Le Freak (Green Flash Brewing Company)

Style: Belgian Double IPA/ American Tripel 9.2% ABV 101 IBU’s Brewery’s Note: “Le Freak is the first-ever hybrid ale of its kind: the convergence of a Belgian-Style Trippel with an American Imperial IPA. Spawned over barstool pontifications between Publican and Brewmaster, this zesty Amarillo dry-hopped, bottle-conditioned marvel entices with fruity Belgian yeast aromatics and a firm, dry finish. Experience a legendary beer phenomenon.” The beer … Continue reading Le Freak (Green Flash Brewing Company)

2013 The Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Style: American Strong Ale 9.4% ABV 56.66 IBU’s From: Petaluma, CA Brewer’s Note: “Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing … Continue reading 2013 The Hairy Eyeball Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Farm-to-Barrel: Bourbon Sour Porter (Almanac Brewing)

Style: American Wild Ale/Sour Ale aged in used Bourbon Barrels 6.0% ABV From: San Francisco, CA Brewers Note: “The life of a Kentucky oak barrel is one of giving: first to bourbon, then to dark strong ales, and finally we inoculate it with our Dogpatch Sour culture and fill it with robust porter. This inky black ale blends flavors of coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and … Continue reading Farm-to-Barrel: Bourbon Sour Porter (Almanac Brewing)

Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing Company)

Style: Double India Pale Ale 8.0% ABV OG: 1.070 Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, Simcoe Bottled On: 12/02/13 From: Santa Rosa, CA Brewer’s Note: “Pliny the Elder is brewed with Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe hops. It is well-balanced with malt, hops, and alcohol, slightly bitter with a fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. Best enjoyed FRESH! That is why we make it in … Continue reading Pliny the Elder (Russian River Brewing Company)

Tart of Darkness (The Bruery)

Style: Sour Stout 7% ABV Brewer’s Note: “We brewed a stout – no, not Black Tuesday, this one is low in abv if you can believe it! But we then decided to put it into the barrels that previously housed Black Tuesday and various other strong ales and added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts.  The result is a perfectly tart yet … Continue reading Tart of Darkness (The Bruery)

Sour in the Rye (The Bruery)

Style: American Wild Ale Base Beer: Rye Ale 7.8% ABV From: Orange County, CA Brewer’s Note: “We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.” The beer’s label … Continue reading Sour in the Rye (The Bruery)

Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)

Style: American Strong Ale (Imperial Mild/ Uber ESB) 9.7% ABV From: Petaluma, CA Brewer’s Note: We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got … Continue reading Undercover Investigation Shut-down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Company)