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

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 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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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 

read less

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.
read less

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 ...

read more

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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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 

read less

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.
read less

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 ...

read more

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

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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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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School American Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar None 15.00
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School American Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar None 15.00

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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School

Caramel, molasses, raisin on the nose. Plum, brown sugar, and sllightly roasty on the palate with a little tannic bitterness on the back. Not very boozy for being 15%

Caramel, molasses, raisin on the nose. Plum, brown sugar, and sllightly roasty on the palate with a little tannic bitterness on the back. Not very boozy for being 15%

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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:
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

320 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

http://www.dogfish.com/

The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first ...

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The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Their very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, they brewed three times a day, five days a week. The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. 

The beer wasn't the brewpub’s only draw. The pub's menu centered on a wood-burning grill. Dogfish Head soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it's a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or signature pizza dough.

With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. Dogfish Head built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house.

The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware's borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. They began bottling Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just one year later, they expanded again. This time, they separated the packaging operation from the restaurant. By 1999, they were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

Dogfish Head outgrew their distributing brewery in a couple years and, in the summer of 2002, they moved their entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Del., into a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery. Around the same time, they built a distillery on the second floor of their Rehoboth Beach brewpub to make vodka, rum and gin.

Dogfish Head now brews nearly 20 styles of beer that are sold in more than 25 states, as well as a half-dozen kinds of hand-crafted spirits.

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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron English Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar 50 12.00
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron English Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar 50 12.00

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Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron

An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented Brown Ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this ale comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden ...

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An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented Brown Ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this ale comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition.

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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:
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

320 Rehoboth Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

http://www.dogfish.com/

The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first ...

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The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Their very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, they brewed three times a day, five days a week. The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. 

The beer wasn't the brewpub’s only draw. The pub's menu centered on a wood-burning grill. Dogfish Head soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it's a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or signature pizza dough.

With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. Dogfish Head built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house.

The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware's borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. They began bottling Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just one year later, they expanded again. This time, they separated the packaging operation from the restaurant. By 1999, they were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

Dogfish Head outgrew their distributing brewery in a couple years and, in the summer of 2002, they moved their entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Del., into a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery. Around the same time, they built a distillery on the second floor of their Rehoboth Beach brewpub to make vodka, rum and gin.

Dogfish Head now brews nearly 20 styles of beer that are sold in more than 25 states, as well as a half-dozen kinds of hand-crafted spirits.

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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

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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 Barrel Aged Barleywine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 11.50
J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale Barrel Aged Barleywine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 11.50

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J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Malt Variety

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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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

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

4 - 5 / Pale Gold

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

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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Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles Helles Sociable and Refreshing 22 4.80
Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles Helles Sociable and Refreshing 22 4.80

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

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Hops

Malt Variety

Munich +

Pilsner +

Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles

Originally developed by a Munich brewmaster in 1895, the Munich Helles lager came about due to necessity. The Czech town of Plzen had introduced a new, extremely pale lager with a huge, heady hop aroma without excess bitterness--thanks to their very soft water. That beer ...

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Originally developed by a Munich brewmaster in 1895, the Munich Helles lager came about due to necessity. The Czech town of Plzen had introduced a new, extremely pale lager with a huge, heady hop aroma without excess bitterness--thanks to their very soft water. That beer still rules the world today as pilsner (in its various, not-so-traditional incarnations) is the go to brew across cultures. Still, that Munich brewmaster’s legacy--brewing with water much closer to our aquifer water than the soft water of Plzen--struck a delicate balance of silky, light malt flavor and herbal hop nuance to create a refreshing and rewarding beer.

Traditional, but not your typical pale lager, Bat Outta Helles comes to you fresh from the heart of San Antonio and celebrates our own long brewing heritage. Brewed with German Pilsner and Munich malts, a combination of American and German hops and Edwards Aquifer water then lagered for at least a month--long enough to remember how much we owe to the innovators in our industry.

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Style:
Helles

Helles
Developed by Bavarians in response to the popularity of Bohemian Pilsner, Helles means “pale” in German. It’s clean and balanced, with a light color. 
Appearance 
Helles beer has a pale straw color and is clear with a thick, long lasting head.

Aroma/Flavor ...
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Helles
Developed by Bavarians in response to the popularity of Bohemian Pilsner, Helles means “pale” in German. It’s clean and balanced, with a light color. 
Appearance 
Helles beer has a pale straw color and is clear with a thick, long lasting head.

