Beer Arrival List for Friday 11/20/15

The Weekly Beer Update!

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Short's Queen Bee (6-pack bottles)
Queen Bee is an Imperial Amber Ale full of sweet fruity aromas from the skillful blending of malt, hops, and floral northern Michigan Star Thistle honey.  Crystal clear and bright in appearance, this beer is rich and full of flavors of honey and malt, which create a wonderful balance and a flavor reminiscent of hard candy.  Generous hop additions add to a perfectly timed dry and warming finish.

Beer Advocate score not available.
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout 
(4-pack bottles)
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon "Russian Imperial Stout" became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and months of aging. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.
Beer Advocate 93 points.
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout (6-pack bottles)
Special Double Cream Stout derives its name from its smooth, creamy texture, not the ingredients. Completely dairy-free, this stout blends ten different specialty malts to yield a remarkable depth of flavor. With only a touch of burnt notes, Special Double Cream Stout focuses on the softer, cocoa & espresso-like aspects of roasted malt.
Beer Advocate score 89 points.
Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout
(4-pack bottles)
The fifth and final beer in our stout series. Our Russian Imperial Stout is pitch black in color with a faint tan head that immediately identifies this beer as BIG. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and roast also make it even bigger. Roasted coffee and fruity chocolate notes are just the beginning of this beers complex flavor. You have the right to enjoy or remain silent (ha, ha!) Check out this video!
Beer Advocate 94 points.
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Beer Arrival List for Friday 11/13/15

The Weekly Beer Update!

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Oddside Ales Bourbon Barrel Aged Citra
A perfect blend of hops and bourbon.

Beer Advocate 87 points.
Right Brain Chubby Squirrel (1 pint + 6 oz bottles)
A seasonal spiced ale brewed with real Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon, and Lemon Peel. Medium bodied and mildly sweet with a subtle boozy warmth. Perfect for sipping on the porch while you watch the leaves fall.

Beer Advocate score not available.

4 Hands/Bale Breaker/Stone Sorry Not Sorry IPA 

(22 oz. bombers)
We make no apologies for the fact that we love brewing bold, flavorful, hop-centric beers. Naturally, we welcomed the opportunity to work with two amazing craft breweries that share our lupulin-fueled dedication: St. Louis-based 4 Hands Brewing Co., known for its innovative IPAs; and Bale Breaker Brewing Co., whose owners’ family has farmed hops in Washington’s Yakima Valley for generations. Since theirs was the first hop farm to commercially grow the beloved Simcoe variety, using that piney, stone fruit-like hop was a must. Puréed peaches upped the fruit factor, while experimental hops HBC 342 and HBC 344 introduced notes of stone fruit, tropical fruit, berries and citrus to this IPA. Yes, we made another IPA. We concede it’s not surprising, but we are who we are: an unapologetic band of hopheads psyched to explore the ever-expanding IPA universe.

Beer Advocate score not available.
Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Cream Stout 
(6-pack bottles)
Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout uses Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans in every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant, and there are robust flavors of cream and coffee. This is the perfect morning night capper.
Beer Advocate score 90 points.

Rouge Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale

(750 ml bottles)
The Collision of Crazies continues by combining the two best inventions on planet earth: beer and doughnuts. This ale was inspired by the Voodoo Mango Tango doughnut and handcrafted at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Newport, Oregon, by Brewmaster John Maier.
Beer Advocate score not available.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' (6-pack bottles)
Our winter seasonal 6pk that falls into the realm of "Dangerously Slammable", this brew is especially irresponsible. Brown Shugga...How come you taste so good? Pair with any baked Holiday treats made with traditional pumpkin-pie spices...and braised shanks.

Beer Advocate score 90 points.

Arcadia London Porter
 (6-pack bottles)
This 18th Century-style Smoked Porter has subtle accent of peat-like Bamberg smoked malt, which is apparent in both the aroma and flavor. It is brewed with seven varieties of premium European malted barley, resulting in note of bittersweet chocolate and coffee that are counter-balanced by a long-sustaining finish of generic viagra without prescription Goldings hops. Pair it with Beemster XO Gouda- so good!

Beer Advocate score 88 points.

Bell's Third Coast Beer (6-pack bottles)
Assertively hopped, Third Coast Beer offers a crisp, dry bitterness with a mixture of floral & herbal aromas.

Beer Advocate score 80 points.

Anchor Steam 2015 Christmas Ale Magnums
 are here!

This is the forty-first annual Christmas Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale's recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.
Learn more about this awesomely festive beer here!

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Beer Arrival List for Friday 11/06/15

The Weekly Beer Release List!

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Oddside Ales Java Mint Stout (6-pack bottles)
Craving ice cream? This stout will ease your taste buds. It the perfect marriage of mint-chocolate-chip-ice cream and roasted coffee.
Beer Advocate 85 points.

