Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Beer Journal #70: Berliner Weisse, Somersault, Blue Paddle, Rock Hard Red, First Press & More

Blackberry Tart Ale
Limited Release
Ale brewed with blackberries and raspberries
Blue Moon Brewing Company
Golden, CO
Label info:
5.8% ALC. BY VOL.
This deep-amber colored ale is crafted with a bounty of blackberries for a hint of tartness balanced with a smooth malt finish.
Questions? Call 1-800-BLE-MOON

Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Sweet Stout
Wells & Youngs, Ltd.
Bedford, UK

Label stats:
Alc by Vol 5.2%
Pure Luxury
Est'd 1831
Ale with natural chocolate flavor added
Chocolate malt & real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award-winning rich dark ale to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.

Brown Ale
Pearl Street Brewery
LaCrosse, WI

The label offered no further information.

First Press
Traditional Hard Cider
Ciderboys Cider Company
Stevens Point, WI

Off the label:
Naturally gluten free
Ingredients: Cider base, apple juice concentrate, natural flavors and citric acid to preserve freshness
Nutrition Facts: Calories 204, Fat Cal 0 Total Fat 0g Cholest. 0mg Sodium 25mg Total Carb. 28g Protein 0g 
India Pale Ale
Ale Syndicate Brewers
Breese, IL

From the label:
ALC. 6.2% BY VOL
We love two things: our city, and good beer. Chicago isn't gentle. It's got audacity, grit and grace. At Ale Syndicate Brewers, we make craft beer that's distinctly Chicago. We are dedicated to strong flavors, pure ingredients, and the power of coming together around something that we all love.
Municipal IPA is everything we think a good IPA should be: floral and savory, hoppy, but refreshing. This all-Crystal ale is the second in our single-hopped series of well-balanced, enjoyable IPAs. Feel free to share among your friends--but we'll understand if you don't.
Hey Chicagoans, Please Recycle!
Bottles are good
Glasses are better
Enjoy this beer in a 16 oz. pub glass.
Beer Specs     IBU 50   OG 1.061  15 Plato
Best served at 50 F

Rock Hard Red
Malt beverage with natural flavors added
Gray Brewing Company
Janesville, WI

Label info:
4.4% ALC/VOL
Get Reddy to Rock
Unique Berry Flavor
Serve over ice

Blue Paddle
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, CO

Label disclosures:
Employee owners and free time come together with ping-pong and our favorite Pilsener. BLUE PADDLE always wins with a refreshing bitterness, vibrant finish, and an impressive backhand.
New Belgium's Employee Owners would love you to stop by the brewery! 500 Linden, Fort Collins, CO
Enjoy by:

Summer Seasonal
Ale brewed with natural flavors
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, CO

Label offerings:
ALC. 5.2% BY VOL.
Somersault Ale is a fun roll around on the tongue and a perfect, summer loungs around ale that is easy to drink. Color is blonde with a suggestion of amber. Somersault tumbles out with citrus aroma from Centennial hops, a tuck of soft apricot fruitiness, completed by a smooth, upright finish with oats that were pitched in a long, slow mash. Somersaults all around!
Savor the flavor
Serve at 45 F
Best before: 30AUG15

Berliner Weisse
New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI

Label print:
"Some people paint, some sing, others write...I brew."-Daniel Carey
A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again.
Napoleon hailed this tart beer style "the Champagne of the North." A lively and elegant masterpiece, this Berliner Weisse is a kaleidoscope of fresh flavor. Barrel fermentation, Reisling grapes, and Wisconsin White Wheat are bottle fermented with five proprietary yeast strains. A connoisseur's rare jewel both spirited and subtle, enjoy your sparkling toast under summer stars.
Thanks for supporting the arts,
Daniel & Deborah Carey

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