If THIS isn’t in your head whenever you see the acronym “TWIB” then it probably should be because I’m totally stealing/plagiarizing/grabbing all inspiration from that but I’m replacing the “B” here with “Beer” instead of the “Baseball” that it used to be when I was a kinder.
To start, we’re doing one of those crazy things tomorrow where we’re donating 5% of ALL OF OUR TOTAL SALES to an organization that deserves it. This time, we’re partnering with One Vermont. They’re a great organization that provides a ton of help to the local community of Vermont through social and fiscal work. You can and should read all about it HERE.
So, thanks for coming in and helping out, it means a lot.
Also, if you’re around on Sunday, we’re doing this thing where we’re selling our bottles (this week it’s Blackberry Farm’s Fall Saison, Hopfenstark’s Saison Station 55 and Four Quarters Fleur de Lis – all 750ml and ALL $12! That’s about the steal of your generation) at a price that’s been mentioned parenthetically. You should get on that.
And then there was the other beer.
Let’s chat about the things that you may see on draft this week, huh?
Citizen Cider Companion: Sour Cherry Cider – So, they made a cider with apples and then finished it with fresh cherry juice to transform it into the being known as Companion, otherwise known as (OKA) a Sour Cherry Cider.
Lost Nation Vermont Pilsner: this would be a great time to compare/contrast what a “traditional” German-Style Pilsner is versus what Lost Nation does with theirs. You will quickly find out what I mean by “American Pilsner.” Usually, the term “American Pilsner” (you should, when seeing me putting things in quotations, actually picture me using my fingers (two each hand) in the air, actually and physically putting things in quotations) means that corn or some sort of adjunct is involved. But, in this case, it doesn’t. What I mean by “American Pilsner” here is that it’s fairly hoppy for the style. Comparing this to, say, the Bavik that we have on right now (that can either be a pint for $5 or a 20oz for $6 – AND – make it a 20oz for the pint price on the Saturdays). Bavik is a very traditionally made German-Style Pilsner: compare/contrast analyze/interpret.
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6: Double IPA with Mosaic hops: we should all know my take on Mosaic hops by now and how I really can’t describe it because it seems to be different for everyone. Mosaic hops are said to be VERY berryesque, whereas I get bubblegum.
Zero Gravity Strawberry Moon: a Sour Ale made with over 600 pounds of local Strawberries. I’m going to spoil this for you: you know those little seeds on the fruit of the strawberry (why is that dang word so hard to type?), that’s what it’s going to taste like. Generally, when you add strawberries to something (let’s face it, we’re talking about beer), those seeds are the taste that comes through.
Zero Gravity Hopfenweisse: Imagine a beer teetering on the brink of being a Hefeweizen (more in depth later – it’ll get you to read this) but way too hoppy and using the hop Equinox; a very tropical hop.
Hill Farmstead Dharma Bum: Single Hop IPA where the “Single” here means Simcoe because that is a type of hop. Simcoe, when used properly (and it is here – this is a really great representation of when a brewer uses this hop well) promotes the earthly aspect of hops. When used incorrectly, it is said that you’ll get an aroma and taste of cat piss, whatever that tastes like.
Kent Falls Pineapple Juicemaker: Brett Fermented IPA with Pineapples. I’ve heard really good things about this brewery and this should be pretty good. I brought in a couple of different kinds from them and, well, they should be good. Imagine a very hoppy offering with a little tartness to it and the juiciness from the pineapple.
Four Quarters Little Umbrellas: Sour ale made with toasted coconut and pineapple. Man, it’s really tough to write about anything right now sitting at the bar; I need an office. So, sour from mixed fermentation and add some toasted coconut and pineapple to that.
Idletyme Bavarian Weizen: Hefeweizen. The name says it all here: Hefe means “yeast” and Weizen means “wheat.” So, it will have a cloudiness to it, both derived from the yeast selection (a yeast that doesn’t flocculate as well as others after fermentation – which is intentional in this case) and the use of a high portion of wheat (which tends to stay in suspension in the beer because of the types of proteins it imparts – a lower portion of wheat can do wonders with head retention and body development). Overall, a wonderful summer beer, very refreshing.
That should be it.