1100 Westheimer | Houston, Texas

Sunday – Wednesday 11AM – Midnight
Thursday – Saturday 11AM – 2AM
Happy Hour: Daily 11AM - Noon and 3PM – 6:30PM
Happy Hour Specials: 30 beers for $3 each, $5 beer and a shot
21+ after 7pm


Beer List

We take beer very seriously. We built this bar to store and deliver craft beer under its most ideal conditions.  We’ve gone to painstaking efforts to ensure that our beers are always served at the proper temperature, with the correct pressure and gas mix, in appropriate glassware and by folks who know what the hell they’re talking about. 

We have 80 taps—75 draft and 5 cask engines.  Our cooler has separate zones for lagers and ales and individually regulated pressure on each tap for perfect pours.  We're aging more than 200 kegs in our cellar right now. 

Our extensive bottle list—featuring cellared beers, hard-to-find bottlings, more readily available bottle-conditioned beers and more—has beers that date back to 2001, and we're even selling beers By the Glass. 

Beer. We got it. You want it. So we’re kinda like a team. YAY TEAM!


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Brewery Beer Style Category IBU ABV
J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale English Barley Wine The Brown Note None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale English Barley Wine The Brown Note None 11.50

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Snifter

Bottle Size

275mL

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J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale

Caramelized Dark Fruits, Toffee, Butterscotch and Slightly Muddled Aged Hops

Caramelized Dark Fruits, Toffee, Butterscotch and Slightly Muddled Aged Hops

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Style:
English Barley Wine

English Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
read more
English Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband Oud Bruin Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 8.00
Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband Oud Bruin Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 8.00

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Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband

"Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine." Commercial Description

"Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine." Commercial Description

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Style:
Oud Bruin

Brewery:
Brewery Liefmans

Aalststraat 200
Oudenaarde, Belgium 9700

http://www.liefmans.be/

Belgian brewery which produces oud bruin and other Belgian beers. It was founded in 1679. The company went bankrupt in 2008 and was acquired by Duvel Moortgat. Liefmans' wheat beer, Dentergems Wit, and a Belgian ale, Lucifer, were subsequently taken over by Het Anker Brewery.

Belgian brewery which produces oud bruin and other Belgian beers. It was founded in 1679. The company went bankrupt in 2008 and was acquired by Duvel Moortgat. Liefmans' wheat beer, Dentergems Wit, and a Belgian ale, Lucifer, were subsequently taken over by Het Anker Brewery.

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J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry Barrel Aged Barleywine The Brown Note None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry Barrel Aged Barleywine The Brown Note None 11.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

275mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates.

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Barleywine

Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

read more

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

read less
J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados English Barley Wine The Brown Note None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados English Barley Wine The Brown Note None 11.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

275mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and faint smoky oak

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and faint smoky oak

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Style:
English Barley Wine

English Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
read more
English Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
read less

Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

read more

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

read less
Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus American Barley Wine The Brown Note 75 11.50
Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus American Barley Wine The Brown Note 75 11.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

24.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus

Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

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Style:
American Barley Wine

American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
read more
American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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Brewery:
Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Ct
Blanco, TX 78606

http://realalebrewing.com/

Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 38 11.90
North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 38 11.90

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

40 - 50 / Black

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV

Annual release of this beer. Aged in bourbon barrels it takes on some vanilla and oak characteristics along with the usual dark chocolate and roasty malt.

Annual release of this beer. Aged in bourbon barrels it takes on some vanilla and oak characteristics along with the usual dark chocolate and roasty malt.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
North Coast Brewing Company

455 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/home.php

A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation ...

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A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.

In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860s.

These exceptional beers are available in 47 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim.

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Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus American Barley Wine The Brown Note 75 10.50
Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus American Barley Wine The Brown Note 75 10.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

24.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus

Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

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Style:
American Barley Wine

American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
read more
American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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Brewery:
Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Ct
Blanco, TX 78606

http://realalebrewing.com/

Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Barrel Aged Barleywine The Brown Note None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Barrel Aged Barleywine The Brown Note None 11.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

275mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and peat

sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and peat

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Style:
Barrel Aged Barleywine

Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 60 10.20
Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 60 10.20

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

40 - 50 / Black

Original Gravity

24.200 plato

Final Gravity

6.600 plato

Hops

Challenger-UK +

Flavor: Spicy and almost fruity flavors.

Aroma: Very spicy and some cedar and green tea notes.

Alpha Acids: 6.5 - 9%                      

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 4.2%                      

Dual Purpose

Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

Bittering 

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Caramel Malt +

Chocolate +

Pale Malt +

Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal

"Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a ...

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"Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come." Commercial Description

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Sierra Nevada

1075 E. 20th St.
Chico, CA 95928

http://www.sierranevada.com/

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among ...

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In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” 

Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend’s father showed him the basics of homebrewing. Using homemade equipment, he began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own and soon became a proficient home brewer. 

In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University, Chico, he opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s homebrewing community with equipment, materials and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. 

Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken cobbled together a brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, he created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. 

Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a used, traditional, 100-barrel copper brewhouse that became the heart of the new brewery. It met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, he commissioned a new, larger brewhouse, and coaxed the original coppersmiths out of retirement to match new kettles to the originals. This expansion became the powerhouse that helped bring the brewery’s total capacity to more than 800,000 barrels per year. 

Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music and its award-winning beers. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. The brewery is also home to the 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music venue.

Sierra Nevada brewed one million barrels in 2014. Year round beers include Pale Ale (flagship), Torpedo® Extra IPA, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, and Kellerweis® Bavarian-Style Wheat.

The soul of Sierra Nevada is the brewery's affinity for whole-cone hops and the special flavors and aromas they provide. Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewery in the world. They love the aromas from dry-hopped beers so much that they created the revolutionary “Hop Torpedo,” a sleek, stainless steel device they use to gather the most hop flavor and aroma without imparting any excess bitterness.

In every aspect of the brewery, Sierra Nevada strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. From recycling and composting to water treatment, bio-fuel production and water conservation, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. In 2008, Sierra Nevada completed construction of one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the country with more than 10,000 panels that provide nearly 20% of the brewery's total energy needs. 

In 2005, Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to install hydrogen fuel cells; the combination of the solar array and the fuel cell system generates more than half of the brewery’s energy needs on site. They also have an extensive water treatment program including our own wastewater treatment facility. 

Through extensive recycling, reuse and composting programs, the brewery is able to divert 99.8% of its solid waste from landfills. 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was named a “Green Power Partner” in 2011 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and "Green Business of the Year" in 2010 by the EPA for its practices in sustainability.

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Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry Wild Ale Fresh and Fruity None 8.00
Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry Wild Ale Fresh and Fruity None 8.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

750mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry

Cranberries, Orange Peel and Cinnamon

Cranberries, Orange Peel and Cinnamon

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Cascade Brewing

7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Portland, OR 97225

http://cascadebrewing.com/

Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by owner Art Larrance and brewmaster Ron Gansberg. Together, Art and Ron put their 40 years combined beer experience to work, designing and installing Cascade’s 10-barrel brewing system in Southwest Portland, then creating and distributing well-balanced traditional ales ...

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Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by owner Art Larrance and brewmaster Ron Gansberg. Together, Art and Ron put their 40 years combined beer experience to work, designing and installing Cascade’s 10-barrel brewing system in Southwest Portland, then creating and distributing well-balanced traditional ales.

Sour beers really came about by default. The pair had followed the trends of traditional ales and were growing tired of what they referred to as the “hops arms race” of ever-hoppier beers, especially in the Northwest. Both wanted to focus instead on beers that offered an intense sensory experience other than hops. They considered what they could draw upon from the region: an abundant supply of wine barrels from the nearby wine country, and access to delicious and plentiful local fruit.

They chose to create sour ales (though they purposefully stayed away from trying to recreate Belgian style sour ales). Employing lactobacillus, an acid bacteria that produces moderate levels of acidity and sour flavors, they began their sour journey in 2005. By 2006, they were producing the base beer that would then be aged for up to a year in wine, port and whiskey oak barrels.

In 2008, the brewery developed three ultra-premium, oak barrel-aged, lactic-fermented Northwest sour ales: Kriek, Apricot and Cuvee du Jongleur. Each was hand-bottled in 750 ml champagne bottles with a cork and wire basket. That fall, Cascade entered all three into the Great American Beer Festival in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category: a total of 22 beers were entered in the class, and Cascade Kriek took the Bronze.

In 2009, they brought in 4,500 lbs. of Bing and sour pie cherries straight from the orchards for making Kriek, Sang Royale and Sang Noir. They picked up 2,500 lbs. of apricots for their Apricot Ale, one ton of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for a yet to be named beer (going through extensive aging) and 2,500 lbs. of white wine grapes for The Vine. That fall, they again traveled to the Great American Beer Festival, submitting three of their beers in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category. Out of 45 entries, Cascade Brewing was awarded the Gold for Bourbonic Plague and the Silver for Vlad the Imp Aler. These wins propelled the obscure brewery into the forefront nationally for Northwest sour ales.

In September 2010, Cascade opened the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, the nation’s first “House of Sour,” at 939 SE Belmont Street in Portland. Located in a 7,000 square foot former produce warehouse, the Barrel House contained a 5,000 square foot production side with a loading dock, barrel room, cooler and workspace; as well as a 2,100 square foot tasting room with seating for 90 inside and another 80 out front.

In 2014, the production side of the Barrel House was bursting at the seams and needed to relocate. Cascade leased a 23,000-square-foot warehouse in Southwest Portland that headquarters all of its blending, aging, packaging and distribution. The Cascade Blending House currently holds more than 1,500 barrels filled with its sour beer, plus an additional nine foudres (giant wooden barrels that typically hold around 1,800 gallons of beer). All of its beers continue to be brewed at the original brewery at 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Portland.

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J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask Barrel Aged Barleywine The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask Barrel Aged Barleywine The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask

This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers' art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come." Commercial Description

This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers' art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come." Commercial Description

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Style:
Barrel Aged Barleywine

Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina Saison Sours 11 5.50
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina Saison Sours 11 5.50

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

750mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina

A bright and highly effervescent oak aged golden saison. Brewed with citrus peel, pink Himalayan salt, coriander and clementine juice. Citrus and bready wheat in the aroma, tart and refreshing with notes of citrus in the finish.

A bright and highly effervescent oak aged golden saison. Brewed with citrus peel, pink Himalayan salt, coriander and clementine juice. Citrus and bready wheat in the aroma, tart and refreshing with notes of citrus in the finish.

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Style:
Saison

Brewery:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

311 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

http://www.jollypumpkin.com/jp/home

Ron Jeffries founded Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in 2004 in Dexter, Michigan. It operates two pubs, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Traverse City. Jolly Pumpkin produces a variety of unfiltered and unpasteurized "rustic country" beers.

Jolly Pumpkin ages their beers in wine ...

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Ron Jeffries founded Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in 2004 in Dexter, Michigan. It operates two pubs, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Traverse City. Jolly Pumpkin produces a variety of unfiltered and unpasteurized "rustic country" beers.

Jolly Pumpkin ages their beers in wine barrels, which contain naturally occurring microbiological cultures including brettanomyces. These cultures produce a complex flavor profile in their beers, which includes flavors described as leathery, earthy, wild, funky, or even "sweaty horse hair character,” which may approximate how beer tasted before the advent of pasteurization and industrialization. This style of beer has been described as "farmhouse ale" or American Wild Ale. Jolly Pumpkin was not the first brewery in the U.S. to start brewing these styles, but it is one of the most well known.

Their year-round productions include Oro de Calabaza, La Roja, Calabaza Blanca, Bam Biere, and Bam Noire.  Their seasonal beers include Madrugada Obscura “Dark Dawn”, Biere de Mars, E.S. Bam, Luciernaga “The Firefly” Weizen Bam Miere, La Parcela, Fuego del Otono, Noel de Calabaza, Marcaibo Especial, and Perseguidor.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba Barrel Aged Barleywine Deeper Flavors 31 12.50
Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba Barrel Aged Barleywine Deeper Flavors 31 12.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

22oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba

After taking a year off, Sucaba returns for a curtain call in 2018. As always, this latest vintage delivers big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla ...

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After taking a year off, Sucaba returns for a curtain call in 2018. As always, this latest vintage delivers big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut and a touch of dark cherry. Sucaba is a one-of-a-kind sipping experience.  It is a beer built to last, and one that will reward careful cellaring for years to come. We highly recommend counting the years with an abacus.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Barleywine

Brewery:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles , CA 93446

http://www.firestonebeer.com/

Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

Firestone ...

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Tall, Dark, and Handsome 69 12.70
Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Tall, Dark, and Handsome 69 12.70

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola

Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in  Heaven Hill barrels, developing flavors of rich, chewy ...

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Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in  Heaven Hill barrels, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue and soaring alcohol, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.   

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles , CA 93446

http://www.firestonebeer.com/

Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

Firestone ...

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison Farmhouse Saison Sour and Funky None 5.00
BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison Farmhouse Saison Sour and Funky None 5.00

Glassware

Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

3 - 3 / Straw

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison

"Brewed for BFM's 15th Anniversary! Belgian style saison matured in third use Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien barrels for 4 months."  Commercial Desription

"Brewed for BFM's 15th Anniversary! Belgian style saison matured in third use Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien barrels for 4 months."  Commercial Desription

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Style:
Farmhouse Saison

Brewery:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes)

Ch. des Buissons 8
Saignelégier, CH-2350

http://www.brasseriebfm.ch/en/

Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges ...

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Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges at the contest awarded Jérôme the first place.

At 23, with a bachelor in enology, Jérôme Rebetez aspired to open up a brewery in his home region of Franches Montagnes. Full of passion but without any cash, Jérôme Rebetez decided to create beers with atypical character. He won the televised competition "Le rêve de vos 20 ans," which allowed him to establish La Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes in Saignelégier, Jura, with the obtained cash. With its spirited image, BFM was positioned as a pioneer in Swiss artisan brewing, crafting finesse beers that are complex with a great corps.

Jérôme Rebetez uses ingredients chosen to guarantee the highest quality. They are always original and sometimes tricky to mix like Sarawak pepper, sage or other spices. He built a reputation for crafting rich beers with complex bouquets, remarkable tastes and long finishes. 

L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a BFM specialty that matures in oak barrels for 12 months, was mentioned in The New York Times as the one of the best barley wines in the world.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805 American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.70
Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805 American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.70

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American Pint

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805

"A light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish." Commercial Description

"A light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Blonde Ale

American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
Aroma/Flavor
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American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
Aroma/Flavor
Blonde Ales have a light to moderate sweet malty aroma with low to moderate fruitiness.
The flavor has an initial malty sweetness but optionally some bready, toasty or biscuit-like flavor. With a light to moderate hop flavor and low to medium bitterness, the finish is medium-dry to somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Ingredients
 Usually, Blonde Ales use 100% malted barley, but sometimes as much as 25% wheat malt can be used. This beer can also be hopped with any hop. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve Blonde Ale in an American Pint, and it's stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 3.5%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 15-28.
Examples
Great craft examples of this style are Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale and Real Ale Fireman’s #4.

History
Blonde Ale is a modern American take on the old American cream style ale style, which were brewed by ale breweries to compete against larger producers in pre-Prohibition Northeast and Mid-Atlanta America.  Cream ales were not 100% malted barley, but contained a percentage of corn.  Blonde Ales are also called Golden Ales, but should not be confused with Belgian-Style Golden Ales.
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Brewery:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company

1400 Ramada Dr
Paso Robles , CA 93446

http://www.firestonebeer.com/

Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 55 7.20
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 55 7.20

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American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

4 - 5 / Pale Gold

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA

"National IPA Day seems like the perfect time to release our newest beer, Art Car IPA, a very hoppy American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. We love this beer.

The nose is a blend of ...

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"National IPA Day seems like the perfect time to release our newest beer, Art Car IPA, a very hoppy American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. We love this beer.

The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while there being a nice complexity to the flavors.

The Art Car IPA name was inspired by the fleet of hand painted Art Cars created by local artists for Saint Arnold. You've probably seen our salespeople driving them around town. The label artwork was designed by renowned Houston graffiti artist and our good friend, GONZO247, who has painted four Saint Arnold Art Cars. If you've been to the brewery, you've seen his murals on the inside and outside of our building." Commercial Description

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020

http://www.saintarnold.com/

The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner German Style Pilsner Sociable and Refreshing None 5.20
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner German Style Pilsner Sociable and Refreshing None 5.20

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Pilsner

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

1 - 2 / Pale Straw

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner

"Bavik Premium Pils has already many awards on its list of achievements. This can be entirely attributed to its traditional brewing process whereby only aroma hops are being used, a long and cold maturation process and where pasteurization is out of the question." Commercial Description

"Bavik Premium Pils has already many awards on its list of achievements. This can be entirely attributed to its traditional brewing process whereby only aroma hops are being used, a long and cold maturation process and where pasteurization is out of the question." Commercial Description

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Style:
German Style Pilsner

Note: Sometimes the name for a style of beer refers to a region or country of origin and can legally describe beers brewed only in that area. At Hay Merchant, we believe names are important in describing a beer and help consumers make educated choices ...

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Note: Sometimes the name for a style of beer refers to a region or country of origin and can legally describe beers brewed only in that area. At Hay Merchant, we believe names are important in describing a beer and help consumers make educated choices. That’s why we categorize beers in literal terms and reference the style, even if they weren’t brewed in a specified region. In order to help add clarity, we will use the word “Style” in the style name to make this distinction. For instance, beers brewed in the style of German Pilsner but not brewed in Germany will be called German Style Pilsner as opposed to German Pilsner.

Pilsner is the dominant beer style in the world today.  All 3 Pilsner sub styles—Czech (Bohemian), German and International—share the same basic flavor profile and the same root history, but German Pilsners are better attenuated and drier then their Czech cousins, showing off more hop bitterness. 


Appearance
Pilsners should be pale straw to golden, and very clear with a frothy, clean white head. Pilsners should look clean, and German Pilsner will be slightly lighter in color then the Czech style. 

Aroma/Flavor
Crispness is the most universal flavor profile for this style. Water type plays a huge role in taste. Pilsners have light malt aromas, a backbone of graininess and a grassy noble hop note. German Pilsners are more earthy and bitter in both aroma and flavor because they use Saaz hops in addition to other European Noble hops, whereas Czech Pilsner uses only Saaz hops.

There are two types of German Pilsner, distinguished by the difference in the water of Northern and Southern Germany. The water in the North is fairly hard, which accentuates bitterness and creates a very hoppy beer—strong, zesty, in-your-face hop bitterness. In Southern Germany, where you will find extremely soft water, the bitterness is suppressed, resulting in more of a mellow hop.

Ingredients
The most common ingredients for this style are 2-row Pilsner malts and German low Alpha hops. 

Glassware/Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, you will most often find Pilsners served in the 20oz Pilsner glass and stored in our lager cooler at 35° F.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of  4.5%-6% (American Pilsners trending toward the higher percentage). This style will have an average IBU range of 25-45 (German Pils trending toward the higher IBU).

History
The story of the Czech Pilsner is really a story about the blending of technology and raw ingredients. The Czech Pilsner was created as a result of the technological revolution that occurred in Germany in the mid-19th century. The style was possible due to advances in refrigeration, transportation, steam and microbiology.

The style originated in the town of Plzen, Czechoslovakia around 1840. The Czech-speaking lands of Bohemia were home to two very important ingredients: very good quality 2-row barley and Saaz hops. For centuries, the Grand Dukes of Bohemia attempted to control the supply of these hops by imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling the Saaz hop rhizomes (root cuttings) out of the region.  

In 1838, an entire season’s worth of beer was poured out in the town square because it was of low quality. The Czechs have always taken their beer very seriously and had little acceptance for bad beer. As a result of this bad batch of beer, in 1840, the town of Plzen voted to build a new brewery that utilized the pressurized steam to heat the brew kettles.

In 1842, Josef Groll was hired to be the brewmaster for this new state-of-the-art brewery. Groll was the son of a Bavarian brewer from just outside Munich. When he got to Pilzen, he borrowed heavily from Bavarian brewers and hired Bavarian assistants and Bavarian barrel makers. He even brought a Bavarian yeast strain with him.  For all his talent as a brewer, Groll was not a well-liked man. His own father called him “the rudest man in Bavaria.” It might have been for his inability to work with other people that led to his contract not being renewed when it expired in 1845. However, in his short tenure in Pilzen, he helped birth the Bohemia and the lager. 

Summary
In summary, the German Pilsner is slightly lighter in color than other Pilsner styles and are more earthy and hitter in aroma and flavor, due to its use of Saaz and other European Boble hops. Water distinguishes the two types of German Pilsner: hard water in Northern Germany accentuates bitterness and creates a very hoppy beer, which the soft water in the South suppresses the bitterness. 

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Brewery:
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik)

Rijksweg(B) 33
Bavikhove, 8531

http://www.brouwerijdebrabandere.be/home-en

The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other ...

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The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other family members took control of the brewery, changed the name back to Brabandere Brewery and began to open a large number of cafés and pubs. Bradandere expanded its own market base by making the brewery the sole supplier of product to those cafés.

In 1990, the family split the operations of the cafés and the brewery. The brewery was renamed again, this time taking inspiration from the town that had been home to the brewery for almost 100 years—Bavik. Over the next decade, the brewery made some large investments into the brewery itself, modernizing the brewery and expanding capacity, making it one of the largest family-owned breweries in Belgium.

In 2013, the fifth generation of the Brabandere family took over. The decision was made to once again use the family name, and thus the Brabandere Brewery was revived.

In Belgium, beers are traditionally known by their stand alone brand names and not by the brewery name. Brabandere brews  three main brands: Bavik, Wittekerke and Petrus. Bavik is best known for the Pilsner, a light, refreshing, slightly hopped bohemian rendition of the style. Wittekerke is the brand used to sell wheat beers. Petrus is the moniker that adorns the “special” beers—usually higher in alcohol or anything different from the core brand of that particular brewery, not always referring to the same style of beer. The most notable beer from the Petrus line is the Aged Pale: 100 percent pale malts, dry hopped and aged for at least 18 months in large wooden fermenters. This beer is light in body but aggressively sour in taste—a Hay Merchant favorite.

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Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky 3 3.50
Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky 3 3.50

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Sour

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Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse

Tart and easy drinking. Great Texas summer beer.

Tart and easy drinking. Great Texas summer beer.

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Style:
Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisse

The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to ...

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Berliner Weisse

The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to use the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably). Weissbier is German for “white beer.” Weissbiers were much paler than the dark beers that were so popular in Bavaria in earlier times, so the word “white” is used relatively. By today’s standards, Weissbier is more golden due to the development of  light beers like Pilsner and Helles.

Berliner Weisse is the one style of Weissbeer not held to the German standard of 50% wheat. 

Appearance 
The appearance of Berliner Weisse is pale straw to very dark gold in color. A light haziness can be expected, but is not required. A very thick, mousse-like, long-lasting white head is characteristic. 

Aroma/Flavor
Lactic acid sourness is the most notable aroma.  Moderate to strong phenols and fruity esters are also present. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A light to moderate wheat aroma may be present. Acceptable aromatics can include a light, citrusy tartness, a light to moderate vanilla character and a low bubblegum and banana aroma, as well as the keystone lactic sourness.

The style has a mild sour flavor with a light and fruity character.

Ingredients 
According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50% wheat, but Berliner Weiss is the one weissbeer not held to this restriction. A traditional decoction mash is used to give the beer body and mouthfeel.

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
At Hay Merchant we will serve this style in a 20oz German Pilsner glass or English Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

Stats
Beers of this style are most often 2%-3.5% ABV and 8-15 IBU. 

Example
A great example of this style is Saint Arnold Boiler Room. 

History 
By the end of the middle ages in Germany, both barley and wheat were being used to make a top-fermented beer. The first true Weissbiers were made toward the end of the 15th century. In 1602, Duke Maximilian I placed a ban on public Weissbier brewing, and the Bavarian House of Dukes became the only body with the legal authority to brew Weissbiers. The profits from Prince Maximilian’s Weiss brewing helped fund the Thirty Years War.

As the popularity of Weissbier waned, the German House of Dukes begin to outsource the reasonability to brew to the private sector around the early part of the 1800s but still maintained control.

But the move to private brewing would not be enough to save Weissbier from extinction.  In 1855, Georg Schneider bought Wesses Brauhaus in Munich. In 1872, he worked a deal that ended the 250 year reign of royal brewing and allowed him to operate under his own terms. Even still, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that Weissbier regained its place as the No. 1 beer in Germany. Weissbier accounts for around 22 percent of the German market. It’s the No. 1 selling micro-brewed style in Australia and can be found in the lineup of many American microbreweries.

Berliner Weisse slowly found its definition from the 17th to the 20th century. At the heights of its popularity in the 19th century, there were more than 700 breweries making the style.  There isn’t a written history to the style’s exact origins, but two theories are possible. The first states that 18th century French immigrants came to Berlin via Flanders and picked up the techniques required to make sour beer from the producers of Flemish sour Red Ale.  The second theory points to a beer brewed in Berlin in the 1640s called Halberstadter Brogan that was based on an unknown style from Hamburg. 

We do know that the style has not always been sour.  It was a light wheat beer—about 50/50 wheat and barley.  The beer was about 3% ABV and, most importantly, not boiled. The hops were boiled in a separate vessel, and then the boiling hop water was added to the mash to increase the temperature. Hops were also added to the mash itself, making it easier for the wort to run off in a straw bed. The lack of a wort boil led to a lack of sterilization, and it’s easy to imagine that huge levels of microorganisms had to be present, thanks to the straw bed and other factors. This would not be true spontaneous fermentation as we see in Lambics because the micros would have come from the straw. 

These production methods led to three opportunities for lactic acid bacteria to infect the beer: 1) during the mash if left sitting at a low temperature, 2) during fermentation due to yeast cross contamination, and 3) in storage due to micro flora in the wooden barrels. 

As the popularity of wheat beers began to wain across Germany prior to World War I, so did the popularity of Berliner Weisse. Lighter, less flavorful beers began to gain popularity, so the breweries serving Berliner Weisse began to add flavored syrups to the beer to make it more acceptable to the average drinker. Today, there are only two commercial brewers in Berlin making the style. 

As of 2014, the style found new popularity in American craft beer, with more than 100 craft breweries releasing versions of the beer that year alone. It owes its newfound popularity to the overall rise in popularity of sour beers. Most American craft brewers use a mash rest to achieve the desired levels of lactic acid.  Once the mash process is completed, the brewer leaves the mash in the tun for several days.  Once the PH reaches the desired level, the wort is run off to the boil kettle.  Boiling the wort sanitizes the beer and ensures that the beer keeps its lactic acid flavor without exposing the rest of the brewery to contamination. 

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Brewery:
Klaus Brewing Company

10142 Jones Rd
Houston, TX 77065

Klaus Brewing Company was founded by a local group of family and friends led by passionate brewer Thomas Lemke. With over 20 years of amateur brewing experience and the desire to expand the reach of great craft beer, he is finally deciding to take it ...

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Klaus Brewing Company was founded by a local group of family and friends led by passionate brewer Thomas Lemke. With over 20 years of amateur brewing experience and the desire to expand the reach of great craft beer, he is finally deciding to take it to the pro level. Klaus Brewing Company will focus on the under-served German-style beers and will be accessible to a wide range of consumers, from beer aficionados to new converts alike. The company’s flagship Altbier, Helles Lager, Kölsch, and Weissbier will anchor the brewery's original offerings, which will also include seasonal beers such as Adambier, Dunkelweizen, Märzen (Octoberfest), Maibock, Schwarzbier, and many others. We will also offer several special series and wood aged offerings in the future. We will also be providing the history and origin of each style we brew.

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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot American Barley Wine Not for the Faint of Heart 90 9.60
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot American Barley Wine Not for the Faint of Heart 90 9.60

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

18 - 19 / Amber-Brown

Original Gravity

23.000 plato

Final Gravity

6.000 plato

Hops

Cascade +

Flavor: Intense citrus, grapefruit and piney notes.

Aroma: Spicy flowers and some grass.

Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 7%                      

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%                         

Dual Purpose 

Centennial +

Flavor: Slightly more bitter than Cascade with some strong grapefruit notes and spicy tones.

Aroma: Grapefruit and herbal notes.

Alpha Acids: 9.5 - 11.5%     

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Dual Purpose

Chinook +

Flavor: Harsh bitterness with and emphasis on spice and earthiness

Aroma: Spicy with some pine and smokiness

Alpha Acids: 12 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                            

Bittering

Malt Variety

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

"Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of ...

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"Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Barley Wine

American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
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American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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Brewery:
Sierra Nevada

1075 E. 20th St.
Chico, CA 95928

http://www.sierranevada.com/

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among ...

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In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” 

Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend’s father showed him the basics of homebrewing. Using homemade equipment, he began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own and soon became a proficient home brewer. 

In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University, Chico, he opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s homebrewing community with equipment, materials and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. 

Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken cobbled together a brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, he created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. 

Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a used, traditional, 100-barrel copper brewhouse that became the heart of the new brewery. It met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, he commissioned a new, larger brewhouse, and coaxed the original coppersmiths out of retirement to match new kettles to the originals. This expansion became the powerhouse that helped bring the brewery’s total capacity to more than 800,000 barrels per year. 

Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music and its award-winning beers. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. The brewery is also home to the 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music venue.

Sierra Nevada brewed one million barrels in 2014. Year round beers include Pale Ale (flagship), Torpedo® Extra IPA, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, and Kellerweis® Bavarian-Style Wheat.

The soul of Sierra Nevada is the brewery's affinity for whole-cone hops and the special flavors and aromas they provide. Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewery in the world. They love the aromas from dry-hopped beers so much that they created the revolutionary “Hop Torpedo,” a sleek, stainless steel device they use to gather the most hop flavor and aroma without imparting any excess bitterness.

In every aspect of the brewery, Sierra Nevada strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. From recycling and composting to water treatment, bio-fuel production and water conservation, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. In 2008, Sierra Nevada completed construction of one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the country with more than 10,000 panels that provide nearly 20% of the brewery's total energy needs. 

In 2005, Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to install hydrogen fuel cells; the combination of the solar array and the fuel cell system generates more than half of the brewery’s energy needs on site. They also have an extensive water treatment program including our own wastewater treatment facility. 

Through extensive recycling, reuse and composting programs, the brewery is able to divert 99.8% of its solid waste from landfills. 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was named a “Green Power Partner” in 2011 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and "Green Business of the Year" in 2010 by the EPA for its practices in sustainability.

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 31 8.00
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 31 8.00

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Maple Syrup Barrels with Blackberries!!

Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Maple Syrup Barrels with Blackberries!!

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company

701 Galveston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104

http://rahrbrewing.com/

When Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” and there's a real story behind that statement:

The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 – almost immediately after William ...

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When Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” and there's a real story behind that statement:

The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 – almost immediately after William and Natalie Rahr immigrated from Rhineland, Germany to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The steadily increasing population of European settlers created a demand for beer of better quality than “the typical kitchen brew” and William – having come from a long line of German brewers – knew he was the person to fill the void (and the beer steins). His Eagle Brewery was the first lager brewery in Wisconsin.

The soil and climate around the Eagle Brewery produced a barley of particular virtue to the brewing of fine beer and William eventually added a malt house that not only supplied the needs of his brewery, but also the needs of neighboring breweries. Eventually, William started shipping his malted barley as far as St. Louis where another German pioneer and enterprising brewer used all he could for his nationally famous brand.

Tragically while on an inspection tour of the brewery in 1880, William fell into a brew kettle and suffered burns from which he never recovered. To honor their father, his sons changed the name of the brewery/malt house to William Rahr's Sons Co.

William's sons continued guiding the malt house and under their direction the first scientific malt testing laboratory was installed and German patents for the production of roasted and caramel malts and malt-coffee were acquired. (Today, Rahr Malting Co. produces and supplies malt and industry-related brewing supplies to roughly 90% of the breweries in the United States.)

160 years after William Rahr founded the Eagle Brewery, his great-great-grandson and namesake, Frederick William "Fritz" Rahr, Jr., felt the pull to brew and with the blessing of his wife, Erin, opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. on the south side of downtown Fort Worth in 2004. In nine years, Rahr has exponentially grown its brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to 20,000 barrels a year. The brewery has won over 50 nationally-recognized awards, including a Silver Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, a Bronze Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup for Bucking Bock, and was the 2009 National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championship for Iron Thistle.

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Parish Brewing Company Bloom IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.70
Parish Brewing Company Bloom IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.70

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Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

Nugget +

Flavor: Clean strong bitterness with some herbal notes.

Aroma: Spicy and herbal with very strong aroma.

Alpha Acids: 12 - 15%                     

Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

Dual Purpose

Simcoe +

Flavor: Very unique blend of citrus and pine.

Aroma: Pine tree, citrus and passion fruit. Very unique.

Alpha Acids: 12 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

Dual Purpose

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Parish Brewing Company Bloom

A juicy, soft, hazy IPA absolutely loaded with Simcoe and Citra Nugget hops. 

A juicy, soft, hazy IPA absolutely loaded with Simcoe and Citra Nugget hops. 

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category ...
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
Parish Brewing Company

229 Jared dr.
Broussard, LA 70518

https://www.parishbeer.com/

Located in the heart of Cajun Country in Broussard, Louisiana, our simple goal is to make awesome craft brewed beer. But, our story begins around 2003 when our founder Andrew moved from Louisiana to Pittsburgh and discovered a thriving craft beer scene. Returning home a ...

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Located in the heart of Cajun Country in Broussard, Louisiana, our simple goal is to make awesome craft brewed beer. But, our story begins around 2003 when our founder Andrew moved from Louisiana to Pittsburgh and discovered a thriving craft beer scene. Returning home a few years later, he recognized a lack of breweries in Louisiana and set out to create part of what is now a thriving brewing industry. Our first beer ever sold was Canebrake, and it was a huge hit from the start. Our distributors couldn’t keep it in stock, and it didn’t help that Andrew was only brewing in the "nano brewery," a tiny 50 gallon brewery that only made about 20 kegs every week. Nevertheless, Parish was being distributed all over the Lafayette, La. region, and Canebrake was becoming more and more popular with a full range of beer drinkers—from folks that usually drink light beers all the way up to 10th level beer nerds. 

