Hotter Than Helles Lager (Cigar City Brewing Company)

Style: Munich-Style Helles Lager 5.0% ABV From: Tampa, FL Brewer’s Note: “Why so punny? ‘Helles’ is German for ‘light colored.’ Hotter Than Helles is more than just a (very) silly pun; it perfectly reflects the natures of this beer.  A lager meant to be consumed when it’s trulyhotter than helles outside./ So there are no peppers or spices in this beer!” The beer’s label is … Continue reading Hotter Than Helles Lager (Cigar City Brewing Company)

Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale (Cigar City Brewing)

Style: Witbier 5.0% ABV 18 IBU’s OG: 12 SRM: 3 Brewed with: Curaco Peel and Coriander From: Tampa, FL Brewer’s Note: “Pours cloudy straw in color with moderate notes of orange peel, coriander and hints of vanilla. Flavor has upfront citrus with coriander notes that lead into lemon/lime like notes and finishes with citrus and flowers.” The can’s label is a neat old looking map … Continue reading Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale (Cigar City Brewing)

Lindemans Faro Lambic (Brouwerij Lindmans)

Style: Faro 4.20% ABV Brewer’s Note: “A version of Belgium’s “wild-fermented” wheat beer, which is the result of blending Lambic of “one summer” with old Lambic and chaptalized with candy sugar./ Faro is an intriguing balance of wineyness and sweetness. This was probably the beer being served in Breugel’s paintings of Flemish Village Life.” I actually love the black and white coloring of this label, … Continue reading Lindemans Faro Lambic (Brouwerij Lindmans)

Florence Wheat Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

Style: American Wheat Saison 5% ABV 12º P Malts: Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat Hops: American and European Hops Yeast: Ale Yeast From:  Greensboro, VT Brewer’s Note: “Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, … Continue reading Florence Wheat Saison (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

The ABCs (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Lager (DIPL) 7.5% ABV 100 IBU’s OG: 17 Plato Hops: Apollo, Bravo, Calypso, Simcoe From: Framingham, MA Brewer’s Note: “We’ve made learning your ABCS easy by adding copious amounts of Apollo, Bravo, Calypso, and Simcoe. Intense hoppy aromas of stone fruit, citrus flavors, and piney spiciness. Deep golden in color with a resinous haze. A true celebration of hops.” The beer’s … Continue reading The ABCs (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Hennepin (Brewery Ommegang)

Style: Farmhouse Saison 7.7% ABV 24 IBU’s OG: 16.8º Plato FG: 2.6º Plato Malts: Pilsner, pale, corn Hops: Styrian Golding Yeast: Ommegang House yeast Spices Used: Grains of Paradise, Ginger, Coriander, and Sweet Orange Peel From: Cooperstown, NY Brewer’s Note: “When Father Hennepin set off for the new world, he couldn’t have known he’d be the first European to lay eyes on Niagara Falls.  Yet … Continue reading Hennepin (Brewery Ommegang)

Hop Karma Brown IPA: Peace, Love, and Hopiness (Terrapin Beer Company)

Style: American Brown Ale 6.0% ABV 65 IBU’s O.G.: 15.1 Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, Willamette, Columbus (Dry Hop) Malt: Pale, Dark, Munich, Special Roast, Crystal 69, Crystal 77, Chocolate From: Athens, GA Brewer’s Note: “The Terrapin Hop Karma Brown IPA (formerly known as the India Style Brown Ale) is a head-on collision between a hoppy west coast IPA and a complex malty brown ale. Brewed … Continue reading Hop Karma Brown IPA: Peace, Love, and Hopiness (Terrapin Beer Company)

Jai Alai India Pale Ale (Cigar City Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 7.5% ABV 70 IBU’s 10 SRM OG: 18° Plato From: Tampa, FL Brewer’s Note: “Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the … Continue reading Jai Alai India Pale Ale (Cigar City Brewing Company)

Samichlaus Classic (Castle Brewery Eggenberg/ Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg)

Style: Dopplebock/Malt Liquor? 14.0% ABV Bottled In: 2012 Brewed In: Vorchdorf, Austria Brewer’s Note:  “Brewed only once a year on December 6, Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling.  This specialty is perhaps the rarest in the world.  Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come.  Older vintages become more creamy warming finish.” This beer’s label is very German in feel, with some … Continue reading Samichlaus Classic (Castle Brewery Eggenberg/ Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg)

Saison De Lente (The Bruery)

Style: American Brett Saison/Farmhouse Ale 6.5% ABV 35 IBU’s SRM: 4 From: Placentia, California Brewer’s Note:  “Our Spring Saison is light blonde in color with a fresh hoppiness and a wild and rustic Brettanomyces character. Lighter in color and alcohol than our Saison Rue, yet equally complex in its own way. Perfect for warmer weather and Spring celebrations.” The beer’s label is similar to most … Continue reading Saison De Lente (The Bruery)