Aroma/Flavor
Helles has a clean, mild malt-accented aromas.  It may be slightly sulfurous. 

The style is clean, balanced and delicate.  It’s medium bodied—the relatively high protein levels contribute to a fuller body than might be expected from its color. There is muted hop character.  The water in Southern Bavaria is medium hard, and the harder the water, the more perceived hop bitterness.  The finish is malty and dry, but not astringent. 

Ingredients 
The foundation of Helles is North American two-row or Pils pale malt based on Harrington or Klages.  They give Helles its body, pale color and light flavor. Noble hop varieties can include Hallertauer Muttelfruh, Tettnanger and Hersbrucker or North American Mt. Hood.  Any hop varieties that add strong, spicy, citrus, acrid, floral or piney notes must not be used, as these would ruin the balanced flavor profile of Helles. 
Bavarian-style lager yeast of the Saccharomyces uvarum family are used, which are slow acting and contain some clarifying agents.  Helles can be made with only one variety of hop and one variety of malt, but must be of higher quality that are native to the Bavarian region. 
Helles is lagered near the freezing point between 4 to 6 weeks on the yeast to bring out its delicacy and softness.  This allows the yeast to reabsorb its less attractive metabolic byproducts, including the small amount of diacetyl—the flavor compound found in most beers imparting butterscotch characteristics—it produces. It also prevents the oxidation of ethanol into aldehydes, which can give the beer an undesirable green apple aroma and allows the beer to keep longer. 
Glassware and Serving Temperature 
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 4.7%-5.4% ABV and 18-25 IBU. 

Example
Great examples of this style are Victory Lager and Saint Arnold Summer Pils. 

History 
Bavarian brewing laws have played an important role in bringing about the Helles style.  The influential 1516 Reinheitsgebot demanded that brewers use only barley, hops and water (yeast was not yet understood), and the 1553 summer brewing prohibition that prohibited brewing in the summer months had the unintended consequence of making all Bavarian brews lagers since ale yeasts stayed dormant during the cold months when brewing was allowed. 
Clearer, lighter beers became more popular as Bavarians made a late transition from traditional gray beer steins called Keferlohers to modern glassware. This was initially met with resistance from traditionalists who only considered dark beer to be authentically Bavarian. 
In 1833, Gabriel Sedlmayr (the younger) of the Spaten Brewery and Anton Dreher of the Dreher Brewery in Vienna toured England to study their most recent advances in brewing—including Daniel Wheeler’s 1818 patented metal drum for drying grain that allowed for the slow controlled drying process Helles needs to achieve its very pale malt. Another event that led to the development of Helles was Spaten’s modernization of their brewery with German engineer Carl von Linde’s 1873 invention of a refrigeration system for fermentation tanks.  Spaten could then control the fermentation and conditioning of their beers and produce top quality lagers year round. 
In 1878, Bavarian Lorenz Enzinger invented mechanical beer filtration that removed yeast cells and other suspended particles from the finished beer.  In 1872, a golden yellow brew labeled “Marzen-Bier” was released by Franziskaner-Leist-Brauerei of Munich, followed by Hacker-Brauerei’s Muncher Gold in 1893. After market testing in Hamburg, Spaten released Helles Lagerbier on June 20, 1895, in Munich. Northern Germans adopted the Helles style with more battering hops to produce the German Pilsner.  There is also a stronger version called Bavarian Export, which is around 5.5% ABV. 
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Brewery:
Freetail Brewing Company

4035 N LOOP 1604 W #105
San Antonio, TX 78257

https://www.freetailbrewing.com/

Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually ...

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Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually per year. The original brewpub location remains open and will feature some exclusive small batch beers that won’t be available in the production brewery taproom.

Through a distribution partnership with Silver Eagle, Freetail entered the Houston market in March 2015. 

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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

Glassware

Pilsner

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

1 - 2 / Pale Straw

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

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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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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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22 Barrel Aged Saison Oddly Delicious 20 8.00
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22 Barrel Aged Saison Oddly Delicious 20 8.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22

Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 is our Icon Gold - Texas Honey Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels with peaches and apricots. During the brewing process, approximately 800 lb of Texas wildflower honey was added to the boil. After fermenting with French Saison yeast to a bone ...

