Every now and then you have to wander away from your comfort zone as a beer drinker and select something that is a little “out there.” That is what I did when I found the Morimoto Soba Ale from Rogue. This beer is part of a series of beers brewed by Rogue in partnership with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, the other beers include an Imperial Pilsner and a Black Obi Soba Ale.
Archive March 2012
Lift Bridge is a brewery brand new to me, and for good reason. From my most recent research they are only found in Minnesota and some parts of Wisconsin. Recently I received the Irish Coffee Stout in a Beer It Forward exchange on Beer Advocate from Dan – thanks! This 8% ABV is a blending of 65% milk stout, 35% barrel aged imperial and then infused with cold pressed coffee.
If there’s another Double IPA to live up to what we experienced with Citra from Kern River, it would be another beer by the same guys! Their 5th Anniversary Ale is a Double IPA, and depending upon who you ask, is as good or better than Citra. From Kernville, CA this 8% ABV Double IPA exemplifies the same “west coast” IPA qualities as Citra: citrusy, juicy and equally bitter.
The famous, and relatively young, The Bruery in California make some of my favorite beers I’ve tried to date. Thanks to Scott, I’m able to try another recent release, Filmishmish – a 5.8% ABV American Wild Ale made with apricots and aged in oak barrels. Their Wild Ale/sour program has been nothing but impressive lately, so I’m hoping Filmishmish follows suit.
Sierra Nevada, being one of the originators of the craft beer movement, could just sit back and let their already impressive lineup of beers pull them along. But that is not the craft beer, or Sierra Nevada, way of doing things. For 2012 they have a new beer for the Spring, the Ruthless Rye IPA. Brewed using rye, pale, caramel, and chocolate malts with chinook and bravo hops, this promises to be in interesting and complex beer.