Lady Luck Red Ale is a Irish Red Ale style beer brewed by Karben4Brewing in Madison, WI. Brewed as an interpretation of Bordeaux wine translated into beer, this is more than just a beer to satisfy and soothe – it’s an emotional experience. Deepest ruby red and filled with a symphony of malt flavors including caramel, toffee, raisins, and currants that finish with a simple hint of roast and chocolate tones lingering like a half-remembered dream. This gentle giant, balanced with English hops, dominates all senses without destroying the palate. See the Isthmus review at http://isthmus.com/food-drink/beer/beer-here-lady-luck-irish-red-ale-from-karben4-brewing/ ABV 7.5%
A good example of the American twist on the English classic. It is more of a deep copper than pale gold, as is common for the style, and has a unique malt profile due in large part to the addition of 20% American Wheat Malt. A strong American hop structure provides an enticing aroma of tangerine and grapefruit and smooth finish that will keep you coming back for more. (ORIGINAL RELEASE 9/2012). ABV 5.7%.
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Bourbon County Stout . Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at their original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. ABV 14.2%. BA score 100. Rate Beer 100.
Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to their brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from their friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. ABV 13.4%. BA score 100. Rate Beer 100
Bourbon County Regal Rye Stout. A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt. Developed by the team of Goose Island brewers, this year’s recipe was especially collaborative. The brewers submitted recipes, held a roundtable discussion dissecting each and in the end landed on Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout. Available nationwide in limited quantities. ABV 13.5%
Oskar Blues IPA from Oskar Blues Brewing of Longmont, Colorado. A Metamodern IPA conceived of hand selected hops from down under. Malt barley and red wheat combine to create a clean malt backbone with foolproof flavor and mouthfeel to support the main act of Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz and Galaxy hops. The hops strum juicy and sweet aromas with headline notes of passion fruit, raspberries, pineapple and citrus. This straight-up strain is Oskar Blues IPA. ABV 6.43%. Rate Beer score 95. Food Pairing: With a bold emphasis on hop bitterness, India pale ales are the ultimate beverage pairing for spicy dishes. The sharp hop presence in most India pale ales can stand up to even the most devilish of spices in Cajun, Malaysian, Japanese, Indian, and Mexican cuisine.
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. “First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada”. ABV 6.8% Food Pairing: CUISINE Fish and Chips, Roasted Turkey and Dressing, Polenta and Grilled Vegetable; CHEESE Parmagiano Reggiano, Manchego. Beer Advocate Score 93.
Bell’s Winter White Ale brewed by Bell’s Brewing Company of Kalamzoo, Michigan. Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell’s Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Bell’s Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance. ABV 5%. Beer Advocate rating of 83. Food Pairing: pairs well with delicate fish, seafood, pork or salads. It also works well with spicy foods, bacon, Peking duck, eggs, eggs Benedict, octopus, omelets and sushi. For dessert, pair with fruit pies or dishes like blueberry trifle, cranberry-apple cobbler or banana orange crepes. Pairs well with cheeses like Butterkase, Mascarpone, Edam, Gouda and anything with herbs.
Idiot Farm is a American Double / Imperial IPA style beer brewed by Karben4 Brewery in Madison, Wisconsin. Out of a bottle into a Karben 4 snifter, pours a murky amber with a nice white head. Aroma is amazing. Great hop offering of Pineapple, mango, citrus, & pine—balanced nicely with the presence of sweet carmaly malt. Beer Advocate score of 90. 6.4% ABV.
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. An American IPA with juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile. As if fresh Citra and Mosaic hops were squeezed straight into the bottle. Beer Advocate score of 93. 6.4% ABV. Available year round.
Deschutes Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. This is the beer that started it all. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavor, yet easy to drink. Notes of rich chocolate and coffee, a luscious creaminess and a roasted finish. Beer Advocate score of 93. 5.2% ABV.
Little Sumpin. Way smooth and silky with a nice wheatly-esque-ishness. A truly unique style featuring a strong hop finish on a silky boyd. A hoppy pale wheat ale that is great for IPA fans but so smooth that the hefeweizen fans dig it too. ABV 7.5%
Little Sumpin Extra. The big sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale…Lots of wheat for a curious malt complexity and leaving it light in color, but huge in flavor and satisfaction. ABV 8.7%