CHECK OUT WHAT’S IN ANDI’S BEER CORNER!
MARCH 28TH, 2017
The craft/micro -brew world is always changing. Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions.
Just a reminder… For the entire month of March we are taking an additional 20% off all bombers! Bombers are 22 oz. singles commonly used by a brewery to showcase a special or limited release beer. Rather than committing to a 6 pack, bombers are a great way to try something new. Larger than a single 12 oz. beer, they are easily shared. Yet smaller than a 40 oz. beer, they can be enjoyed alone. Most people associate this larger bottle with heavier styles of beer like porters and stouts or something that has been barrel aged. Nowadays breweries are using bombers as a format for all styles of beer!
Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week:
Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo MI
Oberon Wheat Ale ABV 5.8%
Available in 6 pack bottles $11.99
March 27th was the official release day of Oberon, the summer seasonal from Bell’s Brewery. It was first brewed and released in the mid 90s and has since developed a huge following especially in Michigan, the brewery’s home state. Each year’s release date is a state holiday called Oberon Day with events starting at midnight. The biggest drive for such a positive reception, aside from the taste and quality of the beer, is to celebrate the end of a long Michigan winter and the beginning of a highly anticipated warm season. Everything about this beer evokes a summertime feel right down to its name and label. You might recognize the name Oberon as the Fairy King in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It was this character and play that provided inspiration to founder Larry Bell who played the part of Oberon in the 6th grade. Bell’s recipe for Oberon has been the same since its creation using their signature house yeast and wheat malt that give this ale a smooth mouthfeel. The
addition of hops give the beer a little spice that complement the citrus and fruit aromas.
Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem NC
Haven IPA ABV 7%
Available in 22 oz. bombers
This is the second beer in the rotating hop series “Craft Happiness,” an IPA project that’s rooted in defining happiness and exploring what it means to make people happy. The guys at Foothills were influenced by their love for what they do, for crafting happiness, when they decided to start this project. But this IPA series is about a lot more than just celebrating the happy community of people dedicated to craft beer, it also raises awareness of issues in our communities that can have a negative impact on happiness. Every IPA in the series will focus on a human, environmental, or animal issue and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of that beer will go to help each cause. March’s Haven is dedicated to animal rescue. Double dry hopped like Domicile, the first release in the Craft Happiness series, this American style IPA packs a big citrus aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry and bitter finish.
Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton DE
SeaQuench Session Sour Ale ABV 4.9%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
Another experimental fruit beer from Dogfish Head, this sour ale is killer. Sours have been blowing up in the craft community and brewers are listening. This particular one is perfect for someone who is not a huge fan of the funk of sours but would like to try something with a bite. Prior to the actual production of this session sour, Dogfish Head donated $70,000 in cash and $30,000 in gifts to the National Aquarium. This generous donation will help the Aquarium in their research on sand tiger and sandbar sharks in Chesapeake Bay and will also help to promote more sustainability in the seafood industry. The relationship created between the brewery and the Aquarium has led to the collaboration of this ale. A combination of three German styles in one, SeaQuench is a beautiful blend of traditional Kolsch, salty Gose brewed with black limes and sea salt, and a Berliner Weisse brewed with lime peel and juice. These three different beers were combined during fermentation and produced quite a complex session sour. Very light with a slight malt backbone, it has a big tart lime flavor with a hint of salt. Incredibly refreshing.
Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland OH
Grandes Lagos Mexican Lager ABV 5.4%
Available in 6 pack bottles
Inspired by Spring fever, this Mexican lager arrived just in time for this warm and sunny weather we have finally been getting. Hibiscus flowers were used in the brew to give this lager a fresh floral aroma and a tart finish. Flaked corn was used to impart a nice smooth texture. You can really taste and see on the label that the brewery was inspired by vacation. Great Lakes is known for hiding images in the labels of their beers. These images mainly reflect inspiration behind the beer. When you drink one of these beers look out for a roller coaster celebrating the Great
Lakes’ amusement parks, a souvenir from a lakeside attraction, hibiscus petals that are the star ingredient of the beer, and a lime peel that is the recommended garnish for this lager.