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Southern Tier 2X Steam

The #BOTW this week is Southern Tier 2X Steam, taken from the Ray’s Wine & Spirits latest Craft Beer Newsletter. (Sign up for it if you haven’t yet. You won’t regret it. I promise.)

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From the newsletter,

The first beer on the list is in a league of its own. We’ve dicussed the California Common (aka “steam beer”) in the past, but here’s a quick refresher. Back before commercial refrigeration, it was difficult to ferment beers at the lower temperatures necessary for lagers. As a result, brewers used shallow open fermenters so the air would cool the wort faster. They ended up using a lager yeast (normally activated at 45-50°F) and fermented it at a higher than average temperature (typically 58-68°F).

A unique style to begin with, Southern Tier out of Lakewood, New York ups the ante even further with their 2x Steam. Much like their 2x Stout or IPA, they take the normal ingredients and double it. Clocking in at 8% ABV, you’ll be surprised at how mildly this beer exerts itself. A deep, golden color, honey and mint aromas shine through. The hops are subtle, but firm. Sweet up front, light tangerine notes blend among earthy hop profiles. One of a kind, Southern Tier doubles your fun way better than Doublemint gum ever could hope.

Southern Tier recommends these food pairings: Cheddar cheeses, grilled chicken, salmon, salads and light desserts such as shortcake or shortbread cookies.

I think I may take them up on their cheddar cheeses suggestion, because cheese.

As an added bonus, the good folks at Ray’s Wine and Spirits gives us this incentive:

So be sure to take them up on their generosity and support #beerclub in the process.

And for more information about the brewery and beer:

Established: 2002
Southern Tier Brewing Company was founded in 2004 by Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn with the vision of bringing small batch brewing back to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2003 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct Old Saddle Back Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. All the equipment was removed and brought back to Lakewood, New York and set up at its new 10,000 square foot home, The Southern Tier Brewing Company. The Brewery began operations in February 2004 distributing regionally. By 2005 sales covered the majority of the New York State and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. In the beginning their two Flagship brands were a Pilsner and Mild Ale. Oh yeah they also brewed IPA! As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success. They next launched a line of seasonal beers which have gained great success. Since the beginning, Southern Tier has experienced steady growth, currently distributing to over 25% of the United States. Multiple expansions have been made to keep up with demand and the brewery continues to be innovative by producing new products. Keep a look out for new products coming to stores near you.
California Common Beer
Availability: Not Available
Glassware: Pint Glass

Cheers. See you Monday night at 8, at #beerclub.

Pearl Street Brewery – Pearl Street Pale Ale

While Pearl Street Brewery has been around since 1999, #beerclub has yet to sample their brews. This is about to change, as we add yet another Wisconsin brewery to our roster.

Pearl Street Pale Ale

Pearl Street Brewery Pale Ale

I’m trying out a new plugin on the blog to gather data from the online brewery database, so I’ll let the brewerydb.com plugin give you more details about the brewery and the beer. Join us next Monday at 8:00 PM at @hashtagbeerclub and #beerclub as we drink Pearl Street Pale Ale.

Established: 1999
Our brewery started with a dream and a 1984 Eagle Wagon and trailer packed with brewery equipment driven here from Colorado by an ambitious young brewer and his Dad. After a long and tumultuous journey involving disaster and triumph; joy and heartache ~ they began to build. Following fourteen months of design, building and construction they finally fired up the brew kettle for the first time in December of 1999. Although the brewery was tiny and tucked in a basement on Pearl Street, the celebration and Grand Opening was enough to attract throngs of flavor starved people and get Mayor Medinger to tap the inaugural keg. We have come a long way since. Today we brew, bottle and keg our beers from our new home in the historic La Crosse Footwear building with our expanded 30 barrel brewery. The new brewery has over six times the brewing capacity of the old Pearl Street Brewhouse. And while we spent the first 8 years slinging brews out to nearby pubs and restaurants in draught kegs only, in July of 2007, we unveiled bottled beer in six packs and cases.
American-Style Pale Ale
A well-defined hop flavor and aroma distinguish this classic beer. American-Style Pale Ales are amongst this country’s most distinctive brews. Few beer drinkers can pass up the flowery, slightly dry yet full-bodied flavor of this popular beer. Four separate additions of British hop varieties mingle in the brew kettle to create it’s intriguing and assertive hoppiness, and the age-old “dry-hopping” method using our own locally grown hops during fermentation tops Pearl Street Pale Ale off with spicy and floral hop aromatics. Silver Medal Winner at the World Beer Championship, 2003. Available on draught year ‘round.
ABV: 6%
Availability: Year Round
Glassware: Pint Glass

