I have walked by the classic Saison Dupont from Brasserie Dupont time and time again without trying it, but recently decided to pick one up to sample. This beer is readily available in most areas I have visited year-round, and is relatively inexpensive compared to a lot of other bottles on the market. Shane and I split the 750 ml bottle one night last week during a tasting, and served into two tulip glasses.
Archive June 2012
Sharing beer is something I absolutely love doing, and in some cases it can be a helpful thing. Earlier this week, Nick and I shared a new lot of beer, one being Brewdog’s Paradox Jura I brought down. At 15% ABV, this massive Double/Imperial Stout was “aged in Jura Whisky [sic] casks for 9 months.” Usually when we’re having a few beers in a night, one of this caliber is meant to share.
Coffee porters and stouts are becoming increasingly common in the craft beer universe, so a beer has to do a lot to stand out from the crowd. This can be done by adding new elements, balancing flavors, or doing something completely off the wall. Three Heads Brewing bills the Java Sutra as a marriage between hops, barley, and coffee. Driving this point home is the fun illustration on the bottle.
Recently while shopping at my local beer store, I picked up a small 330 ml flip-top bottle of Spike & Jérôme’s Cuvée Délirante, previously reviewed on draft by Mike. The beer is a collaboration from Georgia’s Terrapin and Switzerland’s Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM), and is described as a Rum Barrel aged Rye Barley Wine. Enjoying most Barleywines in general, and barrel aged beers as a whole this sounded like one worth trying.
Epic Brewing Company from Salt Lake City, Utah makes its first appearance on the show this week with their Barley Wine, a 10.50% ABV American Barleywine. As Part of their “Exponential Series,” this beer is released every few months with the ABV varying slightly from batch to batch.