In 2012, we completed construction on our new brewery on Jared Dr. and began producing a whopping 2,000 gallons of Canebrake every week. At that point we began expanding distribution market-by-market in Louisiana. Fast forward to today and we are the 2nd largest brewery in the state and distribute our beer throughout Louisiana. Our products have evolved with the market as well. We also began producing our Envie Pale Ale around this time, and in 2014 introduced Ghost in the Machine. Today, we are known in Louisiana mostly for Canebrake, but the rest of the world knows us for Ghost and our juice bomb IPAs and Pale Ales. When we have time and capacity, we brew other beers too, like Rêve coffee stout or barrel aged strong ales. Our philosophy is to be a strong, profitable business, which centers around brewing products that are of incredibly high quality—no matter the style. We also only believe in brewing products that people want to drink (crazy concept, we know). 

Today, Parish is made up of 20 of the brightest, most innovative, and hardest-working employees in the brewing world. We come to work every day driven to make beers that get people excited and that our community are proud to call their own. Our team is made up mostly of people who have never worked in other breweries before, and we are proud of that. We do things our own way, and we innovate as a result. We don’t brew beer the way some book written in 1992 tells us to, and we don’t believe in boundaries and limitations on techniques or ingredients. If you’ve purchased one of our beers before, we’d like to say thank you for allowing us to make a living brewing the best product on earth.

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8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 11 5.70
8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 11 5.70

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8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK

Ale brewed with green apples and homemade caramel.

Collabor8ion brew with Bun B of UGK.

Ale brewed with green apples and homemade caramel.

Collabor8ion brew with Bun B of UGK.

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Style:
Kolsch

Kolsch
Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

Appearance 
The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold ...

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Kolsch
Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

Appearance 
The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold. Authentic versions are filtered to a brilliant clarity.

Aroma/Flavor
Kolsch has a pleasant, subtle fruit aroma from fermentation.  Sometimes there is a light sulfur character from the yeast. The lower fermention temperature forces the yeast to strugle and thus produce slightly sulfur off flavors. 

The style has a delicate flavor and a low to medium bitterness with a dryness and slight pucker in the finish, but no harsh dryness.  It is smooth and crisp in the mouth with a light to medium body.  It’s generally well attenuated, but not dry. It’s more malty than a Helles and less bitter than a Pilsner. 

Ingredients 
Kolsch is made with German noble hops and German Pils or pale malt. Traditionally, this style uses a step mash program—fermented at cool temperatures and lagered for at least a month. Kolsch yeast is top fermenting. It’s a hybrid because it uses an ale yeast but is lagered for as long as 10 weeks. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
Kolsch is classically served in a small 200mL straight-sided glass, but at Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

Stats
Beers of this style are most often 4.4%-5.2% ABV and 20-30 IBU. 

Example
Great examples of this style are Sunner Kolsch and Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower. 

History 

Kolsch, recognized as a style only for the last 100 years, is the only beer with its own protected appellation and is restricted to the 20 or so producing breweries in and around Cologne.  Only 11 of these breweries make a Kolsch, and about 2.6 million barrels are produced a year in Cologne. Kolsch is also the name for the German spoken dialect in Cologne, which is most likely the origin of its name. 

Kolsch is a unique example of cooperation in brewing. The city of Cologne decided that instead of allowing the cities breweries compete against each other by brewing different styles they would all brew the same thing and compete against other cities and other regions.

Many American craft breweries make a Kolsch style because it’s a good gateway away from bland macro beers.
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Brewery:
8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77003

https://8thwonder.com/

In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began ...

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In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began brewing beer in a dome-like warehouse in East Downtown. Exploring styles from across the beer world, we have something for everyone.

We like good beer and good fun, and we strive to craft both at 8th Wonder.

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Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00
Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00

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Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis

Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

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Style:
Lambic

Brewery:
Hanssens Artisanaal

Vroenenbosstraat 15
Dworp, Belgium 1653

Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

Lambic beers are famous ...

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Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

Lambic beers are famous for being "wild fermented". Instead of adding a special yeast strain to cause fermentation, some brewers in the Senne river valley leave the warm, sweet, unfermented beer (called wort) open to the elements. Wild strains of yeast and other micro organisms will then seed the liquid. Normally when brewing beer, a brewers yeast will be used to turn sugar into alcohol and certain flavor elements of the beer. In these wild beers, yeast and others will turn sugar into alcohol, acid, and a huge variety of flavor chemicals. 

Since each batch is different, the beer has to be blended with multiple batches to create a consistent product. Most lambics are created from a mixture of aged sour beer and young, sweeter beer. They are then barrel aged to combine the flavors.

Hanssens takes this a step further, and actually blends batches from different breweries in their area. This used to be a very common practice, but Hanssens is now the oldest remaining blender. They bring to this endeavor a variety of barrels, some up to one hundred years old, and a passion and a love for the tradition of Geuze and Lambics. They will also add whole fruits to some of their beers, to make even more flavorful blends.

Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used. 

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Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay Wine Besides Beer None 14.50
Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay Wine Besides Beer None 14.50

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Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

Tropical aromas of banana, lemongrass, and citrus with subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak. Bright acidity welcomes the palate, leading to a perfect balance of tropical fruit and baking spices that culminate in a lingering, clean finish.

Tropical aromas of banana, lemongrass, and citrus with subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak. Bright acidity welcomes the palate, leading to a perfect balance of tropical fruit and baking spices that culminate in a lingering, clean finish.

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Style:
Wine

Brewery:
Hahn Family Wines

37700 Foothill Road
Soledad, CA 93960

https://www.hahnwines.com/

During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands ...

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During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern.

Nicky immediately saw that the land he’d purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991.

Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.

TIMELINE

2007

Hahn launches Lucienne—single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from estate vineyards.

2002

Hahn open its visitor center and tasting room at its SLH winery.

2001

Hahn’s SLH vineyards replanted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

1992

Hahn family purchases Lone Oak Vineyard in SLH.

1991

SLH designated an American Viticultural Area.

1990

Hahn family purchases Doctor’s Vineyard in SLH.

1980

Nicky Hahn releases his first vintage of wine.

1979

The Hahn family purchases the Smith and Hook vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands.

1936

Los Padres National Forest is founded. This vast parkland includes Monterey’s Big Sur Coast along with scenic inland tracts.

1908

President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Pinnacles National Monument in the Gabilan Mountains, the range facing Santa Lucia Highlands.

1810

Mission padres tend a Salinas vineyard that has grown in size to 5,000 vines.

1791

California’s 13th mission is founded at the foot of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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Brash Cortado Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 8.00
Brash Cortado Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 8.00

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Brash Cortado

"Made with the Guatemala Flor Del Café coffee beans roasted by Fusion Beans 85lbs of beans for 30 barrels, the roasting company owned by Southside Espresso's founder Sean Marshall, the Cortado is a beer for those who like coffee. According to The Hay Merchant ...

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"Made with the Guatemala Flor Del Café coffee beans roasted by Fusion Beans 85lbs of beans for 30 barrels, the roasting company owned by Southside Espresso's founder Sean Marshall, the Cortado is a beer for those who like coffee. According to The Hay Merchant web site, Brash boasts that "you'll hate this beer if you don't like coffee. If you do like coffee, you may never drink regular coffee again." According to Brash, the Cortado is "[l]ike having coffee for breakfast, if coffee was a ninja with solid gold pants."" Commercial Description

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Brash

510 W Crosstimbers Rd
Houston, TX 77018

http://brashbeers.com/

Brash Brewing, founded by Petrol Station owner Ben Fullelove in Houston, brews high quality, bold and aggressive IPAs and Imperial Stouts. 

Until recently, Fullelove contract brewed his beer in New England, while a wrinkle in the old Texas beer code prevented him from selling Brash ...

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Brash Brewing, founded by Petrol Station owner Ben Fullelove in Houston, brews high quality, bold and aggressive IPAs and Imperial Stouts. 

Until recently, Fullelove contract brewed his beer in New England, while a wrinkle in the old Texas beer code prevented him from selling Brash in his home state. Brash is back in Texas and will open a brewhouse and canning operation in 2015. 

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag American Strong Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 12.00
Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag American Strong Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 12.00

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag

This Belgian strong ale spent eight glorious months resting in rye whiskey barrels along side a copious amount of sour cherries. The magnificent results have an estery spiciness that is balanced by a soft tartness from the cherries.A very strong and complex Belgian ale ...

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This Belgian strong ale spent eight glorious months resting in rye whiskey barrels along side a copious amount of sour cherries. The magnificent results have an estery spiciness that is balanced by a soft tartness from the cherries.A very strong and complex Belgian ale full of dark fruit flavors.

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Style:
American Strong Ale

Brewery:
Eureka Heights Brewing Company

941 W 18TH ST
Houston, Texas 77008

http://www.eurekaheights.com/

New brewery in the Heights

New brewery in the Heights

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19 American Barley Wine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 30 10.40
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19 American Barley Wine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 30 10.40

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Perle +

Flavor: Very earthy with a minty finish.

Aroma: Earthy and slightly spicy.

Alpha Acids: 7 - 9.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

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2-Row Malt +

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19

Inspiration for Divine Reserve comes in many forms. The newest beer in the series was inspired by a classic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Available on Monday, Divine Reserve No. 19 is a Spiced Oatwine.

As brewers, it's important to find balance and harmony to ...

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Inspiration for Divine Reserve comes in many forms. The newest beer in the series was inspired by a classic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Available on Monday, Divine Reserve No. 19 is a Spiced Oatwine.

As brewers, it's important to find balance and harmony to ensure a beer can be consumed from beginning to end and leaves you happily reaching for another. The base beer started with an English-style barleywine and our signature Saint Arnold ale yeast - it's got a rich malt character with notes of dried fruit esters. To accomplish the oatmeal flavor and finish, we used malted oats, which provide texture and a warm grain-like flavor. A small amount of cinnamon and nutmeg was also used in balance to finish off this homage to the oatmeal raisin cookie.

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Style:
American Barley Wine

American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
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American Barley Wine
Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
Ingredients
Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
Examples
Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

History 
This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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Brewery:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020

http://www.saintarnold.com/

The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm Cream Ale Sociable and Refreshing 24 5.20
8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm Cream Ale Sociable and Refreshing 24 5.20

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8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm

Cream Ale is a pre-Prohibition style brew that is light, crisp, and easy drinking.

Cream Ale is a pre-Prohibition style brew that is light, crisp, and easy drinking.

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Style:
Cream Ale

Brewery:
8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas Street
Houston, TX 77003

https://8thwonder.com/

In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began ...

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In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began brewing beer in a dome-like warehouse in East Downtown. Exploring styles from across the beer world, we have something for everyone.

We like good beer and good fun, and we strive to craft both at 8th Wonder.

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New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 31 11.00
New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 31 11.00

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Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

40 - 50 / Black

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23.000 plato

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Glacier +

Flavor: Lots of fruitiness, pear, apricot and orange

Aroma: Pleasant earthy and herbal aromas, as well as citrus and fruity notes

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 7.5%                   

Beta Acids: 5 - 9%                

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Nugget +

Flavor: Clean strong bitterness with some herbal notes.

Aroma: Spicy and herbal with very strong aroma.

Alpha Acids: 12 - 15%                     

Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

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2-Row Malt +

Chocolate +

Crystal +

Munich +

New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk

"A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath." Commercial Description

"A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath." Commercial Description

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
New Holland Brewing

66 East 8th Street
Holland, Michigan 49423

http://newhollandbrew.com/

Each bottle of our craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.

We honor those who put imagination, creativity and inspiration into their work. Our beer and spirits pair perfectly with a blank canvas, fertile soil, a ...

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Each bottle of our craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.

We honor those who put imagination, creativity and inspiration into their work. Our beer and spirits pair perfectly with a blank canvas, fertile soil, a blinking cursor, an empty plate or the hint of a spark in someone’s eye. The opportunity for art is everywhere.

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Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider Cider Besides Beer None 6.50
Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider Cider Besides Beer None 6.50

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Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider

  • Apple varieties - Jonagold, Spartan, McIntosh, Empire, Ellis Bitters, Browns, Michelin, Somerset Redstreak, and Dabinett
    • Apples grown by Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England
  • Apple varieties - Jonagold, Spartan, McIntosh, Empire, Ellis Bitters, Browns, Michelin, Somerset Redstreak, and Dabinett
    • Apples grown by Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England
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Style:
Cider

Brewery:
Shacksbury Cider

11 Main St
Vergennes, VT 05491

http://www.shacksbury.com/

Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making.

At Shacksbury, we believe cider can, and should, be daring ...

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Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making.

At Shacksbury, we believe cider can, and should, be daring and complex. From gnarled trees on New England farmsteads to Old World orchards in England and Spain, our cider will change the way you think about this amazing fruit.

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Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02 Belgian Strong Ale Belgian Inspiration 40 7.50
Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02 Belgian Strong Ale Belgian Inspiration 40 7.50

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Centennial +

Flavor: Slightly more bitter than Cascade with some strong grapefruit notes and spicy tones.

Aroma: Grapefruit and herbal notes.

Alpha Acids: 9.5 - 11.5%     

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

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Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02

In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped-up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops ...

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In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped-up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this unprecedented eleven-part vertical tasting. Being that it was the first in a sequentially released series of beers (originally designed to be enjoyed together ten years into the future), and that only 300 cases were produced, this became quite easily the rarest and most highly sought-after beer we have ever brewed. However, nothing this coveted should be relegated to such a fate. Back for an encore, now all of those who missed out the first time can taste what was the start of something truly epic.

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Style:
Belgian Strong Ale

Brewery:
Stone Brewing Company

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029

http://www.stonebrewing.com/

Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary Rauchbier Oddly Delicious 60 8.00
Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary Rauchbier Oddly Delicious 60 8.00

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Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary

We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone ...

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We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone Smoked Porter. We cranked up the malts and hops a notch or three and conditioned it on French and American oak, which accentuated our porter’s distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. We’re proud to give those who missed out—as well as those who didn’t—a fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder.

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Style:
Rauchbier

Brewery:
Stone Brewing Company

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029

http://www.stonebrewing.com/

Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19 Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 90 9.40
Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19 Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 90 9.40

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Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19

For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go un filtered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and ...

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For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go un filtered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and its peach and tropical fruit hop aroma are intensified. So though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep.

Like the other IPAs in this series, this version is brewed specifically NOT to last. 

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Style:
Imperial IPA

Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
Ingredients
The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
Examples
A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

History 
The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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Brewery:
Stone Brewing Company

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029

http://www.stonebrewing.com/

Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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Avery Brewing Company Expletus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 5.90
Avery Brewing Company Expletus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 5.90

Glassware

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Avery Brewing Company Expletus

Sour ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Cherries. 

Sour ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Cherries. 

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

http://averybrewing.com/

In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower German Style Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 20 4.90
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower German Style Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 20 4.90

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

1 - 2 / Pale Straw

Original Gravity

11.400 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Hallertau +

Flavor: Very smooth and earthy

Aroma: Earthy noble aroma. Mild but spicy and pleasant

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.5%                   

Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                

Aroma

Hersbruker-German +

Flavor: Smooth and earthy. Not very harsh bitterness

Aroma: Mild earthy and herbal

Alpha Acids: 2 - 5%                         

Beta Acids: 2.5 - 6%             

Aroma

Malt Variety

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower

"A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use ...

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"A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kölsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Fancy Lawnmower Beer is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn." Commercial Description

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Style:
German Style Kolsch

Brewery:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Avenue
Houston, TX 77020

http://www.saintarnold.com/

The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier Rauchbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier Rauchbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Hallertau +

Flavor: Very smooth and earthy

Aroma: Earthy noble aroma. Mild but spicy and pleasant

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.5%                   

Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                

Aroma

Spalt-German +

Flavor: Mild spiciness with straightforward bitterness.

Aroma: Noble spiciness.

Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 5%                                  

Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

Aroma

Malt Variety

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier

"Description: 
The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the ...

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"Description: 
The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the drink the fullbodied, highly drinkable lentbeer shows its strong malty flavour, rounded up with the smokey taste and a light bitterness. Due to the nourishing yeast, the Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer has the "Brotzeit already included" (German word for afternoon snack).

Brewing process: 
Different from the Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, the Schlenkerla Lentbeer is made from a mixture of light (e.g. non smoked) malt and Schlenkerla Smoked Malt. It is brewed in classic copper kettles in a two-decoction mash with hops from Spalt (near Nuremberg) and Hallertau. One week of primary fermentation is being followed by a two month period of lagering in the ancient cellars underneath Bamberg. The lentbeer is being served unfiltered with fine bottom fermenting yeast from the keg and thus preserves its full body and aroma.

Historical background: 
Fasting was already being practiced by the Romans in the old ages. The early Christians adapted this ritual in the 2nd century as a two-day preparation for the Easter celebration. In later centuries, the church extended the lent-period to the now common 40 days. According to the principle "liquida non frangunt ieiunium" (liquids do not break the fast), the monks in the middle-age monasteries would brew a stronger, more nuriting beer for the time of lent to stay in shape for the daily labor. The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is based on this tradition and only being served in the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter."

 Commercial Description

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Style:
Rauchbier

Brewery:
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

Dominikanerstrasse 6
Bamberg, 96049

http://www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html

The historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla is located in the middle of the old part of Bamberg.  Bamberg's specialty, the original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, is still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition.

Its smoky flavor is achieved by exposing the ...

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The historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla is located in the middle of the old part of Bamberg.  Bamberg's specialty, the original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, is still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition.

Its smoky flavor is achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beechwood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700-year-old cellars into a mellow beer. 

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Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4 American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 23 5.10
Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4 American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 23 5.10

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

3 - 3 / Straw

Original Gravity

12.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4

"Named as a tribute to our good friends (and bad ass bike makers) at Fireman Texas Cruzer and because it was the fourth year-round beer we created, Firemans #4 is our most popular and best-selling beer to date. With an ever-drinkable balance of smooth malt ...

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"Named as a tribute to our good friends (and bad ass bike makers) at Fireman Texas Cruzer and because it was the fourth year-round beer we created, Firemans #4 is our most popular and best-selling beer to date. With an ever-drinkable balance of smooth malt and zesty hops, this refreshing blonde is perfect on a hot day or paired with spicy food. It’s no wonder why so many Texans love it." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Blonde Ale

American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
Aroma/Flavor
Blonde Ales have ...
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American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
Aroma/Flavor
Blonde Ales have a light to moderate sweet malty aroma with low to moderate fruitiness.
The flavor has an initial malty sweetness but optionally some bready, toasty or biscuit-like flavor. With a light to moderate hop flavor and low to medium bitterness, the finish is medium-dry to somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Ingredients
 Usually, Blonde Ales use 100% malted barley, but sometimes as much as 25% wheat malt can be used. This beer can also be hopped with any hop. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve Blonde Ale in an American Pint, and it's stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 3.5%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 15-28.
Examples
Great craft examples of this style are Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale and Real Ale Fireman’s #4.

History
Blonde Ale is a modern American take on the old American cream style ale style, which were brewed by ale breweries to compete against larger producers in pre-Prohibition Northeast and Mid-Atlanta America.  Cream ales were not 100% malted barley, but contained a percentage of corn.  Blonde Ales are also called Golden Ales, but should not be confused with Belgian-Style Golden Ales.
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Brewery:
Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Ct
Blanco, TX 78606

http://realalebrewing.com/

Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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Avery Brewing Company Fortuna Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 8.11
Avery Brewing Company Fortuna Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 8.11

Glassware

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Avery Brewing Company Fortuna

Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.

Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

http://averybrewing.com/

In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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De Ranke Guldenberg Belgian Strong Ale Belgian Inspiration None 8.50
De Ranke Guldenberg Belgian Strong Ale Belgian Inspiration None 8.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

750mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

De Ranke Guldenberg

"A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an “abbey” beer, Guldenberg bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel you may have sampled, except in color perhaps. It is very hoppy and malty (though not quite as ...

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"A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an “abbey” beer, Guldenberg bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel you may have sampled, except in color perhaps. It is very hoppy and malty (though not quite as assertive as De Ranke’s XX Bitter). Made in small batches only on the weekends, they are quickly gaining a reputation as the best specialty beers of Belgium." Commercial Description

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Style:
Belgian Strong Ale

Brewery:
De Ranke

Rue Du Petit Tourcoing 1a
Dottignies, B-7711

http://www.deranke.be/index.html

The brewery was founded in 1994 by Nino Bacelle under his own name. In the beginning, he had only one ale, the Guldenberg, named after the Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, where beer was brewed in the past. With a history in the beer world (since ...

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The brewery was founded in 1994 by Nino Bacelle under his own name. In the beginning, he had only one ale, the Guldenberg, named after the Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, where beer was brewed in the past. With a history in the beer world (since 1930 the Bacelle - Noffels family was active in beer commerce and as a lemonade producer), Nino had started experimenting with brewing ale in 1981. After an education as brewer at the CTL in Ghent in the mid eighties, he kept experimenting and in the nineties he thought his time had come (and his ale was good enough) to commercialize his ale. After a decent study of the possibilities to start his own brewery, he decided to start with brewing in a existing brewery. The good thing about this formula is that it’s possible to brew profitable without big investments. The Deca brewery is Woesten was chosen to do this and in the first year 9000 litres of Guldenberg were brewed.

In the mid-nineties, Nino got to know Guido Devos through the beer taster's association HOP. Guido is a founding member of HOP and had been active as an amateur brewer for years. In 1996, they decide to bundle their powers. Brewery Nino Bacelle became a became a 50/50 partnership and is now called Brewery De Ranke. The name came from the hop ranks and was chosen because Guido and Nino believe that hops are the most important ingredient in their ales.

Since the merger, five new ales have been created: Père Noël, a Christmas ale; XX Bitter, the most bitter ale in Belgium and the ale that gave the brewery its reputation; Kriek De Ranke, a natural fruit ale; Cuvee De Ranke, an ale of mixed origin with Lambic and the Noir De Dottignies, a dark ale.

After 11 years of brewing at the Deca brewery, a new brewery was started in Dottignies in the province of Hainaut.  

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Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Dark Belgian Inspiration None 10.50
Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Dark Belgian Inspiration None 10.50

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

23.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

"

Did you know the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent?

The legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on ...

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"

Did you know the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent?

The legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on a crusade in 1111. He offered the statue to the emperor of Constantinople (the current Istanbul) to put it on the cupola of the Aya Sophia. Some hundred years later, the Flemish count Baldwin IX had the showpiece transported to our regions. Here, the Norwegian dragon ended up in the hands of Bruges. After the battle on the field of Beverhout in 1382, the inhabitants of Ghent took the dragon as war booty and put it on top of their Belfry. In the Belfry all communal charters were kept. The dragon had to protect these documents and it was also the symbol of the freedom and might of the city.

Such an imposing symbol that has lasted for over 6 centuries needs an equally imposing beer. Like the dragon shines at the top of the city, the Gulden Draak is part of the international top of beers. It is a dark triple, which in itself makes it an exceptional beer. But it is the complex taste with hints of caramel, roasted malt and coffee in combination with the creamy hazel head that makes it unique. It is a beer that is worthy of its name.

Like the other special beers of the Brewery Van Steenberge, Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. This also contributes to the unparalleled taste.

And of course, a unique beer deserves a unique presentation. That’s why Gulden Draak is presented in a white bottle. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers.

Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate." -Commercial Description

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark

Brewery:
Van Steenberge

Lindenlaan 25
Ertvelde, B-9940

http://www.vansteenberge.com/en/

Like many others of its kind, this brewery originated from a ploughland farm, that was also engaged in brewing beer for its own consumption. The first time this brewery was mentioned on paper was in 1784 under the name of "Brouwerij De Peer." It is ...

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Like many others of its kind, this brewery originated from a ploughland farm, that was also engaged in brewing beer for its own consumption. The first time this brewery was mentioned on paper was in 1784 under the name of "Brouwerij De Peer." It is very likely however, that there had been a brewery long before that time but that the farmer, John Baptist De Bruin, a native of the village 'St. Kruis Winkel' which is located not too far from the brewery, did not leave any written documents behind until that point in time.

Gradually, brewing became the farm's main pursuit and eventually all agricultural activities were abandoned between the two World Wars. After John Baptist's death, his widow, Angelina Petronella Schelfout, continued the business. From 1876 on, her nephew Jozef Schelfout gave her a helping hand. The brewery was extended with a malting house and a hops field. Indeed, many inhabitants of Ertvelde, the village where the brewery is located, can remember the two-acres field that belonged to the brewery.

Jozef Schelfout's daughter, Magaretha, married Paul van Steenberge, who became mayor of Ertvelde and even Senator in the Belgian Parliament. It was Paul, who eventually changed the brewery's name into "Brouwerij Bios," Bios meaning life. The beer in stock was labeled "Bios": it was a mixture of young beer weakened with a two year old brew. This style of beer today is called: old Brown. The brewer named the beer "Vlaamse Bourgogne" (Flemisch Burgundy), a proper name for such fine quality beer.

In order to comply with changes in common taste, bottom fermentation was introduced. A new brand was born: "Leute Bock", (Leute = Joy) but a commercial name seemed more suitable, and it became SPARTA PILS. The feasibility of this rather expensive switch to lager, depended entirely on the enormous success of the Flemish Burgundy that paid for the investment: better cooling, new lagering tanks in aluminum. On top of that, the old fashioned barrels were to be replaced by glass bottles!

After WW I, the brewery started the production of lemonade. Mr. Jozef Van Steenberge (son of Paul and brewer till 1990) shepherded his business through the crisis of WW II. A war that unfortunately meant the end of hundreds of Flemish village breweries.

Due to the prospering of regional beers, the brewery knew a tremendous uplift. In 1978, the brewery was able to get hold of the recipe and yeasts from the Augustiner monks in Gent, who decided to stop brewing and license the beer out to the Van Steenberge brewery. The brew-engineer at that time, Mr. De Vroe, refined the AUGUSTIJN ale, and turned it into the show-piece of de Van Steenberge brewery. Today, this beer and other special artisanal beers like the Piraat, Gulden Draak, Bruegel and Bornem, all of top-fermentation, make the brewery grow continuously.

In 1990, Mr. Paul Van Steenberge (Joseph's son) took over the mash staff and the brewery. Enormous investments allowed the brewery to follow the technological evolution closely. By the end of 1992, this resulted in the installation of a completely computerized and automated brewery: a real masterpiece. The first in Belgium at that time.

Where is the brewery today? Last year they produced about 35,000 barrels (50,000 HL) of beer with 31 people. Most of the production is sold in Belgium. The export brings the beer all over the world. The top export market is Italy, followed by Holland and the USA. Then comes France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and other countries.

The mission of the brewery is to brew an exceptional world class beer product, and to stay independent.

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Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 45 8.00
Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 45 8.00

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Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain

Hammer Chain was born to reinvent our approach to Double IPAs. Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties and packed with notes of drippy tropical fruit, radiant ...

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Hammer Chain was born to reinvent our approach to Double IPAs. Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties and packed with notes of drippy tropical fruit, radiant peach, and sweet stonefruit.

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Style:
Imperial IPA

Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
Ingredients
The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
Examples
A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

History 
The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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Brewery:
Odell Brewing Company

800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://odellbrewing.com/

Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create ...

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Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews.

In 2009, having outgrown every inch and aspect of their previous brewery, Odell doubled its plant size to 45,000 square feet and its beer sold to 45,000 barrels—one barrel per square foot! 

As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally. 

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AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 70 12.00
AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 70 12.00

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AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout

This variation features coconut added multiple times during the brewing process, Madagascar vanilla beans, and a rare, locally roasted Kona coffee. This beer balances the intense rich, fruity flavors of the vanilla and coconut with the roast of the coffee and the chocolate and caramel ...

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This variation features coconut added multiple times during the brewing process, Madagascar vanilla beans, and a rare, locally roasted Kona coffee. This beer balances the intense rich, fruity flavors of the vanilla and coconut with the roast of the coffee and the chocolate and caramel flavors of our Imperial Stout.

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:
AleSmith Brewing Company

9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

http://alesmith.com/

Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In ...

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Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In 2015, AleSmith celebrated its 20th year in production by opening a new state-of-the-art brewery in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street). “AleSmith 2.0″ features an entirely new tasting room and brew system with the capability to pump out more than 100,000 barrels/year only two blocks west of the original location. Please come visit us and taste the legendary craftsmanship for yourself.

1995: Humble Beginnings
AleSmith Brewing Company is founded in a small single-unit space in the commercial district of Miramar, San Diego and packed with a 15 bbl brew system, tasting bar, office, and a three-man team.

1998: Horny Devil Starts a Trend
AleSmith’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with Coriander wins over the crowd at Great American Beer Festival and brings home a shiny silver souvenir, paving the way for 17 more upcoming medals in future GABF Competitions alone.

2002: Change of Hands
Grand Master Judge and decorated home brewer Peter Zien takes ownership, solidifying AleSmith’s reputation for brewing legendary, hand-forged ales.

2003: The Barrel Age
AleSmith rocks the world’s beer community with its first release from the barrel, the epic Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. This 12% ABV beast hibernates in bourbon barrels and has been consistently recognized as one of the best beers in the world.

2008: The Big Year
AleSmith is awarded 2008 Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at Great American Beer Festival. New brew system increases brewing capacity from 15bbl to 30bbl.

2012: New Image, New Bottler, Same Recipe
Updated logo and bottle art visually defines the AleSmith brand. Premium Prospero bottler is installed to increase efficiency, quality, and reach a new output level of 15,000 bbls/year.

2014: Artisanal Expansion
Rated #1 Best Brewery in the World and Rated #1 Brewery in California based on consumer reviews at RateBeer.com. AleSmith now includes over 30 dedicated team members, multiple departments, five spacious units, and an impressive line-up of award winning brews.

2015: Forging Ahead
AleSmith closes its original location off of Cabot Drive and expands into a 100,000 sq.ft. facility, increases production, and launches new markets on a global scale. AleSmith’s new state-of-the-art brewery, located at 9990 AleSmith Court (only two blocks west of the original facility), showcases a custom Steinecker 80 bbl brew system, San Diego’s largest tasting room, and soon-to-be Tony Gwynn Museum.

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Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen Hefeweizen Sociable and Refreshing 12 5.20
Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen Hefeweizen Sociable and Refreshing 12 5.20

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Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen

"Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces ...

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"Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas." Commercial Description

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Style:
Hefeweizen

The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably) the ...

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The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably) the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat. Weissbier is German for “white beer.” Weissbiers were much paler than the dark beers that were so popular in Bavaria in earlier times, so the word “white” is used relatively. By today’s standards, Weissbier is more golden due to the development of light beers like Pilsner and Helles.

The terms Hefe Weissbier or Hefe Weizen refer to any Weissbier that has yeast (Hefe) in it (i.e., a bottle-conditioned Weissbier). Outside Bavaria, most wheat beers are called Hefeweizen regardless of the yeast content or flavor profile. This practice is becoming less frequent as the American beer drinker becomes more savvy. We use the name Hefeweizen to describe a very specific German style of top fermenting wheat beer.

Appearance 
The appearance of Hefeweizen is pale straw to very dark gold in color. A good amount of haziness should be expected and is appropriate. A very thick, mousse-like, long lasing white head is characteristic.

Aroma/Flavor
The aroma has moderate to strong phenols and fruity esters. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A light to moderate wheat aroma may be present. Acceptable aromatics can include a light, citrusy tartness, a light to moderate vanilla character and a low bubblegum and banana aroma.

The flavor is a low to moderately strong banana and clove flavor. The balance and intensity of the phenol and ester components can vary.  A very light to moderate vanilla character or low bubblegum notes can accentuate the banana flavor. The soft, bready or grainy flavor of wheat is complementary. Hop flavor is low to none. A tart, citrusy character from yeast and high carbonation is often present. Well rounded with dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-light to medium body.  The texture of wheat imparts the sensation of a fluffy, creamy fullness that may progress to a light, spritzy finish aided by high carbonation. Overall, a pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based ale should be expected

Ingredients 
According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat.

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
At Hay Merchant we serve this style in a 20oz German Pilsner glass from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

Stats 
Beers of this style are most often 4.3% - 5.6% ABV and 8-15 IBU. 

Examples 
Beers like Live Oak Hefeweizen, and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier are great examples of the style. 

History 
By the end of the middle ages in Germany, both barley and wheat were being used to make a top-fermented beer. The first true Weissbiers were made toward the end of the 15th century. In 1602, Duke Maximilian I placed a ban on public Weissbier brewing, and the Bavarian House of Dukes became the only body with the legal authority to brew Weissbiers. The profits from Prince Maximilian’s Weiss brewing helped fund the Thirty Years War.

As the popularity of Weissbier waned, the German House of Dukes begin to outsource the reasonability to brew to the private sector around the early part of the 1800s but still maintained control.

But the move to private brewing would not be enough to save Weissbier from extinction.  In 1855, Georg Schneider bought Wesses Brauhaus in Munich. In 1872, he worked a deal that ended the 250 year reign of royal brewing and allowed him to operate under his own terms. Even still, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that Weissbier regained its place as the No. 1 beer in Germany. Weissbier accounts for around 22 percent of the German market. It’s is the No. 1 selling micro-brewed style in Australia and can be found in the lineup of many American microbreweries.

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Brewery:
Live Oak Brewing Company

3301 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

http://liveoakbrewing.com/

The Live Oak Brewing Company, located in Austin, Texas since 1997, is a locally owned and operated brewery. Founder Chip McElroy can still be seen at the brewery almost every day.

Live Oak is best known for their traditional German style lagers. They also produce ...

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The Live Oak Brewing Company, located in Austin, Texas since 1997, is a locally owned and operated brewery. Founder Chip McElroy can still be seen at the brewery almost every day.

Live Oak is best known for their traditional German style lagers. They also produce a very good year-round IPA (often available on cask at Hay Merchant), as well as an amazing English Barley Wine. The brewery produces four year-round beers as well as four seasonal (or special release) beers. Live Oak beers are only available on draft.

While Live Oak uses industry standard step mashing for most of their beers, they use a more difficult and rarely used old-world style of mashing known as decoction mashing for a few of their beers, most notably the Live Oak Pilz and the Oaktoberfest. Live Oak uses large dairy tanks as fermenting vessels instead of the more traditional cylindroconical fermenters.

The brewery is currently run out of an old industrial building in Southeast Austin. Recently, the company purchased 20 acres of undeveloped land on the Colorado river just north of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on which to build a new brewery, estimated to take "a couple of years” to complete. When this expansion is completed, it is expected that they will add a bottling line.

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Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 9.70
Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 9.70

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Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus

Sour with Flavors of Cherries and Notes of Bourbon, Oak, and Vanilla 

Sour with Flavors of Cherries and Notes of Bourbon, Oak, and Vanilla 

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

http://averybrewing.com/

In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.00
Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.00

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Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo

Sour ale with Passion Fruit and Raspberry

Sour ale with Passion Fruit and Raspberry

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Sigma Brewing Company

3118 Harrisburg unit 108
Houston, TX 77003

http://www.sigmabrewingcompany.com/

The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it ...

