ANDI’S BEER CORNER
The craft/micro -brew world is always changing. Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions.
We’ve been bringing in some really great new ciders that will cool you down on those warm sunny days! So for the month of May, all ciders and meads (including singles!) are an additional 20% off!
Ciders have been exploding in the craft world for a while now. With a fruit foundation like wine but with a lower ABV like beer and created in a similar process, it’s a style of beverage that is almost a hybrid of the two. Ciders are naturally gluten free and often vegan which makes them a highly accessible drink to anyone. With roots in many different countries and cultures, ciders have evolved to be very complex. In the United States, a “cider” must be made from at least 50% apples. The addition of different fruits and spices make ciders unique and give people a variety when selecting the best one for them.
Now check out whats brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this Week:
Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton DE
Romantic Chemistry India Pale Ale ABV 7.2%
Available in 6 pack bottles $15.99
A pioneer in the crafting of fruit-centric IPAs, Dogfish Head is no stranger to using real ingredients in their beers. The use of fruit has been a driving focus of theirs since the beginning. Experimenting with blueberries and cherries, their main goal was to make beers that were complex and not overly sweetened. A fruit beer for people who thought they hated fruit beers. In 1998 they brewed Aprihop, an IPA with apricots, and made it available in their taproom. Romantic Chemistry is Aprihop 2.0. The core ingredients- mangoes, apricots, hops, and ginger- all contain the essential oil myrcene which was the inspiration for pairing them together. Myrcene contributes both aroma and taste to this beer. Tropical fruits, citrus, grass, some caramel, and vanilla fill the nose. The taste is all sweet fruit and a little bit of underlying sour funk from the apricots. The malt backbone balances out the sweetness of the fruit and bitterness very nicely. The finish is dry but some sweetness lingers. Overall this beer is great for anyone who hasn’t met a fruit IPA they liked yet.
Oskar Blue’s Brewery, Longmont CO
Pinner Throwback IPA ABV 4.9%
Available in 6 pack cans $11.99
Their first and only and arguably one of the best session beers ever made is Oskar Blue’s Pinner. First released in 2015 following a high demand for more sessionable beers, “Throwback” refers to the ability to throw a few back in one sitting. It also refers to an old school style of IPA that Oskar Blue’s invoked while creating Pinner. These IPAs are heavy on hops and have lighter ABVs. This IPA is dry-hopped with a rather eclectic variety of hops including Mosaic, Citra, Eldorado, and Azzacca. The variety makes this IPA really complex and approachable for anyone especially people who are fond of an IPA’s tropical profile more than a bitter one. Expect on the nose some pine, tropical fruit, orange rind, grass, and other herbal aromas. The flavor profile just enhances those tropical aromas. Very bright with a nice carbonation that adds a refreshing element to this beer. Floral and fruity hops, citrus fruit especially oranges, and malty undertones that take this IPA to another level. Solid.
Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown NY
Siren’s Song Belgian Strong Ale ABV 9%
Available in 4 pack bottles $17.99
Ommegang Brewing is known for their focus on staying true to traditional Begian styles of brewing. This has led the brewery to produce only ales since they began in 1997. This particular ale brewed with figs, raisins, and Belgian candi syrup, was inspired by the songs sung by fabled sirens to lure in sailors. Pitch black in color with heavy aromas of dark fruit, toffee, burnt sugar, caramel. Similar tastes are present: sweet caramel, stone fruits, toffee, raisins, cocoa. There’s quite a presence of roasted malt undertones which really balances out the sweetness. There’s some booze warmth but it’s very slight.The ale acts as a siren song on its own. It definitely creeps up on you and lures you in. Surprisingly easy to drink, we are very impressed with this one.
The Duck-Rabbit Brewery, Farmville NC
Baltic Porter ABV 9%
Available in 6 pack bottles $15.99
Favoring older darker styles of beers, Duck-Rabbit has received a lot of recognition for their unconventional lineup of brews. This lineup is meant to give representation to some forgotten or underrepresented beer styles and to appeal to a variety of craft drinkers. Their Baltic Porter acts as an homage to a very old and almost forgotten style of beer. A Baltic porter, originating in the 18th century, is one of the heaviest and darkest of the porter style. They evolved from old English styles of porters which were much stronger than what we think of a porter today and Russian Imperial stouts. Baltic porters were popular in the area we now call the Baltic states, hence the name. It was also brewed in other parts of eastern Europe like Poland and and Russia. Duck-Rabbit’s version pours a dark black. Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of coffee fill the nose. The roasted malts dominate the flavor profile with some sweet chocolate and smoke lingering in the finish. This beer is definitely meant to be savored and even cellared. We recommend enjoying at room temperature.