In what has become an annual affair, Stone released their 16th Anniversary IPA this summer. Loaded with lots of rye, but according to them not enough to warrant the “Rye IPA” name, this Double IPA also features Amarillo and Calypso hops. Finished with lemon verbena and European specialty malts, this one sounded intriguing enough to peak my interest (and Stone rarely lets me down).
Archive September 2012
As part of our first ever “Lancaster area” tasting, Andrew graciously opened two 375 ml bottles of Captain Lawrence’s Hops N’ Roses for my birthday. Not part of our planned line-up, Hops N’ Roses is a “malt sour ale brewed with a veritable bouquet of flowers–including hibiscus, rose hips and elderflowers” according to Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
The Brewer’s Art, based out of Baltimore Maryland, is home to many house made beers, fresh entrees, wines, spirits and beers from around the world. One of their own beers, Ozzy, is brewed in close to us in Royersford, PA (Nick’s hometown actually). According to the brewer, this is “our answer to the Belgian ‘devil’ beers!”
Walking through the aisle of a local beer and wine store, a big bottle with the word “Tripel” on it just popped out at me. That beer was the Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Company, a year long offering from their Smokestack Series of beers. At 9% ABV, the Long Strange Tripel could be pretty potent, but hopefully the other flavors keep it in check.
Shane and I recently shared a bottle of the limited release Double DBA (Double Barrel Ale) from Firestone Walker. The Double DBA is part of the Proprietor’s Reserve Series, Batch No. 001. Released at the end of July into distribution, this is dubbed a Barrel-Aged Imperial Extra Special Bitter, housed for 12 months in a combination of new American oak barrels and retired bourbon barrels.