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The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it was a good fit. Sigma, to us, means that brewing is the summation of our lives, and sharing it with others is what has made us whole.

At Sigma, we are just regular dudes that have all lead different lives, and over the years the one thing that always kept us connected was our passion and love for beer and home brewing. As we started brewing not-so- shitty beer at home, we started to wonder if one day we could make beer our jobs and not just our favorite pastime. From there, “The Brewery,” as it became known, was something that we all fantasized about.

About 7 years ago, we decided to stop fantasizing. We took a hard look at ourselves and knew that we didn’t have what it took to start and run a brewery, so we rubbed our hands together and got to work. We did our research, we (drank) did our homework, and we convinced not only ourselves, but others, that we (sort of) knew what we were doing, and if nothing else our passion and drive could make "The Brewery" a reality. We will be the first to admit we don't know everything, but we are sure as hell going to enjoy learning from the process.

So come hang out with us and tell us if you think our beer sucks or not, cause either way, we are going to love what we do and we can't wait to share that with you.

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Founders Brewing Company KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout Dark and Flavorful 70 11.20
Founders Brewing Company KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout Dark and Flavorful 70 11.20

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Founders Brewing Company KBS

"What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with ...

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"What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight." Commercial Description

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Style:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

Brewery:
Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

http://foundersbrewing.com/

Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought ...

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Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets.

After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor.

The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing None 4.80
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing None 4.80

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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

"These days Reissdorf Kolsch has almost reached a "cult status" with beer connoisseurs around the world looking at it as a "well preserved secret". Top fermentation lasts for about eight days with another four weeks of cold conditioning following. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is designed to be ...

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"These days Reissdorf Kolsch has almost reached a "cult status" with beer connoisseurs around the world looking at it as a "well preserved secret". Top fermentation lasts for about eight days with another four weeks of cold conditioning following. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is designed to be pale of color, soft on the palate, restrained on fruitiness, with a delicate dryness in the finish. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is a "session style" beer served in its typical 7 oz. glass in the wee-hours after work.

Another tradition unique to this beer style is its method of serving. Small wooden casks brought up to the pub via dumb waiter and placed on the bar counter are gravity -dispensed into narrow, cylindrical glasses (20 cl) called " Stangen" to expedite the pouring of the beer as well as to reduce the waiting time for impatient guests." Commercial Description

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Style:
Kolsch

Kolsch
Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

Appearance 
The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold ...

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Kolsch
Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

Appearance 
The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold. Authentic versions are filtered to a brilliant clarity.

Aroma/Flavor
Kolsch has a pleasant, subtle fruit aroma from fermentation.  Sometimes there is a light sulfur character from the yeast. The lower fermention temperature forces the yeast to strugle and thus produce slightly sulfur off flavors. 

The style has a delicate flavor and a low to medium bitterness with a dryness and slight pucker in the finish, but no harsh dryness.  It is smooth and crisp in the mouth with a light to medium body.  It’s generally well attenuated, but not dry. It’s more malty than a Helles and less bitter than a Pilsner. 

Ingredients 
Kolsch is made with German noble hops and German Pils or pale malt. Traditionally, this style uses a step mash program—fermented at cool temperatures and lagered for at least a month. Kolsch yeast is top fermenting. It’s a hybrid because it uses an ale yeast but is lagered for as long as 10 weeks. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
Kolsch is classically served in a small 200mL straight-sided glass, but at Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

Stats
Beers of this style are most often 4.4%-5.2% ABV and 20-30 IBU. 

Example
Great examples of this style are Sunner Kolsch and Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower. 

History 

Kolsch, recognized as a style only for the last 100 years, is the only beer with its own protected appellation and is restricted to the 20 or so producing breweries in and around Cologne.  Only 11 of these breweries make a Kolsch, and about 2.6 million barrels are produced a year in Cologne. Kolsch is also the name for the German spoken dialect in Cologne, which is most likely the origin of its name. 

Kolsch is a unique example of cooperation in brewing. The city of Cologne decided that instead of allowing the cities breweries compete against each other by brewing different styles they would all brew the same thing and compete against other cities and other regions.

Many American craft breweries make a Kolsch style because it’s a good gateway away from bland macro beers.
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Brewery:
Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

Emil-Hoffmann-Straße 4-10
Köln, 50996

https://www.reissdorf.de/

Founded on October 4, 1894 by Heinrich Reissdorf and his wife Gertrud in the city of Cologne (Köln), the Reissdorf brewery has established itself as the pre-eminent brewery of the classic Kölsch.

During the period of "promoterism" at the end of the 19th ...

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Founded on October 4, 1894 by Heinrich Reissdorf and his wife Gertrud in the city of Cologne (Köln), the Reissdorf brewery has established itself as the pre-eminent brewery of the classic Kölsch.

During the period of "promoterism" at the end of the 19th century, the breweries in Cologne sprang up like mushrooms. In this era, the Privat-brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf was founded. Its founder, Heinrich Reissdorf, derived from an old-established farmer family who were based in Zieverich as farriers and coach builders. A few years later, in 1905, the name Kölsch was established for the top-fermented Cologne beer-speciality. After Heinrich's death in 1901, Gertrud Reissdorf managed the brewery until 1908. The continuance of the company had never been in danger, though, since the Reissdorf couple had five sons: Johann Hubert, Heinrich, Hermann, Friedrich and Carl Reissdorf.

When the product range was diversified to further other styles of beer, the top-fermenting brewery was renamed to Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf in 1923. Friedrich's two sons Hermann-Josef and Karl-Heinz led the company through economically difficult times after World War II, when 90 percent of the brewery was destroyed. Today, the business is continued in the fourth generation.

Due to a prosperous development of the Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf, a new site for the brewery had to be found within the boundaries of the city of Cologne; therefore, the company purchased premises in an industrial park in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. With the new production facility, a brewery with most modern brewing technology was built, which meets the highest quality criteria.

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont Belgian Style Pale Ale Belgian Inspiration None 6.60
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont Belgian Style Pale Ale Belgian Inspiration None 6.60

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

3 - 3 / Straw

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

"Kwaremont blond is just like the killer climb of the Oude Kwaremont in the Flemish Ardennes: fiery and packed with character. This full malt beer delivers that jolt of liquid sugar you crave after pedalling your heart out." Commercial Description

"Kwaremont blond is just like the killer climb of the Oude Kwaremont in the Flemish Ardennes: fiery and packed with character. This full malt beer delivers that jolt of liquid sugar you crave after pedalling your heart out." Commercial Description

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Style:
Belgian Style Pale Ale

Brewery:
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik)

Rijksweg(B) 33
Bavikhove, 8531

http://www.brouwerijdebrabandere.be/home-en

The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other ...

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The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other family members took control of the brewery, changed the name back to Brabandere Brewery and began to open a large number of cafés and pubs. Bradandere expanded its own market base by making the brewery the sole supplier of product to those cafés.

In 1990, the family split the operations of the cafés and the brewery. The brewery was renamed again, this time taking inspiration from the town that had been home to the brewery for almost 100 years—Bavik. Over the next decade, the brewery made some large investments into the brewery itself, modernizing the brewery and expanding capacity, making it one of the largest family-owned breweries in Belgium.

In 2013, the fifth generation of the Brabandere family took over. The decision was made to once again use the family name, and thus the Brabandere Brewery was revived.

In Belgium, beers are traditionally known by their stand alone brand names and not by the brewery name. Brabandere brews  three main brands: Bavik, Wittekerke and Petrus. Bavik is best known for the Pilsner, a light, refreshing, slightly hopped bohemian rendition of the style. Wittekerke is the brand used to sell wheat beers. Petrus is the moniker that adorns the “special” beers—usually higher in alcohol or anything different from the core brand of that particular brewery, not always referring to the same style of beer. The most notable beer from the Petrus line is the Aged Pale: 100 percent pale malts, dry hopped and aged for at least 18 months in large wooden fermenters. This beer is light in body but aggressively sour in taste—a Hay Merchant favorite.

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BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 11.00
BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 11.00

Glassware

Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L ...

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"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors" Commercial Description

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes)

Ch. des Buissons 8
Saignelégier, CH-2350

http://www.brasseriebfm.ch/en/

Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges ...

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Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges at the contest awarded Jérôme the first place.

At 23, with a bachelor in enology, Jérôme Rebetez aspired to open up a brewery in his home region of Franches Montagnes. Full of passion but without any cash, Jérôme Rebetez decided to create beers with atypical character. He won the televised competition "Le rêve de vos 20 ans," which allowed him to establish La Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes in Saignelégier, Jura, with the obtained cash. With its spirited image, BFM was positioned as a pioneer in Swiss artisan brewing, crafting finesse beers that are complex with a great corps.

Jérôme Rebetez uses ingredients chosen to guarantee the highest quality. They are always original and sometimes tricky to mix like Sarawak pepper, sage or other spices. He built a reputation for crafting rich beers with complex bouquets, remarkable tastes and long finishes. 

L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a BFM specialty that matures in oak barrels for 12 months, was mentioned in The New York Times as the one of the best barley wines in the world.

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Brooklyn Brewery Lager Vienna Lager (Amber Lager) Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 33 5.20
Brooklyn Brewery Lager Vienna Lager (Amber Lager) Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 33 5.20

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

9 - 11 / Pale Amber

Original Gravity

13.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Cascade +

Flavor: Intense citrus, grapefruit and piney notes.

Aroma: Spicy flowers and some grass.

Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 7%                      

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%                         

Dual Purpose 

Hallertau Mittelfruh-German +

Flavor: Slightly spicy but clean bitterness

Aroma: Mild and spicy with floral tones

Alpha Acids: 3 - 5.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

Aroma 

Vanguard +

Flavor: Fine bittering with floral and slightly piney notes.

Aroma: Very subtle spice and floral tones. Earthy and herbal as well.

Alpha Acids: 5 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 5 - 7%                

Aroma

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Brooklyn Brewery Lager

"In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt ...

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"In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original." Commercial Description

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Style:
Vienna Lager (Amber Lager)

Vienna Lager is a classic German lager. It was very common in the years after its first release in 1840, but it has become somewhat rare.

Appearance 
The lager should be light reddish amber to copper color with bright clarity and a large off-white, persistent ...

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Vienna Lager is a classic German lager. It was very common in the years after its first release in 1840, but it has become somewhat rare.

Appearance 
The lager should be light reddish amber to copper color with bright clarity and a large off-white, persistent head.

Aroma/Flavor
The beer should have a moderately rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). It has clean lager character, with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Noble hop aroma may be low to none.

On the palate, soft, elegant malt complexity is in the forefront, with a firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. There is toasted character from the use of Vienna malt, but no roasted or caramel flavor. The finish is fairly dry, with both malt and hop bitterness present in the aftertaste.

Ingredients 
As with Oktoberfests, only the finest quality malt should be used, along with Continental hops (preferably Noble varieties). It’s made with moderately hard, carbonate-rich water. Some caramel malts and/or darker malts may be used to add color and sweetness, but caramel malts shouldn’t add significant aroma and flavor and dark malts shouldn’t provide any roasted character. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
At Hay Merchant, this style of beer is served in an 16oz American Pint. We store and serve the beer from our lager cooler at 35° F.

Stats
Vienna ranges in the high 20s (IBU). Vienna Lagers are also lightly darker then the similar Märzen (11-14 SRM compared to 9-13 SRM, but noticeable lighter then than dark lagers of the time (40 SRM). 

History 
Vienna lagers and Märzen are very closely related. Both beers were brought to the market in 1841, one year before Pilsner made it appearance. The two brewers that invented the styles (Vienna lagers and Märzen) were close friends and helped each other develop the two different styles. Vienna Lager was developed by Anton Dreher. who owned the Schwechat Brewery near Vienna. Märzen was developed by Gabriel Sedlmayr.

Prior to the development of Vienna lagers, Märzen and Pilsner in the early 1840s all German lagers were a shade of dark brown, due to the malts brewers were using. Prior to 1840, all German malts were dried using a direct fire method. This technique used open flame to heat the stone floor of the malt kiln. The resulting malts were unevenly roasted. Some kernels were very dark, while others were light. Some kernels were very dry, and others still had fairly high moisture content.

In the early 1800s, the British developed a way to dry malts using an indirect method. By using heated air instead of direct flame, the malt could be completely dried without burning or even darkening. The result was pale malt. The British used pale malt to start brewing beers like Pale Ale.

In 1833, Dreher and Sedlmayr went on a fact-finding mission to the United Kingdom. Some people would call the trip an exercise in industrial espionage; others would call it smart business. Call it what you may, but upon their return to their respective breweries, they quickly adopted the British method of malt drying.

Using these new methods, Dreher released a completely new beer: Vienna Lager, which had medium body and full malty flavor (typical Central Eurpean).  Vienna finishes much dryer then Märzen with a higher level of bitterness up front. 

The unique blend of British influence and German flavor led to the invention of a new beer style and a new type of malt. While Vienna Lager is rare today, Vienna malt is still widely used.

Strangely enough, Vienna Lagers are most commonly found in Mexico. This might have to do with the very brief period from 1864-1867 that Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian Joseph ruled Mexico as Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico. Unfortunately, high quality examples of this style no longer exist even in Mexico due to the industrial scaled production methods employed. 

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Brewery:
Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

http://brooklynbrewery.com/

In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by ...

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In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by a mortar barrage. Steve picked up a still-warm piece of shrapnel as a memento, packed up his family and returned to New York City. During his years in the Middle East, Steve befriended diplomats based in Saudi Arabia, where Islamic law prohibits alcoholic beverages. The envoys were avid homebrewers and happily plied Steve with their flavorful beers. Returning to live in Brooklyn and editing foreign news for Newsday, Steve started brewing at home. Eventually, he enlisted his downstairs neighbor, banker Tom Potter, and they set out to establish the Brooklyn Brewery. Steve placed that shrapnel on his desk as a reminder of his days in the Middle East, where it still sits today.

Steve and Tom commissioned fourth-generation brewmaster William M. Moeller, a former head brewer at Philadelphia’s Schmidt Brewery, to brew Brooklyn Lager at the FX Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Moeller pored over the brewing logs of a grandfather of his who had brewed in Brooklyn at the turn of the last century to develop a recipe for Brooklyn Lager. The result was an all-malt lager beer with a tangy aroma created by “dry-hopping,” an age-old technique of adding hops during the maturation process to create a robust aroma. Brooklyn Lager made quite a splash in the 1980s beer scene in New York City, dominated by the light, rice and corn lagers sold by Budweiser, Miller and Coors.

In 1988, Steve and Tom delivered their first cases of beer, and flickerings of brewed glory began to appear in Brooklyn once again. Word started to spread that the two men could be found at bars and restaurants pouring this (relatively) shocking concoction that was darker than Heineken and smelled strongly of hops, of all things.

In 1994, Garrett Oliver was brought on board as brewmaster to helm the brewing program and work on establishing the brand new Williamsburg brewhouse. Garrett began homebrewing in the 1980s after living in England for a time, where he discovered cask-fermented real ale in between gigs managing rock bands. Garrett’s talents and personal flair led to his tenure as President of the New York City Homebrewer’s Guild, where he met Steve Hindy. Whether or not Garrett was wearing a cape (a matter of mild contention between the two men to this day), this meeting included Garrett describing the recipe that would become Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Not long after, Garrett left his post as brewmaster of Manhattan Brewing to cross the East River and join Brooklyn Brewery. On May 28, 1996, Mayor Rudy Giuliani cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse, Tasting Room and offices in Brooklyn.

Garrett went on to develop recipes from Black Chocolate Stout to East IPA, seasonal favorites to limited run Brewmaster’s Reserve releases. His beers and his books - including The Good Beer Book, The Brewmaster’s Table and The Oxford Companion to Beer - have won many international awards, including the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. To this day Garrett serves as brewmaster as well as juggling a demanding international travel schedule to teach and learn new brewing techniques.

2003 was a year of big changes for Brooklyn Brewery. Years of growth made the brewery large enough to be taken seriously by big distributors, so the distribution arm of Brooklyn Brewery was sold off. Tom, who had been heavily involved in the distribution division for the previous fifteen years, decided the time was right for him to retire and sold his shares to the Ottaway family. (Not long after, Tom grew bored with retirement and filled his time by founding the New York Distilling Company not far from the Brooklyn Brewery.) The Ottaways were longtime friends and early investors, spreading from David Ottaway’s days in the Middle East as a Washington Post reporter alongside Steve Hindy.

David Ottaway’s two sons, Eric and Robin, had run the Brooklyn Brewery’s Massachusetts distribution company before it was sold in 2002. In 2014, Steve announced that the Ottaway brothers were assuming official leadership roles in the brewery, with Eric serving as CEO and Robin as President. All three continue to be highly involved in daily life at the brewery, which continues to be independently owned to this day.

Today, the Brooklyn Brewery is continuing to thrive, spreading good beer around the world. Bars and restaurants from Texas to Sweden to Australia proudly pour Brooklyn beer and display its iconic logo in great cities and far-flung reaches. Here in Brooklyn, Garrett and his team push the boundaries of brewing with an expanded barrel aging program housed in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard down the road from the brewery and an extensive roster of experimental batches tucked away for study (and tasting.) 

The brewery is also currently planning an expansion site to boost production and send even more beer to old and new markets worldwide. 

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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize IPA Hop-a-licious 80 7.00
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize IPA Hop-a-licious 80 7.00

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize

Legalize Hemp IPA is packed full of dank hops. Fresh, green hop flavor all the way through and elevated by hemp seed flour. The hemp cuts through the bitterness with earthy nutty undertones

Legalize Hemp IPA is packed full of dank hops. Fresh, green hop flavor all the way through and elevated by hemp seed flour. The hemp cuts through the bitterness with earthy nutty undertones

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category ...
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

5301 Nolda Street
Houston, TX 77007

http://www.buffbrew.com/

Buffalo Bayou Brewery was founded in 2012 in Houston by Rassul Zarinfar, a Harvard MBA with experience in beer distribution, and brewer Ryan Robertson. The brewery honors the Houston community by incorporating local ingredients from farms and nearby vendors.

Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines ...

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Buffalo Bayou Brewery was founded in 2012 in Houston by Rassul Zarinfar, a Harvard MBA with experience in beer distribution, and brewer Ryan Robertson. The brewery honors the Houston community by incorporating local ingredients from farms and nearby vendors.

Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines classical brewing techniques and rich Houston flavors, inspired by the history of Houston. Traditional recipes are transformed and redefined as vintage flavors are combined in new ways. The flagship beer of the Heritage Series is 1836, described as a "copper ale," named after Houston's founding year.  The beer is a combination of sweet and toasty Victory malts and earthy, woody, floral American hops. 

Single batch and anti-session, the Secessionist Series of beers are tributes to the revolutionary acts of sedition of Houston's mutineers. The ambitious and boundary-pushing ingredients are inspired by the city's most challenging conditions. 

The brewery is located in central Houston in the Heights neighborhood and offers brewery tours on Saturdays. 

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Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 5.40
Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus Wild Ale Advanced Sour-ology None 5.40

Glassware

Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus

50% ale aged in Tequila barrels and 50% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels 

50% ale aged in Tequila barrels and 50% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels 

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

http://averybrewing.com/

In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss IPA Hop-a-licious 70 6.80
Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss IPA Hop-a-licious 70 6.80

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

Aroma: Complex tropical flavors with some citrus and berry notes.

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Malt Variety

Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss

Double dry hopped IPA With lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Citra and Mosaic hops were used.

Double dry hopped IPA With lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Citra and Mosaic hops were used.

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category ...
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
Eureka Heights Brewing Company

941 W 18TH ST
Houston, Texas 77008

http://www.eurekaheights.com/

New brewery in the Heights

New brewery in the Heights

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New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca Fruited Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.00
New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca Fruited Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.00

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New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca

Produced in partnership with Primus Cerveceria, a leading Mexican craft brewery based in Mexico City founded by three cousins, Rodolfo, Jaime, and Rebeca. Mural is our joint homage to the classic agua fresca that also pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be. 

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Produced in partnership with Primus Cerveceria, a leading Mexican craft brewery based in Mexico City founded by three cousins, Rodolfo, Jaime, and Rebeca. Mural is our joint homage to the classic agua fresca that also pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be. 

In Mexico, the agua fresca is everywhere.  They're usually found in street food markets and feature a blend of seasonal fruits. Our cerveza takes inspiration from agua frescas and features hibiscus, agave, watermelon, and lime for a fresh, vibrant sip.  

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Style:
Fruited Ale

Brewery:
New Belgium Brewing Company

500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://www.newbelgium.com/

New Belgium founder Jeff Lebesch was inspired to start his own brewery during a mountain biking trip to Belgium in 1989. 1989.  He returned home to Fort Collins, Colorado and began brewing beer in his basement--a brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a ...

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New Belgium founder Jeff Lebesch was inspired to start his own brewery during a mountain biking trip to Belgium in 1989. 1989.  He returned home to Fort Collins, Colorado and began brewing beer in his basement--a brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a well-balanced amber called Fat Tire. 

Jeff’s Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and his wife Kim (now New Belgium's CEO) took their basement brewery commercial in 1991. Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor's door. Artist Anne Fitch was that neighbor, whose watercolors came to help craft the New Belgium brand for 23 years, including the original Fat Tire label. 

Bringing on Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster previously working at Rodenbach, in 1996 helped influence their love of sour beers. Moving forward, Peter would take the brewing reins as Jeff began pursuing other interests. In 2009, Jeff moved on completely and New Belgium continues to flourish with Kim, Peter and a team of dedicated employee-owners at the helm. 

New Belgium is expanding to Asheville, North Carolina, and is in the midst of construction on a 133,000-square-foot brewery, scheduled to start brewing beer by the end of 2015. 

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AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.50
AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.50

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AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso

The second release in our Hopwright series draws its bright, tropical flavors from Sabro, a new hop varietal bred in part from wild grown hops in the American Southwest. Notes of coconut, lime, tangerine, and citrus will have you reaching for more of this smooth ...

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The second release in our Hopwright series draws its bright, tropical flavors from Sabro, a new hop varietal bred in part from wild grown hops in the American Southwest. Notes of coconut, lime, tangerine, and citrus will have you reaching for more of this smooth cerveza.

 

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category ...
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
AleSmith Brewing Company

9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

http://alesmith.com/

Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In ...

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Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In 2015, AleSmith celebrated its 20th year in production by opening a new state-of-the-art brewery in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street). “AleSmith 2.0″ features an entirely new tasting room and brew system with the capability to pump out more than 100,000 barrels/year only two blocks west of the original location. Please come visit us and taste the legendary craftsmanship for yourself.

1995: Humble Beginnings
AleSmith Brewing Company is founded in a small single-unit space in the commercial district of Miramar, San Diego and packed with a 15 bbl brew system, tasting bar, office, and a three-man team.

1998: Horny Devil Starts a Trend
AleSmith’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with Coriander wins over the crowd at Great American Beer Festival and brings home a shiny silver souvenir, paving the way for 17 more upcoming medals in future GABF Competitions alone.

2002: Change of Hands
Grand Master Judge and decorated home brewer Peter Zien takes ownership, solidifying AleSmith’s reputation for brewing legendary, hand-forged ales.

2003: The Barrel Age
AleSmith rocks the world’s beer community with its first release from the barrel, the epic Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. This 12% ABV beast hibernates in bourbon barrels and has been consistently recognized as one of the best beers in the world.

2008: The Big Year
AleSmith is awarded 2008 Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at Great American Beer Festival. New brew system increases brewing capacity from 15bbl to 30bbl.

2012: New Image, New Bottler, Same Recipe
Updated logo and bottle art visually defines the AleSmith brand. Premium Prospero bottler is installed to increase efficiency, quality, and reach a new output level of 15,000 bbls/year.

2014: Artisanal Expansion
Rated #1 Best Brewery in the World and Rated #1 Brewery in California based on consumer reviews at RateBeer.com. AleSmith now includes over 30 dedicated team members, multiple departments, five spacious units, and an impressive line-up of award winning brews.

2015: Forging Ahead
AleSmith closes its original location off of Cabot Drive and expands into a 100,000 sq.ft. facility, increases production, and launches new markets on a global scale. AleSmith’s new state-of-the-art brewery, located at 9990 AleSmith Court (only two blocks west of the original facility), showcases a custom Steinecker 80 bbl brew system, San Diego’s largest tasting room, and soon-to-be Tony Gwynn Museum.

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Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 83 9.20
Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 83 9.20

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Amarillo +

Flavor: Citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit.

Aroma: Lots of orange peel.

Alpha Acids: 8.0 - 11.0%                 

Beta Acids: 6.0% - 7.0%      

Dual Purpose

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

Aroma: Complex tropical flavors with some citrus and berry notes.

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Malt Variety

Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett

Mosaic, citra, and Amarillo double IPA

Mosaic, citra, and Amarillo double IPA

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Style:
Imperial IPA

Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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Imperial IPA
The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
Ingredients
The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
Examples
A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

History 
The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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Brewery:
Sigma Brewing Company

3118 Harrisburg unit 108
Houston, TX 77003

http://www.sigmabrewingcompany.com/

The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it ...

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The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it was a good fit. Sigma, to us, means that brewing is the summation of our lives, and sharing it with others is what has made us whole.

At Sigma, we are just regular dudes that have all lead different lives, and over the years the one thing that always kept us connected was our passion and love for beer and home brewing. As we started brewing not-so- shitty beer at home, we started to wonder if one day we could make beer our jobs and not just our favorite pastime. From there, “The Brewery,” as it became known, was something that we all fantasized about.

About 7 years ago, we decided to stop fantasizing. We took a hard look at ourselves and knew that we didn’t have what it took to start and run a brewery, so we rubbed our hands together and got to work. We did our research, we (drank) did our homework, and we convinced not only ourselves, but others, that we (sort of) knew what we were doing, and if nothing else our passion and drive could make "The Brewery" a reality. We will be the first to admit we don't know everything, but we are sure as hell going to enjoy learning from the process.

So come hang out with us and tell us if you think our beer sucks or not, cause either way, we are going to love what we do and we can't wait to share that with you.

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B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon Mead Besides Beer None 6.00
B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon Mead Besides Beer None 6.00

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B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

Straw-gold with quickly dissipating head. Sweet and floral mango notes, followed by spicy black pepper and a spicy yeast character. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper.
Light carbonation creates a crisp clean feel that washes away quickly. Very ...

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Straw-gold with quickly dissipating head. Sweet and floral mango notes, followed by spicy black pepper and a spicy yeast character. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper.
Light carbonation creates a crisp clean feel that washes away quickly. Very drinkable.

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Style:
Mead

Brewery:
B. Nektar Meadery

1511 Jarvis
Ferndale, MI 48220

http://www.bnektar.com/

Guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B. Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider and beer.

B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri ...

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Guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B. Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider and beer.

B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer, with the help of their good friend Paul Zimmerman. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. Jokingly, he said that he’d someday open a meadery. Paul, a long-time friend and fellow homebrewer, soon began making meads along with Brad in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Their meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions

In the summer of 2006, Kerri was laid-off from her job. While sipping a glass of vanilla cinnamon mead made by Brad, she thought, “Why not try to sell this?” It was then that the three decided to take their mead making to the next level. In the spring of 2008, Brad too fell victim to layoffs, and the three worked night and day to prepare for their opening. After nearly two years since its inception, B. Nektar finally opened it’s doors on August 2, 2008 (National Mead Day).

B. Nektar’s session meads and hard ciders are now shaping the craft revolution.  To say it’s been a long road from the home-brewing days would be a tremendous understatement but B. Nektar continues to increase their production capacity and is currently the largest meadery in the U.S.A.

B. Nektar was the first meadery to join the ranks on the top 100 best breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com, and has remained there since 2013.

Proud of this story as they may be, they put a lot of effort into not taking themselves too seriously.

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(512) Brewing Company NE IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 50 6.00
(512) Brewing Company NE IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 50 6.00

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(512) Brewing Company NE IPA

Big juicy hazy IPA. Lots of big citrus and tropical fruit with a mild hop bitterness.

Big juicy hazy IPA. Lots of big citrus and tropical fruit with a mild hop bitterness.

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Style:
IPA

IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category ...
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IPA (India Pale Ale) 
Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

Aroma/Taste
A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Ingredients
IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
(512) Brewing Company

407 Radam
Austin, TX 78745

http://www.512brewing.com/

(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic ...

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(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic and organic ingredients as possible. (512) beers are built on old world English and Belgian styles, enhanced to celebrate bold domestic ingredients.

Flagship beers include Wit, Pale, IPA and Pecan Porter.  Limited beers include (512) Black IPA, (512) Bruin, (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter and more.

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North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013 Old Ale/Stock Ale Not for the Faint of Heart 34 11.90
North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013 Old Ale/Stock Ale Not for the Faint of Heart 34 11.90

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

15 - 17 / Deep Amber

Original Gravity

1.100 gravity

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

East Kent Golding-UK +

Flavor: Delicate floral, earthy and honey-like flavors.

Aroma: Earthy lemon and thyme overtones.

Alpha Acids: 4 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 1.9 - 3%             

Dual Purpose

Fuggle +

Flavor: Woody and vegetale.

Aroma: Herby and spicy with mild woody and fruity characteristics

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.8%                   

Beta Acids: 2 - 3%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013

"Like a fine port, Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1.100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round out and mellow with age. It's brewed with classic Maris Otter ...

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"Like a fine port, Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1.100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round out and mellow with age. It's brewed with classic Maris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England." Commercial Description

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Style:
Old Ale/Stock Ale

Old Ale/Stock Ale
Old Ales and Stock Ales are high gravity beers intended for long aging.  The biggest difference between this style and other Strong Ales is the very low attenuation of the wort, resulting in a very sweet flavor. The long aging helps ...
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Old Ale/Stock Ale
Old Ales and Stock Ales are high gravity beers intended for long aging.  The biggest difference between this style and other Strong Ales is the very low attenuation of the wort, resulting in a very sweet flavor. The long aging helps balance the sweetness out by adding wood flavors, lactic sour notes and allowing the heavier sugars to drop out of the beer.

About Strong Ales
Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
Appearance
The appearance is light amber to very dark reddish-brown. There is a creamy tan-colored head.

Aroma/Taste
The aroma is malty sweet with fruity esters, often with a complex blend of dried fruit, vinous, caramel, molasses, nuts, toffee, treacle and/or other specialty malt.
There is medium to high malt character with a luscious malt complexity, often with nutty, caramel and/or molasses-like flavors. Balance is often malty sweet but may be well hopped (the impression of bitterness often depends on the amount of aging). Moderate to high fruity esters are common and may take on a dried fruit or vinous character. The finish may contribute oxidative flavors similar to a fine old sherry, Port or Madeira. Alcoholic strength is evident. Some wood-aged or blended versions may have a lactic acid or Brettanomyces flavor from long exposure to raw barrels. This is a standard trait in many old world styles because, historically, sanitary practices were not as precise as they are today.
Ingredients
Old Ales/Stock Ales contain pale malts and caramel malts. Dark malts can be used, but if the color becomes too dark, it will fall outside the standard style guidelines. Hops are used, but variety is not important because of long term aging. Adjuncts like molasses are sometimes used. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 6%-9% and an average IBU range of 30-60.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Avery Old Jubilation and North Coast Old Stock.

History 
The beer is called Old or Stock Ale because, historically, strong beer was used as a blending beer with other weaker “running beers” (beers brewed for immediate sale). Thus, the bar or brewery had a “stock” of strong beer in reserve. The term “old” was used because, in most cases, the Stock Ale were aged for months or years, thus making it old by beer standards.
The parti-gyle system plays an important roll in the historical origins on the style. Parti-gyle is the process in which multiple beers are made from the same batch of grist using a single high-temperature (~150° F) step mashing process. Because the grist was single infusion mashed at such a high temperature, the wort was only about 50% fermentable. The resulting beer would only be about 6% - 9% ABV. The first runnings off the mash would yield a wort around 1.100 OG. These first runnings would become Stock Ales. Because of advances in brewing practices, few brewers still practice parti-gyle.
Some people say that Stock Ales and Old Ales are slightly different, but they’re not. If there were a difference, it would be that hypothetically you could have a young Stock Ale, but in historical practice this never happened. If you must draw a differance it would be that Stock Ales are freash and Old Ales are Stock Ale that has been aged.
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Brewery:
North Coast Brewing Company

455 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/home.php

A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation ...

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A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.

In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860s.

These exceptional beers are available in 47 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim.

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Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00
Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

375mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek

Big Bright Lemony Tartness with Sour Cherry Flavor

Big Bright Lemony Tartness with Sour Cherry Flavor

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Style:
Lambic

Brewery:
Hanssens Artisanaal

Vroenenbosstraat 15
Dworp, Belgium 1653

Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

Lambic beers are famous ...

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Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

Lambic beers are famous for being "wild fermented". Instead of adding a special yeast strain to cause fermentation, some brewers in the Senne river valley leave the warm, sweet, unfermented beer (called wort) open to the elements. Wild strains of yeast and other micro organisms will then seed the liquid. Normally when brewing beer, a brewers yeast will be used to turn sugar into alcohol and certain flavor elements of the beer. In these wild beers, yeast and others will turn sugar into alcohol, acid, and a huge variety of flavor chemicals. 

Since each batch is different, the beer has to be blended with multiple batches to create a consistent product. Most lambics are created from a mixture of aged sour beer and young, sweeter beer. They are then barrel aged to combine the flavors.

Hanssens takes this a step further, and actually blends batches from different breweries in their area. This used to be a very common practice, but Hanssens is now the oldest remaining blender. They bring to this endeavor a variety of barrels, some up to one hundred years old, and a passion and a love for the tradition of Geuze and Lambics. They will also add whole fruits to some of their beers, to make even more flavorful blends.

Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used. 

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(512) Brewing Company Owen's Brett Beer Wild Ale Oddly Delicious None 6.00
(512) Brewing Company Owen's Brett Beer Wild Ale Oddly Delicious None 6.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

(512) Brewing Company Owen's Brett Beer

IPA with brett added. Citrus and barn/funk.

IPA with brett added. Citrus and barn/funk.

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
(512) Brewing Company

407 Radam
Austin, TX 78745

http://www.512brewing.com/

(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic ...

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(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic and organic ingredients as possible. (512) beers are built on old world English and Belgian styles, enhanced to celebrate bold domestic ingredients.

