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With an early-February snowstorm blowing in, it seemed an ideal time to kick off off Stout Month by landing at Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing for a Ski Plane Stout.
Lovers of traditional Stout will be pleased. Ski Plane Stout is a straight-up version of a dry Stout. It has characteristic bitterness and roast malt flavors up front, with undertones of chocolate.
In Nebraska, the temperature can easily swing 40 degrees from one day to the next. In the winter, it can be bitter cold on Monday, and 60 degrees on Tuesday. This can make it challenging to know which beer to stock up on. Dark and cold days call for a heavier beer to warm you up. On a sunny day, you want to reach for something crisp and light. What’s the solution? Play it safe and get yourself some Munich Mindset, brewed by Code Beer Co. in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A favorite childhood drink comes to mind when pouring and sipping this beautifully done Berliner Weisse that is Purple Pineapple from Servaes Brewing Co. The drink we’re referring to is the timeless classic known as Kool-Aid. We’re down for drinking the Kool-Aid that Servaes (pronounced liked service) is putting out, too. Intrigued yet? Let’s dive in and find out more!
Wanna get down but feeling a little… down? Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. has the solution for you. Gotta Get Up to Get Down Coffee Milk Stout is the perfect solution for giving you a bit of a beer buzz while also waking you up enough to get down.
In the beer calendar, the winter months are a great time to celebrate the chocolatey porters and full-bodied, creamy stouts of the world. If you are heading up for skiing in central Colorado, Highside Brewing in Frisco serves a wonderful White Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that is great for sipping slowly and warming your body up after an outing in the cold. It is known as Wall Slammer.
With original plans to open in March of 2020 in downtown Livermore (California), Pennywight Craft Brewing quickly had to shift focus. Like so many other breweries, the constant change in recommendations and rules left them to think on their feet. As soon as local regulations allowed, they started selling growlers and crowlers and even managed to have a full kitchen up and running by late June of 2020. Tenacity and focus were requirements to stay afloat.
Beer trends are a flat circle, or something like that. After years of being inundated with the thickest, juiciest, chewiest IPAs, it seems the pendulum might be swinging back towards the newest trends of the 1850s. Pilsners, hoppy Lagers, and other “cleaner” beers, like baggy pants and oversized sweater vests, are suddenly fashionable again, but what happens when you combine styles old and new? Highland Park Brewery Timbo Pils is here to show you the best of both worlds.
Dank nugs? Or dank mugs? When a brewery’s sensory process for a new beer involves smelling & analyzing different strains of cannabis, you know you’re in for a dank time. Silver City Brewery has merged aromatic compounds from several different strains of marijuana in order to develop Tropic Chronic, a variation of one of its flagship IPAs.
Don those blue suede shoes, warm up those rubber legs and get ready to rock n’ roll because the King is back! Immortalized in Stout form, Greeley, Colorado’s WeldWerks Brewing Co.’s newest tribute to Elvis Presley is inspired by the king of rock n’ roll’s favorite lunch: the peanut butter and banana sandwich. This gooey, sticky and satisfying beer will hit you right in right in the nostalgia olfactory with its balanced flavors and pompadour nose.
Let me take you back to the year 1991; John and Patty Urlaub opened the very first craft brewery in Rochester, NY. Taking inspiration from a small town in Germany, Rohrbach Brewing Company quickly became a staple in Central New York’s craft beer scene. You’ll always be able to find their classics on tap along with trendy and new seasonal brews!
Peanut butter fans will find a lot to love in Downhill Brewing Saturday Nut Fever Peanut Butter Brown. This brew packs in a strong dose of nutty flavors along with complementary chocolate and roast notes. The overall experience is much like peanut butter on dark chocolate.
A glance at the Pathlight Brewing tap list reveals an impressive variety: ranging from an English Dark Mild, to a milkshake IPA called $ugar DaddY, to wild ales with wine grapes. Brewers Tanner Vaughn and David Harris strive to make “a little bit of everything.” The menu has something for every beer drinker.
For the past four years, residents of and visitors to the Texas Hill Country have had a privilege rarely bestowed on American beer drinkers — the opportunity to enjoy freshly brewed English-style beers served on cask at the singular Acopon Brewing taproom in Dripping Springs TX. While their beautifully delivered flagship Homunculus Dark Mild Ale and Gaspipes ESB continue to draw in both cask-curious and happily acclimated patrons from season to season, at this time of year there is another very good reason to make a trip to Acopon — the annual release of their Hans Trapp BBA Russian Imperial Stout.
This is one for the lovers of classic styles. The ones who appreciate restraint yet quality. This is Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager – a clean and crisp rendition of the German-style lager that stays true to form. While innovation is always exciting, there is beauty in simplistic that is just as worthy as praising.
Often times, smoked beers can offer similar notes and flavors to beef jerky. Separately, both incredible things; combined, not my cup of tea (or beer). Thankfully, no two iterations of any beer style are the same. Enter Django Pennsylvania, a Grodziskie style beer brewed by Ørkenoy in Chicago, IL in collaboration with Live Oak Brewing out of Austin, TX. A Grodziskie is a traditional Polish style, which is a very light, smoky beer, brewed with 100% wheat malt.
Just in time for the new year, Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora, Colorado, has released their New Year, New Brut Champagne-style beer. This clear and fresh beer offers hope that maybe 2022 can start with a clean slate.
Alternative Modes is the name of one of Parleaux Beer Lab’s popular Lagers, but it could also just as easily double as the mantra the 5-year-old New Orleans brewery uses in their approach to brewing.
It’s not a stretch to say yeast helped Shades Brewing make its mark. Specifically, the South Salt Lake, UT brewery utilized a strain of kveik — an ancient Norwegian farmhouse brewing yeast — to cement its place in craft beer.
It’s the season for big, robust beers and Launch Pad Brewing Joint Activities Baltic Porter certainly fits that bill. With rich, dark roast-malt flavor and an ABV of 9% this brew will see you through the coldest days of January.