six-pack or two of your favorite beer.
    • Tickets are $45.00 and must be paid in advance with cash, check or credit card either in person at Siciliano's Market or over the phone. Tickets purchased over the phone may be picked up on the day of the party.
    • Please note that party attendees will again be receiving T-shirts this year and we will be asking for sizes at the time you purchase your ticket. If you are purchasing tickets for a spouse, friend, family member or significant other, you will need to know the correct size. Please don’t guess.
    • Snacks and munchies will be provided and brats, hamburgers and sides will be served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
    • Attendees will receive a logoed Siciliano’s tasting glass at the time of check-in.
    • Entertainment will be provided by Jimmie Stagger.
    • Score sheets for the Thirteenth Annual Homebrew Competition will be available for pick-up. Medals will be presented and the Best-of-Show winner of the Siciliano’s Cup will be announced at 4:30 pm. Score sheets for those not attending the party will be available for pick-up at the store on May 22. If you live outside the Grand Rapids area and would like your scoresheet (and medal) mailed to you, contact
Just a reminder that entry registration for the Thirteenth Annual Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition is now open. Go here for Competition details.

The beer is always flowing at Siciliano's homebrew parties

New and Returning Beer

  • Blackrocks Flying Sailor, $2.09/12oz - "This beer has been an employee/pub favorite for the last few years. Falconer's Flight hops hold up against the spicy, peppery, full-body from the crystal rye malt. No lack of flavor here, so quit playing with your dingey and round the break-wall" (source).
  • Coronado / Bear Republic Mer Bear, $8.29/22oz - "By land and by sea, MerBear Rye IPA is a unique union of styles. Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc, Centennial, and Equinox hops lend to the beer’s pungent, fruity character that ends on a spicy, malty caramel backbone. Rarely seen, yet never ignored, it’s an unforgettably full-bodied ale, carefully crafted for those particularly audacious craft beer drinkers" (source).
  • Founders Rubaeus Ruby Cube, $19.39/9-pack - "Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. This stunning berry-red masterpiece is the perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing. No question about it, this beer is 100% Founders" (source).
  • Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker, $2.09/12oz - "We’ve kicked it up a notch by adding a tropical twist to this refreshing ale. Get amped on Passion Fruit Kicker—a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, smooth brew with sweet, tart, fruity flavor. We layer passion fruit tea and passion fruit juice with wheat malt and 2-row malted barley to bring you this exhilarating crowd pleaser. Your palate will do a 360 for more of this luscious wheat ale" (source).
  • Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style, $2.09/12oz - "Enjoy a SoCal summer year-round with Tangerine Soul Style IPA. This delectable brew is a one way ticket to taste bud paradise. Relax and take in the brilliant, golden color and fresh aroma of effervescent tangerine. Tangerine zest carries throughout, accented by bright, floral, tropical flavors and a juicy finish. Brewed with American malts and a blend of Citra and Cascade hops, this is a beautiful brew to behold" (source).
  • Green Flash Dia De Los Serranos, $8.49/22oz (1 per) - "Turn up the heat with our Dia de los Serranos Double Stout. With rich layers of flavor reminiscent of your abuela’s celebrated mole recipe, this Double Stout reveals notes of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet bakers chocolate with a caliente kick of fresh Serrano Chiles. Paired with spicy foods or BBQ, it’s delicioso" (source).
  • Perrin Pack of Problems, $20.99/12pk 12oz - "The “Pack of Problems” is an IPA variety pack containing four 12oz. cans of each: 98 Problems IPA, No Problems “A Session IPA” and Lotsa’ Problems Imperial IPA" (source).
  • Great Lakes Turntable Pils, $1.69/12oz - "Flip that record and wax nostalgic about Ohio's deep-cut music legacy with our refreshing pilsner. Consider this our reissue of a classic style" (source).
  • O'Fallons Wheach, $1.79/12oz - "Imagine our smooth, clean wheat beer with a touch of peach and you get the idea behind O’Fallon Wheach, our peach wheat beer. Refreshing and crisp, it’s perfect for warm summer weather" (source).
  • Hofbräu München Maibock, $2.09/12oz - "By tradition, the first barrel of Maibock is tapped in the Hofbräuhaus in the last week of April, in time for the merry month of May. The success story of Munich’s oldest bock beer goes back as far as 1614. With its powerfully aromatic flavour and its alcoholic content of some 7.2% volume, Hofbräu Maibock marks one of the high points in the beer-lover’s calendar" (source).
  • Lagunitas Equinox, $4.79/22oz - "A creamy, pale oat ale hopped up with a huge charge of Equinox and Simcoe hops for a piney, eucalyptusy, cedary, sprucey, foresty blast" (source).
  • Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose, $1.99/12oz - "Born from our passion for experimentation, our Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas. Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish" (source).
  • Old Nation Golden 7, $1.99/12oz - "The Golden 7 was a “musik café” in Berlin which didn’t play music or serve coffee. The Golden 7 in this bottle is a result of giving German wheat beer yeast exactly what it needs to produce a perfect clove flavored soul. Specialty malts darken the color and deepen the yeast’s contribution. Hops are used sparingly, to balance the rest. Ein Prosit! from Old Nation" (source).
  • Gonzo's Geyser Brown, $2.69/16oz - "This energetic beer ALWAYS explodes out of the vessel when it’s made. Rich and nutty with caramel and chocolate undertones" (source).
  • North Coast Old Stock Wheat, $24.09/500ml (1 per) - "Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer added layers of complexity and flavor. Bottled in a 500 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish, it is a memorable drink that should be enjoyed as a unique offering." (source).
  • North Coast Rye, $24.09/500ml (1 per) - See above description.
  • North Coast Bourbon Reserve, $24.09/500ml (1 per) - "Old Stock Cellar Reserve is a small batch, limited release that has been aged in bourbon barrels. The aging process gives this world-class beer added layers of complexity and flavor" (source).
  • Ballast Point Mango Even Keel, $1.89/12oz - "Our Mango Even Keel is the ideal beer for easy drinking. This hoppy, session ale gets a flavor boost from mango, which perfectly plays off the citrusy hop bouquet. With fruit, hops, and a low ABV, this beer truly is on another level" (source).
  • Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, $2.59/12oz - "Our Watermelon Dorado Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon. The result is a refreshing brew that is all summer and no seeds" (source).
  • Odd Side Car Ramrod, $2.29/12oz - "Imperial Black Citra Ale" (source).
  • Prearis Grand Cru, $19.09/375ml (1 per) - "Exlusive brew: Préaris Quadrupel 2013 version aged for 10 months in Bourbon barrels from Makers mark. Limited to 2700 bottles" (source).

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