Flagship beers include Wit, Pale, IPA and Pecan Porter.  Limited beers include (512) Black IPA, (512) Bruin, (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter and more.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 38 5.60
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 38 5.60

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

4 - 5 / Pale Gold

Original Gravity

13.100 plato

Final Gravity

2.800 plato

Hops

Cascade +

Flavor: Intense citrus, grapefruit and piney notes.

Aroma: Spicy flowers and some grass.

Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 7%                      

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%                         

Dual Purpose 

Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

Bittering 

Perle +

Flavor: Very earthy with a minty finish.

Aroma: Earthy and slightly spicy.

Alpha Acids: 7 - 9.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

"Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made ...

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"Pale Ale began as a home brewer’s dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own. Its unique piney and grapefruit aromas from the use of whole-cone American hops have fascinated beer drinkers for decades and made this beer a classic, yet it remains new, complex and surprising to thousands of beer drinkers every day." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Pale Ale

American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and ...
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American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance is pale golden to deep amber with a moderately large white to off-white head with good retention. It’s generally clear or slightly hazy.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is usually moderate to strong with a citrus character. There is low to moderate maltiness with bready, toasty or biscuity aromas. Fruity esters range from moderate to none. Dry hopping may add grassy notes.
The style has a moderate to high hop flavor, often showing citrusy American hop character.  Low to moderately high lean malt character supports the hop presentation and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character such as bready, toasty or biscuity notes. Fruity esters are moderate to none. Moderate to high hop bitterness often lingers in the finish. American Ale yeast adds a very clean fermentation with a very light fruitiness. The mouthfeel has a medium light to medium body. Carbonation is moderate to high with an overall smooth finish without astringency.  The result is a refreshing and hoppy beer with sufficient supporting malt.
Ingredients
American Pale Ales contain Manly Pale Ale Malt, generally American 2-Row, American hops and American Ale yeast.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.5%-6.2% and an average IBU range of 30-45.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale and Left Hand Brewing Jackman’s Pale Ale.

History 
The American style evolved alongside the evolution of microbreweries. Wanting more flavor in their beer, Americans embraced hop character with abundant citrus and piney flavors. The beer is based on bitterness with a floral aroma. The style was the first widespread use of the 4 Cs in American Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus.
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Brewery:
Sierra Nevada

1075 E. 20th St.
Chico, CA 95928

http://www.sierranevada.com/

In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among ...

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In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” 

Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend’s father showed him the basics of homebrewing. Using homemade equipment, he began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own and soon became a proficient home brewer. 

In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University, Chico, he opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s homebrewing community with equipment, materials and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. 

Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken cobbled together a brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, he created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. 

Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a used, traditional, 100-barrel copper brewhouse that became the heart of the new brewery. It met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, he commissioned a new, larger brewhouse, and coaxed the original coppersmiths out of retirement to match new kettles to the originals. This expansion became the powerhouse that helped bring the brewery’s total capacity to more than 800,000 barrels per year. 

Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music and its award-winning beers. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. The brewery is also home to the 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music venue.

Sierra Nevada brewed one million barrels in 2014. Year round beers include Pale Ale (flagship), Torpedo® Extra IPA, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, and Kellerweis® Bavarian-Style Wheat.

The soul of Sierra Nevada is the brewery's affinity for whole-cone hops and the special flavors and aromas they provide. Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewery in the world. They love the aromas from dry-hopped beers so much that they created the revolutionary “Hop Torpedo,” a sleek, stainless steel device they use to gather the most hop flavor and aroma without imparting any excess bitterness.

In every aspect of the brewery, Sierra Nevada strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. From recycling and composting to water treatment, bio-fuel production and water conservation, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. In 2008, Sierra Nevada completed construction of one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the country with more than 10,000 panels that provide nearly 20% of the brewery's total energy needs. 

In 2005, Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to install hydrogen fuel cells; the combination of the solar array and the fuel cell system generates more than half of the brewery’s energy needs on site. They also have an extensive water treatment program including our own wastewater treatment facility. 

Through extensive recycling, reuse and composting programs, the brewery is able to divert 99.8% of its solid waste from landfills. 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was named a “Green Power Partner” in 2011 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and "Green Business of the Year" in 2010 by the EPA for its practices in sustainability.

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(512) Brewing Company Pecan Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 30 6.80
(512) Brewing Company Pecan Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 30 6.80

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

30 - 39 / Deep Brown

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Glacier +

Flavor: Lots of fruitiness, pear, apricot and orange

Aroma: Pleasant earthy and herbal aromas, as well as citrus and fruity notes

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 7.5%                   

Beta Acids: 5 - 9%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Chocolate +

Crystal +

De-Bittered Black Malt +

(512) Brewing Company Pecan Porter

"Nearly black in color, (512) Pecan Porter is made with Organic US 2-row and copious amounts of Crystal malt, along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Its full body and malty sweetness are balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans ...

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"Nearly black in color, (512) Pecan Porter is made with Organic US 2-row and copious amounts of Crystal malt, along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Its full body and malty sweetness are balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans. Yet another true Austin original!" Commercial Description

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Style:
American Porter

Porter
Porter is a dark style of beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.
Appearance
Porters are medium brown to very dark brown, often with ruby or garnet-like highlights. They can approach black in color. Clarity may be difficult to discern ...
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Porter
Porter is a dark style of beer developed in London from well-hopped beers made from brown malt.
Appearance
Porters are medium brown to very dark brown, often with ruby or garnet-like highlights. They can approach black in color. Clarity may be difficult to discern in such a dark beer, but when not opaque, it will be clear (particularly when held up to the light). There is a full, tan-colored head with moderately good head retention.

Aroma/Taste
A roasty aroma—often with a lightly burnt, black malt character—is noticeable and may be moderately strong. Optionally, it may also show some additional malt character in support (grainy, bready, toffee-like, caramelly, chocolate, coffee, rich, and/or sweet). Hop aroma is low to high (U.S. or U.K. varieties). Some American versions may be dry-hopped. Fruity esters are moderate to none. Diacetyl is low to none.
Moderately strong malt flavor usually features a lightly burnt, black malt character (and sometimes chocolate and/or coffee flavors) with a bit of roasty dryness in the finish. Overall flavor may finish from dry to medium-sweet, depending on grist composition, hop bittering level and attenuation. It may have a sharp character from dark roasted grains, although taste is not overly acrid, burnt or harsh. There is medium to high bitterness, which can be accentuated by the roasted malt. Hop flavor can vary from low to moderately high (U.S. or U.K. varieties) and balances the roasted malt flavors. Diacetyl is low to none. Fruity esters are moderate to none. It has medium to medium-full body and moderately low to moderately high carbonation. Stronger versions may have a slight alcohol warmth. It may have a slight astringency from roasted grains, although this character is not strong. 
Ingredients
Porters may contain several malts, prominently dark roasted malts and grains, which often include black patent malt (chocolate malt and/or roasted barley may also be used in some versions). Hops are used for bittering, flavor and/or aroma, and are frequently found in U.K. or U.S. varieties. Water with moderate to high carbonate hardness is typical. Ale yeast can either be clean in U.S. versions or characterful in English varieties.
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4%-7% and an average IBU range of 25-50.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Anchor Porter, Deschutes Black Butte and (512) Pecan porter.

History 
Porter has a very distinct origin and reason for being created. There were three types of beer available in London in the early 1700s: Strong ale, Common Ale and Stale Ale. Common Ale was the “running beer,” made after a Strong Ale in the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength). Stale Ale was what was left in a cask after it had gone stale. These three types of beer were very inconsistent. In order to create a consistent product, they were often all mixed together to order and called “Three Threads.” In 1722, Ralph Harwood, Proprietor of The Bell Brewhouse, created a beer that had all the characteristics of three threads but was from one cask. It was nicknamed Porter by the Publicans because Porters were his best customers for the new beer.
Porter was the beer that allowed England to creep ahead of other countries in the brewing world. It was inexpensive to brew and was able to age. It was a beer for and from the industrial revolution. The most successful Porter brewer of the 1700s was Samuel Whitbread of London, who started brewing in 1742.
Porter was commonly imported to the American Colonies until the 1760s, when tensions rose between England and the colonies, and American brewers had to take up the slack. Porter was George Washington's preferred beer.
In 1817, with the advent of Black Patent Malt, Porter gained its darker color and went from a brown beer to a black beer. Guinness actually started as a porter brewer before stouts branched off of Porters and were among the first to use Black Patent Malt.
Porter was a major part of the beer industry in England from its inception. Though, starting in the 1830s, its popularity declined as many people started drinking more pale ale and Gin. By the 1930s English Porter a had almost entirely disappeared.  It finally disappeared in Ireland in 1972.
There has been a renaissance of Porter in recent years due to the growing craft beer scene in America.  Yuengling, however, has made porter since the 1870s (other than the interruption of prohibition) and still makes Porter today.
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Brewery:
(512) Brewing Company

407 Radam
Austin, TX 78745

http://www.512brewing.com/

(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic ...

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(512) Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the heart of Austin. Owner Kevin Brand, with an engineering degree and a background in medical devices, is a self-taught brewer.  (512), named for the Austin area code, brews for the community using as many local, domestic and organic ingredients as possible. (512) beers are built on old world English and Belgian styles, enhanced to celebrate bold domestic ingredients.

Flagship beers include Wit, Pale, IPA and Pecan Porter.  Limited beers include (512) Black IPA, (512) Bruin, (512) Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter and more.

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Real Ale Brewing Company Persicum Barrel Aged IPA Sour and Funky None 8.40
Real Ale Brewing Company Persicum Barrel Aged IPA Sour and Funky None 8.40

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Real Ale Brewing Company Persicum

IPA base aged in oak for 12 months with peaches added. Dry, funky, and slightly sour.

IPA base aged in oak for 12 months with peaches added. Dry, funky, and slightly sour.

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Style:
Barrel Aged IPA

Brewery:
Real Ale Brewing Company

231 San Saba Ct
Blanco, TX 78606

http://realalebrewing.com/

Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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Nola Brewing Company Piety Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.00
Nola Brewing Company Piety Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.00

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Nola Brewing Company Piety

sour ale aged in oak with cherries

sour ale aged in oak with cherries

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Nola Brewing Company

3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

http://nolabrewing.com/

NOLA Brewing is here today because Kirk Coco read something on a beer bottle that pissed him off. It was in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a time when people were feeling fiercely loyal to the battered city of New Orleans. Kirk was drinking a ...

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NOLA Brewing is here today because Kirk Coco read something on a beer bottle that pissed him off. It was in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a time when people were feeling fiercely loyal to the battered city of New Orleans. Kirk was drinking a lot of Dixie beer in those days. It was the only beer brewed in New Orleans.

There was a time when New Orleans was the brewing capitol of the south, when dozens of breweries operated in the city, among them nationally known brands like Dixie, Falstaff, Regal and Jax. Dixie was the last one standing, until Hurricane Katrina shut down its Mid-City brewery, prompting its owners to license production to an out-of-state brewery. Beer was no longer being brewed in New Orleans.

It was that realization, sparked by the words “Brewed in Wisconsin” on the side of his Dixie bottle, which pushed Coco to open NOLA Brewing. He brought in longtime Dixie brewer Peter Caddoo, and two years later they were selling NOLA Blonde and NOLA Brown to a populace thirsty for a local product.

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Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbert Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 5.20
Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbert Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 5.20

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Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbert

Summer forward sour ale with raspberry, pineapple and orange.

Summer forward sour ale with raspberry, pineapple and orange.

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Prairie Artisan Ales

1803B S 49th W Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107

http://prairieales.com/

Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them ...

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Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them. To them, Prairie is a product that represents Oklahoma and the Midwest to the rest of world. 

Prior to starting Prairie, Chase was the head brewer at COOP Ale Works. Colin is an artist who now designs the all of the art and labels for the company. 

The brothers launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised about $23,000 to buy equipment for their brewery. And Prairie continues to grow. 

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Clown Shoes Ride the Lion Barrel Aged Scotch Ale The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.00
Clown Shoes Ride the Lion Barrel Aged Scotch Ale The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.00

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Clown Shoes Ride the Lion

100% aged in Bourbon barrels. Big malty sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee. 

100% aged in Bourbon barrels. Big malty sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee. 

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Style:
Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Brewery:
Clown Shoes

23 Hayward Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

http://www.clownshoesbeer.com/

The Clown Shoes mission is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. Jesse Dooley, beer manager of Berman's liquor store in Lexington, Mass. began improving the store's beer offerings a few years ago. Eventually Gregg Berman, one of ...

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The Clown Shoes mission is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. Jesse Dooley, beer manager of Berman's liquor store in Lexington, Mass. began improving the store's beer offerings a few years ago. Eventually Gregg Berman, one of the owners, became interested in the craft beers he was bringing in. They started to talk about the idea of making their own beer, and then the realization clicked...they already had a distribution license. They could make a beer and distribute it! They initially contacted a few breweries to work with and Mercury Brewing Company, brewers of Ipswich Ales, stepped to the plate with open arms. Head Brewer Dan Lipke was the perfect match because he didn't merely listen to what Berman and Dooley were saying, he really understood what they wanted out of the brand. 


What really sums up Clown Shoes is how they look at beer. Their goal: "To bring fresh, local and innovative beers to the folks without pretension. Ultimately, if we can make beer that people enjoy we have accomplished our goal." 

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Boulevard Brewing Rye on Rye Barrel Aged Rye Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 47 12.00
Boulevard Brewing Rye on Rye Barrel Aged Rye Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 47 12.00

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Flavor: Some grapefruit flavors and tons of floral tones.

Aroma: Very floral like a flower shop, some citrus and earthiness.

Alpha Acids: 5.7 - 6.3%                   

Beta Acids: 5.0 - 6.5%          

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Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

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Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

Bittering 

Styrian Golding +

Malt Variety

Malted Rye +

Munich +

Pale Malt +

Boulevard Brewing Rye on Rye

"Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at ...

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"Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Citra and Ahtanum hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish." Commercial Description

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Style:
Barrel Aged Rye Ale

Brewery:
Boulevard Brewing

2501 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108

http://www.boulevard.com/

Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.

Boulevard beers, known for ...

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Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Their mission is simple: to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.

Boulevard beers, known for their full flavor, distinctive character, and unsurpassed quality, are currently sold throughout the Midwest and in select markets from coast-to-coast. The GABF® Gold Medal-winning Unfiltered Wheat Beer remains Boulevard's most popular offering. An easy-drinking American-style wheat beer, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat is the best-selling craft beer in the Midwest. 

Founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in 1988 in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989. That November, the first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was delivered—in the back of John’s pickup truck—to a restaurant just a few blocks away.

In 2006, a major expansion adjacent to the original brewery raised Boulevard’s brewing capacity to approximately 600,000 barrels per year—a sizable increase from the 6,000 barrels contemplated in John’s original business plan. The new brewing and packaging facility is a model of sustainable urban architecture and engineering; a three-story, 70,000 square foot building housing a new, state-of-the-art 150-barrel brewhouse, packaging lines, administrative offices, and hospitality rooms.

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Funkwerks Saison Saison Belgian Inspiration None 6.80
Funkwerks Saison Saison Belgian Inspiration None 6.80

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Funkwerks Saison

"Our flagship Saison was born from a series of test batches begun in Gordon Schuck’s backyard. The French Saison yeast strain used in test batch #6 was utilized to become the Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Saison that sits before you. 

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"Our flagship Saison was born from a series of test batches begun in Gordon Schuck’s backyard. The French Saison yeast strain used in test batch #6 was utilized to become the Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Saison that sits before you. 

Notes of passion fruit, tangerine, lemon verbena, ginger and black pepper." Commercial Description

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Style:
Saison

Brewery:
Funkwerks

1900 E Lincoln Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://funkwerks.com/

Ommegang Saison Rose Sour Ale Sour and Funky 18 7.70
Ommegang Saison Rose Sour Ale Sour and Funky 18 7.70

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Ommegang Saison Rose

This blend of saisons, one aged in oak, the other brewed with hibiscus flowers and co-fermented with chardonnay grape juice, is fruity, tart, dry, and incredibly quaffable. 

This blend of saisons, one aged in oak, the other brewed with hibiscus flowers and co-fermented with chardonnay grape juice, is fruity, tart, dry, and incredibly quaffable. 

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Style:
Sour Ale

Brewery:
Ommegang

656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326

http://www.ommegang.com/

Brewery Ommegang was founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield with a mission to brew world-class Belgian-style ales in 1997. The original brewery was modeled after a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, just south of Cooperstown ...

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Brewery Ommegang was founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield with a mission to brew world-class Belgian-style ales in 1997. The original brewery was modeled after a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, just south of Cooperstown, New York. As demand for quality, bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ales increased, Ommegang could no longer keep up, and in 2005 the brewery expanded its production capacity by 40 percent to meet the new demand. Brewery Ommegang have firmly established themselves as the foremost brewery in the United States for bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ales.

Since its inception, Brewery Ommegang has been committed to making the best Belgian-style ales possible, and has been recognized for their craft, taking home the Gold Medal in 2004 from the Great American Beer Fest for their Hennepin in the French and Belgian-style Saisons category. Their Abbey ale took home the Gold Medal in 2010 from the World Beer Cup, in the Belgian Dubbel Ale category, and their Witte ale took home the Gold Medal in 2011 from the Great American Beer Fest in the Belgian-style Witbier category.

In 2013, Ommegang partnered with HBO on their hugely successful Game of Thrones series of beers, inspired limited runs of beers inspired by the series. 

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Nola Brewing Company Sauvage Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.00
Nola Brewing Company Sauvage Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.00

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Nola Brewing Company Sauvage

100% Brett pale ale aged in an oak barrel and dry hopped with Galaxy. Part of the NOLA Funk Series.

100% Brett pale ale aged in an oak barrel and dry hopped with Galaxy. Part of the NOLA Funk Series.

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Nola Brewing Company

3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

http://nolabrewing.com/

NOLA Brewing is here today because Kirk Coco read something on a beer bottle that pissed him off. It was in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a time when people were feeling fiercely loyal to the battered city of New Orleans. Kirk was drinking a ...

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NOLA Brewing is here today because Kirk Coco read something on a beer bottle that pissed him off. It was in the days after Hurricane Katrina, a time when people were feeling fiercely loyal to the battered city of New Orleans. Kirk was drinking a lot of Dixie beer in those days. It was the only beer brewed in New Orleans.

There was a time when New Orleans was the brewing capitol of the south, when dozens of breweries operated in the city, among them nationally known brands like Dixie, Falstaff, Regal and Jax. Dixie was the last one standing, until Hurricane Katrina shut down its Mid-City brewery, prompting its owners to license production to an out-of-state brewery. Beer was no longer being brewed in New Orleans.

It was that realization, sparked by the words “Brewed in Wisconsin” on the side of his Dixie bottle, which pushed Coco to open NOLA Brewing. He brought in longtime Dixie brewer Peter Caddoo, and two years later they were selling NOLA Blonde and NOLA Brown to a populace thirsty for a local product.

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Odell Brewing Company Sippin Pretty Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.50
Odell Brewing Company Sippin Pretty Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.50

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Odell Brewing Company Sippin Pretty

Loaded with our unique blend of açai, guava, and elderberry, and balanced with a delicate addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this beer pops with a bright ruby color and a refreshing tart finish.

Loaded with our unique blend of açai, guava, and elderberry, and balanced with a delicate addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this beer pops with a bright ruby color and a refreshing tart finish.

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Odell Brewing Company

800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://odellbrewing.com/

Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create ...

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Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews.

In 2009, having outgrown every inch and aspect of their previous brewery, Odell doubled its plant size to 45,000 square feet and its beer sold to 45,000 barrels—one barrel per square foot! 

As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally. 

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Untitled Art Spritzer Weisse Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky None 6.00
Untitled Art Spritzer Weisse Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky None 6.00

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Untitled Art Spritzer Weisse

Kettle sour brewed in collaboration with J. Wakefield in Miami, FL

Kettle sour brewed in collaboration with J. Wakefield in Miami, FL

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Style:
Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisse

The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to ...

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Berliner Weisse

The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to use the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably). Weissbier is German for “white beer.” Weissbiers were much paler than the dark beers that were so popular in Bavaria in earlier times, so the word “white” is used relatively. By today’s standards, Weissbier is more golden due to the development of  light beers like Pilsner and Helles.

Berliner Weisse is the one style of Weissbeer not held to the German standard of 50% wheat. 

Appearance 
The appearance of Berliner Weisse is pale straw to very dark gold in color. A light haziness can be expected, but is not required. A very thick, mousse-like, long-lasting white head is characteristic. 

Aroma/Flavor
Lactic acid sourness is the most notable aroma.  Moderate to strong phenols and fruity esters are also present. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A light to moderate wheat aroma may be present. Acceptable aromatics can include a light, citrusy tartness, a light to moderate vanilla character and a low bubblegum and banana aroma, as well as the keystone lactic sourness.

The style has a mild sour flavor with a light and fruity character.

Ingredients 
According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50% wheat, but Berliner Weiss is the one weissbeer not held to this restriction. A traditional decoction mash is used to give the beer body and mouthfeel.

Glassware and Serving Temperature 
At Hay Merchant we will serve this style in a 20oz German Pilsner glass or English Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

Stats
Beers of this style are most often 2%-3.5% ABV and 8-15 IBU. 

Example
A great example of this style is Saint Arnold Boiler Room. 

History 
By the end of the middle ages in Germany, both barley and wheat were being used to make a top-fermented beer. The first true Weissbiers were made toward the end of the 15th century. In 1602, Duke Maximilian I placed a ban on public Weissbier brewing, and the Bavarian House of Dukes became the only body with the legal authority to brew Weissbiers. The profits from Prince Maximilian’s Weiss brewing helped fund the Thirty Years War.

As the popularity of Weissbier waned, the German House of Dukes begin to outsource the reasonability to brew to the private sector around the early part of the 1800s but still maintained control.

But the move to private brewing would not be enough to save Weissbier from extinction.  In 1855, Georg Schneider bought Wesses Brauhaus in Munich. In 1872, he worked a deal that ended the 250 year reign of royal brewing and allowed him to operate under his own terms. Even still, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that Weissbier regained its place as the No. 1 beer in Germany. Weissbier accounts for around 22 percent of the German market. It’s the No. 1 selling micro-brewed style in Australia and can be found in the lineup of many American microbreweries.

Berliner Weisse slowly found its definition from the 17th to the 20th century. At the heights of its popularity in the 19th century, there were more than 700 breweries making the style.  There isn’t a written history to the style’s exact origins, but two theories are possible. The first states that 18th century French immigrants came to Berlin via Flanders and picked up the techniques required to make sour beer from the producers of Flemish sour Red Ale.  The second theory points to a beer brewed in Berlin in the 1640s called Halberstadter Brogan that was based on an unknown style from Hamburg. 

We do know that the style has not always been sour.  It was a light wheat beer—about 50/50 wheat and barley.  The beer was about 3% ABV and, most importantly, not boiled. The hops were boiled in a separate vessel, and then the boiling hop water was added to the mash to increase the temperature. Hops were also added to the mash itself, making it easier for the wort to run off in a straw bed. The lack of a wort boil led to a lack of sterilization, and it’s easy to imagine that huge levels of microorganisms had to be present, thanks to the straw bed and other factors. This would not be true spontaneous fermentation as we see in Lambics because the micros would have come from the straw. 

These production methods led to three opportunities for lactic acid bacteria to infect the beer: 1) during the mash if left sitting at a low temperature, 2) during fermentation due to yeast cross contamination, and 3) in storage due to micro flora in the wooden barrels. 

As the popularity of wheat beers began to wain across Germany prior to World War I, so did the popularity of Berliner Weisse. Lighter, less flavorful beers began to gain popularity, so the breweries serving Berliner Weisse began to add flavored syrups to the beer to make it more acceptable to the average drinker. Today, there are only two commercial brewers in Berlin making the style. 

As of 2014, the style found new popularity in American craft beer, with more than 100 craft breweries releasing versions of the beer that year alone. It owes its newfound popularity to the overall rise in popularity of sour beers. Most American craft brewers use a mash rest to achieve the desired levels of lactic acid.  Once the mash process is completed, the brewer leaves the mash in the tun for several days.  Once the PH reaches the desired level, the wort is run off to the boil kettle.  Boiling the wort sanitizes the beer and ensures that the beer keeps its lactic acid flavor without exposing the rest of the brewery to contamination. 

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Brewery:
Untitled Art

1131 Uniek Dr
Waunakee, WI 53597

http://www.untitledartbrewing.com/

Brooklyn Brewery Stonewall Inn Session IPA Hop-a-licious None 4.80
Brooklyn Brewery Stonewall Inn Session IPA Hop-a-licious None 4.80

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American Pint

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Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

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2-Row Malt +

Brooklyn Brewery Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn IPA is a Citra-hopped session IPA. It features a hint of grapefruit and citrus peel on the nose, with a crisp yet mellow finish. We partnered with The Stonewall Inn to brew this beer to celebrate their history and to support the ...

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The Stonewall Inn IPA is a Citra-hopped session IPA. It features a hint of grapefruit and citrus peel on the nose, with a crisp yet mellow finish. We partnered with The Stonewall Inn to brew this beer to celebrate their history and to support the continuing work of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative.

The Stonewall Inn has stood as a global icon for LGBTQ rights since the Stonewall Riots in 1969 kicked off the modern movement. It was declared a national monument by President Obama in 2016. The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative channels these decades of activism towards supporting and advancing LGBTQ communities in the US and around the world through events, fundraisers, social media campaigns, donations, and more. To support and learn more about The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, visit stonewallinitiative.org.

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Style:
Session IPA

Brewery:
Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

http://brooklynbrewery.com/

In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by ...

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In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by a mortar barrage. Steve picked up a still-warm piece of shrapnel as a memento, packed up his family and returned to New York City. During his years in the Middle East, Steve befriended diplomats based in Saudi Arabia, where Islamic law prohibits alcoholic beverages. The envoys were avid homebrewers and happily plied Steve with their flavorful beers. Returning to live in Brooklyn and editing foreign news for Newsday, Steve started brewing at home. Eventually, he enlisted his downstairs neighbor, banker Tom Potter, and they set out to establish the Brooklyn Brewery. Steve placed that shrapnel on his desk as a reminder of his days in the Middle East, where it still sits today.

Steve and Tom commissioned fourth-generation brewmaster William M. Moeller, a former head brewer at Philadelphia’s Schmidt Brewery, to brew Brooklyn Lager at the FX Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Moeller pored over the brewing logs of a grandfather of his who had brewed in Brooklyn at the turn of the last century to develop a recipe for Brooklyn Lager. The result was an all-malt lager beer with a tangy aroma created by “dry-hopping,” an age-old technique of adding hops during the maturation process to create a robust aroma. Brooklyn Lager made quite a splash in the 1980s beer scene in New York City, dominated by the light, rice and corn lagers sold by Budweiser, Miller and Coors.

In 1988, Steve and Tom delivered their first cases of beer, and flickerings of brewed glory began to appear in Brooklyn once again. Word started to spread that the two men could be found at bars and restaurants pouring this (relatively) shocking concoction that was darker than Heineken and smelled strongly of hops, of all things.

In 1994, Garrett Oliver was brought on board as brewmaster to helm the brewing program and work on establishing the brand new Williamsburg brewhouse. Garrett began homebrewing in the 1980s after living in England for a time, where he discovered cask-fermented real ale in between gigs managing rock bands. Garrett’s talents and personal flair led to his tenure as President of the New York City Homebrewer’s Guild, where he met Steve Hindy. Whether or not Garrett was wearing a cape (a matter of mild contention between the two men to this day), this meeting included Garrett describing the recipe that would become Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Not long after, Garrett left his post as brewmaster of Manhattan Brewing to cross the East River and join Brooklyn Brewery. On May 28, 1996, Mayor Rudy Giuliani cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse, Tasting Room and offices in Brooklyn.

Garrett went on to develop recipes from Black Chocolate Stout to East IPA, seasonal favorites to limited run Brewmaster’s Reserve releases. His beers and his books - including The Good Beer Book, The Brewmaster’s Table and The Oxford Companion to Beer - have won many international awards, including the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. To this day Garrett serves as brewmaster as well as juggling a demanding international travel schedule to teach and learn new brewing techniques.

2003 was a year of big changes for Brooklyn Brewery. Years of growth made the brewery large enough to be taken seriously by big distributors, so the distribution arm of Brooklyn Brewery was sold off. Tom, who had been heavily involved in the distribution division for the previous fifteen years, decided the time was right for him to retire and sold his shares to the Ottaway family. (Not long after, Tom grew bored with retirement and filled his time by founding the New York Distilling Company not far from the Brooklyn Brewery.) The Ottaways were longtime friends and early investors, spreading from David Ottaway’s days in the Middle East as a Washington Post reporter alongside Steve Hindy.

David Ottaway’s two sons, Eric and Robin, had run the Brooklyn Brewery’s Massachusetts distribution company before it was sold in 2002. In 2014, Steve announced that the Ottaway brothers were assuming official leadership roles in the brewery, with Eric serving as CEO and Robin as President. All three continue to be highly involved in daily life at the brewery, which continues to be independently owned to this day.

Today, the Brooklyn Brewery is continuing to thrive, spreading good beer around the world. Bars and restaurants from Texas to Sweden to Australia proudly pour Brooklyn beer and display its iconic logo in great cities and far-flung reaches. Here in Brooklyn, Garrett and his team push the boundaries of brewing with an expanded barrel aging program housed in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard down the road from the brewery and an extensive roster of experimental batches tucked away for study (and tasting.) 

The brewery is also currently planning an expansion site to boost production and send even more beer to old and new markets worldwide. 

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Southern Star Brewing Company Strawberry Blonde American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.80
Southern Star Brewing Company Strawberry Blonde American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 4.80

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Southern Star Brewing Company Strawberry Blonde

Bombshell brewed with strawberries. Big sweet strawberry on the nose with a hint of citrus. A good balance of hops, malt, and strawberry/ citrus on the palate. 

Bombshell brewed with strawberries. Big sweet strawberry on the nose with a hint of citrus. A good balance of hops, malt, and strawberry/ citrus on the palate. 

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Style:
American Blonde Ale

American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
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Blonde Ales have ...
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American Blonde Ale

Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

Appearance
The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
Aroma/Flavor
Blonde Ales have a light to moderate sweet malty aroma with low to moderate fruitiness.
The flavor has an initial malty sweetness but optionally some bready, toasty or biscuit-like flavor. With a light to moderate hop flavor and low to medium bitterness, the finish is medium-dry to somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Ingredients
 Usually, Blonde Ales use 100% malted barley, but sometimes as much as 25% wheat malt can be used. This beer can also be hopped with any hop. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve Blonde Ale in an American Pint, and it's stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 3.5%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 15-28.
Examples
Great craft examples of this style are Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale and Real Ale Fireman’s #4.

History
Blonde Ale is a modern American take on the old American cream style ale style, which were brewed by ale breweries to compete against larger producers in pre-Prohibition Northeast and Mid-Atlanta America.  Cream ales were not 100% malted barley, but contained a percentage of corn.  Blonde Ales are also called Golden Ales, but should not be confused with Belgian-Style Golden Ales.
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Brewery:
Southern Star Brewing Company

1207 N. FM 3083 East
Conroe, TX 77303

http://southernstarbrewing.com/

Southern Star Brewing Company was founded in July 2007 in Conroe, Texas (north of Houston).

The first craft brewery in Texas to offer canned beer, Southern Star started production in March 2008.  The first beer ever brewed was the Pine Belt Pale Ale and soon ...

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Southern Star Brewing Company was founded in July 2007 in Conroe, Texas (north of Houston).

The first craft brewery in Texas to offer canned beer, Southern Star started production in March 2008.  The first beer ever brewed was the Pine Belt Pale Ale and soon added Bombshell Blonde and Buried Hatchet Stout to the list of year-round releases. 

The brewery's season beers, such as Le Mort Vivant and Walloon, are based on beer styles that were all but extinct.  Coming soon: the Taproom Series, a line of limited draught-only beers. 

Southern Star has broken ground on a new facility, expected to open in late 2015. 

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Sigma Brewing Company Tayne's Pale Ale American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 60 5.50
Sigma Brewing Company Tayne's Pale Ale American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 60 5.50

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Sigma Brewing Company Tayne's Pale Ale

New pale ale from Sigma. Big hop presence with bright citrus, piney resin, grassy, floral, and a little earthy

New pale ale from Sigma. Big hop presence with bright citrus, piney resin, grassy, floral, and a little earthy

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Style:
American Pale Ale

American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and ...
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American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance is pale golden to deep amber with a moderately large white to off-white head with good retention. It’s generally clear or slightly hazy.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is usually moderate to strong with a citrus character. There is low to moderate maltiness with bready, toasty or biscuity aromas. Fruity esters range from moderate to none. Dry hopping may add grassy notes.
The style has a moderate to high hop flavor, often showing citrusy American hop character.  Low to moderately high lean malt character supports the hop presentation and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character such as bready, toasty or biscuity notes. Fruity esters are moderate to none. Moderate to high hop bitterness often lingers in the finish. American Ale yeast adds a very clean fermentation with a very light fruitiness. The mouthfeel has a medium light to medium body. Carbonation is moderate to high with an overall smooth finish without astringency.  The result is a refreshing and hoppy beer with sufficient supporting malt.
Ingredients
American Pale Ales contain Manly Pale Ale Malt, generally American 2-Row, American hops and American Ale yeast.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.5%-6.2% and an average IBU range of 30-45.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale and Left Hand Brewing Jackman’s Pale Ale.

History 
The American style evolved alongside the evolution of microbreweries. Wanting more flavor in their beer, Americans embraced hop character with abundant citrus and piney flavors. The beer is based on bitterness with a floral aroma. The style was the first widespread use of the 4 Cs in American Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus.
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Brewery:
Sigma Brewing Company

3118 Harrisburg unit 108
Houston, TX 77003

http://www.sigmabrewingcompany.com/

The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it ...

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The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it was a good fit. Sigma, to us, means that brewing is the summation of our lives, and sharing it with others is what has made us whole.

At Sigma, we are just regular dudes that have all lead different lives, and over the years the one thing that always kept us connected was our passion and love for beer and home brewing. As we started brewing not-so- shitty beer at home, we started to wonder if one day we could make beer our jobs and not just our favorite pastime. From there, “The Brewery,” as it became known, was something that we all fantasized about.

About 7 years ago, we decided to stop fantasizing. We took a hard look at ourselves and knew that we didn’t have what it took to start and run a brewery, so we rubbed our hands together and got to work. We did our research, we (drank) did our homework, and we convinced not only ourselves, but others, that we (sort of) knew what we were doing, and if nothing else our passion and drive could make "The Brewery" a reality. We will be the first to admit we don't know everything, but we are sure as hell going to enjoy learning from the process.

