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Cain’s – The pride of Liverpool since 1850

At the age of 24, Robert entered Liverpool’s brewing industry, buying a small pub in Limekiln Lane, and brewing his own ales: down in London, work was underway on an enormous crystal palace to house Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition of the following year, 1851. Brewing turned out to be the perfect trade for the affluent, vibrant city of Liverpool, and soon Robert Cain’s fortunes were rising with those of his adopted city, and those of Britain itself, which was thriving in the great Victorian era of industrial expansion, economic progress and empire.

By 1858 Robert Cain was able to buy an old established brewery site on Stanhope Street – the site where Robert Cains Beers are still brewed today – and his name rapidly became famous throughout the city for the exceptional quality of his beers.

Two of their best……….

A regular winner of awards for quality and flavour, and winner of the silver medal at the International Brewing Industry Awards 2002, this refreshing yet full-bodied bitter is a favourite with beer drinkers everywhere. The rich flavours of premium malt and goldings hops are unmistakable in this well balanced, traditionally brewed bitter.

A Gold medal winner in the international brewing industry awards 2000, and a three times bronze medal winner at the Great British Beer Festival in the Best Mild category, this is a smooth, full flavoured, truly dark mild with a rich creamy head. It has a full body and distinctive roasted malt taste, balanced by its fresh hop character. Complex flavours and aromas are achieved by blending deeply roasted malt and adding a selected blend of English hops, including dry hops, to the cask conditioned beer.

Dominion Brewings Baltic Porter

Dominion Baltic Porter is brewed to meet your need for warmth on a cold winter’s night. Hints of licorice, toffee & chocolate mingle with a touch of Rye giving our Porter a full-bodied taste. Raise your mug to those who were bold enough to brave the Baltic!

  • 6.8% Alc/vol
  • German Pilsner, Crystal & Dark Specialty malts
  • Pairs well with grilled meats, hearty stews & even chocolate
  • Serve in a mug, tulip glass or pint glass at 45-50ºF

APPEARANCE

The Baltic Porter pours a dark, dark brown with a thin garnet edge. The small head faded slowly and showed tremendous retention as it ended in a glass clinging lace.

AROMA

Right away, even before pouring it into the glass, the porter gives off strong roasted malt notes. Behind the dominate aroma are subtle chocolates and caramels.

TASTE

Just like the nose, the taste is dominated by the roasted malt. I was a bit surprised by it’s up front character, but the flavors quickly grew on me and played well with the chocolates and caramels. The finish has some slight hoppiness, but not enough to make a dent in the roasted malt.

(courtesy of TheBarleyBlog.com)

Hoegaarden – The Original Wheat Beer

 

A little village in the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium, Hoegaarden is the birthplace of ‘Wheat Beer’. Renowned for its rich soil, bountiful wheat harvests, and abundant barley crops, the area has justifiably earned its reputation as a ‘brewing country’.

It all started in Hoegaarden around 1445 with monks who divided their time between prayers, devotion, and the manufacture of wine and beer. The monks were the first to discover the unique recipe for Hoegaarden wheat beer. With a little patience and some truly inspired experimentation, they refined it to the blend we know today.

As this area of Belgium was part of the Netherlands at the time, the monks had access to the diverse range of exotic herbs and spices being imported from the Dutch colonies in the East Indies. Certain historical records suggest that the very first wheat beers were, in fact, intensely sour, and this is what may have led the monks to their creative blending with Curaçao orange peel and coriander. With these exotic ingredients, they created the world famous Hoegaarden recipe.

Over hundreds of years, the village’s brewing industry grew. In 1709, the town boasted 12 breweries and it proved to be a golden century in the town’s history. The wealth of the region continued to grow and by 1726, Hoegaarden possessed 36 breweries and over 110 malting houses.

By the end of the 19th century, Hoegaarden was a true brewing centre with 36 breweries in a village of only 2,000 inhabitants. Hoegaarden’s long-term prosperity seemed guaranteed, but the world was moving on. The post-World War II economy, industrial production, new refrigeration techniques, and the rise of clear lagers all took their toll. The ‘lager revolution’ pulled most of the global market away from traditional wheat beer and in 1957, Tomsin, the last wheat beer brewery in Hoegaarden, closed its doors.

The original wheat beer is the oldest and most famous of Hoegaarden’s range. When poured, it forms a soft, white creamy head and leaves a generous lacing on the glass. Its naturally cloudy, pale hue shimmers when viewed through the glass.

