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IN THIS WEEK’S BREW & BEV CAN/BOTTLE RELEASE FORECAST
January 15, 2019
SoMe Brewing Company is excited to have just released their Lost In Germany. This 5% Kellerpils Style Lager was Dry Hopped with Hallertau Blanc hops and is bursting with Sauvignon Blanc Grape and Citrus Flavors. This beer only comes around a few times a year so get on it! It will be available in cans and on draft in the tasting room and through distribution later this week.
Funky Bow in Lyman, ME will special-release their Cherry Picker Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter this Saturday, January 19. This Porter was aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels for 3-6 months and then moved to a stainless steel tank to cold condition on Montmorency Cherries for a month. The Alcohol percent is 9 and it will be released in 750 ml waxed top bottles.
Baby, it’s cold outside but GREATER PORTLAND is looking Hazy, Hopped and Humid!
Let’s start with Geary Brewing Company. Their new ownership have done amazing things with brewing new styles and yet staying true to their brewing heritage. If you’ve been looking for something new from Geary’s check these two out —
First, their Windhold IPA recently went to market. Let me tell ya, if lifts aren’t turning at the ski mountain, guess what I’m drinking?? That right, Windhold IPA! This is a filtered, juicy dry hopped IPA with a slightly dry finish it’s an extremely drinkable 6.8% IPA. It is NOW available on draft and 4 pack cans.
Next, Geary’s Rickhouse Tour 2019 is the start of a series of barrel aged varieties of Hampshire Special Ale. This weekend Geary’s will release the first of the series with a 6 week bourbon oak barrel aged HSA. The usual HSA stone fruit sweetness and alcoholic tang is boosted by the bourbon flavors and rings in at a smooth drinking, super warming, 8.5% ABV. It is available in 16.9 oz. bottles or on draft.
Liquid Riot has been busy with a couple of releases to talk about: Dub Stash 8% ABV. They doubled down on Head Stash IPA; more malts, more hops, more ABV and YOU KNOW they had to double dry hop this bad boy! Blonde appearance (like me) with slight haze, (also me) tropical fruit, pine needles. Dank! Crisp and clean finish. Low bitterness. Smooth. Release date is January 22.
A Beer With No Name was just released. This 8.2% Double IPA made with British base malt and Idaho 7, Mosaic, Citra, and Chinook hops. So juicy! pale appearance with slight haze. grassy, citrus orchard aroma with light biscuit maltiness. Medium bodied. Balanced and soothing. AND …DYK… the name is a nod to Game of Thrones and the beer gets released a few times per year. Well, now you know.
Now for the special announcement:
Liquid Riot’s Blushing Star Barrel Aged Lager received the Good Food Award in San Francisco last Friday night. I’m told Liquid Riot is only the second Maine brewery to earn this huge award (Allagash was the first last year). At 6.5% abv • 500 ml • also 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Medal – Brett Beer Category. American Pilsner aged in neutral oak barrels with fruit-forward Brettanomyces strains. Transferred to a stainless tank and aged on Blushing Star peaches to give orange appearance. Fluffy white head, naturally effervescent, oak and peaches dominate, tropical and funky brett follows. Tart and complex, yet clean and refreshing, quenching finish.
From Tumbledown Brewing in Farmington, ThoughtBridge Cranberry Berliner Wiesse. Only weighing in at 4% ABV, 10 IBU’s this kettle soured Berliner Wiesse was brewed with Maine Malt and local cranberries from Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner. Available in Growlers and 4-packs right now.
Ah, the luck of the Irish! Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company’s Dry Irish Stout was released earlier this week. Coming in at 4% ABV, this smooth, dark, malty brew is an easy drinking stout. It can be found on tap this weekend at Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor before making its way statewide for those with Irish heritage — or those pretending — to celebrate.
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