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Friday, September 16, 2016

New Beer Friday, Press the Fruit Edition (Sept 16)

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

If you live in West Michigan and are thinking about making wine from fresh grapes this fall there are options available for vintners looking to source locally grown fruit. Here is the contact information for Taylor Ridge Vineyards in Allegan and Morgan Vineyard in Ravenna, both good sources for fresh wine grapes:
Taylor Ridge Vineyards
3843 105th Ave.
Allegan, MI 49010
Cell: 269-491-1512
Home: 269-521-4047

Morgan Vineyard
23760 36th Ave.
Ravenna, MI 49541
Phone: 616-638-9353
On four consecutive Saturdays this fall we will again be offering the free on-site use of our fruit crushers and basket presses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind Siciliano's. Dates for the free use of the equipment are as follows:
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8

    New and Returning Beer

    • Brau Bros Rubus Black, $2.89/12oz - "Rubus Black, a Blackberry Imperial Porter, is classic in terms of ingredients, yet takes flavor to the edge of porter. Chocolate Malt dominates, with a high percentage of various roasted and toasted malts building a nutty, milk chocolate profile. Fuggle and Golding hops play a supporting role; both edge the south side of the brewery’s Estate Hopyard. A measured infusion of blackberry will contribute complex dark cherry and black currant nuance. A traditional British yeast allows the fruit to stay in the forefront" (source).
    • Short's Dan's Pink Skirt, $1.99/12oz - "Dan’s Pink Skirt is an American IPA brewed with Summit and Simcoe hops. Malt characteristics are mild throughout and practically undetectable in the nose. Pronounced floral and citrus aromas abound, with a pine resin hop bitterness that lingers well into the finish" (source).
    • Odd Side Red Eye, $1.99/12oz - "A ridiculous rampage of ruthless rowdy hops in a rebellious rusty red ale" (source).
    • Odd Side Blood Orange IPA, $2.29/12oz - "IPA with blood oranges" (source).
    • Odd Side How Now Brown Cow, $1.99/12oz - "A brown ale" (source).
    • Right Brain Naughty Girl Stout, $1.79/12oz - "Thin mint cookie, meet John Niedermaier A stout made with organic locally-grown whole leaf mint. She’s just back from a stint in the cooler for being too naughty. She might have mellowed out but this stout is still naughty at heart" (source).
    • Right Brain Concrete Dinosaur, $1.79/12oz - "A blend of rye and roasty, chocolaty malts, with plenty of hop flavor and complexity" (source).
    • Right Brain Chubby Squirrel, $1.79/12oz - "A fall ale brewed with our secret blend of spices" (source).
    • Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, $4.19/12oz - "Ten FIDY Imperial Stout – This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 65 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer" (source).
    • Abita Peach Harvest, $1.69/12oz - "Fresh Louisiana peaches are handpicked for this smooth lager. Pale malt gives the beer a sweet, crisp taste, with abundant amounts of ripe, juicy peaches added in the brewhouse to capture the flavors and aromas of real, fresh fruit. All our Harvest Series brews are made with the finest Louisiana-grown ingredients" (source).
    • Jolly Pumpkin Cucurbitophobia, $15.39/750ml - "Cucurbitophobia is a 6.1 percent ABV sour ale brewed with blood oranges and spices that was brewed at Jolly Pumpkin in Dexter, Mich. on Dec. 9, 2015" (source).
    • Liberty Street Punkin Pie Ale, $1.99/12oz - "Pumpkin pie. No, really, it tastes just like pumpkin pie. This is our fall/winter seasonal beer that is on tap from September through February" (source).
    • Southern Tier Cherry Gose, $4.19/12oz - "The finished beer is a striking, lustful shade of red with a persistent white head and durable lacing thanks to the large portion of wheat in the grist. The nose is defined by equal parts bright lactic acidity and cherry notes with a hint of coriander. On the palate, the strong lactic acidity is accentuated by the natural tartness of the cherry juice. Quantitatively, this beer is quite sweet, but we find that this level of residual sweetness is just enough to balance the acidity and that the overall perception of the beer is actually quite dry. The beer finishes very clean and in conjunction with the salt in the finish, it definitely makes you want to come back for more" (source).
    • Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, $10.19/22oz (1 per) - "Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg" (source).
    • Shipyard Pumpkinhead, $1.79/12oz - "This KBC favorite is like a pint of pumpkin pie! Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in a light, crisp Wheat Ale are just right for when the leaves start to change" (source).
    • Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart, $3.49/16oz can - "Ale brewed with real pumpkin & spices" (source).
    • Big Eddy Uber Oktoberfest, $2.99/12oz - "A bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier that can only be described as “Über.” With a tawny orange hue, toasted malts and spicy hops" (source).
    • Bell's Double Cream Stout, $2.09/12oz - "Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish" (source).
    • Bell's Roundhouse, $1.89/12oz - "Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry-hopping yields a heady blend of fruity aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus. Those aromas continue into a crisply bitter hop presence across the tongue, but the judicious use of toasted and caramel specialty malts prevents the hop intensity from overwhelming the palate" (source).
    • Founders Pale Joe, $1.79/12oz - "Most coffee beers are usually dark beers (porters and stouts). This one is a light, golden ale and it uses high end, lightly roasted, fruit forward coffees that don’t get too bitter or astringent. Brewed with Kenya Windrush and a Tier 3 experimental coffee roasted at Ferris, right here in Grand Rapids" (source).
    • Founders PC Pils, $1.79/12oz, $18.89/15-pack - "Pleasantly crisp, perfectly clean and profoundly crushable, PC Pils is our take on the classic Pilsner style. While Noble hops have been the preferred choice of Pilsner brewers around the world, we went with some of our favorite American varieties. Piney Chinook, pleasantly citrus Cascade and punchy Centennial make this an easy-drinker with floral hop characteristics" (source).
    • B. Nektar Pineapple Coconut Express, $14.19/375ml (1 per) - "Honey pineapple wine with coconut added" (source).
    • Avery Rumpkin, $13.99/12oz - "Wonder what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale full of spicy gourdiness was aged in fresh rum barrels to add notes of oak and candied molasses?" (source).
    • Avery Pump(KY)n, $13.99/12oz - "Porter brewed with pumpkin & spices - aged in bourbon barrels" (source).
    • Avery The Kaiser, 8.19/22oz - "We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest - gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops - then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest" (source).
    • Rodenbach Caractère Rouge, $27.19/750ml - "The brewer allows the beer to macerate with fresh cherries, raspberries and cranberries. After this maceration in oak, the beer re-ferments in the bottle. The result is RODENBACH Caractère Rouge, an exceptional RODENBACH with fruit maceration and a 7% alcohol volume. The brew is more than unique and extremely exclusive, as only 900 75-cl bottles were produced" (source).
    • Rodenbach Vintage 2013, $23.89/750ml - "RODENBACH Vintage is the unique result of our RODENBACH-brewers selecting the cask which has produced the best beer after two years of maturation: “cask of the year”. The cask number always appears on the label, and the year refers to the start of maturation" (source).
    • Left Hand Oktoberfest, $2.29/12oz - "This is no festivus for the restuvus – on the contrary – we start brewing in the Spring and it takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection. Biscuity, malty goodness dominates upfront while the noble pedigree hops lend a properly spicy, dry finish. Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi. Time to roast your chicken and upend your stein before the air gets crisp, the leaves flame and fall and the skies fade to black" (source).

    Video of the Week | Pale Joe

    Founders Pale Joe is now available at Siciliano's!


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