I have always been a fan of the Denmark based Mikkeller, as all their beers are interesting and of quality. While Shane and Mike have been busy reviewing some of their other unique darker beers, such as the Rauch Geek Breakfast, Jackie Brown, and Beer Geek Breakfast, I always gravitate towards their Imperial IPAs. I found a bottle of their Hop Burn High Double Imperial Pale Ale, and although their beers tend to gravitate a little more to the pricey side, this one is worth the sticker price.
Bell’s Hopslam Ale is one of those beers I look forward to its release each year. After getting word a semi-local distributor received cases, I promptly drove 50 minutes one way to acquire one. Bottled on 1/9/2012, these are extremely fresh and hopefully tasting just like I remember last year: hoppy, bitter, citrusy and sweet.
My only connection to the relatively new Port City Brewing is Mike, and unfortunately his visits aren’t frequently enough to deliver their beer! On his most recent trip back, he brought with their first winter holiday beer, Tidings. Unlike most breweries that favor a Winter Warmer or Strong Dark Ale, Port City chose a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with honey and spices.
I was fortunate enough to receive another limited, one-time release from Schlafly, their #20, Volume 1 Imperial Pilsner, brewed for their 20th Anniversary. While Pilsners aren’t typically my preferred style of choice, I was still intrigued with the beer and wanted to give it a try. Volume 1 is the first of four beers in this “series” to come out — with the other two scheduled to be released this year.
Mike is back this week to join us outside of Philadelphia to review the Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu. This herb/spiced beer is part of their Ancient Ales series that boasts a 9000 year-old recipe out of China. Fermented with grape juice, this out of the ordinary beer is another excellent product of an always intriguing line-up of Off-Centered Ales.