Caleb Weiland's Beer Notes 01/29/18

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Thanks to Stephen King, you probably think of nightmarish children eaters when hearing the word “clown.” But if you add the word “shoes” to “clown” then it’s amazing how friendly and not scary it sounds. It’s also amazing that there’s a brewery titled “Clown Shoes” out of Boston that makes really good beer and this brewery is now in our portfolio. Known for their ipa’s and experimentation with classic styles, we currently have their Galactica IPA (8% and dry hopped with Galaxy), Space Cake (9% West Coast double ipa) and Chocolate Sombrero (9% stout with ancho chili peppers, vanilla and cinnamon). While these abv’s are definitely on the higher side, none of them are boozy and the alcohol is hidden quite well. Now available in kegs and cans. 

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Experimenting with hops can be quite a dangerous game. When done incorrectly, it can lead to broken relationships with family and friends, along with the irreversible destruction of your pride and own palate. When done right, you could consider it Well Played which happens to be the name of Left Hand’s new experimental red ipa. Using a hop called BRU-1 from the Yakima Valley, this 6.8% beer has a noticeable malt front but finishes with a burst of experimental hoppy dryness. Now in kegs and cans.

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Now for your “this sounds made up obscure beer of the week,” I present you with Kazematten Baksteenwinkel. This collaboration with St. Bernardus is a 6.2% saison that is incredibly earthy, dry and lacks the usual ester sweetness usually found in these styles. It’s very rare that we carry a collaboration between two of the most highly renowned breweries in the world, so, if you have the faintest of interest, I suggest pulling the trigger on this rare beer. The Winkel of this star shines quite bright.

If you’re into lush, mountainous landscapes and William Wallace and beer then you’ve probably heard of Innis and Gunn out of Scotland. One of the few imports to specialize in barrel aging, we received their anticipated Kindred Spirits, which is their Scottish stout aged in Tullamore triple distilled Irish Whiskey barrels. It’s packed with flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak and is only 6.1%, so you don’t have to have an Uber driver on hand while drinking it. If you want something a little heavier, we also have their Bourbon Dark Ale, which is a small batch aged in first fill bourbon casks and is quite similar to a Wee Heavy with a stronger focus on bourbon flavors. Only 7.2%.

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Don’t’ forget about New Holland Blue Sunday Sour, Stone Scorpion Bowl, Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy, Harpoon Winter Blonde and Brooklyn Lager.