#Beerclub #BOTW Capital Brewery Mutiny IPA

Things they are a changing at Capital Brewery. Kirby Nelson, Capital’s longtime brewmaster, left the brewery in October to start a new brewery with Carl Nolen, Capital’s former president. In the wake of this shakeup Capital is working to reinvent itself.

In the nearly 30 years since the brewery first opened, they have never brewed an IPA.

Until now.

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The brewery has just released Mutiny IPA and their new limited release Imperial IPA Capsized. The Mutiny IPA is a new year round beer from the brewery and can round out the traditionally lager and bock heavy lineup.

Join #beerclub on April Fools Day as we drink Wisconsin’s newest IPA.

Established: 1984
Located in a former egg processing plant building, Capital Brewery produced its first brew at 6:30 pm, April 17, 1986. The brewhouse features two copper brewing kettles. These units, now over 50 years old, were originally used at the former Hoxter Brewery located in Germany. At the heart of the operation is a group of loyal and hard working employees dedicated to producing the high quality beer that Capital Brewery is known for. Most of the beers brewed here at Capital consist of traditional ingredients, water, malted barley and wheat, hops and yeast. However, we do believe in experimentation to develop unique beer styles and varieties. We invite you to enjoy one of our beers in our brewery or take some home for a true Capital experience. Capital Brewery was established with an important mission in mind, and we continually build on that sentiment, by delivering a unique experience and award winning beers to meet the changing demands of the craft beer community.

 

#Beerclub BOTW Sprecher Hard Root Beer – 1/21/2013

This week’s beer of the week isn’t actually a beer at all. Our friends over at Sprecher Brewery released a limited run of their new Bootleggers Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer.

Hard Root Beer

Sprecher Bootleggers Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer

Building on the success of the Sprecher Sodas, this Hard Root Beer bridges the gap between the breweries soda lineup and their beer lineup. Sweet and complex in flavor, the Sprecher root beer is one of the highest rated root beers on the market. Coming in at 5% ABV, this drink promises to be something to remember.

The brew is available at the brewery and at several area liquor stores including Rays and Discount Liquor.

Join us at twitter hashtag #beerclub on Monday night January 21st at 8:00 PM Central time as we drink the Sprecher Bootleggers Hard Root Beer.

#beerclub BOTW: Sixpoint Brownstone

Sixpoint Brownstone

Sixpoint Brownstone

A new beer to the canned Sixpoint lineup, Brownstone is a fan favorite from the brewery since it’s been available on tap for some time.

This beer should be a little easier for many of the #beerchat folks to find, if they choose to join in with the #beerclub discussion. This Monday night at 8:00 PM Central.

http://sixpoint.com/beers/core/brownstone

#beerclub BOTW – Sierra Nevada/Russian River Collaboration – BRUX

What do you get when two breweries who are consistently rated as some of the best brewers in the world pair up for a collaboration beer? In this case you get Brux Domesticated Wild Ale.

I could discuss this more, but why not let the guys behind it do it for me.

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale

Drink with us next Monday August 6th, 8:00 PM on twitter at hashtag #beerclub. Join us for the #beerclub afterparty on Google Plus.