So come hang out with us and tell us if you think our beer sucks or not, cause either way, we are going to love what we do and we can't wait to share that with you.

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Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang Belgian Strong Pale The Lighter Side of Life None 11.00
Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang Belgian Strong Pale The Lighter Side of Life None 11.00

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Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang

 fruity, woody sour notes with a hint of Brett 

 fruity, woody sour notes with a hint of Brett 

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale

Brewery:
Alvinne

Vaartstraat 4a
Zwevegem, 8552

http://www.alvinne.be/

Alvinne Brewery is a microbrewery localed in the beautiful West Flanders "Land of Mortagne."  The name of the brewery derives from of local folk tales, who can be seen depicted on the brewery's logo and labels.

The brewery creates a wide range of beers ...

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Alvinne Brewery is a microbrewery localed in the beautiful West Flanders "Land of Mortagne."  The name of the brewery derives from of local folk tales, who can be seen depicted on the brewery's logo and labels.

The brewery creates a wide range of beers, including versions of 'traditional' Belgian styles such as Strong Golden Ales, Abbey-style beers and Saison, as well as original creations that cross stylistic boundaries and beers inspired by styles from outside their home country like Imperial Stout.

Although quite small and a newcomer to the Belgian brewing world, being founded in 2002, Alvinne has gained international attention, no small feat in this brewery-intensive nation.

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Austin Eastciders Watermelon Cider Besides Beer None 5.00
Austin Eastciders Watermelon Cider Besides Beer None 5.00

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Austin Eastciders Watermelon

Crisp apple, watermelon, tart, honeydew melon, with a dry finish

Crisp apple, watermelon, tart, honeydew melon, with a dry finish

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Style:
Cider

Brewery:
Austin Eastciders

979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

http://www.austineastciders.com/

Austin Eastciders makes old-style cider using bittersweet and bittersharp apple varieties to produce ciders which are dryer, smoother and more complex than many modern hard ciders. 

They use antique cider apple varieties, high in tannins and acids, to produce flavors that have not been widely ...

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Austin Eastciders makes old-style cider using bittersweet and bittersharp apple varieties to produce ciders which are dryer, smoother and more complex than many modern hard ciders. 

They use antique cider apple varieties, high in tannins and acids, to produce flavors that have not been widely experienced in America since Prohibition. These are the apples with which hard cider was traditionally made. During Prohibition many cider apple orchards were destroyed, meaning cider has since been made with eating apples. Austin Eastciders uses real cider apples, traditional processes and simple recipes - adding nothing which isn't present naturally in the fruit.

They work with farmers across America to reintroduce vintage apple varieties and to help recultivate the old Southern varieties that thrived back in the day. At one time the South could boast an incredible 1,800 varieties, of which 500 still exist in small amounts today.

Austin Eastciders scours the country looking for sources of super-rare American cider apples like Hewes & Harrison and uniquely Southern cider varieties like Winesap & Arkansas Black. With these, they blend Austin Eastciders 'Small Batch' ciders. Their 'Gold Top' cider is made with more than 40 different bittersweet and bittersharp varieties sourced from old English cider orchards. 'Gold Top' is medium dry, full flavored and deliciously tangy, available on draft and in 16.9oz bottles. 'Eastciders Original' is a blend of American dessert apples and European bittersweets, available in 16oz cans. It's dry and light, fresh and fruity, the perfect summer cider.

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Wicket Awesome ESB Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 30 4.70
Eureka Heights Brewing Company Wicket Awesome ESB Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 30 4.70

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Challenger-UK +

Flavor: Spicy and almost fruity flavors.

Aroma: Very spicy and some cedar and green tea notes.

Alpha Acids: 6.5 - 9%                      

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 4.2%                      

Dual Purpose

East Kent Golding-UK +

Flavor: Delicate floral, earthy and honey-like flavors.

Aroma: Earthy lemon and thyme overtones.

Alpha Acids: 4 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 1.9 - 3%             

Dual Purpose

Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

Bittering 

Malt Variety

Crystal +

Maris Otter Pale +

Eureka Heights Brewing Company Wicket Awesome

"This ESB is mighty special. Thumbs up to sick goals and sports and stuff. Drink some of this and you might start reciting Shakespeare or even Chaucer. This may be your Canterbury Tale." Commercial Description

"This ESB is mighty special. Thumbs up to sick goals and sports and stuff. Drink some of this and you might start reciting Shakespeare or even Chaucer. This may be your Canterbury Tale." Commercial Description

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Style:
ESB

ESB (Extra Special Bitter) 
ESBs are basically stronger versions of classic English Bitters.  Bitters are basically light versions of IPAs. Although IPAs came first, it is easier to think of the Bitter/Pale Ale hierarchy as bitters being the main category and all others being ...
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ESB (Extra Special Bitter) 
ESBs are basically stronger versions of classic English Bitters.  Bitters are basically light versions of IPAs. Although IPAs came first, it is easier to think of the Bitter/Pale Ale hierarchy as bitters being the main category and all others being a sub-category of bitters. 
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
ESBs are deep golden to copper in color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma/Taste
This style has a moderate English hop aroma with a hint of fruity esters.
By American Craft standards, ESBs have light to medium bitterness, but would be considered medium to medium high by American Micro standards. Hop bitterness and flavor are noticeable, but do not dominate the malt flavors. This  style is best enjoyed from the cask on the engine. When served on regular draft, it can have a thin body and underwhelming taste.

Ingredients
ESBs contain Pale ale, amber or crystal malts and English hops and a slightly fruity English ale yeast. It is classically cask-hopped with Goldings Hops. 

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an English Pub Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.5%-6% and an average IBU range of 30-50.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Fullers ESB and Lefthand Sawtooth ESB.

History 
In the UK. ESB is a style trademarked by Fuller’s.  It has become the darling of the American cask beer movement because of its rich history with CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). Fuller’s has won more CAMRA awards than any other British beer. 
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Brewery:
Eureka Heights Brewing Company

941 W 18TH ST
Houston, Texas 77008

http://www.eurekaheights.com/

New brewery in the Heights

New brewery in the Heights

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company WOW Factor Czech Pilsner (Bohemian Pilsner) Sociable and Refreshing 50 5.10
Eureka Heights Brewing Company WOW Factor Czech Pilsner (Bohemian Pilsner) Sociable and Refreshing 50 5.10

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Eureka Heights Brewing Company WOW Factor

Slightly sweet with a clean crisp finish. Balanced and not aggressive hops.

Slightly sweet with a clean crisp finish. Balanced and not aggressive hops.

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Style:
Czech Pilsner (Bohemian Pilsner)

Pilsner is the dominant beer style in the world today.  All 3 Pilsner sub styles—Czech (Bohemian), German and International—share the same basic flavor profile and the same root history, but Czech Pilsners are less attenuated than their German-style counterparts.  As a result, they ...

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Pilsner is the dominant beer style in the world today.  All 3 Pilsner sub styles—Czech (Bohemian), German and International—share the same basic flavor profile and the same root history, but Czech Pilsners are less attenuated than their German-style counterparts.  As a result, they are slightly more full-bodied and less hoppy with a larger malt flavor.

Czech Pilsner is the original Pilsner.  The originators of Czech Pilsner failed to trademark the name “pilsner beir” for 17 years, which allowed competitors free use of the name (and the reason German and International Pilsners can use the name). Pilsner Urquell is seen as the benchmark of the Bohemian Pilsner. 

Appearance
Pilsners should be pale straw to golden, and very clear with a frothy, clean white head. Pilsners should look clean, and Czech Pilsners tend to be darker in color. 

Aroma/Flavor
Crispness is the most universal flavor profile for this style. Water type plays a huge role in taste. Pilsners have light malt aromas, a backbone of graininess and a grassy noble hop note. Czech Pilsners are more delicate in flavor, with floral grassy aromas.

Czech Pilsner uses only Saaz Hops, while German Pilsners use Saaz and other European Noble hops, making German Pilsner more earthy and bitter in both aroma and flavor. International Pilsner is considerably more sweet and less bitter then both Czech and German styles. The use of Belgium malt contributes to this difference. Some people will group American Pilsner into this category, but the American use of corn makes American Pilsner a completely different style. 

Ingredients
The most common ingredients for this style are 2-row Pilsner malts and Czech Saaz hops.

Glassware/Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, you will most often find Pilsners served in the 20oz Pilsner glass and stored in our lager cooler at 35° F.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of  4.5%-6% (American Pilsners trending toward the higher percentage). This style will have an average IBU range of 25-45 (German Pils trending toward the higher IBU).

History
The story of the Czech Pilsner is really a story about the blending of technology and raw ingredients. The Czech Pilsner was created as a result of the technological revolution that occurred in Germany in the mid-19th century. The style was possible due to advances in refrigeration, transportation, steam and microbiology.

The style originated in the town of Plzen, Czechoslovakia around 1840. The Czech-speaking lands of Bohemia were home to two very important ingredients: very good quality 2-row barley and Saaz hops. For centuries, the Grand Dukes of Bohemia attempted to control the supply of these hops by imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling the Saaz hop rhizomes (root cuttings) out of the region.  

In 1838, an entire season’s worth of beer was poured out in the town square because it was of low quality. The Czechs have always taken their beer very seriously and had little acceptance for bad beer. As a result of this bad batch of beer, in 1840, the town of Plzen voted to build a new brewery that utilized the pressurized steam to heat the brew kettles.

In 1842, Josef Groll was hired to be the brewmaster for this new state-of-the-art brewery. Groll was the son of a Bavarian brewer from just outside Munich. When he got to Pilzen, he borrowed heavily from Bavarian brewers and hired Bavarian assistants and Bavarian barrel makers. He even brought a Bavarian yeast strain with him.  For all his talent as a brewer, Groll was not a well-liked man. His own father called him “the rudest man in Bavaria.” It might have been for his inability to work with other people that led to his contract not being renewed when it expired in 1845. However, in his short tenure in Pilzen, he helped birth the Bohemia and the lager. 

Summary
In summary, the Czech (also known as Bohemian) Pilsner is the original Pilsner, darker in color and more delicate in flavor than the other Pilsner styles. Czech Pilsner uses only Saaz hops and are less hoppy than German Pilsners with a larger malt flavor. 

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Brewery:
Eureka Heights Brewing Company

941 W 18TH ST
Houston, Texas 77008

http://www.eurekaheights.com/

New brewery in the Heights

New brewery in the Heights

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Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 62 6.80
Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 62 6.80

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Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

Aroma: Complex tropical flavors with some citrus and berry notes.

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

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Pilsner +

Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose

"A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops ...

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"A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry hopped. The beer is named after a Texas Heroine.

Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Pale Ale

American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and ...
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American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale is an American adaptation of English Pale Ale—usually lighter in color, cleaner, with less caramel flavors but more finishing hops than their English counterparts.
About Pale Ales
Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

Appearance
The appearance is pale golden to deep amber with a moderately large white to off-white head with good retention. It’s generally clear or slightly hazy.

Aroma/Taste
The hop aroma is usually moderate to strong with a citrus character. There is low to moderate maltiness with bready, toasty or biscuity aromas. Fruity esters range from moderate to none. Dry hopping may add grassy notes.
The style has a moderate to high hop flavor, often showing citrusy American hop character.  Low to moderately high lean malt character supports the hop presentation and may optionally show small amounts of specialty malt character such as bready, toasty or biscuity notes. Fruity esters are moderate to none. Moderate to high hop bitterness often lingers in the finish. American Ale yeast adds a very clean fermentation with a very light fruitiness. The mouthfeel has a medium light to medium body. Carbonation is moderate to high with an overall smooth finish without astringency.  The result is a refreshing and hoppy beer with sufficient supporting malt.
Ingredients
American Pale Ales contain Manly Pale Ale Malt, generally American 2-Row, American hops and American Ale yeast.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.5%-6.2% and an average IBU range of 30-45.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale and Left Hand Brewing Jackman’s Pale Ale.

History 
The American style evolved alongside the evolution of microbreweries. Wanting more flavor in their beer, Americans embraced hop character with abundant citrus and piney flavors. The beer is based on bitterness with a floral aroma. The style was the first widespread use of the 4 Cs in American Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus.
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Brewery:
Lone Pint Brewery

507 Commerce Street
Magnolia, TX 77355

http://lonepint.com/index.php

This family-owned brewery was founded in 2013 in Magnolia, north of Houston, by Trevor Brown, his sister Heather Bolla and Bolla's boyfriend Blake Niederhofer.They bought a former auto-body shop in downtown Magnolia in early 2012, gutted it and put in a 30-barrel brewing ...

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This family-owned brewery was founded in 2013 in Magnolia, north of Houston, by Trevor Brown, his sister Heather Bolla and Bolla's boyfriend Blake Niederhofer.They bought a former auto-body shop in downtown Magnolia in early 2012, gutted it and put in a 30-barrel brewing system with two 30-barrel fermenters. 

Lone Pint uses raw whole cone hops for bittering, flavoring, aroma and dry hopping additions in all of their brews. The brewery is powered by renewable energy, and the spent grain is fed to a local dairy farmer's cows.

Their lineup of distinctive, hoppy, local Texas ales includes 667 Neighbor of the Beast India pale ale, The Jabberwocky imperial IPA and Yellow Rose, an IPA brewed with the new Mosaic hops (one of Kevin's favorite local beers). Lily & Seamus is an American wheat infused with locally grown citrus, and Gentleman's Relish is an English brown ale.

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  • J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale
  • J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale

    Style

    English Barley Wine

    Category

    English Barley Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale

    Caramelized Dark Fruits, Toffee, Butterscotch and Slightly Muddled Aged Hops

    Caramelized Dark Fruits, Toffee, Butterscotch and Slightly Muddled Aged Hops

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    Style:
    English Barley Wine

    English Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
    read more
    English Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

    http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

    Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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    275mL

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  • Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband
  • Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband

    Style

    Oud Bruin

    Category

    Oud Bruin

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.00

    Brewery Liefmans 2010 Goudenband

    "Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine." Commercial Description

    "Infinitely complex in aroma and flavor with notes of maltiness and tartness throughout. An unsurpassed old brown with the richness and complexity of a vintage wine." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Oud Bruin

    Brewery:
    Brewery Liefmans

    Aalststraat 200
    Oudenaarde, Belgium 9700

    http://www.liefmans.be/

    Belgian brewery which produces oud bruin and other Belgian beers. It was founded in 1679. The company went bankrupt in 2008 and was acquired by Duvel Moortgat. Liefmans' wheat beer, Dentergems Wit, and a Belgian ale, Lucifer, were subsequently taken over by Het Anker Brewery.

    Belgian brewery which produces oud bruin and other Belgian beers. It was founded in 1679. The company went bankrupt in 2008 and was acquired by Duvel Moortgat. Liefmans' wheat beer, Dentergems Wit, and a Belgian ale, Lucifer, were subsequently taken over by Het Anker Brewery.

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  • J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry
  • J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2010 Harvest Ale Sherry

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates.

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

    http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

    Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    275mL

    SRM Value / Color

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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  • J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados
  • J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados

    Style

    English Barley Wine

    Category

    English Barley Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2011 Harvest Ale Calvados

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and faint smoky oak

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and faint smoky oak

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    Style:
    English Barley Wine

    English Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
    read more
    English Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

    http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

    read more

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

    Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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    275mL

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  • Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus
  • Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    75

    ABV

    11.50

    Real Ale Brewing Company 2011 Sisyphus

    Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

    Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

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    Style:
    American Barley Wine

    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
    read more
    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    Real Ale Brewing Company

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

    Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

    Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

    Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

    The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

    They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

    Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

    Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

    Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

    In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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    12oz

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    24.000 plato

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  • North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV
  • North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    38

    ABV

    11.90

    North Coast Brewing Company 2012 Old Rasputin XV

    Annual release of this beer. Aged in bourbon barrels it takes on some vanilla and oak characteristics along with the usual dark chocolate and roasty malt.

    Annual release of this beer. Aged in bourbon barrels it takes on some vanilla and oak characteristics along with the usual dark chocolate and roasty malt.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    North Coast Brewing Company

    455 North Main Street
    Fort Bragg, CA 95437

    http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/home.php

    A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

    Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation ...

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    A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. 

    Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.

    In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860s.

    These exceptional beers are available in 47 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim.

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    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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  • Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus
  • Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    75

    ABV

    10.50

    Real Ale Brewing Company 2012 Sisyphus

    Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

    Earthy taste with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, and whiskey 

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    Style:
    American Barley Wine

    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
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    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    Real Ale Brewing Company

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

    Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

    Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

    Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

    The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

    They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

    Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

    Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

    Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

    In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    24.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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  • J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin
  • J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2013 Harvest Ale Lagavulin

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and peat

    sweet caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, and peat

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

    http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

    Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    275mL

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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    Malt Variety

  • Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal
  • Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    60

    ABV

    10.20

    Sierra Nevada 2014 Narwhal

    "Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a ...

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    "Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Sierra Nevada

    1075 E. 20th St.
    Chico, CA 95928

    http://www.sierranevada.com/

    In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among ...

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    In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” 

    Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend’s father showed him the basics of homebrewing. Using homemade equipment, he began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own and soon became a proficient home brewer. 

    In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University, Chico, he opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s homebrewing community with equipment, materials and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. 

    Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken cobbled together a brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, he created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

    On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. 

    Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a used, traditional, 100-barrel copper brewhouse that became the heart of the new brewery. It met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, he commissioned a new, larger brewhouse, and coaxed the original coppersmiths out of retirement to match new kettles to the originals. This expansion became the powerhouse that helped bring the brewery’s total capacity to more than 800,000 barrels per year. 

    Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music and its award-winning beers. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. The brewery is also home to the 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music venue.

    Sierra Nevada brewed one million barrels in 2014. Year round beers include Pale Ale (flagship), Torpedo® Extra IPA, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, and Kellerweis® Bavarian-Style Wheat.

    The soul of Sierra Nevada is the brewery's affinity for whole-cone hops and the special flavors and aromas they provide. Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewery in the world. They love the aromas from dry-hopped beers so much that they created the revolutionary “Hop Torpedo,” a sleek, stainless steel device they use to gather the most hop flavor and aroma without imparting any excess bitterness.

    In every aspect of the brewery, Sierra Nevada strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. From recycling and composting to water treatment, bio-fuel production and water conservation, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. In 2008, Sierra Nevada completed construction of one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the country with more than 10,000 panels that provide nearly 20% of the brewery's total energy needs. 

    In 2005, Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to install hydrogen fuel cells; the combination of the solar array and the fuel cell system generates more than half of the brewery’s energy needs on site. They also have an extensive water treatment program including our own wastewater treatment facility. 

    Through extensive recycling, reuse and composting programs, the brewery is able to divert 99.8% of its solid waste from landfills. 

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was named a “Green Power Partner” in 2011 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and "Green Business of the Year" in 2010 by the EPA for its practices in sustainability.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    24.200 plato

    Final Gravity

    6.600 plato

    Hops

    Challenger-UK +

    Flavor: Spicy and almost fruity flavors.

    Aroma: Very spicy and some cedar and green tea notes.

    Alpha Acids: 6.5 - 9%                      

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 4.2%                      

    Dual Purpose

    Magnum +

    Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

    Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

    Bittering 

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    Caramel Malt +

    Chocolate +

    Pale Malt +

  • Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry
  • Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.00

    Cascade Brewing 2015 Cranberry

    Cranberries, Orange Peel and Cinnamon

    Cranberries, Orange Peel and Cinnamon

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Cascade Brewing

    7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
    Portland, OR 97225

    http://cascadebrewing.com/

    Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by owner Art Larrance and brewmaster Ron Gansberg. Together, Art and Ron put their 40 years combined beer experience to work, designing and installing Cascade’s 10-barrel brewing system in Southwest Portland, then creating and distributing well-balanced traditional ales ...

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    Cascade Brewing was founded in 1998 by owner Art Larrance and brewmaster Ron Gansberg. Together, Art and Ron put their 40 years combined beer experience to work, designing and installing Cascade’s 10-barrel brewing system in Southwest Portland, then creating and distributing well-balanced traditional ales.

    Sour beers really came about by default. The pair had followed the trends of traditional ales and were growing tired of what they referred to as the “hops arms race” of ever-hoppier beers, especially in the Northwest. Both wanted to focus instead on beers that offered an intense sensory experience other than hops. They considered what they could draw upon from the region: an abundant supply of wine barrels from the nearby wine country, and access to delicious and plentiful local fruit.

    They chose to create sour ales (though they purposefully stayed away from trying to recreate Belgian style sour ales). Employing lactobacillus, an acid bacteria that produces moderate levels of acidity and sour flavors, they began their sour journey in 2005. By 2006, they were producing the base beer that would then be aged for up to a year in wine, port and whiskey oak barrels.

    In 2008, the brewery developed three ultra-premium, oak barrel-aged, lactic-fermented Northwest sour ales: Kriek, Apricot and Cuvee du Jongleur. Each was hand-bottled in 750 ml champagne bottles with a cork and wire basket. That fall, Cascade entered all three into the Great American Beer Festival in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category: a total of 22 beers were entered in the class, and Cascade Kriek took the Bronze.

    In 2009, they brought in 4,500 lbs. of Bing and sour pie cherries straight from the orchards for making Kriek, Sang Royale and Sang Noir. They picked up 2,500 lbs. of apricots for their Apricot Ale, one ton of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for a yet to be named beer (going through extensive aging) and 2,500 lbs. of white wine grapes for The Vine. That fall, they again traveled to the Great American Beer Festival, submitting three of their beers in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category. Out of 45 entries, Cascade Brewing was awarded the Gold for Bourbonic Plague and the Silver for Vlad the Imp Aler. These wins propelled the obscure brewery into the forefront nationally for Northwest sour ales.

    In September 2010, Cascade opened the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, the nation’s first “House of Sour,” at 939 SE Belmont Street in Portland. Located in a 7,000 square foot former produce warehouse, the Barrel House contained a 5,000 square foot production side with a loading dock, barrel room, cooler and workspace; as well as a 2,100 square foot tasting room with seating for 90 inside and another 80 out front.

    In 2014, the production side of the Barrel House was bursting at the seams and needed to relocate. Cascade leased a 23,000-square-foot warehouse in Southwest Portland that headquarters all of its blending, aging, packaging and distribution. The Cascade Blending House currently holds more than 1,500 barrels filled with its sour beer, plus an additional nine foudres (giant wooden barrels that typically hold around 1,800 gallons of beer). All of its beers continue to be brewed at the original brewery at 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy in Portland.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    750mL

    SRM Value / Color

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask
  • J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Lagavulin Cask

    This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers' art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come." Commercial Description

    This fully fermented ale has been brewed by JW Lees as a celebration of the brewers' art. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a fine wine for enjoyment to come." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

    http://www.jwlees.co.uk/

    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a ...

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    JW Lees is a family brewery company which was founded in 1828. We are based in Middleton in North Manchester and own JW Lees Brewery, JW Lees Pubs, The Alderley Edge Hotel, The Trearddur Bay Hotel and Willoughby’s Wine Merchants. JW Lees is a sixth-generation family business which employs just over 1,000 people, 140 at the brewery and site in Middleton Junction in North Manchester and 865 in its 36 managed pubs, inns and hotels, as well as letting a further 105 tied pubs to self-employed tenants.

    Cask beer is at the heart of JW Lees and we brew six cask ales as well as three lagers, three smooth beers and eight limited edition seasonal cask ales which are available throughout at different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia Regent Premium Lager from the Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines and spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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    Malt Variety

  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina

    Style

    Saison

    Category

    Saison

    IBU

    11

    ABV

    5.50

    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina

    A bright and highly effervescent oak aged golden saison. Brewed with citrus peel, pink Himalayan salt, coriander and clementine juice. Citrus and bready wheat in the aroma, tart and refreshing with notes of citrus in the finish.

    A bright and highly effervescent oak aged golden saison. Brewed with citrus peel, pink Himalayan salt, coriander and clementine juice. Citrus and bready wheat in the aroma, tart and refreshing with notes of citrus in the finish.

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    Style:
    Saison

    Brewery:
    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

    311 S. Main St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    http://www.jollypumpkin.com/jp/home

    Ron Jeffries founded Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in 2004 in Dexter, Michigan. It operates two pubs, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Traverse City. Jolly Pumpkin produces a variety of unfiltered and unpasteurized "rustic country" beers.

    Jolly Pumpkin ages their beers in wine ...

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    Ron Jeffries founded Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in 2004 in Dexter, Michigan. It operates two pubs, one in Ann Arbor and the other in Traverse City. Jolly Pumpkin produces a variety of unfiltered and unpasteurized "rustic country" beers.

    Jolly Pumpkin ages their beers in wine barrels, which contain naturally occurring microbiological cultures including brettanomyces. These cultures produce a complex flavor profile in their beers, which includes flavors described as leathery, earthy, wild, funky, or even "sweaty horse hair character,” which may approximate how beer tasted before the advent of pasteurization and industrialization. This style of beer has been described as "farmhouse ale" or American Wild Ale. Jolly Pumpkin was not the first brewery in the U.S. to start brewing these styles, but it is one of the most well known.

    Their year-round productions include Oro de Calabaza, La Roja, Calabaza Blanca, Bam Biere, and Bam Noire.  Their seasonal beers include Madrugada Obscura “Dark Dawn”, Biere de Mars, E.S. Bam, Luciernaga “The Firefly” Weizen Bam Miere, La Parcela, Fuego del Otono, Noel de Calabaza, Marcaibo Especial, and Perseguidor.

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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    750mL

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    31

    ABV

    12.50

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Sucaba

    After taking a year off, Sucaba returns for a curtain call in 2018. As always, this latest vintage delivers big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla ...

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    After taking a year off, Sucaba returns for a curtain call in 2018. As always, this latest vintage delivers big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut and a touch of dark cherry. Sucaba is a one-of-a-kind sipping experience.  It is a beer built to last, and one that will reward careful cellaring for years to come. We highly recommend counting the years with an abacus.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Brewery:
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company

    1400 Ramada Dr
    Paso Robles , CA 93446

    http://www.firestonebeer.com/

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone ...

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    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

    Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    22oz

    SRM Value / Color

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  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    69

    ABV

    12.70

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2017 Parabola

    Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in  Heaven Hill barrels, developing flavors of rich, chewy ...

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    Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in  Heaven Hill barrels, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue and soaring alcohol, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.   

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company

    1400 Ramada Dr
    Paso Robles , CA 93446

    http://www.firestonebeer.com/

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone ...

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    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

    Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison
  • BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison

    Style

    Farmhouse Saison

    Category

    Farmhouse Saison

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.00

    BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) √225 Saison

    "Brewed for BFM's 15th Anniversary! Belgian style saison matured in third use Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien barrels for 4 months."  Commercial Desription

    "Brewed for BFM's 15th Anniversary! Belgian style saison matured in third use Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien barrels for 4 months."  Commercial Desription

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    Style:
    Farmhouse Saison

    Brewery:
    BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes)

    Ch. des Buissons 8
    Saignelégier, CH-2350

    http://www.brasseriebfm.ch/en/

    Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges ...

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    Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges at the contest awarded Jérôme the first place.

    At 23, with a bachelor in enology, Jérôme Rebetez aspired to open up a brewery in his home region of Franches Montagnes. Full of passion but without any cash, Jérôme Rebetez decided to create beers with atypical character. He won the televised competition "Le rêve de vos 20 ans," which allowed him to establish La Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes in Saignelégier, Jura, with the obtained cash. With its spirited image, BFM was positioned as a pioneer in Swiss artisan brewing, crafting finesse beers that are complex with a great corps.

    Jérôme Rebetez uses ingredients chosen to guarantee the highest quality. They are always original and sometimes tricky to mix like Sarawak pepper, sage or other spices. He built a reputation for crafting rich beers with complex bouquets, remarkable tastes and long finishes. 

    L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a BFM specialty that matures in oak barrels for 12 months, was mentioned in The New York Times as the one of the best barley wines in the world.

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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.70

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805

    "A light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish." Commercial Description

    "A light, refreshing blonde ale crafted for the California lifestyle. Subtle malt sweetness is balanced by a touch of hops, creating a versatile beer with a clean finish." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    American Blonde Ale

    American Blonde Ale

    Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

    Appearance
    The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
    Aroma/Flavor
    Blonde Ales have ...
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    American Blonde Ale

    Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

    Appearance
    The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
    Aroma/Flavor
    Blonde Ales have a light to moderate sweet malty aroma with low to moderate fruitiness.
    The flavor has an initial malty sweetness but optionally some bready, toasty or biscuit-like flavor. With a light to moderate hop flavor and low to medium bitterness, the finish is medium-dry to somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

    Ingredients
     Usually, Blonde Ales use 100% malted barley, but sometimes as much as 25% wheat malt can be used. This beer can also be hopped with any hop. 

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve Blonde Ale in an American Pint, and it's stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 3.5%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 15-28.
    Examples
    Great craft examples of this style are Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale and Real Ale Fireman’s #4.

    History
    Blonde Ale is a modern American take on the old American cream style ale style, which were brewed by ale breweries to compete against larger producers in pre-Prohibition Northeast and Mid-Atlanta America.  Cream ales were not 100% malted barley, but contained a percentage of corn.  Blonde Ales are also called Golden Ales, but should not be confused with Belgian-Style Golden Ales.
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    Brewery:
    Firestone Walker Brewing Company

    1400 Ramada Dr
    Paso Robles , CA 93446

    http://www.firestonebeer.com/

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone ...

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    Firestone Walker Brewing Company brewed its first beer in 1996 in a small facility rented from the Firestone Vineyard estate in Santa Barbara County.  In 2001, owners (and brothers-in-law) Adam Firestone and David Walker purchased the SLO Brewing Company located in Paso Robles, CA.

    Firestone Walker’s ales are selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system. The Firestone Union incorporates 65-gallon, medium and heavy toast American oak barrels.

    Firestone Walker takes pride in making exceptional pale ales. More recently, they created a seasonal series offering, as well as their Proprietor’s Reserve series of beers, born from their Anniversary program. These vintage and limited release beers are the consummate sipping beers, meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. 

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans migrate to craft beer. Their brew staff has picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched four times.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    55

    ABV

    7.20

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA

    "National IPA Day seems like the perfect time to release our newest beer, Art Car IPA, a very hoppy American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. We love this beer.

    The nose is a blend of ...

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    "National IPA Day seems like the perfect time to release our newest beer, Art Car IPA, a very hoppy American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. We love this beer.

    The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while there being a nice complexity to the flavors.

    The Art Car IPA name was inspired by the fleet of hand painted Art Cars created by local artists for Saint Arnold. You've probably seen our salespeople driving them around town. The label artwork was designed by renowned Houston graffiti artist and our good friend, GONZO247, who has painted four Saint Arnold Art Cars. If you've been to the brewery, you've seen his murals on the inside and outside of our building." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
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    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
    Ingredients
    IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

    History 
    The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
    Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
    It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
    American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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    Brewery:
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company

    2000 Lyons Avenue
    Houston, TX 77020

    http://www.saintarnold.com/

    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

    Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

    Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    4 - 5 / Pale Gold

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner
  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner

    Style

    German Style Pilsner

    Category

    German Style Pilsner

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.20

    Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Bavik Pilsner

    "Bavik Premium Pils has already many awards on its list of achievements. This can be entirely attributed to its traditional brewing process whereby only aroma hops are being used, a long and cold maturation process and where pasteurization is out of the question." Commercial Description

    "Bavik Premium Pils has already many awards on its list of achievements. This can be entirely attributed to its traditional brewing process whereby only aroma hops are being used, a long and cold maturation process and where pasteurization is out of the question." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    German Style Pilsner

    Note: Sometimes the name for a style of beer refers to a region or country of origin and can legally describe beers brewed only in that area. At Hay Merchant, we believe names are important in describing a beer and help consumers make educated choices ...

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    Note: Sometimes the name for a style of beer refers to a region or country of origin and can legally describe beers brewed only in that area. At Hay Merchant, we believe names are important in describing a beer and help consumers make educated choices. That’s why we categorize beers in literal terms and reference the style, even if they weren’t brewed in a specified region. In order to help add clarity, we will use the word “Style” in the style name to make this distinction. For instance, beers brewed in the style of German Pilsner but not brewed in Germany will be called German Style Pilsner as opposed to German Pilsner.

    Pilsner is the dominant beer style in the world today.  All 3 Pilsner sub styles—Czech (Bohemian), German and International—share the same basic flavor profile and the same root history, but German Pilsners are better attenuated and drier then their Czech cousins, showing off more hop bitterness. 


    Appearance
    Pilsners should be pale straw to golden, and very clear with a frothy, clean white head. Pilsners should look clean, and German Pilsner will be slightly lighter in color then the Czech style. 

    Aroma/Flavor
    Crispness is the most universal flavor profile for this style. Water type plays a huge role in taste. Pilsners have light malt aromas, a backbone of graininess and a grassy noble hop note. German Pilsners are more earthy and bitter in both aroma and flavor because they use Saaz hops in addition to other European Noble hops, whereas Czech Pilsner uses only Saaz hops.

    There are two types of German Pilsner, distinguished by the difference in the water of Northern and Southern Germany. The water in the North is fairly hard, which accentuates bitterness and creates a very hoppy beer—strong, zesty, in-your-face hop bitterness. In Southern Germany, where you will find extremely soft water, the bitterness is suppressed, resulting in more of a mellow hop.

    Ingredients
    The most common ingredients for this style are 2-row Pilsner malts and German low Alpha hops. 

    Glassware/Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, you will most often find Pilsners served in the 20oz Pilsner glass and stored in our lager cooler at 35° F.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of  4.5%-6% (American Pilsners trending toward the higher percentage). This style will have an average IBU range of 25-45 (German Pils trending toward the higher IBU).

    History
    The story of the Czech Pilsner is really a story about the blending of technology and raw ingredients. The Czech Pilsner was created as a result of the technological revolution that occurred in Germany in the mid-19th century. The style was possible due to advances in refrigeration, transportation, steam and microbiology.

    The style originated in the town of Plzen, Czechoslovakia around 1840. The Czech-speaking lands of Bohemia were home to two very important ingredients: very good quality 2-row barley and Saaz hops. For centuries, the Grand Dukes of Bohemia attempted to control the supply of these hops by imposing the death penalty on anyone caught smuggling the Saaz hop rhizomes (root cuttings) out of the region.  

