The Lips of Faith series from New Belgium consists of small batches of beer brewed with what seem like crazy ingredients, some most people have never heard of. Experimenting with these beers requires faith in the brewer, because some of them are a bit off the wall. Every time I find a new Lips of Faith beer I have to give it a go, for better or worse. The next one up in my beer fridge is the Cascara Quad, a Quadrupel brewed with dates and coffee cherries added in. I have little idea what to expect from this, so it should be an interesting one.
When a friend offered me a six-pack of beer from his hometown in exchange for a disused computer part, I immediately took him up on the offer. Into my possession came a mixed six-pack from Rivertowne Brewing, a new brewery just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I sampled a few of the offerings that night, but saved a few others for later reviews.
While zooming around the Finger Lakes region of New York with my family a few weeks ago on a wine tour, we stumbled upon the best of both worlds – a winery with a brewery attached. The winery was Wagner Vineyards and the brewery is Wagner Valley Brewing. Splitting from the main group with a few others I sampled all the beers that Wagner Valley had to offer that day. One of those was the Sugar House Maple Porter, which I slipped a bottle of it into a mixed six pack planning to review.
Ahh yes, the Dunkelweizen, an often overlooked style of beer that offers the spices and fruits of a Hefeweizen but with a malty backbone. For this reason Dunkelweizens are one of my favorite German styles of beer. The Black Walnut Dunkel from Perennial Brewing out of Missouri should hit the classic notes of the style, but with the added bonus of black walnuts to the tune of 250 pounds.
Three Heads Brewing Co. out of Rochester, New York has been in business for a few years now. They started out active on beer review websites and decided to open up their own brewery. They recently reached my local market and I recently grabbed a bottle of their Java Sutra Coffee Porter.