Can’t get the beer? No problem, #beerclub is all about learning, and discussing beer. We often have participants who are drinking different beers, or even water, or wine.

#beerclub BOTW: Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Yellow Snow IPA

The holidays are behind us, and we’re into the heart of the winter months. It’s time to drink a seasonal beer that’s not your typical winter beer. Why not a seasonal IPA with an unconventional name. Rogue Brewery offers up Yellow Snow IPA which fits this bill perfectly.

HISTORY

Yellow Snow IPA was originally introduced for the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Yellow Snow is Rogue’s tribute to winter sports everywhere—downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country, ice hockey, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and even curling.

It will be available November 1st in select states where mountains and snow can be found.

Tasting Notes:

Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-pallet. Finishes with a characteristic lingering bitterness.

8 Ingredients:Cara Foam, Melanoiden & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.
Specs:15º PLATO

70 IBU

76 AA

14º Lovibond

Join us this Monday night January 10th at 8:00 PM Central time. Follow the twitter hashtag #beerclub for more details and to drink along.

#beerclub Beer of the Week: Bells Winter White

Bells Winter White Ale

Bell's Winter White Ale

Winter is in full effect and 2011 is on the door step. For our first #beerclub of 2011 we need to drink a special beer. This is where Bells Brewery Winter White Ale comes in. A Belgian style white ale, Winter White is not your typical heavy winter beer.

Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell’s Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Bell’s Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter.

Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Original Gravity: 1.052
Shelf Life: 6 months
Dates Available: Winter Seasonal
Available Packages: Bottle, draft, and 5 liter (1.32 gal.) mini-keg

Join us on Monday Night January 3rd for Bell’s Winter White.

#beerclub Beer of the Week: Sprecher Winter Brew

To keep on the theme of seasonal beers, this week the #beerclub is drinking Milwaukee’s own Sprecher Brewery Winter Brew. A Bavarian Style Dunkle, Winter Brew is a beer to warm you up during the cold winter months in Wisconsin.

This #beerclub is special because we’re going to be doing it in person. Genevieve and Craig have opened their house up to the beerclub for a nacho dinner and #beerclub in person meeting. This is an event you surely don’t want to miss. Make sure to RSVP and find out more information on the official Twitvite. It’s fitting that we’re drinking the Winter Brew at the scene of this horrendous event. Come out and celebrate the season, drink along with good friends and remember the fallen Winter Brew next Monday.

Sprecher Winter Brew

Sprecher Winter Brew

A flavorful blend of dark roasted and sweet caramel malts defines this smooth and robust lager. The rich, nourishing flavors of a full-bodied Munich bock make this Bavarian-style brew perfect for those long winter nights.

Randy’s Notes: “Winter brew is a Munich style dunkel bock of much repute among those who know us best. It has won the World Beer Cup, Gold and Bronze medals.”

Winter Brew Facts

Available Dec. through Feb.
Alcohol by Volume: 5.75%
Degrees Plato (Initial Gravity): 14.5P
Weeks Aged: 8
Bitterness Units: 0 IBU
Year First Brewed: 1986
Serving Temperature: 50°
Malts: Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate, Pale
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Mt. Hood, Tettnanger
Sizes: 1/4 and 1/2 Barrels, 16oz Bottles

#beerclub Beer of the Week: Sierra Nevada Celebration

Sierra Nevada Celebration

Sierra Nevada Celebration

We’re heading into the holiday season and that means it’s time for holiday beers. We’ve also had a few fresh/wet hop beers. This week for #beerclub we’re combining these two and drinking Sierra Nevada Brewing Celebration Ale. This is a “fresh hop” ale

“The long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter with Celebration Ale. Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma. Brewed especially for the holidays, it is perfect for a festive gathering or for a quiet evening at home.”

Join us on Monday Night December 13th for Sierra Nevada Celebration.