    In 1838, an entire season’s worth of beer was poured out in the town square because it was of low quality. The Czechs have always taken their beer very seriously and had little acceptance for bad beer. As a result of this bad batch of beer, in 1840, the town of Plzen voted to build a new brewery that utilized the pressurized steam to heat the brew kettles.

    In 1842, Josef Groll was hired to be the brewmaster for this new state-of-the-art brewery. Groll was the son of a Bavarian brewer from just outside Munich. When he got to Pilzen, he borrowed heavily from Bavarian brewers and hired Bavarian assistants and Bavarian barrel makers. He even brought a Bavarian yeast strain with him.  For all his talent as a brewer, Groll was not a well-liked man. His own father called him “the rudest man in Bavaria.” It might have been for his inability to work with other people that led to his contract not being renewed when it expired in 1845. However, in his short tenure in Pilzen, he helped birth the Bohemia and the lager. 

    Summary
    In summary, the German Pilsner is slightly lighter in color than other Pilsner styles and are more earthy and hitter in aroma and flavor, due to its use of Saaz and other European Boble hops. Water distinguishes the two types of German Pilsner: hard water in Northern Germany accentuates bitterness and creates a very hoppy beer, which the soft water in the South suppresses the bitterness. 

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    Brewery:
    Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik)

    Rijksweg(B) 33
    Bavikhove, 8531

    http://www.brouwerijdebrabandere.be/home-en

    The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other ...

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    The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other family members took control of the brewery, changed the name back to Brabandere Brewery and began to open a large number of cafés and pubs. Bradandere expanded its own market base by making the brewery the sole supplier of product to those cafés.

    In 1990, the family split the operations of the cafés and the brewery. The brewery was renamed again, this time taking inspiration from the town that had been home to the brewery for almost 100 years—Bavik. Over the next decade, the brewery made some large investments into the brewery itself, modernizing the brewery and expanding capacity, making it one of the largest family-owned breweries in Belgium.

    In 2013, the fifth generation of the Brabandere family took over. The decision was made to once again use the family name, and thus the Brabandere Brewery was revived.

    In Belgium, beers are traditionally known by their stand alone brand names and not by the brewery name. Brabandere brews  three main brands: Bavik, Wittekerke and Petrus. Bavik is best known for the Pilsner, a light, refreshing, slightly hopped bohemian rendition of the style. Wittekerke is the brand used to sell wheat beers. Petrus is the moniker that adorns the “special” beers—usually higher in alcohol or anything different from the core brand of that particular brewery, not always referring to the same style of beer. The most notable beer from the Petrus line is the Aged Pale: 100 percent pale malts, dry hopped and aged for at least 18 months in large wooden fermenters. This beer is light in body but aggressively sour in taste—a Hay Merchant favorite.

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    Glassware

    Pilsner

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    1 - 2 / Pale Straw

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse
  • Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse

    Style

    Berliner Weisse

    Category

    Berliner Weisse

    IBU

    3

    ABV

    3.50

    Klaus Brewing Company Berliner Weisse

    Tart and easy drinking. Great Texas summer beer.

    Tart and easy drinking. Great Texas summer beer.

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    Style:
    Berliner Weisse

    Berliner Weisse

    The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to ...

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    Berliner Weisse

    The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat to use the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably). Weissbier is German for “white beer.” Weissbiers were much paler than the dark beers that were so popular in Bavaria in earlier times, so the word “white” is used relatively. By today’s standards, Weissbier is more golden due to the development of  light beers like Pilsner and Helles.

    Berliner Weisse is the one style of Weissbeer not held to the German standard of 50% wheat. 

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Berliner Weisse is pale straw to very dark gold in color. A light haziness can be expected, but is not required. A very thick, mousse-like, long-lasting white head is characteristic. 

    Aroma/Flavor
    Lactic acid sourness is the most notable aroma.  Moderate to strong phenols and fruity esters are also present. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A light to moderate wheat aroma may be present. Acceptable aromatics can include a light, citrusy tartness, a light to moderate vanilla character and a low bubblegum and banana aroma, as well as the keystone lactic sourness.

    The style has a mild sour flavor with a light and fruity character.

    Ingredients 
    According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50% wheat, but Berliner Weiss is the one weissbeer not held to this restriction. A traditional decoction mash is used to give the beer body and mouthfeel.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    At Hay Merchant we will serve this style in a 20oz German Pilsner glass or English Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

    Stats
    Beers of this style are most often 2%-3.5% ABV and 8-15 IBU. 

    Example
    A great example of this style is Saint Arnold Boiler Room. 

    History 
    By the end of the middle ages in Germany, both barley and wheat were being used to make a top-fermented beer. The first true Weissbiers were made toward the end of the 15th century. In 1602, Duke Maximilian I placed a ban on public Weissbier brewing, and the Bavarian House of Dukes became the only body with the legal authority to brew Weissbiers. The profits from Prince Maximilian’s Weiss brewing helped fund the Thirty Years War.

    As the popularity of Weissbier waned, the German House of Dukes begin to outsource the reasonability to brew to the private sector around the early part of the 1800s but still maintained control.

    But the move to private brewing would not be enough to save Weissbier from extinction.  In 1855, Georg Schneider bought Wesses Brauhaus in Munich. In 1872, he worked a deal that ended the 250 year reign of royal brewing and allowed him to operate under his own terms. Even still, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that Weissbier regained its place as the No. 1 beer in Germany. Weissbier accounts for around 22 percent of the German market. It’s the No. 1 selling micro-brewed style in Australia and can be found in the lineup of many American microbreweries.

    Berliner Weisse slowly found its definition from the 17th to the 20th century. At the heights of its popularity in the 19th century, there were more than 700 breweries making the style.  There isn’t a written history to the style’s exact origins, but two theories are possible. The first states that 18th century French immigrants came to Berlin via Flanders and picked up the techniques required to make sour beer from the producers of Flemish sour Red Ale.  The second theory points to a beer brewed in Berlin in the 1640s called Halberstadter Brogan that was based on an unknown style from Hamburg. 

    We do know that the style has not always been sour.  It was a light wheat beer—about 50/50 wheat and barley.  The beer was about 3% ABV and, most importantly, not boiled. The hops were boiled in a separate vessel, and then the boiling hop water was added to the mash to increase the temperature. Hops were also added to the mash itself, making it easier for the wort to run off in a straw bed. The lack of a wort boil led to a lack of sterilization, and it’s easy to imagine that huge levels of microorganisms had to be present, thanks to the straw bed and other factors. This would not be true spontaneous fermentation as we see in Lambics because the micros would have come from the straw. 

    These production methods led to three opportunities for lactic acid bacteria to infect the beer: 1) during the mash if left sitting at a low temperature, 2) during fermentation due to yeast cross contamination, and 3) in storage due to micro flora in the wooden barrels. 

    As the popularity of wheat beers began to wain across Germany prior to World War I, so did the popularity of Berliner Weisse. Lighter, less flavorful beers began to gain popularity, so the breweries serving Berliner Weisse began to add flavored syrups to the beer to make it more acceptable to the average drinker. Today, there are only two commercial brewers in Berlin making the style. 

    As of 2014, the style found new popularity in American craft beer, with more than 100 craft breweries releasing versions of the beer that year alone. It owes its newfound popularity to the overall rise in popularity of sour beers. Most American craft brewers use a mash rest to achieve the desired levels of lactic acid.  Once the mash process is completed, the brewer leaves the mash in the tun for several days.  Once the PH reaches the desired level, the wort is run off to the boil kettle.  Boiling the wort sanitizes the beer and ensures that the beer keeps its lactic acid flavor without exposing the rest of the brewery to contamination. 

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    Brewery:
    Klaus Brewing Company

    10142 Jones Rd
    Houston, TX 77065

    Klaus Brewing Company was founded by a local group of family and friends led by passionate brewer Thomas Lemke. With over 20 years of amateur brewing experience and the desire to expand the reach of great craft beer, he is finally deciding to take it ...

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    Klaus Brewing Company was founded by a local group of family and friends led by passionate brewer Thomas Lemke. With over 20 years of amateur brewing experience and the desire to expand the reach of great craft beer, he is finally deciding to take it to the pro level. Klaus Brewing Company will focus on the under-served German-style beers and will be accessible to a wide range of consumers, from beer aficionados to new converts alike. The company’s flagship Altbier, Helles Lager, Kölsch, and Weissbier will anchor the brewery's original offerings, which will also include seasonal beers such as Adambier, Dunkelweizen, Märzen (Octoberfest), Maibock, Schwarzbier, and many others. We will also offer several special series and wood aged offerings in the future. We will also be providing the history and origin of each style we brew.

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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    90

    ABV

    9.60

    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

    "Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of ...

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    "Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, meaning a strong, robust, bruiser of a beer with the refined intensity of a wine. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. Under the proper conditions, it can age like a fine wine, developing new flavors and character as it matures in the bottle. Each new release or “expedition” is vintage dated. Collect your own and see the flavors develop and progress." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    American Barley Wine

    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
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    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    Sierra Nevada

    1075 E. 20th St.
    Chico, CA 95928

    http://www.sierranevada.com/

    In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among ...

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    In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it, “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.” 

    Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend’s father showed him the basics of homebrewing. Using homemade equipment, he began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own and soon became a proficient home brewer. 

    In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University, Chico, he opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s homebrewing community with equipment, materials and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery. 

    Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken cobbled together a brewery from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, he created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

    On November 15, 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Word spread quickly and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site. 

    Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a used, traditional, 100-barrel copper brewhouse that became the heart of the new brewery. It met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, he commissioned a new, larger brewhouse, and coaxed the original coppersmiths out of retirement to match new kettles to the originals. This expansion became the powerhouse that helped bring the brewery’s total capacity to more than 800,000 barrels per year. 

    Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music and its award-winning beers. The Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. The brewery is also home to the 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music venue.

    Sierra Nevada brewed one million barrels in 2014. Year round beers include Pale Ale (flagship), Torpedo® Extra IPA, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Porter, Stout, and Kellerweis® Bavarian-Style Wheat.

    The soul of Sierra Nevada is the brewery's affinity for whole-cone hops and the special flavors and aromas they provide. Sierra Nevada uses more whole-cone hops than any brewery in the world. They love the aromas from dry-hopped beers so much that they created the revolutionary “Hop Torpedo,” a sleek, stainless steel device they use to gather the most hop flavor and aroma without imparting any excess bitterness.

    In every aspect of the brewery, Sierra Nevada strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. From recycling and composting to water treatment, bio-fuel production and water conservation, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact on the environment. In 2008, Sierra Nevada completed construction of one of the largest privately owned solar arrays in the country with more than 10,000 panels that provide nearly 20% of the brewery's total energy needs. 

    In 2005, Sierra Nevada was the first brewery to install hydrogen fuel cells; the combination of the solar array and the fuel cell system generates more than half of the brewery’s energy needs on site. They also have an extensive water treatment program including our own wastewater treatment facility. 

    Through extensive recycling, reuse and composting programs, the brewery is able to divert 99.8% of its solid waste from landfills. 

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was named a “Green Power Partner” in 2011 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and "Green Business of the Year" in 2010 by the EPA for its practices in sustainability.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    18 - 19 / Amber-Brown

    Original Gravity

    23.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    6.000 plato

    Hops

    Cascade +

    Flavor: Intense citrus, grapefruit and piney notes.

    Aroma: Spicy flowers and some grass.

    Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 7%                      

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%                         

    Dual Purpose 

    Centennial +

    Flavor: Slightly more bitter than Cascade with some strong grapefruit notes and spicy tones.

    Aroma: Grapefruit and herbal notes.

    Alpha Acids: 9.5 - 11.5%     

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Dual Purpose

    Chinook +

    Flavor: Harsh bitterness with and emphasis on spice and earthiness

    Aroma: Spicy with some pine and smokiness

    Alpha Acids: 12 - 14%         

    Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                            

    Bittering

    Malt Variety

  • Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath
  • Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    31

    ABV

    8.00

    Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

    Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Maple Syrup Barrels with Blackberries!!

    Chocolate Milk Stout aged in Maple Syrup Barrels with Blackberries!!

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Rahr and Sons Brewing Company

    701 Galveston Avenue
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    http://rahrbrewing.com/

    When Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” and there's a real story behind that statement:

    The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 – almost immediately after William ...

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    When Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” and there's a real story behind that statement:

    The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 – almost immediately after William and Natalie Rahr immigrated from Rhineland, Germany to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The steadily increasing population of European settlers created a demand for beer of better quality than “the typical kitchen brew” and William – having come from a long line of German brewers – knew he was the person to fill the void (and the beer steins). His Eagle Brewery was the first lager brewery in Wisconsin.

    The soil and climate around the Eagle Brewery produced a barley of particular virtue to the brewing of fine beer and William eventually added a malt house that not only supplied the needs of his brewery, but also the needs of neighboring breweries. Eventually, William started shipping his malted barley as far as St. Louis where another German pioneer and enterprising brewer used all he could for his nationally famous brand.

    Tragically while on an inspection tour of the brewery in 1880, William fell into a brew kettle and suffered burns from which he never recovered. To honor their father, his sons changed the name of the brewery/malt house to William Rahr's Sons Co.

    William's sons continued guiding the malt house and under their direction the first scientific malt testing laboratory was installed and German patents for the production of roasted and caramel malts and malt-coffee were acquired. (Today, Rahr Malting Co. produces and supplies malt and industry-related brewing supplies to roughly 90% of the breweries in the United States.)

    160 years after William Rahr founded the Eagle Brewery, his great-great-grandson and namesake, Frederick William "Fritz" Rahr, Jr., felt the pull to brew and with the blessing of his wife, Erin, opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. on the south side of downtown Fort Worth in 2004. In nine years, Rahr has exponentially grown its brewing capacity from 2,000 barrels a year to 20,000 barrels a year. The brewery has won over 50 nationally-recognized awards, including a Silver Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, a Bronze Medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup for Bucking Bock, and was the 2009 National Grand Champion at the United States Beer Tasting Championship for Iron Thistle.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Parish Brewing Company Bloom
  • Parish Brewing Company Bloom

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.70

    Parish Brewing Company Bloom

    A juicy, soft, hazy IPA absolutely loaded with Simcoe and Citra Nugget hops. 

    A juicy, soft, hazy IPA absolutely loaded with Simcoe and Citra Nugget hops. 

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
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    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
    Ingredients
    IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

    History 
    The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
    Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
    It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
    American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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    Brewery:
    Parish Brewing Company

    229 Jared dr.
    Broussard, LA 70518

    https://www.parishbeer.com/

    Located in the heart of Cajun Country in Broussard, Louisiana, our simple goal is to make awesome craft brewed beer. But, our story begins around 2003 when our founder Andrew moved from Louisiana to Pittsburgh and discovered a thriving craft beer scene. Returning home a ...

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    Located in the heart of Cajun Country in Broussard, Louisiana, our simple goal is to make awesome craft brewed beer. But, our story begins around 2003 when our founder Andrew moved from Louisiana to Pittsburgh and discovered a thriving craft beer scene. Returning home a few years later, he recognized a lack of breweries in Louisiana and set out to create part of what is now a thriving brewing industry. Our first beer ever sold was Canebrake, and it was a huge hit from the start. Our distributors couldn’t keep it in stock, and it didn’t help that Andrew was only brewing in the "nano brewery," a tiny 50 gallon brewery that only made about 20 kegs every week. Nevertheless, Parish was being distributed all over the Lafayette, La. region, and Canebrake was becoming more and more popular with a full range of beer drinkers—from folks that usually drink light beers all the way up to 10th level beer nerds. 

    In 2012, we completed construction on our new brewery on Jared Dr. and began producing a whopping 2,000 gallons of Canebrake every week. At that point we began expanding distribution market-by-market in Louisiana. Fast forward to today and we are the 2nd largest brewery in the state and distribute our beer throughout Louisiana. Our products have evolved with the market as well. We also began producing our Envie Pale Ale around this time, and in 2014 introduced Ghost in the Machine. Today, we are known in Louisiana mostly for Canebrake, but the rest of the world knows us for Ghost and our juice bomb IPAs and Pale Ales. When we have time and capacity, we brew other beers too, like Rêve coffee stout or barrel aged strong ales. Our philosophy is to be a strong, profitable business, which centers around brewing products that are of incredibly high quality—no matter the style. We also only believe in brewing products that people want to drink (crazy concept, we know). 

    Today, Parish is made up of 20 of the brightest, most innovative, and hardest-working employees in the brewing world. We come to work every day driven to make beers that get people excited and that our community are proud to call their own. Our team is made up mostly of people who have never worked in other breweries before, and we are proud of that. We do things our own way, and we innovate as a result. We don’t brew beer the way some book written in 1992 tells us to, and we don’t believe in boundaries and limitations on techniques or ingredients. If you’ve purchased one of our beers before, we’d like to say thank you for allowing us to make a living brewing the best product on earth.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Citra +

    Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

    Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Aroma

    Nugget +

    Flavor: Clean strong bitterness with some herbal notes.

    Aroma: Spicy and herbal with very strong aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 12 - 15%                     

    Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

    Dual Purpose

    Simcoe +

    Flavor: Very unique blend of citrus and pine.

    Aroma: Pine tree, citrus and passion fruit. Very unique.

    Alpha Acids: 12 - 14%                     

    Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

  • 8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK
  • 8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK

    Style

    Kolsch

    Category

    Kolsch

    IBU

    11

    ABV

    5.70

    8th Wonder Brewery BrewGK

    Ale brewed with green apples and homemade caramel.

    Collabor8ion brew with Bun B of UGK.

    Ale brewed with green apples and homemade caramel.

    Collabor8ion brew with Bun B of UGK.

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    Style:
    Kolsch

    Kolsch
    Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold ...

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    Kolsch
    Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold. Authentic versions are filtered to a brilliant clarity.

    Aroma/Flavor
    Kolsch has a pleasant, subtle fruit aroma from fermentation.  Sometimes there is a light sulfur character from the yeast. The lower fermention temperature forces the yeast to strugle and thus produce slightly sulfur off flavors. 

    The style has a delicate flavor and a low to medium bitterness with a dryness and slight pucker in the finish, but no harsh dryness.  It is smooth and crisp in the mouth with a light to medium body.  It’s generally well attenuated, but not dry. It’s more malty than a Helles and less bitter than a Pilsner. 

    Ingredients 
    Kolsch is made with German noble hops and German Pils or pale malt. Traditionally, this style uses a step mash program—fermented at cool temperatures and lagered for at least a month. Kolsch yeast is top fermenting. It’s a hybrid because it uses an ale yeast but is lagered for as long as 10 weeks. 

    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    Kolsch is classically served in a small 200mL straight-sided glass, but at Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

    Stats
    Beers of this style are most often 4.4%-5.2% ABV and 20-30 IBU. 

    Example
    Great examples of this style are Sunner Kolsch and Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower. 

    History 

    Kolsch, recognized as a style only for the last 100 years, is the only beer with its own protected appellation and is restricted to the 20 or so producing breweries in and around Cologne.  Only 11 of these breweries make a Kolsch, and about 2.6 million barrels are produced a year in Cologne. Kolsch is also the name for the German spoken dialect in Cologne, which is most likely the origin of its name. 

    Kolsch is a unique example of cooperation in brewing. The city of Cologne decided that instead of allowing the cities breweries compete against each other by brewing different styles they would all brew the same thing and compete against other cities and other regions.

    Many American craft breweries make a Kolsch style because it’s a good gateway away from bland macro beers.
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    Brewery:
    8th Wonder Brewery

    2202 Dallas Street
    Houston, TX 77003

    https://8thwonder.com/

    In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

    In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began ...

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    In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

    In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began brewing beer in a dome-like warehouse in East Downtown. Exploring styles from across the beer world, we have something for everyone.

    We like good beer and good fun, and we strive to craft both at 8th Wonder.

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  • Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis
  • Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis

    Style

    Lambic

    Category

    Lambic

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.00

    Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis

    Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

    Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

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    Style:
    Lambic

    Brewery:
    Hanssens Artisanaal

    Vroenenbosstraat 15
    Dworp, Belgium 1653

    Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

    Lambic beers are famous ...

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    Hanssens Artisanaal is the oldest independent geuze blender in the whole world. At Hanssens, no beer is actually brewed! Instead, they pursue a profession that was very important in the history of lambic style beers, they are solely blenders of beer.

    Lambic beers are famous for being "wild fermented". Instead of adding a special yeast strain to cause fermentation, some brewers in the Senne river valley leave the warm, sweet, unfermented beer (called wort) open to the elements. Wild strains of yeast and other micro organisms will then seed the liquid. Normally when brewing beer, a brewers yeast will be used to turn sugar into alcohol and certain flavor elements of the beer. In these wild beers, yeast and others will turn sugar into alcohol, acid, and a huge variety of flavor chemicals. 

    Since each batch is different, the beer has to be blended with multiple batches to create a consistent product. Most lambics are created from a mixture of aged sour beer and young, sweeter beer. They are then barrel aged to combine the flavors.

    Hanssens takes this a step further, and actually blends batches from different breweries in their area. This used to be a very common practice, but Hanssens is now the oldest remaining blender. They bring to this endeavor a variety of barrels, some up to one hundred years old, and a passion and a love for the tradition of Geuze and Lambics. They will also add whole fruits to some of their beers, to make even more flavorful blends.

    Hanssens Bartholomeus, former major of Dworp, started to brew lambic in 1871, in the previous Sint-Antonius brewery. Documents have proven that he continued to brew, from 1896 onwards, in buildings located in the Vroenenbosstraat, Dworp. These premises are still used. 

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    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    375mL

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  • Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay
  • Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

    Style

    Wine

    Category

    Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    14.50

    Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

    Tropical aromas of banana, lemongrass, and citrus with subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak. Bright acidity welcomes the palate, leading to a perfect balance of tropical fruit and baking spices that culminate in a lingering, clean finish.

    Tropical aromas of banana, lemongrass, and citrus with subtle notes of vanilla and toasty oak. Bright acidity welcomes the palate, leading to a perfect balance of tropical fruit and baking spices that culminate in a lingering, clean finish.

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    Style:
    Wine

    Brewery:
    Hahn Family Wines

    37700 Foothill Road
    Soledad, CA 93960

    https://www.hahnwines.com/

    During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands ...

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    During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when our founder Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern.

    Nicky immediately saw that the land he’d purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991.

    Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.

    TIMELINE

    2007

    Hahn launches Lucienne—single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from estate vineyards.

    2002

    Hahn open its visitor center and tasting room at its SLH winery.

    2001

    Hahn’s SLH vineyards replanted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

    1992

    Hahn family purchases Lone Oak Vineyard in SLH.

    1991

    SLH designated an American Viticultural Area.

    1990

    Hahn family purchases Doctor’s Vineyard in SLH.

    1980

    Nicky Hahn releases his first vintage of wine.

    1979

    The Hahn family purchases the Smith and Hook vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands.

    1936

    Los Padres National Forest is founded. This vast parkland includes Monterey’s Big Sur Coast along with scenic inland tracts.

    1908

    President Theodore Roosevelt establishes Pinnacles National Monument in the Gabilan Mountains, the range facing Santa Lucia Highlands.

    1810

    Mission padres tend a Salinas vineyard that has grown in size to 5,000 vines.

    1791

    California’s 13th mission is founded at the foot of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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  • Brash Cortado
  • Brash Cortado

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.00

    Brash Cortado

    "Made with the Guatemala Flor Del Café coffee beans roasted by Fusion Beans 85lbs of beans for 30 barrels, the roasting company owned by Southside Espresso's founder Sean Marshall, the Cortado is a beer for those who like coffee. According to The Hay Merchant ...

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    "Made with the Guatemala Flor Del Café coffee beans roasted by Fusion Beans 85lbs of beans for 30 barrels, the roasting company owned by Southside Espresso's founder Sean Marshall, the Cortado is a beer for those who like coffee. According to The Hay Merchant web site, Brash boasts that "you'll hate this beer if you don't like coffee. If you do like coffee, you may never drink regular coffee again." According to Brash, the Cortado is "[l]ike having coffee for breakfast, if coffee was a ninja with solid gold pants."" Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Brash

    510 W Crosstimbers Rd
    Houston, TX 77018

    http://brashbeers.com/

    Brash Brewing, founded by Petrol Station owner Ben Fullelove in Houston, brews high quality, bold and aggressive IPAs and Imperial Stouts. 

    Until recently, Fullelove contract brewed his beer in New England, while a wrinkle in the old Texas beer code prevented him from selling Brash ...

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    Brash Brewing, founded by Petrol Station owner Ben Fullelove in Houston, brews high quality, bold and aggressive IPAs and Imperial Stouts. 

    Until recently, Fullelove contract brewed his beer in New England, while a wrinkle in the old Texas beer code prevented him from selling Brash in his home state. Brash is back in Texas and will open a brewhouse and canning operation in 2015. 

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag
  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag

    Style

    American Strong Ale

    Category

    American Strong Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    12.00

    Eureka Heights Brewing Company Demon Bag

    This Belgian strong ale spent eight glorious months resting in rye whiskey barrels along side a copious amount of sour cherries. The magnificent results have an estery spiciness that is balanced by a soft tartness from the cherries.A very strong and complex Belgian ale ...

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    This Belgian strong ale spent eight glorious months resting in rye whiskey barrels along side a copious amount of sour cherries. The magnificent results have an estery spiciness that is balanced by a soft tartness from the cherries.A very strong and complex Belgian ale full of dark fruit flavors.

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    Style:
    American Strong Ale

    Brewery:
    Eureka Heights Brewing Company

    941 W 18TH ST
    Houston, Texas 77008

    http://www.eurekaheights.com/

    New brewery in the Heights

    New brewery in the Heights

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  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    30

    ABV

    10.40

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Divine Reserve 19

    Inspiration for Divine Reserve comes in many forms. The newest beer in the series was inspired by a classic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Available on Monday, Divine Reserve No. 19 is a Spiced Oatwine.

    As brewers, it's important to find balance and harmony to ...

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    Inspiration for Divine Reserve comes in many forms. The newest beer in the series was inspired by a classic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Available on Monday, Divine Reserve No. 19 is a Spiced Oatwine.

    As brewers, it's important to find balance and harmony to ensure a beer can be consumed from beginning to end and leaves you happily reaching for another. The base beer started with an English-style barleywine and our signature Saint Arnold ale yeast - it's got a rich malt character with notes of dried fruit esters. To accomplish the oatmeal flavor and finish, we used malted oats, which provide texture and a warm grain-like flavor. A small amount of cinnamon and nutmeg was also used in balance to finish off this homage to the oatmeal raisin cookie.

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    Style:
    American Barley Wine

    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines ...
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    American Barley Wine
    Barley Wine can be simply defined as the biggest pale beer a brewery releases. It’s a spin-off of Old and Stock Ales. They are basically the same beer with 3 key differences: the ABV, the color and the story. Barley Wines today can be broken into to main styles: American and English. The only difference between the two is that American Barley Wine has a higher hop profile and English Barley Wines are more defined by their malt flavors. Imperial IPA could fit into this style except for the fact that they are defined by an extreme hoppiness.

    About Strong Ales
    Strong Ale is a general term used to describe high ABV beers (7%+). It is not itself a style and lacks the specificity to describe any one beer. The term can be used to describe beers like Imperial IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts or Belgian Quads, but in practice, the term is used as the general category for Old Ales/Stock Ales and Barley Wines. 
    Appearance
    The color may range from rich gold to very dark amber or even dark brown, but not black. It will often have ruby highlights. Barley wine has an off-white head that may have poor retention. This beer exhibits good to brilliant clarity. High alcohol and viscosity may be visible in “legs” when beer is swirled in a glass.

    Aroma/Taste
    The aroma is very rich with strong maltiness. American versions have a strong citrusy hop note. This hoppiness may disappear with age. Strong fruity esters and alcohol aromatics are present but not clawing. Aged versions may have a sherry-like quality, possibly vinous or port-like aromatics.
    There are strong, intense, complex, multi-layered malt flavors ranging from bready and biscuity to nutty, deep toasted dark caramel, toffee and/or molasses. American versions will have a noticeably hoppy bitterness and citrusy notes. Depending on aging, the finish might be dry or malty sweet. 
    Ingredients
    Pale malt makes up the backbone of the grist with the addition of caramel malts. American versions will use proportionally more hops than English versions. The darker colors do not come from dark malts—the lengthy boil results in kettle caramelization of the wort. The result of the first running from the parti-gyle system (a process where one grist is used to make several beers of progressively weaker strength), Barley Wines are mashed at lower temperatures to allow for a higher amount of fermentable sugars, resulting in a higher alcohol content than Stock Ales.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in a snifter or tulip, depending on cost and ABV, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 12%+ and an average IBU range of 30-70 (English) and 70-120 (American).
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Real Ale Sisyphus, Stone Old Guardian, Live Oak Old Treehugger, North Coast Old Stock and Anchor Old Foghorn.

    History 
    This style became more readily available in the U.K. around 1850, as technological innovations that made pale malt more economical feasible were developed. Unlike Stock Ales that were brewed for the purpose of blending, Barley Wines were brewed to be consumed without blending. The high price of these beers generally made them only accessible to the very rich. However, as pale malt became more common, the price slowly became more approachable to a wider audience.  Bass introduced the first commercially produced Barley Wine in 1854. The Great Wine Blight struck France around 1858, destroying most of the market and sending the price of wine through the roof. These factors led advertisers to begin marketing the pale Strong Ale as “malt wine” and “malt liquor.” 
    The style was a mainstay of British brewers until the Free Mash Tun Act of 1880 put higher tax pressure on barley wine producers. This did not stop production or demand—Barley Wines were brewed more selectively. It did, however, lead to a slow long-term decline in the alcohol content. Where the style used to commonly weigh in at over 10% ABV, most British Barley wines of the 20th century fell to below 7% ABV. It wasn’t until Anchor brewing released “Old Foghorn” in 1975 that Barley Wines in there true form began to make a comeback.
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    Brewery:
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company

    2000 Lyons Avenue
    Houston, TX 77020

    http://www.saintarnold.com/

    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

    Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

    Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

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    Hops

    Perle +

    Flavor: Very earthy with a minty finish.

    Aroma: Earthy and slightly spicy.

    Alpha Acids: 7 - 9.5%                                  

    Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

  • 8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm
  • 8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm

    Style

    Cream Ale

    Category

    Cream Ale

    IBU

    24

    ABV

    5.20

    8th Wonder Brewery Dome Faux'm

    Cream Ale is a pre-Prohibition style brew that is light, crisp, and easy drinking.

    Cream Ale is a pre-Prohibition style brew that is light, crisp, and easy drinking.

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    Style:
    Cream Ale

    Brewery:
    8th Wonder Brewery

    2202 Dallas Street
    Houston, TX 77003

    https://8thwonder.com/

    In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

    In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began ...

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    In 1965, the doors to the Houston Astrodome opened for the first time. Dubbed the "8th Wonder of the World", this first ever air-conditioned domed stadium coincided with Houston's launch into the global spotlight.

    In 2013, inspired by the spirit of Houston, we began brewing beer in a dome-like warehouse in East Downtown. Exploring styles from across the beer world, we have something for everyone.

    We like good beer and good fun, and we strive to craft both at 8th Wonder.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

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  • New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk
  • New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    31

    ABV

    11.00

    New Holland Brewing Dragon's Milk

    "A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath." Commercial Description

    "A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    New Holland Brewing

    66 East 8th Street
    Holland, Michigan 49423

    http://newhollandbrew.com/

    Each bottle of our craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.

    We honor those who put imagination, creativity and inspiration into their work. Our beer and spirits pair perfectly with a blank canvas, fertile soil, a ...

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    Each bottle of our craft beer and artisan spirits captures a flavor, a harvest, a season, a moment in time.

    We honor those who put imagination, creativity and inspiration into their work. Our beer and spirits pair perfectly with a blank canvas, fertile soil, a blinking cursor, an empty plate or the hint of a spark in someone’s eye. The opportunity for art is everywhere.

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    23.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Glacier +

    Flavor: Lots of fruitiness, pear, apricot and orange

    Aroma: Pleasant earthy and herbal aromas, as well as citrus and fruity notes

    Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 7.5%                   

    Beta Acids: 5 - 9%                

    Dual Purpose

    Nugget +

    Flavor: Clean strong bitterness with some herbal notes.

    Aroma: Spicy and herbal with very strong aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 12 - 15%                     

    Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    Chocolate +

    Crystal +

    Munich +

  • Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider
  • Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider

    Style

    Cider

    Category

    Cider

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.50

    Shacksbury Cider Dry Cider

    • Apple varieties - Jonagold, Spartan, McIntosh, Empire, Ellis Bitters, Browns, Michelin, Somerset Redstreak, and Dabinett
      • Apples grown by Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England
    • Apple varieties - Jonagold, Spartan, McIntosh, Empire, Ellis Bitters, Browns, Michelin, Somerset Redstreak, and Dabinett
      • Apples grown by Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont and Dragon Orchards in Herefordshire, England
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    Style:
    Cider

    Brewery:
    Shacksbury Cider

    11 Main St
    Vergennes, VT 05491

    http://www.shacksbury.com/

    Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making.

    At Shacksbury, we believe cider can, and should, be daring ...

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    Far from ordinary, apples are the most diverse food plant on earth. Unfortunately, only a handful of varieties are cultivated at scale in America, and all of those are designed for eating, not cider making.

    At Shacksbury, we believe cider can, and should, be daring and complex. From gnarled trees on New England farmsteads to Old World orchards in England and Spain, our cider will change the way you think about this amazing fruit.

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  • Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02
  • Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02

    Style

    Belgian Strong Ale

    Category

    Belgian Strong Ale

    IBU

    40

    ABV

    7.50

    Stone Brewing Company Encore 02.02.02

    In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped-up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops ...

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    In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped-up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this unprecedented eleven-part vertical tasting. Being that it was the first in a sequentially released series of beers (originally designed to be enjoyed together ten years into the future), and that only 300 cases were produced, this became quite easily the rarest and most highly sought-after beer we have ever brewed. However, nothing this coveted should be relegated to such a fate. Back for an encore, now all of those who missed out the first time can taste what was the start of something truly epic.

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    Style:
    Belgian Strong Ale

    Brewery:
    Stone Brewing Company

    1999 Citracado Parkway
    Escondido, CA 92029

    http://www.stonebrewing.com/

    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

    The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

    The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

    Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

    Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

    Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

    In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

    In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

    In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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    Glassware

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

    Hops

    Centennial +

    Flavor: Slightly more bitter than Cascade with some strong grapefruit notes and spicy tones.

    Aroma: Grapefruit and herbal notes.