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Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 is our Icon Gold - Texas Honey Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels with peaches and apricots. During the brewing process, approximately 800 lb of Texas wildflower honey was added to the boil. After fermenting with French Saison yeast to a bone dry finish, we added 1700 lb of peach and 900 lb of apricot puree along with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a yeast commonly found in spontaneous fermentation. Finally the beer was matured in a mixture of wines barrels that previously held BB19 and freshly emptied California Chardonnay barrels for 12 months.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Saison

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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Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw Black IPA Hop-a-licious 100 9.00
Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw Black IPA Hop-a-licious 100 9.00

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw

Black Imperial IPA from one of Houston's newest breweries

Black Imperial IPA from one of Houston's newest breweries

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Style:
Black IPA

Black IPA 
This emerging beer style has IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character.

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 ...
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Black IPA 
This emerging beer style has IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character.

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
This style is dark black in color. 

Aroma/Taste
There is a prominent to intense hop aroma 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. A light hint of roasted malt should be present.
The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is hHigh 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 with a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present. The dark malt should add a slight note of roast, but not to the point of a stout or porter.
Ingredients
Black IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, de-bittered black malt, American hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature 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 the alcohol content, 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 60-80.
Examples
Great examples of this style include Stone SSR and Deschutes Hop in the Dark.

History 
This style was first brewed in small breweries and brew pubs in Vermont in the early 1990s to the early 2000s. The style began to catch fire when Stone released Sublimely Self-Righteous in 2010. 
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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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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics IPA Hop-a-licious 40 6.20
Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics IPA Hop-a-licious 40 6.20

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

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Hops

Malt Variety

Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics

Inspired by one of the most epic rap battles to ever come out of the south west Pacific Ocean, this New Zealand hopped IPA has a flavor that goes on forever. Double Dry Hopped with Motueka, Wakatu, Rakau and Vic Secret hops. 

Inspired by one of the most epic rap battles to ever come out of the south west Pacific Ocean, this New Zealand hopped IPA has a flavor that goes on forever. Double Dry Hopped with Motueka, Wakatu, Rakau and Vic Secret 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:
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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Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00
Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

375mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

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Hops

Malt Variety

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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Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 20 4.90
Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 20 4.90

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Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza

Straw-golden, with an effervescent pillow of foam—Cerveza’s appearance informs the eyes of what’s next: a light-bodied thirst-quencher with subtle notes of bready malts delicately balanced with floral hop aromas. This is not your granddad’s back porch sipper, but he wishes it ...

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Straw-golden, with an effervescent pillow of foam—Cerveza’s appearance informs the eyes of what’s next: a light-bodied thirst-quencher with subtle notes of bready malts delicately balanced with floral hop aromas. This is not your granddad’s back porch sipper, but he wishes it was. A tribute to some of the pioneering Golden Ales of the 90’s craft beer boom, Cerveza will take you back to a simpler time, before 12 different styles of IPA and cake flavored Imperial Stouts ruled the day.

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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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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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Freetail Brewing Company

4035 N LOOP 1604 W #105
San Antonio, TX 78257

https://www.freetailbrewing.com/

Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually ...

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Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually per year. The original brewpub location remains open and will feature some exclusive small batch beers that won’t be available in the production brewery taproom.

Through a distribution partnership with Silver Eagle, Freetail entered the Houston market in March 2015. 

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose Gose Sour and Funky None 4.20
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose Gose Sour and Funky None 4.20

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose

Slightly salty and brewed with bright bing cherry extract.

Slightly salty and brewed with bright bing cherry extract.

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Style:
Gose

Brewery:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

17700 CA-253
Boonville, CA 95415

http://avbc.com/

Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat ...

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Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat beers. These brews began as a dream of Kenneth Allen to create the smoothest tasting ales available anywhere.

When the demand for their award winning ales exceeded the capacity of our 10-barrel brewery below the pub, AVBC built their present 30-barrel facility at the corner of Highways 128 and 253, a mile from the center of Boonville. That was in 1996, and this brewery saw them through a dramatic period of growth, which included the introduction of a 12 ounce bottling line and a production level of 15,000 barrels in 1998, twice the amount brewed in 1997.

Yet, the brewery’s growth was outpacing its larger space and expanded capacity. In 1998, construction began on a state-of-the-art, three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse. The centerpieces of the brewhouse are gleaming 100- and 85- barrel copper brew kettles rescued by Ken Allen from a defunct German breweries during a trip to Europe in 1995. The new brewhouse went online in August of 2000.