With an aroma of orange peel, coriander and spice, its characteristic taste is entirely unique: smooth, light-bodied, and simultaneously sweet and sour, with a subtle, spiced citrus flavour. Best served in its traditional hexagonal glass.

4.9% ABV

 

Bud Light Platinum – Higher ABV – Coming Soon!!!

The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced its newest mass-market Budweiser offering since Bud Light Golden Wheat in 2009 and Bud Light Lime in 2008.

Ready the Clydesdales, for come January, Bud Light Platinum will begin appearing on shelves nationwide. The new offering will be 6% alcohol by volume (ABV), which is a significant jump from 4.2% ABV for Bud Light, the top selling beer in the country, and 5% for regular Budweiser. It will come in at 137 calories, compared to 110 for Bud Light.

Anheuser-Busch hopes Bud Light Platinum “appeals to a key group of beer drinkers and expands consumer occasions.” And there likely is a key group of beer drinkers that would love a product that tastes better than Bud Light (and probably a little worse than Budweiser) with a higher alcoholic content than either of them. The premium connotations of the “Platinum” branding probably won’t hurt sales either.

(courtesy of huffingtonpost.com)

Pipeline Porter from Kona Brewing – Ride the wave

Rich & Roasty

Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew.

Available Fall/Winter

 

Brew Specifics

Bitterness:23 IBU

ABV:5.3%

Original Gravity:13.5

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Victory, Caramel 80, Extra Special, Chocolate Malt, Dark Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley

Hops:Warrior, Millenium, Willamette

 

Awards

Suggested Food Pairings

Pipeline Porter is perfectly paired with hearty soups and stews, roast beef sandwiches, pot roast and mashed potatoes. It’s also a perfect beer on its own, drink it to take the chill off a windy, cold day!

 

 

 

Tallgrass’ Velvet Rooster – First Canned Belgian Tripel

 

Tallgrass Brewing Company has released the industry’s first canned Belgian-style Tripel under the auspicious name of “Velvet Rooster.”

“Andrew Hood, our head brewer, put together this amazing brew as his first test batch when he came to Tallgrass. I tasted it and wanted to can it that day,” said Tallgrass founder Jeff Gill. “Traditionally, Belgian-style Tripels take themselves very seriously, but we just couldn’t do that. We had to give it our Tallgrass-twist, and Velvet Rooster was born.”

Velvet Rooster is in the Trappist tradition of Belgian Tripels with sweet tones gently hiding its strong alcohol bite (8.5% ABV). The beer pours a golden straw color and is topped with a lofty pure white head that unveils the beer’s strong floral and fruit aromas.

The taste is clean but complex, starting with hints of fruit and sweet malt, with just a touch of candy sweetness at the end. The beer’s Champagne-like effervescence provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish.

According to www.Craftcans.com, a website dedicated to promoting craft beer in cans, Velvet Rooster is the first of its kind. “As far as I know, Tallgrass’s Velvet Rooster is the first canned Tripel in the world,” said craftcans.com co-founder Russ Phillips. “Tripels are usually in serious looking bottles with stuffy names. I wonder what the Trappist Monks would think of their heritage in a 16-ounce can with a psychedelic rooster on it?”

The Tallgrass website playfully says of their latest creation,”It is smooth and carefully crafted, like a fine velvet painting.”

In association with National Craft Beer Week in May, Tallgrass gave the public a limited preview of the brew. Velvet Rooster was a featured craft beer at select Old Chicago Restaurants in the Midwest. This small sampling left many people asking when they could take home a can of this amazing brew. The answer is now.

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Tallgrass Brewing Company was started in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2007, by homebrewer/ex-geologist Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia. Tallgrass’s products include Velvet Rooster, Ale, IPA, Buffalo Sweat Stout, Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat, and Oasis. Tallgrass declared its “Canifesto” in May of 2010 and began exclusively using cans for its non-draft product. Tallgrass is now distributed in 15 states.

(Courtesy of fullpint.com)

 

 

Magic Hat’s Winterland – Variety Pack

Our gathering of seasonal offerings to help you enjoy your winterland wonderland.

 

#9 — Not Quite Pale Ale

A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it.

Winter: Encore — An American Wheat I.P.A.

A genre-blending mix of an American wheat beer and a traditional India Pale Ale. Encore is hopped  and dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops, and has a pleasant grapefruit aroma that compliments its subtly sweet malty backbone. Grab a lighter and get up front!

Winter: Howl — Black-As-Night Winter Lager

Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast’s longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed.

Ravell — Our Odd Porter

An enormous play in one significant act, Ravell is a porter brewed with whole vanilla beans, once available whenever young William and father John deem it so.

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