Samuel’s Beer Picks
New Belgium Accumulation White IPA
This winter, IBUs start accumulating like snow in Colorado with New Belgium’s new Accumulation White IPA. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white beauty falling from the sky, but a direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter and winter seasonal beers. At least that’s what their rebellious brewers like to claim as they shovel in plenty of Mosaic and Amarillo hop varietals and a bit of wheat for a smooth mouthfeel. 6.2% ABV 55 IBU
Anchor Christmas Ale
Anchor Christmas Ale is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which it’s offered remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. With a heavily guarded, secret recipe, Christmas Ale is a highly anticipated seasonal delight, complex and full in flavor with a velvety texture and alluring, yet subtle, spiced aroma.
Firestone Walker Mocha Merlin Stout
With an infusion of local roast coffee, a dash of cocoa nibs and touch of seasonal sorcery, Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout has been transformed into Mocha Merlin for fall and winter enjoyment. This beer is brewed with the Colombia La Granadilla blend from HoneyCo Coffee Roasters. The Colombia La Granadilla coffee meshes perfectly with the chocolaty character from the cocoa nibs, providing an oatmeal stout experience like no other. A touch of lactose “milk sugar” provides suggestion of rounded sweetness on the finish. 5.5% ABV 23 IBU
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon “Russian Imperial Stout” became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, Brooklyn Brewing’s Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces. 10% ABV
Dogfish Head Siracusa Nera
Combining a roasty Imperial Stout with a jammy Syrah wine, this beer is bold and complex. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate and anise from a blend of roasted malts meld with flavors of plums, cherries and stewed fruits from Syrah grape must in this jet-black stout. Aged on American oak to add some light toasty vanilla to the mix. 10% ABV 60 IBU
Mother Earth Sin Tax Stout
Don’t let it fool you. This is an Imperial Stout first and foremost. Deep dark malts lend espresso notes and British crystal malts contribute the perfect toffee and caramel flavor. Despite the dry finish there is a wonderful molasses character compliments of brown cane sugar, and just enough residual sugar to finish full-bodied but never cloying. The peanut butter is simply featured to augment what is already there…a fantastic example of a legendary beer style. 8.1% ABV 55 IBU
Upcoming Pro Beer Training
Academy of Beer and Fine Service Basic Training: This training preps beverage professionals to pass the first level, Certified Beer Server™ exam of the Cicerone Certification Beer Sommelier Program. Subjects include beer ingredients and brewing process, beer styles,
storage and service and flavor and evaluation.
Cost for this course is $40. This includes a coupon code to take the Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam online (a $69 value), beverage service, a meal prepared by our chef, beer samples and a certificate of completion for the training from the Academy of Beer and Fine Service.
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November 30th 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
December 14th 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
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