SOUTHERN TIER IMPERIAL CHERRY SAISON

FARMHOUSE ALE/SAISON | 10.10% ABV

Loaded with cherry flavors, this Imperial Saison still seems to keep a firm grasp on the rustic flavors of the style. Perfect with roasted chicken or even beef perhaps, not mention some heavy, sweet deserts.

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RUSSIAN RIVER CONSECRATION

AMERICAN WILD ALE | 10.00%

Hands down one of the top 3 best American Wild Ales I’ve had to date, easily holding it’s own against such classics as De Dolle Oerbier and Duchesse de Bourgogne. In your face wild yeast flavors leading into an abundant fruity finish. Perfect with some of your favorite stinky cheeses.

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SEBAGO FRYE’S LEAP IPA

AMERICAN IPA | 6.20%

Pairing: Salmon fillet with twice baked potatoe and side salad.

Beer notes: Very well balanced hop aroma and flavor leads to a nice moderate finish.

 

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21st AMENDMENT BACK IN BLACK IPA

BLACK IPA

21st Amendment Back in Black IPA w/ Buckwheat Pancakes, 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, bacon and Organic peanut butter.

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BRUERY COTON

OLD ALE | 14.50% ABV

The Bruery is rather new to the craft beer scene. Having recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary with the release of Coton, Patrick Rue and Crue is seeing a massive increase in the demand for his beers. An example of the demand would be the 250 tickets available for the Black Tuesday release that were being sought after by more than 1200 Bruery lovers. So many requests in fact that the Bruery servers crashed on the day of the release. Most breweries do not experience a demand like Patrick has been in his second year, but most breweries do not make beers like the Bruery.

As mentioned above, Coton is the celebratory beer release for the Bruery’s second year anniversary. [On a side note Papier was the first anniversary release and if your not seeing a trend check out the 50 gifts to be given on wedding anniversaries.] Coton is an Old Ale a cousin to Barleywine making both very similar in body, flavor and aroma. Loaded, I mean loaded with unique malt character which imparts flavors such as sour fruit, fig and caramel which also are present in the nose with the addition of a slight alcohol aroma. That moderate alcohol flavor is hidden so well under layers of malt characteristics, wood undertones and yeasty spice notes. Coton is a big, beautiful beer that many have said needs some aging. Although I agree to a point, I tend to like my beers young before flavors and aromas begin to meld together and balance themselves out.

Coton sparked so many ideas as far as pairings when I took the inaugural sip. First thought was a big gamey meal of Bison or Venison with heavy sauces and fresh roasted vegetables. My mind then went to one of my favorite afternoon snacks, Stilton cheese. It would have been a brilliant pairings, the tangy blue flavors being balanced by the heavy malt flavors and rounded out by the slight taste of alcohol. Given this was my after dinner beer though, I chose to have it with a fairly rustic cigar which was a perfect end to the day.

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HANSSENS ARTISANALL OUDE GUEUZE

GUEUZE | 6.00% ABV

If you follow Barleydine you will already know my love affair for Gueuze. Hands down my favorite beer style. If I were to pick one style to drink for the rest of my life, it would be Gueuze. There is no other beer that comes even close to the complexity and authenticity of traditional Gueuze. They are loaded with unique flavors and complex layers of wheat, barnyard, sour and lots of funk. Upon first taste, many would wonder what on earth you would pair with a Gueuze given it’s most prevalent flavor is sour. Actually there are lots of foods, but the main flavor that one must lean towards when pairing a Gueuze is sweet if you plan to contrast or earthy as a compliment. Keeping those two flavors in mind and one can arrange a terrific pairing with this ancient beer style.

Notes: Pouring a hazy golden-amber color with loads of barnyard notes and lactic aroma on the nose. That lactic acid follows straight to the palate leaving hints of lemon, vinegar and tart fruity notes. The abundant wheaty body leaves the palate refreshed while the very poignant sour flavor leaves a nice long finish. Once accustomed to the unique and complex flavors of a Gueuze, one would concur that it stands to be one of the best beer styles available worldwide.

Pairings: Contrast – shrimp, sweet sausage, escargot, lobster, crab cakes, light salads. Compliment – Stilton cheese or other varieties in the Bleu family.

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TROEGS FLYING MOUFLAN

BARLEYWINE | 9.30% ABV

Pairing: Tiramisu

Pairing Notes: Flying Mouflan is a fairly low key Barleywine, it’s flavors meshed well with the Tiramisu while not overpowering. The abundant malts of the beer linked with the sweet creamy flavors of the desert, while the Amaretto flavors of the Triamisu teamed nicely with the bitter malt flavors and alcohol. The big, creamy mouthfeel of Mouflan identified itself well to the creamy filling of the Italian desert. A very nice combination of beer and desert flavors leaves a terrific moderate finish behind, while the alcohol swipes through cleansing your palate.

Fantastic pairing with the proper Barleywine, be sure to choose one that’s well balanced and not too hot.

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