By 2010 Ken Allen decided to retire and began to search for a successor to continue the Anderson Valley commitment to quality. In April of 2010 the brewery sold to industry veteran Trey White. In September of that year Fal Allen (former general manager 2000 – 2004, no relation to Ken) returned to the brewery as brewmaster. White has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl Hornin’ Series, expanding the barrel aged program, and increasing brewing capacity.

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Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.30
Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.30

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Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret

Made with real cranberry puree, the soft sourness of this pint will just unlease the inner flamboyant singer within you.

Made with real cranberry puree, the soft sourness of this pint will just unlease the inner flamboyant singer within you.

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Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Platypus Brewing

1902 Washington Ave, Suite E
Houston, Texas 77007

http://www.platypusbrewing.com/

The story starts with a small home brew kit that Rachna bought Sean for Christmas 10+ years ago when they first moved from Houston to Australia. Little did she realize that this was the start of a true passion. Sean went on to take a ...

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The story starts with a small home brew kit that Rachna bought Sean for Christmas 10+ years ago when they first moved from Houston to Australia. Little did she realize that this was the start of a true passion. Sean went on to take a Master Brew course and upgraded the original brew kit to continue crafting his beers. The craft beer bug had definitely bit both Sean and Rachna, and they started scoping possible options for opening a brewery in Brisbane, Queensland . Alas the Brisbane brewery has not happened (yet!) but through the fortunes of life, family brought them back to Houston and the idea of opening a brewery continued to grow.

Enter Morgan, a great friend living in Houston … although Morgan and Sean happen to both be from Australia, they actually met while living in Houston 15+ years ago and bonded over all things rugby and beer. Morgan also has his share of home brewing over the years and the idea of creating a brewery near home had instant appeal.

The concept evolved as the three Platypi discussed venture possibilities and realized that all of the things that they loved about both Australia and Texas were one and the same, a cultural overlap so-to-speak. The passion of crafting great beer, while creating a friendly and relaxed neighborhood environment for people to come together and enjoy good drink and food, started to take shape. The dream quickly became a reality.

Enter Kerry, an award winning brewer … Kerry has been in the brewing industry since 2008 and brings West Coast experience and style to the growing Houston craft beer scene. Her beers have won a gold medal at the California State Fair as well as the coveted “People’s Choice” award at Reno’s BBQ, Blues, and Brews Festival. Her proven talent, experience and drive, combined with her desire to be part of growing a new brewery, were the perfect combination. Without Kerry, Platypus would be a pub without the brew!

This is just the start of our story — you can help us continue to develop it. We are happy to be able to share our love of beer with you!

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Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose Gose Sour and Funky 5 4.00
Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose Gose Sour and Funky 5 4.00

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Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose

A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. For a festive twist on the style, we add cranberry puree to the fermenter. 

A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. For a festive twist on the style, we add cranberry puree to the fermenter. 

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Gose

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 Curved Space Thyme Sour Ale Sour and Funky None 5.50
Nola Brewing Company Curved Space Thyme Sour Ale Sour and Funky None 5.50

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Nola Brewing Company Curved Space Thyme

Dry-hopped Lowerline w/Galaxy hops & thyme

Dry-hopped Lowerline w/Galaxy hops & thyme

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Style:
Sour 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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Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil Fruited Sour Sour and Funky 30 8.50
Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil Fruited Sour Sour and Funky 30 8.50

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Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil

Sour raspberry strong ale

Sour raspberry strong ale

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Blue Owl Brewing

2400 East Cesar Chavez St. #300
Austin, TX 78702

http://blueowlbrewing.com/

We’re dedicated to the craft of sour-mashing your favorite beer styles.
Not because nobody else has done it, but because we think you’ll like it.

We’re dedicated to the craft of sour-mashing your favorite beer styles.
Not because nobody else has done it, but because we think you’ll like it.

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Van Steenberge De Garre Belgian Tripel Belgian Inspiration None 11.00
Van Steenberge De Garre Belgian Tripel Belgian Inspiration None 11.00

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Van Steenberge De Garre

This is the house beer for the famous pub in Brugges under the same name, De Garre! The pub is well concealed down a long alley where only beer lovers in search of this gem can successfully find it. This Belgian triple packs a big ...