    Alpha Acids: 9.5 - 11.5%     

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

  • Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary
  • Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary

    Style

    Rauchbier

    Category

    Rauchbier

    IBU

    60

    ABV

    8.00

    Stone Brewing Company Encore 6th Anniversary

    We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone ...

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    We celebrated our first five years in business by releasing anniversary India pale ales, with each subsequent IPA brewed to be hoppier and more intense than the previous. For our 6th anniversary in 2002, we extended this concept by making an intensified version of Stone Smoked Porter. We cranked up the malts and hops a notch or three and conditioned it on French and American oak, which accentuated our porter’s distinctive smokiness and amplified its chocolate and roast coffee flavors while also adding subtle notes of toffee, cherries, dried berries and vanilla. We’re proud to give those who missed out—as well as those who didn’t—a fresh shot at experiencing this smoky, dark-as-night wonder.

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    Style:
    Rauchbier

    Brewery:
    Stone Brewing Company

    1999 Citracado Parkway
    Escondido, CA 92029

    http://www.stonebrewing.com/

    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

    The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

    The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

    Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

    Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

    Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

    In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

    In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

    In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19
  • Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    90

    ABV

    9.40

    Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 7.4.19

    For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go un filtered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and ...

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    For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go un filtered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and its peach and tropical fruit hop aroma are intensified. So though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep.

    Like the other IPAs in this series, this version is brewed specifically NOT to last. 

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    Style:
    Imperial IPA

    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

    Aroma/Taste
    The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
    The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
    Ingredients
    The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
    Examples
    A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

    History 
    The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
    The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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    Brewery:
    Stone Brewing Company

    1999 Citracado Parkway
    Escondido, CA 92029

    http://www.stonebrewing.com/

    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based ...

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    Stone Brewing Co. is a brewery headquartered in Escondido, California. Founded in 1996 in San Marcos, California, it is the largest brewery in Southern California.  As of 2012, it was the tenth largest craft brewery in the United States and 17th largest brewery overall, based on sales volume. The brewery is owned by Steve Wagner and craft beer superstar Greg Koch.

    The brewery's first beer was Stone Pale Ale, which the company considers to be its flagship ale. However, the brewery is best known for their other core beer, Stone IPA, which is considered the benchmark of the American IPA style.

    The Arrogant Bastard line of ales best exhibits the brewery’s overall attitude, consisting of Stone Arrogant Bastard, Stone Double Bastard and Stone Lucky Bastard. A little known fact: owner Greg Koch considers Arrogant Bastard as a brand in its own right and gets very upset when the name Stone is used to describe Arrogant Bastard.

    Most of Stone’s beers are characteristic of West Coast craft brews, meaning that they have a high hop content. Compared to the macro-produced lagers, many Stone brews feature alcohol percentages that are well above average. The alcohol-by-volume content of Stone brews ranges from 4.2% to 13%.

    Stone Brewing is rated as a "world class brewery" by the two largest beer enthusiast websites, RateBeer and BeerAdvocate. Stone Brewing has been voted by the readers of Beer Advocate as the #1 "All Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth."

    Stone opened in San Marcos in 1996 at the location currently home to Port Brewing Company and The Lost Abbey. In 2006, Stone relocated from the original brewery to a new, custom-designed facility in Escondido. In 2013, the company opened a packaging hall just south of the brewery, which houses the bottling and keg lines. The brewery in Escondido produced 213,277 US beer barrels in 2013. The site is also home to a restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido, an 8,500-square-foot restaurant with a large outdoor patio and an acre of gardens. Stone also operates a 19-acre organic farm known as Stone Farms, just north of the brewery in Escondido, and several other restaurants in California.

    In June 2008, Stone Brewing covered the roof of the brewery with solar panels, cutting their energy costs nearly in half. The 1,561 roof-mounted solar modules will offset more than 538,000 pounds of carbon emissions over its lifetime, which is equivalent to planting 204 acres of trees.

    In July 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced plans to open a brewery and restaurant in Berlin, Germany.

    In October 2014, Stone Brewing Co. announced the location of its first brewery and destination restaurant in the Eastern United States—Richmond, VA.  The facility is expected to be operation by late 2015 or early 2016. 

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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Avery Brewing Company Expletus
  • Avery Brewing Company Expletus

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.90

    Avery Brewing Company Expletus

    Sour ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Cherries. 

    Sour ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Cherries. 

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

    Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

    These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

    It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

    In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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    Glassware

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower

    Style

    German Style Kolsch

    Category

    German Style Kolsch

    IBU

    20

    ABV

    4.90

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Fancy Lawnmower

    "A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use ...

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    "A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kölsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Fancy Lawnmower Beer is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    German Style Kolsch

    Brewery:
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company

    2000 Lyons Avenue
    Houston, TX 77020

    http://www.saintarnold.com/

    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have ...

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    The Saint Arnold Brewing Company is a brewery in Houston, Texas, named after a patron saint of brewing, Saint Arnulf of Metz. Founded in 1994 by Rice University graduates Brock Wagner and Kevin Bartol, the brewery offers tours every weekday and Saturday afternoons, which have attracted a large following. Saint Arnold has won numerous national and international awards.

    Saint Arnold was originally located on the far northwest side of Houston and operated out of that location for more than fifteen years. In 2009, Saint Arnold purchased a three-story 104,000-square-foot brick building—constructed in 1914 and most recently used as a food service facility for the Houston Independent School District—north of Downtown Houston. The maximum capacity of the new brewery is over 100,000 barrels, compared to 26,000 barrels at the previous location. As of 2015 the brewery is brewing just under 60,000 barrels a year. A large percentage of the brewery’s production capacity is taken up by beer brewed under contract for BJ’s Brewhouse.

    Saint Arnold is known for a core lineup, including Lawnmower, a light bodied German Style Kolsch, as well as a traditional American Style IPA, Elissa. In recent years, Saint Arnold has began to step out of the traditional mold it has followed for years. In 2013, they launched two new lines of beers: Icon is a series of more unique beers released four times a year, and Bishop’s Barrel, a special release series sold only in the bottle available only to bars and restaurants. While coming late to the barrel aging game, the Bishop’s Barrel series has been a hit with fans. In the summer of 2014, Saint Arnold released a Berliner Weisse. Very popular with craft beer fans, the slightly sour German style is an extreme and surprising beer for the generally conservative brewery.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    1 - 2 / Pale Straw

    Original Gravity

    11.400 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Hallertau +

    Flavor: Very smooth and earthy

    Aroma: Earthy noble aroma. Mild but spicy and pleasant

    Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.5%                   

    Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                

    Aroma

    Hersbruker-German +

    Flavor: Smooth and earthy. Not very harsh bitterness

    Aroma: Mild earthy and herbal

    Alpha Acids: 2 - 5%                         

    Beta Acids: 2.5 - 6%             

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

  • Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier
  • Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier

    Style

    Rauchbier

    Category

    Rauchbier

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.50

    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Fastenbier

    "Description: 
    The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the ...

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    "Description: 
    The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is an unfiltered smokebeer, brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Bottom-fermenting yeast gives the reddish brown lentbeer a natural cloudiness. Its smokey aroma is already noticeable in the smell, combined with a fine hoppy note. In the drink the fullbodied, highly drinkable lentbeer shows its strong malty flavour, rounded up with the smokey taste and a light bitterness. Due to the nourishing yeast, the Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer has the "Brotzeit already included" (German word for afternoon snack).

    Brewing process: 
    Different from the Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, the Schlenkerla Lentbeer is made from a mixture of light (e.g. non smoked) malt and Schlenkerla Smoked Malt. It is brewed in classic copper kettles in a two-decoction mash with hops from Spalt (near Nuremberg) and Hallertau. One week of primary fermentation is being followed by a two month period of lagering in the ancient cellars underneath Bamberg. The lentbeer is being served unfiltered with fine bottom fermenting yeast from the keg and thus preserves its full body and aroma.

    Historical background: 
    Fasting was already being practiced by the Romans in the old ages. The early Christians adapted this ritual in the 2nd century as a two-day preparation for the Easter celebration. In later centuries, the church extended the lent-period to the now common 40 days. According to the principle "liquida non frangunt ieiunium" (liquids do not break the fast), the monks in the middle-age monasteries would brew a stronger, more nuriting beer for the time of lent to stay in shape for the daily labor. The Original Schlenkerla Lentbeer is based on this tradition and only being served in the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter."

     Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Rauchbier

    Brewery:
    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

    Dominikanerstrasse 6
    Bamberg, 96049

    http://www.schlenkerla.de/indexe.html

    The historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla is located in the middle of the old part of Bamberg.  Bamberg's specialty, the original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, is still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition.

    Its smoky flavor is achieved by exposing the ...

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    The historic smoked beer brewery Schlenkerla is located in the middle of the old part of Bamberg.  Bamberg's specialty, the original Schlenkerla Smokebeer, is still being tapped directly from the wooden barrel according to old tradition.

    Its smoky flavor is achieved by exposing the malt to the intense, aromatic smoke of burning beechwood logs at the Schlenkerla maltings. After mixing it with premium-class hops in the brew, it matures in 700-year-old cellars into a mellow beer. 

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Hallertau +

    Flavor: Very smooth and earthy

    Aroma: Earthy noble aroma. Mild but spicy and pleasant

    Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.5%                   

    Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                

    Aroma

    Spalt-German +

    Flavor: Mild spiciness with straightforward bitterness.

    Aroma: Noble spiciness.

    Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 5%                                  

    Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

  • Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    23

    ABV

    5.10

    Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4

    "Named as a tribute to our good friends (and bad ass bike makers) at Fireman Texas Cruzer and because it was the fourth year-round beer we created, Firemans #4 is our most popular and best-selling beer to date. With an ever-drinkable balance of smooth malt ...

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    "Named as a tribute to our good friends (and bad ass bike makers) at Fireman Texas Cruzer and because it was the fourth year-round beer we created, Firemans #4 is our most popular and best-selling beer to date. With an ever-drinkable balance of smooth malt and zesty hops, this refreshing blonde is perfect on a hot day or paired with spicy food. It’s no wonder why so many Texans love it." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    American Blonde Ale

    American Blonde Ale

    Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

    Appearance
    The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
    Aroma/Flavor
    Blonde Ales have ...
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    American Blonde Ale

    Known as the entry-level craft beer, Blonde Ale is easy-drinking, approachable and malt-oriented.

    Appearance
    The appearance is light yellow to deep gold, clear to brilliant. A low to medium white head exists with fair to good retention.
    Aroma/Flavor
    Blonde Ales have a light to moderate sweet malty aroma with low to moderate fruitiness.
    The flavor has an initial malty sweetness but optionally some bready, toasty or biscuit-like flavor. With a light to moderate hop flavor and low to medium bitterness, the finish is medium-dry to somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is medium light to medium body with medium to high carbonation.

    Ingredients
     Usually, Blonde Ales use 100% malted barley, but sometimes as much as 25% wheat malt can be used. This beer can also be hopped with any hop. 

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve Blonde Ale in an American Pint, and it's stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 3.5%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 15-28.
    Examples
    Great craft examples of this style are Southern Star Bombshell Blonde Ale and Real Ale Fireman’s #4.

    History
    Blonde Ale is a modern American take on the old American cream style ale style, which were brewed by ale breweries to compete against larger producers in pre-Prohibition Northeast and Mid-Atlanta America.  Cream ales were not 100% malted barley, but contained a percentage of corn.  Blonde Ales are also called Golden Ales, but should not be confused with Belgian-Style Golden Ales.
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    Brewery:
    Real Ale Brewing Company

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye ...

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    Philip and Diane Conner and their son, Charles, founded the Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas in 1996. They set up shop in the basement of an antiques store on the Blanco town square. They had three original recipes brewing—Full Moon Pale Rye Ale, Rio Blanco Pale Ale and Brewhouse Brown Ale. They were brewing on converted dairy and handmade equipment.

    Then they met a young man named Brad. Brad Farbstein was a UT graduate with a degree in economics, an avid homebrewer and was employed by a small craft beer distributor.  Brad had become a pretty big fan of this tiny brewery and found himself occasionally heading out to Blanco to lend Philip and Charles a hand with some bottling or labeling, working for a few beers. Coincidentally, it was around this time that Philip decided to get out of the brewing business. He asked Brad if he might know anyone interested in buying the brewery’s equipment. Recognizing a rare opportunity to turn a dream into reality—even though he had no idea how he was going to pull it off—Brad said, “I’m your man.”

    Brad took over the brewery in the summer of 1998, and with the help of two employees, made about 500 barrels of beer that year. The original brewery had a 2-vessel, 15-bbl brewhouse that was basically outside, housed in a carport attached to the store’s basement.  Tanks, cold storage, bottling and labeling equipment and everything else were crammed in a space of less than 2,500 square feet with only 7-foot high ceilings. If you were to design a space to NOT be a brewery, this would probably be it. In spite of the many obstacles, spatial and otherwise, facing the fledgling brewery, the beer flowed and demand for RABC’s handcrafted ales grew exponentially for the next several years.

    Real Ale steadily increased its output until finally maxing out the original location at 5,500 barrels in 2006. (If you do the math, that’s 366 batches of beer in one year on a 15 barrel system!) In 2005, Brad realized that for Real Ale to achieve its potential, something had to be done. He took another leap of faith purchased several acres of land just outside the Blanco city limits to allow for the construction of a new brewery from the ground up. Brad likes to say that many years of having to do things the wrong way taught him how to do things the right way.  Construction began in 2005 and the brewery went online in 2006.

    The brewery has under gone several small expansions after the big move in 2006. In 2013, the brewery produced approximately 53,000 barrels of beer. As of 2015, RABC had 25 fermenters available ranging in size from 60 bbl to 480 bbl.

    They brew on a 60 barrel four-vessel brewhouse consisting of the mash tun, in which they can conduct single and step infusions as well as single decoction mashes, a lauter tun, a kettle, and a whirlpool, with a throughput of 6 brews a day.  All of the fermenters are cylindroconical, otherwise known as unitanks. Unitanks allow the beer to ferment and condition in the same vessel. The packing hall was the newest expansion, which has an average daily output of 2,400 cases of bottles, 1,200 cases of cans and 200 kegs, with a new bottle filler capable of filling 400 bottles a minute.

    Brad credits the local Blanco River as "some of the best brewing water for the styles of beer that we make," making Blanco an ideal location for the brewery. The term Real Ale is an English phrase referring to cask conditioned ales. It’s ironic that for the first half of the brewery’s history, they did not make a cask conditioned beer. However once they began to cask condition, they quickly became the best producer of the method in the state. Large cask beer bars like Hay Merchant owe a lot to the knowledge and expertise Real Ale brought to the market.

    Real Ale is best known for the Firemans #4, a light, easy drinking Blonde Ale named after Firemans Texas Cruzer, a small local BMX bike builder.  But RABC has gained wide craft beer respect with beers from the Mysterium Verum and Brewer’s Cut lines.

    Mysterium Verum is a line of beers in which the beers are aged in barrels. Some of these beers are additionally inoculated with wild yeast and/or bacteria. These beers range greatly in flavor and can only be found on draft and are the rarest beers RABC produces.

    In 2012, RABC add the Brewer’s Cut product line, which focuses on developing new recipes to put out to the public, and then relying on customer feedback through social media to determine whether the recipe will be bumped up to a year-round product, a seasonal product, or set with plans to be brewed at a later date again in the series. This is a limited-release product and can be found in both package and draft.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    12.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Avery Brewing Company Fortuna
  • Avery Brewing Company Fortuna

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.11

    Avery Brewing Company Fortuna

    Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.

    Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

    Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

    These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

    It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

    In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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  • De Ranke Guldenberg
  • De Ranke Guldenberg

    Style

    Belgian Strong Ale

    Category

    Belgian Strong Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.50

    De Ranke Guldenberg

    "A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an “abbey” beer, Guldenberg bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel you may have sampled, except in color perhaps. It is very hoppy and malty (though not quite as ...

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    "A strong blonde ale of about 8.5% alc. by volume that claims vaguely to be an “abbey” beer, Guldenberg bears no resemblance whatsoever to any Tripel you may have sampled, except in color perhaps. It is very hoppy and malty (though not quite as assertive as De Ranke’s XX Bitter). Made in small batches only on the weekends, they are quickly gaining a reputation as the best specialty beers of Belgium." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Belgian Strong Ale

    Brewery:
    De Ranke

    Rue Du Petit Tourcoing 1a
    Dottignies, B-7711

    http://www.deranke.be/index.html

    The brewery was founded in 1994 by Nino Bacelle under his own name. In the beginning, he had only one ale, the Guldenberg, named after the Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, where beer was brewed in the past. With a history in the beer world (since ...

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    The brewery was founded in 1994 by Nino Bacelle under his own name. In the beginning, he had only one ale, the Guldenberg, named after the Guldenberg Abbey in Wevelgem, where beer was brewed in the past. With a history in the beer world (since 1930 the Bacelle - Noffels family was active in beer commerce and as a lemonade producer), Nino had started experimenting with brewing ale in 1981. After an education as brewer at the CTL in Ghent in the mid eighties, he kept experimenting and in the nineties he thought his time had come (and his ale was good enough) to commercialize his ale. After a decent study of the possibilities to start his own brewery, he decided to start with brewing in a existing brewery. The good thing about this formula is that it’s possible to brew profitable without big investments. The Deca brewery is Woesten was chosen to do this and in the first year 9000 litres of Guldenberg were brewed.

    In the mid-nineties, Nino got to know Guido Devos through the beer taster's association HOP. Guido is a founding member of HOP and had been active as an amateur brewer for years. In 1996, they decide to bundle their powers. Brewery Nino Bacelle became a became a 50/50 partnership and is now called Brewery De Ranke. The name came from the hop ranks and was chosen because Guido and Nino believe that hops are the most important ingredient in their ales.

    Since the merger, five new ales have been created: Père Noël, a Christmas ale; XX Bitter, the most bitter ale in Belgium and the ale that gave the brewery its reputation; Kriek De Ranke, a natural fruit ale; Cuvee De Ranke, an ale of mixed origin with Lambic and the Noir De Dottignies, a dark ale.

    After 11 years of brewing at the Deca brewery, a new brewery was started in Dottignies in the province of Hainaut.  

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  • Van Steenberge Gulden Draak
  • Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

    Style

    Belgian Strong Dark

    Category

    Belgian Strong Dark

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    10.50

    Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

    "

    Did you know the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent?

    The legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on ...

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    Did you know the Gulden Draak (Golden Dragon) owes its name to the gilded statue on top of the Belfry in Ghent?

    The legend says the gilded dragon first featured on the prow of the ship with which the Norwegian king Sigrid Magnusson left on a crusade in 1111. He offered the statue to the emperor of Constantinople (the current Istanbul) to put it on the cupola of the Aya Sophia. Some hundred years later, the Flemish count Baldwin IX had the showpiece transported to our regions. Here, the Norwegian dragon ended up in the hands of Bruges. After the battle on the field of Beverhout in 1382, the inhabitants of Ghent took the dragon as war booty and put it on top of their Belfry. In the Belfry all communal charters were kept. The dragon had to protect these documents and it was also the symbol of the freedom and might of the city.

    Such an imposing symbol that has lasted for over 6 centuries needs an equally imposing beer. Like the dragon shines at the top of the city, the Gulden Draak is part of the international top of beers. It is a dark triple, which in itself makes it an exceptional beer. But it is the complex taste with hints of caramel, roasted malt and coffee in combination with the creamy hazel head that makes it unique. It is a beer that is worthy of its name.

    Like the other special beers of the Brewery Van Steenberge, Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. This also contributes to the unparalleled taste.

    And of course, a unique beer deserves a unique presentation. That’s why Gulden Draak is presented in a white bottle. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers.

    Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate." -Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Belgian Strong Dark

    Brewery:
    Van Steenberge

    Lindenlaan 25
    Ertvelde, B-9940

    http://www.vansteenberge.com/en/

    Like many others of its kind, this brewery originated from a ploughland farm, that was also engaged in brewing beer for its own consumption. The first time this brewery was mentioned on paper was in 1784 under the name of "Brouwerij De Peer." It is ...

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    Like many others of its kind, this brewery originated from a ploughland farm, that was also engaged in brewing beer for its own consumption. The first time this brewery was mentioned on paper was in 1784 under the name of "Brouwerij De Peer." It is very likely however, that there had been a brewery long before that time but that the farmer, John Baptist De Bruin, a native of the village 'St. Kruis Winkel' which is located not too far from the brewery, did not leave any written documents behind until that point in time.

    Gradually, brewing became the farm's main pursuit and eventually all agricultural activities were abandoned between the two World Wars. After John Baptist's death, his widow, Angelina Petronella Schelfout, continued the business. From 1876 on, her nephew Jozef Schelfout gave her a helping hand. The brewery was extended with a malting house and a hops field. Indeed, many inhabitants of Ertvelde, the village where the brewery is located, can remember the two-acres field that belonged to the brewery.

    Jozef Schelfout's daughter, Magaretha, married Paul van Steenberge, who became mayor of Ertvelde and even Senator in the Belgian Parliament. It was Paul, who eventually changed the brewery's name into "Brouwerij Bios," Bios meaning life. The beer in stock was labeled "Bios": it was a mixture of young beer weakened with a two year old brew. This style of beer today is called: old Brown. The brewer named the beer "Vlaamse Bourgogne" (Flemisch Burgundy), a proper name for such fine quality beer.

    In order to comply with changes in common taste, bottom fermentation was introduced. A new brand was born: "Leute Bock", (Leute = Joy) but a commercial name seemed more suitable, and it became SPARTA PILS. The feasibility of this rather expensive switch to lager, depended entirely on the enormous success of the Flemish Burgundy that paid for the investment: better cooling, new lagering tanks in aluminum. On top of that, the old fashioned barrels were to be replaced by glass bottles!

    After WW I, the brewery started the production of lemonade. Mr. Jozef Van Steenberge (son of Paul and brewer till 1990) shepherded his business through the crisis of WW II. A war that unfortunately meant the end of hundreds of Flemish village breweries.

    Due to the prospering of regional beers, the brewery knew a tremendous uplift. In 1978, the brewery was able to get hold of the recipe and yeasts from the Augustiner monks in Gent, who decided to stop brewing and license the beer out to the Van Steenberge brewery. The brew-engineer at that time, Mr. De Vroe, refined the AUGUSTIJN ale, and turned it into the show-piece of de Van Steenberge brewery. Today, this beer and other special artisanal beers like the Piraat, Gulden Draak, Bruegel and Bornem, all of top-fermentation, make the brewery grow continuously.

    In 1990, Mr. Paul Van Steenberge (Joseph's son) took over the mash staff and the brewery. Enormous investments allowed the brewery to follow the technological evolution closely. By the end of 1992, this resulted in the installation of a completely computerized and automated brewery: a real masterpiece. The first in Belgium at that time.

    Where is the brewery today? Last year they produced about 35,000 barrels (50,000 HL) of beer with 31 people. Most of the production is sold in Belgium. The export brings the beer all over the world. The top export market is Italy, followed by Holland and the USA. Then comes France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and other countries.

    The mission of the brewery is to brew an exceptional world class beer product, and to stay independent.

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    23.000 plato

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  • Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain
  • Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    45

    ABV

    8.00

    Odell Brewing Company Hammer Chain

    Hammer Chain was born to reinvent our approach to Double IPAs. Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties and packed with notes of drippy tropical fruit, radiant ...

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    Hammer Chain was born to reinvent our approach to Double IPAs. Named after the spinning blades of our custom-built machine that pulverizes each whole-flower hop, Hammer Chain is brewed with meticulously sourced, vibrant American hop varieties and packed with notes of drippy tropical fruit, radiant peach, and sweet stonefruit.

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    Style:
    Imperial IPA

    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

    Aroma/Taste
    The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
    The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
    Ingredients
    The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
    Examples
    A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

    History 
    The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
    The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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    Brewery:
    Odell Brewing Company

    800 East Lincoln Avenue
    Fort Collins, CO 80524

    http://odellbrewing.com/

    Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create ...

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    Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews.

    In 2009, having outgrown every inch and aspect of their previous brewery, Odell doubled its plant size to 45,000 square feet and its beer sold to 45,000 barrels—one barrel per square foot! 

    As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally. 

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  • AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout
  • AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    70

    ABV

    12.00

    AleSmith Brewing Company Hawaiian Speedway Stout

    This variation features coconut added multiple times during the brewing process, Madagascar vanilla beans, and a rare, locally roasted Kona coffee. This beer balances the intense rich, fruity flavors of the vanilla and coconut with the roast of the coffee and the chocolate and caramel ...

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    This variation features coconut added multiple times during the brewing process, Madagascar vanilla beans, and a rare, locally roasted Kona coffee. This beer balances the intense rich, fruity flavors of the vanilla and coconut with the roast of the coffee and the chocolate and caramel flavors of our Imperial Stout.

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    AleSmith Brewing Company

    9990 AleSmith Court
    San Diego, CA 92126

    http://alesmith.com/

    Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In ...

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    Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In 2015, AleSmith celebrated its 20th year in production by opening a new state-of-the-art brewery in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street). “AleSmith 2.0″ features an entirely new tasting room and brew system with the capability to pump out more than 100,000 barrels/year only two blocks west of the original location. Please come visit us and taste the legendary craftsmanship for yourself.

    1995: Humble Beginnings
    AleSmith Brewing Company is founded in a small single-unit space in the commercial district of Miramar, San Diego and packed with a 15 bbl brew system, tasting bar, office, and a three-man team.

    1998: Horny Devil Starts a Trend
    AleSmith’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with Coriander wins over the crowd at Great American Beer Festival and brings home a shiny silver souvenir, paving the way for 17 more upcoming medals in future GABF Competitions alone.

    2002: Change of Hands
    Grand Master Judge and decorated home brewer Peter Zien takes ownership, solidifying AleSmith’s reputation for brewing legendary, hand-forged ales.

    2003: The Barrel Age
    AleSmith rocks the world’s beer community with its first release from the barrel, the epic Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. This 12% ABV beast hibernates in bourbon barrels and has been consistently recognized as one of the best beers in the world.

    2008: The Big Year
    AleSmith is awarded 2008 Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at Great American Beer Festival. New brew system increases brewing capacity from 15bbl to 30bbl.

    2012: New Image, New Bottler, Same Recipe
    Updated logo and bottle art visually defines the AleSmith brand. Premium Prospero bottler is installed to increase efficiency, quality, and reach a new output level of 15,000 bbls/year.

    2014: Artisanal Expansion
    Rated #1 Best Brewery in the World and Rated #1 Brewery in California based on consumer reviews at RateBeer.com. AleSmith now includes over 30 dedicated team members, multiple departments, five spacious units, and an impressive line-up of award winning brews.

    2015: Forging Ahead
    AleSmith closes its original location off of Cabot Drive and expands into a 100,000 sq.ft. facility, increases production, and launches new markets on a global scale. AleSmith’s new state-of-the-art brewery, located at 9990 AleSmith Court (only two blocks west of the original facility), showcases a custom Steinecker 80 bbl brew system, San Diego’s largest tasting room, and soon-to-be Tony Gwynn Museum.

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  • Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen
  • Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen

    Style

    Hefeweizen

    Category

    Hefeweizen

    IBU

    12

    ABV

    5.20

    Live Oak Brewing Company Hefeweizen

    "Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces ...

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    "Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Hefeweizen

    The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably) the ...

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    The name of the style itself can frequently help decipher what the beer should taste like. Weisen or Weizen are German words that literally mean “wheat.” According to the German beer purity law, the names Hefeweizen, Wezenbier or Wessbier (the names are used interchangeably) the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat. Weissbier is German for “white beer.” Weissbiers were much paler than the dark beers that were so popular in Bavaria in earlier times, so the word “white” is used relatively. By today’s standards, Weissbier is more golden due to the development of light beers like Pilsner and Helles.

    The terms Hefe Weissbier or Hefe Weizen refer to any Weissbier that has yeast (Hefe) in it (i.e., a bottle-conditioned Weissbier). Outside Bavaria, most wheat beers are called Hefeweizen regardless of the yeast content or flavor profile. This practice is becoming less frequent as the American beer drinker becomes more savvy. We use the name Hefeweizen to describe a very specific German style of top fermenting wheat beer.

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Hefeweizen is pale straw to very dark gold in color. A good amount of haziness should be expected and is appropriate. A very thick, mousse-like, long lasing white head is characteristic.

    Aroma/Flavor
    The aroma has moderate to strong phenols and fruity esters. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A light to moderate wheat aroma may be present. Acceptable aromatics can include a light, citrusy tartness, a light to moderate vanilla character and a low bubblegum and banana aroma.

    The flavor is a low to moderately strong banana and clove flavor. The balance and intensity of the phenol and ester components can vary.  A very light to moderate vanilla character or low bubblegum notes can accentuate the banana flavor. The soft, bready or grainy flavor of wheat is complementary. Hop flavor is low to none. A tart, citrusy character from yeast and high carbonation is often present. Well rounded with dry finish.

    The mouthfeel is medium-light to medium body.  The texture of wheat imparts the sensation of a fluffy, creamy fullness that may progress to a light, spritzy finish aided by high carbonation. Overall, a pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based ale should be expected

    Ingredients 
    According to the German beer purity law, the beer must be at least 50 percent wheat.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    At Hay Merchant we serve this style in a 20oz German Pilsner glass from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

    Stats 
    Beers of this style are most often 4.3% - 5.6% ABV and 8-15 IBU. 

    Examples 
    Beers like Live Oak Hefeweizen, and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier are great examples of the style. 

    History 
    By the end of the middle ages in Germany, both barley and wheat were being used to make a top-fermented beer. The first true Weissbiers were made toward the end of the 15th century. In 1602, Duke Maximilian I placed a ban on public Weissbier brewing, and the Bavarian House of Dukes became the only body with the legal authority to brew Weissbiers. The profits from Prince Maximilian’s Weiss brewing helped fund the Thirty Years War.

    As the popularity of Weissbier waned, the German House of Dukes begin to outsource the reasonability to brew to the private sector around the early part of the 1800s but still maintained control.

    But the move to private brewing would not be enough to save Weissbier from extinction.  In 1855, Georg Schneider bought Wesses Brauhaus in Munich. In 1872, he worked a deal that ended the 250 year reign of royal brewing and allowed him to operate under his own terms. Even still, it wasn’t until the end of World War II that Weissbier regained its place as the No. 1 beer in Germany. Weissbier accounts for around 22 percent of the German market. It’s is the No. 1 selling micro-brewed style in Australia and can be found in the lineup of many American microbreweries.

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    Brewery:
    Live Oak Brewing Company

    3301 E 5th St
    Austin, TX 78702

    http://liveoakbrewing.com/

    The Live Oak Brewing Company, located in Austin, Texas since 1997, is a locally owned and operated brewery. Founder Chip McElroy can still be seen at the brewery almost every day.

    Live Oak is best known for their traditional German style lagers. They also produce ...

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    The Live Oak Brewing Company, located in Austin, Texas since 1997, is a locally owned and operated brewery. Founder Chip McElroy can still be seen at the brewery almost every day.

    Live Oak is best known for their traditional German style lagers. They also produce a very good year-round IPA (often available on cask at Hay Merchant), as well as an amazing English Barley Wine. The brewery produces four year-round beers as well as four seasonal (or special release) beers. Live Oak beers are only available on draft.

    While Live Oak uses industry standard step mashing for most of their beers, they use a more difficult and rarely used old-world style of mashing known as decoction mashing for a few of their beers, most notably the Live Oak Pilz and the Oaktoberfest. Live Oak uses large dairy tanks as fermenting vessels instead of the more traditional cylindroconical fermenters.

    The brewery is currently run out of an old industrial building in Southeast Austin. Recently, the company purchased 20 acres of undeveloped land on the Colorado river just north of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on which to build a new brewery, estimated to take "a couple of years” to complete. When this expansion is completed, it is expected that they will add a bottling line.

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    Glassware

    Pilsner

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    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    12.900 plato

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  • Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus
  • Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    9.70

    Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus

    Sour with Flavors of Cherries and Notes of Bourbon, Oak, and Vanilla 

    Sour with Flavors of Cherries and Notes of Bourbon, Oak, and Vanilla 

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

    Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

    These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

    It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

    In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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    12oz

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  • Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo
  • Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo

    Style

    Fruited Sour

    Category

    Fruited Sour

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.00

    Sigma Brewing Company Intermezzo

    Sour ale with Passion Fruit and Raspberry

    Sour ale with Passion Fruit and Raspberry

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    Style:
    Fruited Sour

    Brewery:
    Sigma Brewing Company

    3118 Harrisburg unit 108
    Houston, TX 77003

    http://www.sigmabrewingcompany.com/

    The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it ...

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    The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it was a good fit. Sigma, to us, means that brewing is the summation of our lives, and sharing it with others is what has made us whole.

    At Sigma, we are just regular dudes that have all lead different lives, and over the years the one thing that always kept us connected was our passion and love for beer and home brewing. As we started brewing not-so- shitty beer at home, we started to wonder if one day we could make beer our jobs and not just our favorite pastime. From there, “The Brewery,” as it became known, was something that we all fantasized about.

    About 7 years ago, we decided to stop fantasizing. We took a hard look at ourselves and knew that we didn’t have what it took to start and run a brewery, so we rubbed our hands together and got to work. We did our research, we (drank) did our homework, and we convinced not only ourselves, but others, that we (sort of) knew what we were doing, and if nothing else our passion and drive could make "The Brewery" a reality. We will be the first to admit we don't know everything, but we are sure as hell going to enjoy learning from the process.

    So come hang out with us and tell us if you think our beer sucks or not, cause either way, we are going to love what we do and we can't wait to share that with you.

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  • Founders Brewing Company KBS
  • Founders Brewing Company KBS

    Style

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

    Category

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

    IBU

    70

    ABV

    11.20

    Founders Brewing Company KBS

    "What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with ...

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    "What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

    Brewery:
    Founders Brewing Company

    235 Grandville Ave. SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    http://foundersbrewing.com/

    Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought ...

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    Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets.

    After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, they were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor.

    The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

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  • Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch
  • Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

    Style

    Kolsch

    Category

    Kolsch

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.80

    Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

    "These days Reissdorf Kolsch has almost reached a "cult status" with beer connoisseurs around the world looking at it as a "well preserved secret". Top fermentation lasts for about eight days with another four weeks of cold conditioning following. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is designed to be ...

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    "These days Reissdorf Kolsch has almost reached a "cult status" with beer connoisseurs around the world looking at it as a "well preserved secret". Top fermentation lasts for about eight days with another four weeks of cold conditioning following. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is designed to be pale of color, soft on the palate, restrained on fruitiness, with a delicate dryness in the finish. "Reissdorf Kolsch" is a "session style" beer served in its typical 7 oz. glass in the wee-hours after work.

