You may hear the name “Double Platinum” and think of the less than desirable beer created by Budweiser, but the Starr Hill Double Platinum is quite the opposite. The Double Platinum is a 8.6% ABV Imperial IPA that is dry hopped with both Simcoe and Centennial hops. It looks pretty promising and hopefully the platinum lives up to its previous metal name.
Archive August 2012
Shane and Nick are back with a beer from the Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, IL. Sofie, their “Belgian-style Ale” noted as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale, is fermented with wild yeasts (brettanomyces?) and aged in wine barrels with orange peel. This specific bottle Nick has been hanging onto is from 2010, and with notation on the label it will age for up to 5 years, we’re interested to see how it’s holding up after 2 years.
There are few things in the world greater than a big, hoppy IPA on a summer night. Imperial IPAs provide immense flavors, a good bitter note, crisp refreshing mouth feel, and a larger ABV hit. Imperial IPAs have long been one of my favorite styles, and tonight I’m sampling the Ice Breaker from Lost Rhino Brewing Company. The description on the Lost Rhino website ends with “Drink with caution!” so this should be just what I’m looking for.
Ever since learning that World of Beer was planning an Arlington, VA location just blocks from my front door, I have been excitedly following the progress of the beer mecca. On Monday August 6th they hosted a “VIP” event for their Facebook fans and Twitter followers, one day prior to their official opening on August 7th. So I made plans to visit the new beer establishment and see what their 50 draft lines and 500 bottles had to offer.
Following tradition, The Bruery recently released their fourth anniversary beer. The name Fruet is a mash-up of sorts stemming from traditional 4th anniversary gifts flowers/fruit. Using the word fruit (same in French) and the clever insertion of the “Rue” last name, we get Fruet. Unlike previous years, Fruet marks the first of the series in which all bottles released were 100% Bourbon Barrel aged.