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This is the house beer for the famous pub in Brugges under the same name, De Garre! The pub is well concealed down a long alley where only beer lovers in search of this gem can successfully find it. This Belgian triple packs a big punch at 11% ABV. For this reason the pub owner will only allow any one visitor to order three during a sitting at this historic pub. 

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Style:
Belgian Tripel

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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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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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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Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout American Stout Dark and Flavorful None 6.10
Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout American Stout Dark and Flavorful None 6.10

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Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout

Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.

Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.

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American Stout

Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same ...
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Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same with only small ingredient differences.
English Stouts were the first, and at the time were called Stout Porters. Porter was dropped from the name and later, as the style grew, the prefix English was added. These beers are basically big Porters. Sweet Stouts are English Stouts sweetened with milk sugar (lactose). Dry Stouts classically are Irish. The best known example is Guinness. The style should really be called Light Stout when compared to the now more commonplace American Stouts and Russian Imperial Stouts. Tropical Stouts were so-called because they were generally exported to the English Colonies in the Tropics. It is best to think of these as a scaled up Dry Stout or Baby Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stouts are the Big Daddies of the Stout world. Based on Stouts originally exported to the Baltic States from the U.K., American Craft brewers have pushed them to new heights.
Appearance
Stouts are very deep brown to black in color. Clarity is usually obscured by deep color (if not opaque, it will be clear). There is a large tan to brown head with good retention.
Aroma/Taste
Roasted grain aromas are moderate to high and can have coffee, chocolate and/or lightly burnt notes. Fruitiness is medium to high. Some versions may have a sweet aroma or molasses, licorice, dried fruit and/or vinous aromatics. Stronger versions can have the aroma of alcohol (never sharp, hot or solvent-like). The hop aroma is low to none. Diacetyl is low to none.
Tropical versions can be quite sweet without much roast or bitterness, while export versions can be moderately dry (reflecting impression of a scaled-up version of either sweet stout or dry stout). Roasted grain and malt character can be moderate to high, although sharpness of dry stout will not be present in any example. Tropical versions can have high fruity esters, smooth dark grain flavors and restrained bitterness—they often have a sweet, rum-like quality. Export versions tend to have lower esters, more assertive roast flavors and higher bitterness. The roasted flavors of either version may taste of coffee, chocolate, or lightly burnt grain. There is little to no hop flavor and very low to no diacetyl. There is a medium-full to full body, often with a smooth, creamy character. It may give a warming (but never hot) impression from alcohol presence. There is moderate to moderately high carbonation.
Ingredients
Stouts 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 (U.S. versions) or characterful (English varieties).
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip (depending on price and ABV), poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5%-11% and an average IBU range of 30-40.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Jester King Black Metal and Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Dry Irish Stout.

History 
Stout beer was originally a term used to describe a strong version of Porter, “Stout Porter."  The brewing of Stout grew out of the wide popularity of Porter, both in London and elsewhere. After changing hands a couple of times, Arthur Guinness purchased the old St. James Gate brewery in 1759, founded Guinness and started producing traditional ales and beers.  He soon started brewing his “Extra Strong Porter” and within 10 years was exporting to London.  By 1799, they were producing only Porter. Later, Stout became their mainstay and has become the most common example of the style.
Other dry Irish stout brewers have been around for some time: Beamish was founded in 1792 and Murphy’s in 1856. 
There are records showing that “Russian Stout” was being exported to the Baltic as early as 1780 and had similar conditioning in transit as IPA.
The Stouts from England and Scotland were not dry like Irish Stout but sweet containing milk sugar (lactose). This was the beginning of Milk Stouts—Mackeson Milk Stout from Whitbread was one of the first in 1907. 

Stouts have long been thought to have nutritional value, of giving strength and have been praised by medical professionals for years.  In fact, Milks Stouts likely came about as a means of boosting the already implied healthful benefits of stout.  Oatmeal stouts, which contain about 5% grist weight of oatmeal, have become more available due to brewers such as Sam Smith and Young’s and further promote the image of a healthy beer.
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Brewery:
Bell's Brewery

355 E. KALAMAZOO AVE.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

https://www.bellsbeer.com/

Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to ...

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Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.

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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

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12oz

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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%             

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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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The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 26 4.60
The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch Kolsch Sociable and Refreshing 26 4.60

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American Pint

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The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch

Light malt character and floral noble hops make this a great summer sipper. 

