Flying Dog Brewery makes some of my favorite go-to beers, their Raging Bitch and In Heat Wheat can always be found in my fridge in the summer months. Being in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area I can find their beers rather easily. When I heard they were coming out with a special Brewhouse Rarities series I knew I would have to get my hands on it. The first beer in the series is the Disobedience, an Abbey Dubbel that is made with maple syrup and clocks in at 7.6% ABV. This was only bottled in April 2012, so it is still young, but I don’t feel like waiting.
My friend Justin graciously brought back a 2009 vintage of the Pere Jacques from Goose Island during a recent trip home for me. As with most Dubbels, I’m anticipating the malt profile is going to be greatly enhanced with age. Recently purchased by InBev, Goose Island’s Pere Jacques is a yearly release and not yet available in the Philadelphia market.
Sierra Nevada in conjunction with the Abbey of Calirvaux have created three different beers, all of which will all be released this year. I was able to find a bottle of the first release, Ovila Dubbel. Picking up a bottle of any of the Ovila brews will be for a good cause and not just for your enjoyment. Part of the proceeds are going to rebuild the Ovila Chapter House, north of the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, CA.