Portland, Maine has a thriving restaurant and brewing scene and is often overlooked by the uninformed. Breweries in Portland have been churning out some awesome beers for many years. One of those breweries is Rising Tide Brewing and tonight I’m sampling their Ursa Minor stout. The label describes this beer as a Weizen Stout brewed with “wheat-beer” yeast along with dark crystal and roasted malts. That all checks out, time to dive in.
Goose Island has ramped up production on two yearly releases, Lolita and Juliet, their wine barrel aged Wild Ales. The increase in production also moved the bottles from 22 oz to 750 ml, giving them a look more akin to a wine bottle. Today, Mike and Shane are sampling Juliet which is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries.
Cantillon. I can’t think of another word that makes “sour” beer lovers as excited as that one. Brasserie Cantillon, the famous Lambic/Gueuze producing brewery from Belgium makes some of the most sought after beers in the world. Recently, I opened a bottle of their Rosé De Gambrinus, a raspberry Lambic, to share with Nick on his birthday.
Upland Brewing Co. out of Indiana is notorious for releasing a wide variety of fruited Lambics. One I recently had the chance to try was a 2011 bottle of their Persimmon Lambic. The fruit itself is new to me, so I wasn’t really sure exactly what flavors to be expecting out of this one. A big thanks goes out to Jason for the chance to try this one.
The famous, and relatively young, The Bruery in California make some of my favorite beers I’ve tried to date. Thanks to Scott, I’m able to try another recent release, Filmishmish – a 5.8% ABV American Wild Ale made with apricots and aged in oak barrels. Their Wild Ale/sour program has been nothing but impressive lately, so I’m hoping Filmishmish follows suit.