Light malt character and floral noble hops make this a great summer sipper. 

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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:
The Collective Brewing Project

112 ST LOUIS AVE
Fort Worth, TX 76104

http://www.collectivebrew.com/

The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample ...

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The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample some of our beer you can't get anywhere else.  You can also hop in your gas guzzler and check out the beers at your favorite watering hole.  

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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

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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

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12oz

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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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Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman Barrel Aged Quad Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 10.50
Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman Barrel Aged Quad Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 10.50

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Snifter

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Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman

Base Beer — Black Quad (Trappist-inspired ale)
Maturation — 6 months
Barrels — new American Oak, charred spirit barrels
Tasting Notes — dried fruit, vanilla, spice, subtle oak

Base Beer — Black Quad (Trappist-inspired ale)
Maturation — 6 months
Barrels — new American Oak, charred spirit barrels
Tasting Notes — dried fruit, vanilla, spice, subtle oak

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Style:
Barrel Aged Quad

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 ...

read more

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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Brouwerij Boon Framboise Lambic Sour and Funky None 5.00
Brouwerij Boon Framboise Lambic Sour and Funky None 5.00

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Sour

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Brouwerij Boon Framboise

Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per litre of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon ...

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Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per litre of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon a fresh fruity taste. The young lambic supports the flavour. But this is very much about raspberries, not the lambic. Of course we do not use artificial flavourings, only real raspberries

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Style:
Lambic

Brewery:
Brouwerij Boon

Fonteinstraat 65
Lembeek, Belgium B1502

http://www.boon.be/

Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay Wine Besides Beer None 13.50
Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay Wine Besides Beer None 13.50

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Malt Variety

Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay

Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose & dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus & peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity & heady minerality.

Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose & dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus & peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity & heady minerality.

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Style:
Wine

Brewery:
Domaine de la Patience

Chemin de Marguerittes
Bezouce, 30320

http://www.domaine-patience.com/

This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. After a decade of managing the winemaking at the local cooperative Christophe Aguilar decided it was time ...

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This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. After a decade of managing the winemaking at the local cooperative Christophe Aguilar decided it was time to make his own wine. Today Christophe farms 60 hectares of vines, fifty-years ago his grandfather farmed the same soil, with a deep respect and understanding of the terroir.

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The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky None 4.50
The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa Berliner Weisse Sour and Funky None 4.50

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The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa

Cucumber Lime Berliner Weisse

Cucumber Lime Berliner Weisse

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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:
The Collective Brewing Project

112 ST LOUIS AVE
Fort Worth, TX 76104

http://www.collectivebrew.com/

The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample ...

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The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample some of our beer you can't get anywhere else.  You can also hop in your gas guzzler and check out the beers at your favorite watering hole.  

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm Scotch Ale Sour and Funky None 7.00
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm Scotch Ale Sour and Funky None 7.00

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm

This is a collaboration with Saint Arnold and Southern Smoke to raise money for the Grant Gordon Foundation which helps bring awareness for MS. This is St Arnold Oktoberfest aged in Miner red wine barrels with Brett added. The Brett dried out some of the ...

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This is a collaboration with Saint Arnold and Southern Smoke to raise money for the Grant Gordon Foundation which helps bring awareness for MS. This is St Arnold Oktoberfest aged in Miner red wine barrels with Brett added. The Brett dried out some of the malty sweetness and added some funk. The barrel added a little bit of sharp acidity and tannins.

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Style:
Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale
Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented ale that, due to the cool climate in Scotland, is fermented at slightly lower than normal ale temperatures.

Appearance
This style has a deep amber to a dark copper color. It’s usually very clear due to ...
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Scotch Ale
Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented ale that, due to the cool climate in Scotland, is fermented at slightly lower than normal ale temperatures.