    Another tradition unique to this beer style is its method of serving. Small wooden casks brought up to the pub via dumb waiter and placed on the bar counter are gravity -dispensed into narrow, cylindrical glasses (20 cl) called " Stangen" to expedite the pouring of the beer as well as to reduce the waiting time for impatient guests." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Kolsch

    Kolsch
    Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold ...

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    Kolsch
    Kolsch is a young style in the beer world, recognized only for the last 100 years or so. It’s a crisp, clean, delicately balanced beer with very subtle fruit flavors and aromas.

    Appearance 
    The appearance of Kolsch is very pale or light gold. Authentic versions are filtered to a brilliant clarity.

    Aroma/Flavor
    Kolsch has a pleasant, subtle fruit aroma from fermentation.  Sometimes there is a light sulfur character from the yeast. The lower fermention temperature forces the yeast to strugle and thus produce slightly sulfur off flavors. 

    The style has a delicate flavor and a low to medium bitterness with a dryness and slight pucker in the finish, but no harsh dryness.  It is smooth and crisp in the mouth with a light to medium body.  It’s generally well attenuated, but not dry. It’s more malty than a Helles and less bitter than a Pilsner. 

    Ingredients 
    Kolsch is made with German noble hops and German Pils or pale malt. Traditionally, this style uses a step mash program—fermented at cool temperatures and lagered for at least a month. Kolsch yeast is top fermenting. It’s a hybrid because it uses an ale yeast but is lagered for as long as 10 weeks. 

    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    Kolsch is classically served in a small 200mL straight-sided glass, but at Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our lager cooler at 35°-37° F.

    Stats
    Beers of this style are most often 4.4%-5.2% ABV and 20-30 IBU. 

    Example
    Great examples of this style are Sunner Kolsch and Saint Arnold’s Lawnmower. 

    History 

    Kolsch, recognized as a style only for the last 100 years, is the only beer with its own protected appellation and is restricted to the 20 or so producing breweries in and around Cologne.  Only 11 of these breweries make a Kolsch, and about 2.6 million barrels are produced a year in Cologne. Kolsch is also the name for the German spoken dialect in Cologne, which is most likely the origin of its name. 

    Kolsch is a unique example of cooperation in brewing. The city of Cologne decided that instead of allowing the cities breweries compete against each other by brewing different styles they would all brew the same thing and compete against other cities and other regions.

    Many American craft breweries make a Kolsch style because it’s a good gateway away from bland macro beers.
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    Brewery:
    Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf

    Emil-Hoffmann-Straße 4-10
    Köln, 50996

    https://www.reissdorf.de/

    Founded on October 4, 1894 by Heinrich Reissdorf and his wife Gertrud in the city of Cologne (Köln), the Reissdorf brewery has established itself as the pre-eminent brewery of the classic Kölsch.

    During the period of "promoterism" at the end of the 19th ...

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    Founded on October 4, 1894 by Heinrich Reissdorf and his wife Gertrud in the city of Cologne (Köln), the Reissdorf brewery has established itself as the pre-eminent brewery of the classic Kölsch.

    During the period of "promoterism" at the end of the 19th century, the breweries in Cologne sprang up like mushrooms. In this era, the Privat-brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf was founded. Its founder, Heinrich Reissdorf, derived from an old-established farmer family who were based in Zieverich as farriers and coach builders. A few years later, in 1905, the name Kölsch was established for the top-fermented Cologne beer-speciality. After Heinrich's death in 1901, Gertrud Reissdorf managed the brewery until 1908. The continuance of the company had never been in danger, though, since the Reissdorf couple had five sons: Johann Hubert, Heinrich, Hermann, Friedrich and Carl Reissdorf.

    When the product range was diversified to further other styles of beer, the top-fermenting brewery was renamed to Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf in 1923. Friedrich's two sons Hermann-Josef and Karl-Heinz led the company through economically difficult times after World War II, when 90 percent of the brewery was destroyed. Today, the business is continued in the fourth generation.

    Due to a prosperous development of the Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf, a new site for the brewery had to be found within the boundaries of the city of Cologne; therefore, the company purchased premises in an industrial park in Cologne-Rodenkirchen. With the new production facility, a brewery with most modern brewing technology was built, which meets the highest quality criteria.

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

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  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont
  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

    Style

    Belgian Style Pale Ale

    Category

    Belgian Style Pale Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.60

    Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

    "Kwaremont blond is just like the killer climb of the Oude Kwaremont in the Flemish Ardennes: fiery and packed with character. This full malt beer delivers that jolt of liquid sugar you crave after pedalling your heart out." Commercial Description

    "Kwaremont blond is just like the killer climb of the Oude Kwaremont in the Flemish Ardennes: fiery and packed with character. This full malt beer delivers that jolt of liquid sugar you crave after pedalling your heart out." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Belgian Style Pale Ale

    Brewery:
    Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik)

    Rijksweg(B) 33
    Bavikhove, 8531

    http://www.brouwerijdebrabandere.be/home-en

    The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other ...

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    The Brabandere Brewery (Brouwerij De Brabandere) was founded in 1894 and opened in 1895 by Adolphe De Brabandere in Bavikhove. In 1909, Joseph Brabandere took the brewery over and renamed it The Brewery of Saint Anthony and also expanded its production capacity. In 1950, other family members took control of the brewery, changed the name back to Brabandere Brewery and began to open a large number of cafés and pubs. Bradandere expanded its own market base by making the brewery the sole supplier of product to those cafés.

    In 1990, the family split the operations of the cafés and the brewery. The brewery was renamed again, this time taking inspiration from the town that had been home to the brewery for almost 100 years—Bavik. Over the next decade, the brewery made some large investments into the brewery itself, modernizing the brewery and expanding capacity, making it one of the largest family-owned breweries in Belgium.

    In 2013, the fifth generation of the Brabandere family took over. The decision was made to once again use the family name, and thus the Brabandere Brewery was revived.

    In Belgium, beers are traditionally known by their stand alone brand names and not by the brewery name. Brabandere brews  three main brands: Bavik, Wittekerke and Petrus. Bavik is best known for the Pilsner, a light, refreshing, slightly hopped bohemian rendition of the style. Wittekerke is the brand used to sell wheat beers. Petrus is the moniker that adorns the “special” beers—usually higher in alcohol or anything different from the core brand of that particular brewery, not always referring to the same style of beer. The most notable beer from the Petrus line is the Aged Pale: 100 percent pale malts, dry hopped and aged for at least 18 months in large wooden fermenters. This beer is light in body but aggressively sour in taste—a Hay Merchant favorite.

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    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

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  • BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien
  • BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.00

    BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes) L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien

    "Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L ...

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    "Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors" Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes)

    Ch. des Buissons 8
    Saignelégier, CH-2350

    http://www.brasseriebfm.ch/en/

    Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges ...

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    Jérôme Rebetez concocted the first batches of beer in his parents’ kitchen. Enthusiastic about his results, he decided to present some of his creations at the “Swiss Homebrewing Trophy” contest. Apparently, he wasn’t the only one who enjoyed his brews; the judges at the contest awarded Jérôme the first place.

    At 23, with a bachelor in enology, Jérôme Rebetez aspired to open up a brewery in his home region of Franches Montagnes. Full of passion but without any cash, Jérôme Rebetez decided to create beers with atypical character. He won the televised competition "Le rêve de vos 20 ans," which allowed him to establish La Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes in Saignelégier, Jura, with the obtained cash. With its spirited image, BFM was positioned as a pioneer in Swiss artisan brewing, crafting finesse beers that are complex with a great corps.

    Jérôme Rebetez uses ingredients chosen to guarantee the highest quality. They are always original and sometimes tricky to mix like Sarawak pepper, sage or other spices. He built a reputation for crafting rich beers with complex bouquets, remarkable tastes and long finishes. 

    L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a BFM specialty that matures in oak barrels for 12 months, was mentioned in The New York Times as the one of the best barley wines in the world.

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    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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  • Brooklyn Brewery Lager
  • Brooklyn Brewery Lager

    Style

    Vienna Lager (Amber Lager)

    Category

    Vienna Lager (Amber Lager)

    IBU

    33

    ABV

    5.20

    Brooklyn Brewery Lager

    "In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt ...

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    "In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Vienna Lager (Amber Lager)

    Vienna Lager is a classic German lager. It was very common in the years after its first release in 1840, but it has become somewhat rare.

    Appearance 
    The lager should be light reddish amber to copper color with bright clarity and a large off-white, persistent ...

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    Vienna Lager is a classic German lager. It was very common in the years after its first release in 1840, but it has become somewhat rare.

    Appearance 
    The lager should be light reddish amber to copper color with bright clarity and a large off-white, persistent head.

    Aroma/Flavor
    The beer should have a moderately rich German malt aroma (of Vienna and/or Munich malt). It has clean lager character, with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Noble hop aroma may be low to none.

    On the palate, soft, elegant malt complexity is in the forefront, with a firm enough hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish. There is toasted character from the use of Vienna malt, but no roasted or caramel flavor. The finish is fairly dry, with both malt and hop bitterness present in the aftertaste.

    Ingredients 
    As with Oktoberfests, only the finest quality malt should be used, along with Continental hops (preferably Noble varieties). It’s made with moderately hard, carbonate-rich water. Some caramel malts and/or darker malts may be used to add color and sweetness, but caramel malts shouldn’t add significant aroma and flavor and dark malts shouldn’t provide any roasted character. 

    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    At Hay Merchant, this style of beer is served in an 16oz American Pint. We store and serve the beer from our lager cooler at 35° F.

    Stats
    Vienna ranges in the high 20s (IBU). Vienna Lagers are also lightly darker then the similar Märzen (11-14 SRM compared to 9-13 SRM, but noticeable lighter then than dark lagers of the time (40 SRM). 

    History 
    Vienna lagers and Märzen are very closely related. Both beers were brought to the market in 1841, one year before Pilsner made it appearance. The two brewers that invented the styles (Vienna lagers and Märzen) were close friends and helped each other develop the two different styles. Vienna Lager was developed by Anton Dreher. who owned the Schwechat Brewery near Vienna. Märzen was developed by Gabriel Sedlmayr.

    Prior to the development of Vienna lagers, Märzen and Pilsner in the early 1840s all German lagers were a shade of dark brown, due to the malts brewers were using. Prior to 1840, all German malts were dried using a direct fire method. This technique used open flame to heat the stone floor of the malt kiln. The resulting malts were unevenly roasted. Some kernels were very dark, while others were light. Some kernels were very dry, and others still had fairly high moisture content.

    In the early 1800s, the British developed a way to dry malts using an indirect method. By using heated air instead of direct flame, the malt could be completely dried without burning or even darkening. The result was pale malt. The British used pale malt to start brewing beers like Pale Ale.

    In 1833, Dreher and Sedlmayr went on a fact-finding mission to the United Kingdom. Some people would call the trip an exercise in industrial espionage; others would call it smart business. Call it what you may, but upon their return to their respective breweries, they quickly adopted the British method of malt drying.

    Using these new methods, Dreher released a completely new beer: Vienna Lager, which had medium body and full malty flavor (typical Central Eurpean).  Vienna finishes much dryer then Märzen with a higher level of bitterness up front. 

    The unique blend of British influence and German flavor led to the invention of a new beer style and a new type of malt. While Vienna Lager is rare today, Vienna malt is still widely used.

    Strangely enough, Vienna Lagers are most commonly found in Mexico. This might have to do with the very brief period from 1864-1867 that Archduke Ferdinand Maximillian Joseph ruled Mexico as Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico. Unfortunately, high quality examples of this style no longer exist even in Mexico due to the industrial scaled production methods employed. 

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    Brewery:
    Brooklyn Brewery

    79 N 11th St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11249

    http://brooklynbrewery.com/

    In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by ...

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    In 1984, Steve Hindy ended a five and a half-year tour as the Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press where he covered wars and assassinations in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Sudan. On his last night in Beirut, his hotel was hit by a mortar barrage. Steve picked up a still-warm piece of shrapnel as a memento, packed up his family and returned to New York City. During his years in the Middle East, Steve befriended diplomats based in Saudi Arabia, where Islamic law prohibits alcoholic beverages. The envoys were avid homebrewers and happily plied Steve with their flavorful beers. Returning to live in Brooklyn and editing foreign news for Newsday, Steve started brewing at home. Eventually, he enlisted his downstairs neighbor, banker Tom Potter, and they set out to establish the Brooklyn Brewery. Steve placed that shrapnel on his desk as a reminder of his days in the Middle East, where it still sits today.

    Steve and Tom commissioned fourth-generation brewmaster William M. Moeller, a former head brewer at Philadelphia’s Schmidt Brewery, to brew Brooklyn Lager at the FX Matt Brewery in Utica, New York. Moeller pored over the brewing logs of a grandfather of his who had brewed in Brooklyn at the turn of the last century to develop a recipe for Brooklyn Lager. The result was an all-malt lager beer with a tangy aroma created by “dry-hopping,” an age-old technique of adding hops during the maturation process to create a robust aroma. Brooklyn Lager made quite a splash in the 1980s beer scene in New York City, dominated by the light, rice and corn lagers sold by Budweiser, Miller and Coors.

    In 1988, Steve and Tom delivered their first cases of beer, and flickerings of brewed glory began to appear in Brooklyn once again. Word started to spread that the two men could be found at bars and restaurants pouring this (relatively) shocking concoction that was darker than Heineken and smelled strongly of hops, of all things.

    In 1994, Garrett Oliver was brought on board as brewmaster to helm the brewing program and work on establishing the brand new Williamsburg brewhouse. Garrett began homebrewing in the 1980s after living in England for a time, where he discovered cask-fermented real ale in between gigs managing rock bands. Garrett’s talents and personal flair led to his tenure as President of the New York City Homebrewer’s Guild, where he met Steve Hindy. Whether or not Garrett was wearing a cape (a matter of mild contention between the two men to this day), this meeting included Garrett describing the recipe that would become Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Not long after, Garrett left his post as brewmaster of Manhattan Brewing to cross the East River and join Brooklyn Brewery. On May 28, 1996, Mayor Rudy Giuliani cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse, Tasting Room and offices in Brooklyn.

    Garrett went on to develop recipes from Black Chocolate Stout to East IPA, seasonal favorites to limited run Brewmaster’s Reserve releases. His beers and his books - including The Good Beer Book, The Brewmaster’s Table and The Oxford Companion to Beer - have won many international awards, including the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. To this day Garrett serves as brewmaster as well as juggling a demanding international travel schedule to teach and learn new brewing techniques.

    2003 was a year of big changes for Brooklyn Brewery. Years of growth made the brewery large enough to be taken seriously by big distributors, so the distribution arm of Brooklyn Brewery was sold off. Tom, who had been heavily involved in the distribution division for the previous fifteen years, decided the time was right for him to retire and sold his shares to the Ottaway family. (Not long after, Tom grew bored with retirement and filled his time by founding the New York Distilling Company not far from the Brooklyn Brewery.) The Ottaways were longtime friends and early investors, spreading from David Ottaway’s days in the Middle East as a Washington Post reporter alongside Steve Hindy.

    David Ottaway’s two sons, Eric and Robin, had run the Brooklyn Brewery’s Massachusetts distribution company before it was sold in 2002. In 2014, Steve announced that the Ottaway brothers were assuming official leadership roles in the brewery, with Eric serving as CEO and Robin as President. All three continue to be highly involved in daily life at the brewery, which continues to be independently owned to this day.

    Today, the Brooklyn Brewery is continuing to thrive, spreading good beer around the world. Bars and restaurants from Texas to Sweden to Australia proudly pour Brooklyn beer and display its iconic logo in great cities and far-flung reaches. Here in Brooklyn, Garrett and his team push the boundaries of brewing with an expanded barrel aging program housed in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard down the road from the brewery and an extensive roster of experimental batches tucked away for study (and tasting.) 

    The brewery is also currently planning an expansion site to boost production and send even more beer to old and new markets worldwide. 

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    9 - 11 / Pale Amber

    Original Gravity

    13.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Cascade +

    Flavor: Intense citrus, grapefruit and piney notes.

    Aroma: Spicy flowers and some grass.

    Alpha Acids: 4.5 - 7%                      

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%                         

    Dual Purpose 

    Hallertau Mittelfruh-German +

    Flavor: Slightly spicy but clean bitterness

    Aroma: Mild and spicy with floral tones

    Alpha Acids: 3 - 5.5%                                  

    Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

    Aroma 

    Vanguard +

    Flavor: Fine bittering with floral and slightly piney notes.

    Aroma: Very subtle spice and floral tones. Earthy and herbal as well.

    Alpha Acids: 5 - 6%                         

    Beta Acids: 5 - 7%                

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    80

    ABV

    7.00

    Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Legalize

    Legalize Hemp IPA is packed full of dank hops. Fresh, green hop flavor all the way through and elevated by hemp seed flour. The hemp cuts through the bitterness with earthy nutty undertones

    Legalize Hemp IPA is packed full of dank hops. Fresh, green hop flavor all the way through and elevated by hemp seed flour. The hemp cuts through the bitterness with earthy nutty undertones

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
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    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
    Ingredients
    IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

    History 
    The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
    Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
    It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
    American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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    Brewery:
    Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

    5301 Nolda Street
    Houston, TX 77007

    http://www.buffbrew.com/

    Buffalo Bayou Brewery was founded in 2012 in Houston by Rassul Zarinfar, a Harvard MBA with experience in beer distribution, and brewer Ryan Robertson. The brewery honors the Houston community by incorporating local ingredients from farms and nearby vendors.

    Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines ...

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    Buffalo Bayou Brewery was founded in 2012 in Houston by Rassul Zarinfar, a Harvard MBA with experience in beer distribution, and brewer Ryan Robertson. The brewery honors the Houston community by incorporating local ingredients from farms and nearby vendors.

    Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines classical brewing techniques and rich Houston flavors, inspired by the history of Houston. Traditional recipes are transformed and redefined as vintage flavors are combined in new ways. The flagship beer of the Heritage Series is 1836, described as a "copper ale," named after Houston's founding year.  The beer is a combination of sweet and toasty Victory malts and earthy, woody, floral American hops. 

    Single batch and anti-session, the Secessionist Series of beers are tributes to the revolutionary acts of sedition of Houston's mutineers. The ambitious and boundary-pushing ingredients are inspired by the city's most challenging conditions. 

    The brewery is located in central Houston in the Heights neighborhood and offers brewery tours on Saturdays. 

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus
  • Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.40

    Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus

    50% ale aged in Tequila barrels and 50% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels 

    50% ale aged in Tequila barrels and 50% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels 

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the ...

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    In 1993, the craft world was a very different place. Styles like Double IPA that now rule the market weren’t even invented yet, and most craft brewers were fighting to simply not be put on the import list. That year, Adam Avery incorporated the Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado and still acts as president and head brewer. 

    Like many of its older craft brew brethren, Avery started out very small. When it opened, the brewery utilized only a seven-barrel tank to ferment, leading to a very low volume of production. In the years since, the brewery has expanded significantly to encompass the entire block of warehouses where it’s located. Even after 21 years, Avery is still a relatively small operation with a limited national footprint.  We’re lucky Avery has been in the Texas market for many years.

    These days, Avery is best known for big, extreme beers, but that hasn’t always been the case. The original line-up consisted of an Amber Ale, a Brown and a Dry Stout. It wasn’t until 1995 that Avery released Avery IPA. In 1999, Avery released Hog Heaven, a beer that they still call American Barley Wine to this day, but in reality, Hog Heaven was one of the first Double IPAs in the world.

    It was around this time (late 1999 -2003) that Avery’s beer lineup became the heavy hitting powerhouse that it is today.  Reverend the Belgian Quad launched in 2000, Salvation the Belgium Golden in 2002, and in 2003, Czar the Russian Imperial Stout ascended to the throne and is one of Hay Merchant’s favorite Avery beers. Avery’s first experiments with barrel aging began in 2004, along with the release of the Maharaja, a 120 IBU 10.5% monster of an Imperial IPA.

    In recent years, Avery has become known for its sour barrel-aged beers. The first beer in the series, Barbant, was released and was limited to 694 cases. It was an ale pitched with Brett and aged for 9 months in Zinfandel barrels. Anvil Bar and Refuge (Hay Merchant’s sister cocktail bar) was one of the only bars in Texas to get a case of this very rare beer.  Over the last few years, Avery has released a few of these beers a year, and each one is different.

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    Glassware

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss
  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    70

    ABV

    6.80

    Eureka Heights Brewing Company Mini Boss

    Double dry hopped IPA With lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Citra and Mosaic hops were used.

    Double dry hopped IPA With lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Citra and Mosaic hops were used.

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
    read more
    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
    Ingredients
    IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

    History 
    The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
    Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
    It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
    American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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    Brewery:
    Eureka Heights Brewing Company

    941 W 18TH ST
    Houston, Texas 77008

    http://www.eurekaheights.com/

    New brewery in the Heights

    New brewery in the Heights

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Citra +

    Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

    Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Aroma

    Mosaic +

    Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

    Aroma: Complex tropical flavors with some citrus and berry notes.

    Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

  • New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca

    Style

    Fruited Ale

    Category

    Fruited Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.00

    New Belgium Brewing Company Mural Agua Fresca

    Produced in partnership with Primus Cerveceria, a leading Mexican craft brewery based in Mexico City founded by three cousins, Rodolfo, Jaime, and Rebeca. Mural is our joint homage to the classic agua fresca that also pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be. 

    In ...

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    Produced in partnership with Primus Cerveceria, a leading Mexican craft brewery based in Mexico City founded by three cousins, Rodolfo, Jaime, and Rebeca. Mural is our joint homage to the classic agua fresca that also pushes the boundaries of what a beer can be. 

    In Mexico, the agua fresca is everywhere.  They're usually found in street food markets and feature a blend of seasonal fruits. Our cerveza takes inspiration from agua frescas and features hibiscus, agave, watermelon, and lime for a fresh, vibrant sip.  

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    Style:
    Fruited Ale

    Brewery:
    New Belgium Brewing Company

    500 Linden Street
    Fort Collins, CO 80524

    http://www.newbelgium.com/

    New Belgium founder Jeff Lebesch was inspired to start his own brewery during a mountain biking trip to Belgium in 1989. 1989.  He returned home to Fort Collins, Colorado and began brewing beer in his basement--a brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a ...

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    New Belgium founder Jeff Lebesch was inspired to start his own brewery during a mountain biking trip to Belgium in 1989. 1989.  He returned home to Fort Collins, Colorado and began brewing beer in his basement--a brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a well-balanced amber called Fat Tire. 

    Jeff’s Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and his wife Kim (now New Belgium's CEO) took their basement brewery commercial in 1991. Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor's door. Artist Anne Fitch was that neighbor, whose watercolors came to help craft the New Belgium brand for 23 years, including the original Fat Tire label. 

    Bringing on Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster previously working at Rodenbach, in 1996 helped influence their love of sour beers. Moving forward, Peter would take the brewing reins as Jeff began pursuing other interests. In 2009, Jeff moved on completely and New Belgium continues to flourish with Kim, Peter and a team of dedicated employee-owners at the helm. 

    New Belgium is expanding to Asheville, North Carolina, and is in the midst of construction on a 133,000-square-foot brewery, scheduled to start brewing beer by the end of 2015. 

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso
  • AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.50

    AleSmith Brewing Company Muy Sabroso

    The second release in our Hopwright series draws its bright, tropical flavors from Sabro, a new hop varietal bred in part from wild grown hops in the American Southwest. Notes of coconut, lime, tangerine, and citrus will have you reaching for more of this smooth ...

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    The second release in our Hopwright series draws its bright, tropical flavors from Sabro, a new hop varietal bred in part from wild grown hops in the American Southwest. Notes of coconut, lime, tangerine, and citrus will have you reaching for more of this smooth cerveza.

     

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
    read more
    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor reflects an American hop character with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney or fruity aspects. There is medium high to very high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone supports the strong hop character and provides the best balance. Malt flavor is generally clean and malty sweet, although some caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Bitterness may linger into the aftertaste, and there is a medium dry to dry finish. American Ale yeast will help with a dry yet fruity finish. The mouthfeel is smooth—medium light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderate to medium high carbonation combines to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
    Ingredients
    IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American Hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature to help with high yeast attenuation.

    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5.5%-7% and an average IBU range of 40-70.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, (512) IPA, Live Oak Liberation and Real Ale Lost Gold. 

    History 
    The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
    Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
    It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
    American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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    Brewery:
    AleSmith Brewing Company

    9990 AleSmith Court
    San Diego, CA 92126

    http://alesmith.com/

    Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In ...

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    Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. Deeply rooted in the amateur and craft brewing communities, AleSmith ales have continued to garner both national and international awards. In 2015, AleSmith celebrated its 20th year in production by opening a new state-of-the-art brewery in Miramar at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street). “AleSmith 2.0″ features an entirely new tasting room and brew system with the capability to pump out more than 100,000 barrels/year only two blocks west of the original location. Please come visit us and taste the legendary craftsmanship for yourself.

    1995: Humble Beginnings
    AleSmith Brewing Company is founded in a small single-unit space in the commercial district of Miramar, San Diego and packed with a 15 bbl brew system, tasting bar, office, and a three-man team.

    1998: Horny Devil Starts a Trend
    AleSmith’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with Coriander wins over the crowd at Great American Beer Festival and brings home a shiny silver souvenir, paving the way for 17 more upcoming medals in future GABF Competitions alone.

    2002: Change of Hands
    Grand Master Judge and decorated home brewer Peter Zien takes ownership, solidifying AleSmith’s reputation for brewing legendary, hand-forged ales.

    2003: The Barrel Age
    AleSmith rocks the world’s beer community with its first release from the barrel, the epic Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. This 12% ABV beast hibernates in bourbon barrels and has been consistently recognized as one of the best beers in the world.

    2008: The Big Year
    AleSmith is awarded 2008 Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at Great American Beer Festival. New brew system increases brewing capacity from 15bbl to 30bbl.

    2012: New Image, New Bottler, Same Recipe
    Updated logo and bottle art visually defines the AleSmith brand. Premium Prospero bottler is installed to increase efficiency, quality, and reach a new output level of 15,000 bbls/year.

    2014: Artisanal Expansion
    Rated #1 Best Brewery in the World and Rated #1 Brewery in California based on consumer reviews at RateBeer.com. AleSmith now includes over 30 dedicated team members, multiple departments, five spacious units, and an impressive line-up of award winning brews.

    2015: Forging Ahead
    AleSmith closes its original location off of Cabot Drive and expands into a 100,000 sq.ft. facility, increases production, and launches new markets on a global scale. AleSmith’s new state-of-the-art brewery, located at 9990 AleSmith Court (only two blocks west of the original facility), showcases a custom Steinecker 80 bbl brew system, San Diego’s largest tasting room, and soon-to-be Tony Gwynn Museum.

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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett
  • Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    83

    ABV

    9.20

    Sigma Brewing Company Nagelbett

    Mosaic, citra, and Amarillo double IPA

    Mosaic, citra, and Amarillo double IPA

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    Style:
    Imperial IPA

    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA ...
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    Imperial IPA
    The style is a recent American innovation reflecting the trend of American craft breweries to satisfy their customer’s appetite for more and more hops in their beer. The adjective “Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an American IPA. “Double," “extra," “extreme” or any other modifier can also be used.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The appearance ranges from golden amber to medium reddish copper. Imperial IPAs are clear with a good head stand with off-white color.

    Aroma/Taste
    The hop aroma is prominent to intense and can be derived from American, English and Noble varieties. Most versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional resinous or grassy aroma.
    The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is high to absurdly high hop bitterness, although the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character and provide the best balance. Malt flavor will be low to medium and is generally clean and malty, although some caramel flavors are acceptable. A long, lingering bitterness is usually present in the aftertaste. There is a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present.
    Ingredients
    The ingredients of Imperial IPAs are the same as American IPAs with twice the hops: Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, American hops and American yeast mashed at lower temperatures to help with high yeast attenuation. The use of brewing sugar is acceptable, as is the use of alternative hop products. 
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on alcohol content, poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 7.5%-10% and an average IBU range of 80-100. If the ABV is greater than 10 percent, the alcohol will mask the hops.
    Examples
    A great example of this style is Avery Majaraja. 

    History 
    The first true Double IPA was brewed by Vinnie Cilurzo at Blind Pig Brewing (Now at Russian River) in 1994. Rouge also began brewing Imperial IPA in the early 1990s. Double IPA was officially recognized as a beer style at the Great American Beer Festival in 2003.  
    The “imperialization" of the IPA led to other “imperial styles,” making the word imperial the accepted descriptor for any bigger spin on a classic style. 
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    Brewery:
    Sigma Brewing Company

    3118 Harrisburg unit 108
    Houston, TX 77003

    http://www.sigmabrewingcompany.com/

    The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it ...

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    The Greek letter sigma is used as a summation operator in math, engineering, and in science in general. We wanted to name our brewery something that was personal to us and represented how much beer is a part of our lives, so we thought it was a good fit. Sigma, to us, means that brewing is the summation of our lives, and sharing it with others is what has made us whole.

    At Sigma, we are just regular dudes that have all lead different lives, and over the years the one thing that always kept us connected was our passion and love for beer and home brewing. As we started brewing not-so- shitty beer at home, we started to wonder if one day we could make beer our jobs and not just our favorite pastime. From there, “The Brewery,” as it became known, was something that we all fantasized about.

    About 7 years ago, we decided to stop fantasizing. We took a hard look at ourselves and knew that we didn’t have what it took to start and run a brewery, so we rubbed our hands together and got to work. We did our research, we (drank) did our homework, and we convinced not only ourselves, but others, that we (sort of) knew what we were doing, and if nothing else our passion and drive could make "The Brewery" a reality. We will be the first to admit we don't know everything, but we are sure as hell going to enjoy learning from the process.

    So come hang out with us and tell us if you think our beer sucks or not, cause either way, we are going to love what we do and we can't wait to share that with you.

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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Amarillo +

    Flavor: Citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit.

    Aroma: Lots of orange peel.

    Alpha Acids: 8.0 - 11.0%                 

    Beta Acids: 6.0% - 7.0%      

    Dual Purpose

    Citra +

    Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

    Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Aroma

    Mosaic +

    Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

    Aroma: Complex tropical flavors with some citrus and berry notes.

    Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

  • B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon
  • B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

    Style

    Mead

    Category

    Mead

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.00

    B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

    Straw-gold with quickly dissipating head. Sweet and floral mango notes, followed by spicy black pepper and a spicy yeast character. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper.
    Light carbonation creates a crisp clean feel that washes away quickly. Very ...

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    Straw-gold with quickly dissipating head. Sweet and floral mango notes, followed by spicy black pepper and a spicy yeast character. Fruity mango wine backed by citrusy honey brightness. Finishes with lively black pepper.
    Light carbonation creates a crisp clean feel that washes away quickly. Very drinkable.

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    Style:
    Mead

    Brewery:
    B. Nektar Meadery

    1511 Jarvis
    Ferndale, MI 48220

    http://www.bnektar.com/

    Guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B. Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider and beer.

    B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri ...

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    Guided by geeky imagination, influenced by sub-pop culture and never satisfied with the status quo, B. Nektar aims to bring a modern twist on mead as well as diversify craft mead, cider and beer.

    B. Nektar Meadery was founded in 2006 by Brad and Kerri Dahlhofer, with the help of their good friend Paul Zimmerman. Brad has been an avid homebrewer since 1998, making beers, meads, ciders and wine for his own enjoyment. When Brad and Kerri got married in 2005, he made a mead to toast with at their wedding and received great reviews from the guests. Jokingly, he said that he’d someday open a meadery. Paul, a long-time friend and fellow homebrewer, soon began making meads along with Brad in the Dahlhofers’ basement. Their meads quickly began winning awards at homebrewing competitions

    In the summer of 2006, Kerri was laid-off from her job. While sipping a glass of vanilla cinnamon mead made by Brad, she thought, “Why not try to sell this?” It was then that the three decided to take their mead making to the next level. In the spring of 2008, Brad too fell victim to layoffs, and the three worked night and day to prepare for their opening. After nearly two years since its inception, B. Nektar finally opened it’s doors on August 2, 2008 (National Mead Day).

    B. Nektar’s session meads and hard ciders are now shaping the craft revolution.  To say it’s been a long road from the home-brewing days would be a tremendous understatement but B. Nektar continues to increase their production capacity and is currently the largest meadery in the U.S.A.

    B. Nektar was the first meadery to join the ranks on the top 100 best breweries in the world by Ratebeer.com, and has remained there since 2013.

    Proud of this story as they may be, they put a lot of effort into not taking themselves too seriously.

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    Glassware

    Wine Glass

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • (512) Brewing Company NE IPA
  • (512) Brewing Company NE IPA

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    50

    ABV

    6.00

    (512) Brewing Company NE IPA

    Big juicy hazy IPA. Lots of big citrus and tropical fruit with a mild hop bitterness.

    Big juicy hazy IPA. Lots of big citrus and tropical fruit with a mild hop bitterness.

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    Style:
    IPA

    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category ...
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    IPA (India Pale Ale) 
    Now become one of the most prevalent styles brewed by craft brewers, IPAs were the first Pale Ales made. Overall, this style is a decidedly hoppy, bitter, moderately strong American Pale Ale.
    About Pale Ales
    Pale Ale is a large category encompassing Bitters, ESBs, IPAs and American Pale Ales. Pale is a relative term in beer and should be viewed only as a style name and not a true descriptor of color. Historically, beer was dark because malts were dark. Until the 1800s, the “palest” beer was comparable to a brown today because it was not possible to roast the malts without darkening them. Coke, a charcoal form of coal, was first used in iron smelting. Coke burned cleaner than coal and allowed for the production of paler malts. These malts became widely available around 1820. The beer that was made from these coke-burning kilns was much lighter than the beers that were drunk at the time, thus they were named Pale Ales. By today’s standards, these beers are more amber colored—technology improved after the invention of pale malts, and even though the malts got lighter, the name “Pale Ale” stuck to these amber and light tan colored ales.

    Appearance
    The color ranges from medium gold to medium reddish copper, while some versions have an orangish tint. IPAs are clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions can be hazy. There is good head stand with white to off-white color, which persists.

    Aroma/Taste
    A prominent to intense hop aroma is present, with a citrusy, floral, perfume-like, resinous, piney and fruity character derived from American hops. Many versions are dry-hopped and can have an additional grassy aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness may be found in the background. Fruitiness may be detected in some versions. Some alcohol may be noted. 
    The flavor re