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.
The Bruery just keeps churning out new beers. Some hitting the mark, some not, but always interesting. The next one on my “gotta try” list from them is the Smoking Wood, a Smoked Imperial Rye Porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. The malt is beachwood and cherrywood smoked, and the 2012 variety that I have clocks in at 13% ABV.
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A new holiday beer for us this year, Southern Tier’s 2XMAS is categorized on BeerAdvocate as an “Herbed/Spiced Beer” coming in at 8% ABV. 2XMAS has an interesting flavor profile that has characteristics from both the spiced Witbier holiday style, and the classic Winter Warmer style.
The fall chill is finally setting to set in up in the Northeast. It is a brisk 50 degrees in the air and the pumpkins are everywhere. I recently grabbed a mixed six-pack of some autumn seasonals. One of the beers that caught my eye was the newly designed label of Flying Fish’s OktoberFish.
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.