Founder's Backwoods Bastard
 (4-pack bottles)
Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.
Beer Advocate 94 points! SUPER limited!!!!
UPDATE: Backwoods Bastard is SOLD OUT!
Arbor Brewing Company Fig Jam Quadruple
(6-pack bottles)
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like this FIGJAM QUADRUPLE with it’s warming alcohol, figgy undertones, dark dried fruit flavors of raison dates, hints of fresh baked bread, and a beautiful dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
Beer Advocate score not available.
Bell's Winter White (6-pack bottles)
Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell's Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Bell's Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter.
Beer Advocate 83 points.

Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon '11

(22 oz. bombers)
Brrr Seasonal Ale aged in bourbon barrels. Hidden in the beautiful dark amber color are aromas of vanilla and caramel that compliment perfectly the presence of bourbon. Soft oak flavors transition into a sweet yet slightly dry finish. After aging the ale for four months, the malt and hop complexity of Brrr has melded harmoniously with the bourbon barrels and become a truly one of a kind beer.
Beer Advocate score not available.
Stone Brewing Coffee Milk Stout (6-pack bottles)
From imperial stouts to IPAs, we’ve discovered the tantalizingly roasty lift that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any kind of beer. This English-style milk stout, originally a limited-edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station, proved the perfect foil for beans from San Diego-based Ryan Bros Coffee. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced out brilliantly by the milk sugar we used to add a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the stout’s smooth, easy-drinking texture. Cheers to the coalescence of two highly artisanal (and delectable) mediums.
Beer Advocate 83 points.
Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale (22 oz. bombers)
The inspiration for this year's edition comes from a trip to Belgium taken by Stone Brewmaster Steve Wagner and Head Brewer Mitch Steele in early 2008. There they discovered a special edition of a renowned Belgian golden triple that had been extra hopped up with American hops. Back in Escondido, we opened the bottle and found that it was good. Very good, in fact. Being the hop lovers that we are, we found the whole experience deliciously inspiring. Our Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale is a variation on this theme. We proudly present you with this very dry pale golden beer which sports a thick, creamy white foam, is spicy, estery and fruity (from the yeast), and possesses a crisp bitterness-oh yes, and is very, very generously hopped. It's fair to say that this is a beer that was inspired by a Belgian beer that was in turn inspired by the well-hopped West Coast style beers-which are, of course, the very kind of brews that we are famous for! Interesting how the world turns sometimes. And delicious too.
Beer Advocate 89 points.

Wolverine State Brewing Co. Massacre
 (4-pack bottles)
If you don’t know about Massacre, it’s our bourbon-barrel-aged Imperial Dark Lager. We wax-dip by hand each and every bottle. It’s rich, malty, and deep with a kick of bourbon heat. We’ve been aging it in bourbon barrels for months on end to develop an unparalleled smoothness and richness. 
Beer Advocate score not available.

Holiday brews have started to arrive!

Bell's Christmas Ale (6-pack bottles)
The basic inspiration for Bell's Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn't contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them.
Beer Advocate 81 points.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale (6-pack bottles)
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors. A Yuletide’s worth of holiday spices and sweet honey to keep you a-wassailing all season long.
Beer Advocate 88 points.

Victory Winter Cheers (6-pack bottles)
Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation. Hoisted high in its golden glory, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, our celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights. Light in body, this fruity and warming holiday brew delivers a crisp finish, with spicy hints of banana, clove and citrus. Try it with Chinese takeout!
Beer Advocate 83 points.

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Beer Arrival List for Friday 10/16/15

The Weekly Beer Release List!

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Griffin Claw Bourbon Imperial Screaming Pumpkin
(22 oz. bombers)

Their Screaming Pumpkin beer aged in bourbon barrels.
9% alcohol.

Beer Advocate score not available.

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout 
(4-pack bottles)

A malt-forward monster, highlighting the depths of malt flavor. Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.
Beer Advocate score 92 points.

Anchor Steam Bigleaf Maple Autumn Red 
(6-pack bottles)

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red™ is a quaffable, well-balanced American red ale with character. Its malty complexity and coppery color come from a combination of two caramel malts, pale malt, and a hint of maple syrup. To complement these flavors, we used three additions of Nelson Sauvin hops in the brewkettle and a unique blend of Nelson Sauvin, Citra, and Cascade for dry hopping. The result is a distinctive fall seasonal beer with extraordinary depth and intriguing aroma.
Beer Advocate score 82 points.

Ommegang Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout
(22 oz. bombers)
Inspired by the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, Take the Black Stout was made to be deep, dark and complex like those who have sworn the oath to defend Westeros against threats from the north. The label depicts the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.
Beer Advocate 84 points.

Northcoast Brewing Old Rasputin
Russian Imperial Stout (4-pack bottles)

Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia's Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly. How hard it is to make and keep a good friend. –"Jericho," Joni Mitchell
Beer Advocate 95 points!
 Greenbush 1825 (6-pack bottles)
1825… is that a year or a beer? Whatever it is, our Belgian Strong Ale defies logic with its golden ale roots and slight sweetness.

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