Appearance
This style has a deep amber to a dark copper color. It’s usually very clear due to long, cool fermentations.
Aroma/Flavor
The aroma has low to medium malty sweetness and light fruitiness, with maybe a hint of peat, though peat is not a requirement.
The taste is dominated by malt. The natural malt sweetness is accentuated by kettle caramelization. Generally, it has a grainy, dry finish. Often, a large amount of unfermented sugar sweetness is present. Hop flavor is low. Peat smoke may be present.
Ingredients
Ingredients include Scottish pale base malt and English hops. Low levels of attenuation are common. The traditional flavor of peat is imparted by the water and yeast and not smoked malt.
Scotch ales are usually massed in thick for single saccharification rest at high temperatures around 158° F, leading to a thick first running full of thick fermentable sugars.  
Hops do not grow in Scotland and thus were not widely used in making the beer, so the hop profile is very low. Traditionally, brewers used herbs and spices to flavor the beer—heather was particularly popular.
Glassware and Serving Temperature 
At Hay Merchant we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on the strength. It's poured from our ale cooler at 50°-55° F.

Stats
This style’s ABV can range:  2.5-3.2%, 3.2-3.9%,3.9-5.0%, 6.5-10%. IBU is 10-30. 

Example
A great example of this style is Real Ale Wee Heavy. 

History  
There are four basic sub-categories of Scotch ale. For the most part, lighter versions of the beer are called Scottish Ales and heavier ones are called Scotch Ales. The naming system is based on the 19th century price per barrel of beer in shillings in increments of 10 from 60-160. 60 is called a “Light” at around 1.030 OG, 70 is a “Heavy” at around 1.040 OG 80 and 90 share the name “Export” at 1.050 and 1.065 respectively and everything else 100,110,120,130,140, 150,160 are know as “Wee Heavy”  and range from 1.070 to 1.140 OG. Light Scotch Ales are very rare in the U.S. because most American craft brewers don’t brew them, and the Scottish-produced ales are generally cask only and not exported. 
It was common to use the parti-gyle method to make different strengths of the beer. This is when you collect runnings from the mash in separate vessels and brew them apart from each other. In the case of a Wee Heavy, the brewer might have to mash in multiple times before he/she reached the proper volumes for boiling.
Many American home brewers and craft brewers have taken to adding peat smoked malts, but this is not true to style. As is the case with most beer from before the 20th century, smoke was always present because of the wood-fired floor kilns used around the world to dry the malt, but the smokiness is an undesirable byproduct. The Scots most likely used peat to fire their kilns and well water that sometimes was run-off from peat bogs. Therefore, their beer would pick up a small amount of the flavors, but that doesn’t mean Scotch Ales should be turned into smoke beers.
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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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Austin Eastciders Grapefruit Cider Besides Beer None 5.00
Austin Eastciders Grapefruit Cider Besides Beer None 5.00

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Austin Eastciders Grapefruit

A refreshing and slightly tart cider made with heirloom bittersweet apples, American dessert apples and Ruby Red Grapefruit from the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

A refreshing and slightly tart cider made with heirloom bittersweet apples, American dessert apples and Ruby Red Grapefruit from the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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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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Ommegang Hand of the Queen American Barley Wine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 35 11.00
Ommegang Hand of the Queen American Barley Wine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 35 11.00

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Ommegang Hand of the Queen

A beer for Tyrion - A full-bodied expression of a classic rich and malty Barleywine ale. Brewed for those who drink, and know things. 

A beer for Tyrion - A full-bodied expression of a classic rich and malty Barleywine ale. Brewed for those who drink, and know things. 

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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:
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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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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Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 65 10.60
Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 65 10.60

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Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout

"Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin ...

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"Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it...you'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with." Commercial Description 

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

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 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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Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 10.00
Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 10.00

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Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron

Wee heavy aged in apple brandy barrels.

Wee heavy aged in apple brandy barrels.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

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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Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro) American Strong Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 65 6.70
Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro) American Strong Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 65 6.70

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American Pint

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Bravo +

Flavor: High alpha acid hop with a strong herbal character.

Aroma: Lots of herb, earthiness and slight fruitiness.

Alpha Acids: 14 - 18%                     

Beta Acids: 3 - 3.8%             

Bittering

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 

Delta +

Flavor: Spicy and woody with some floral notes.

Aroma: Slightly floral aroma. Very Light.

Alpha Acids: 5.5 - 7%                                  

Beta Acids: 5 - 7%                

Aroma

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

Tettnang (German) +

Flavor: Noble spiciness with some clean subtle floral notes.

Aroma: Unique floral spiciness with some earthy tones.

Alpha Acids: 3 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

Cara Pils +

Crystal +

Pale Malt +

Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro)

Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes.

Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes.

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Style:
American Strong Ale

Brewery:
Deshcutes Brewery

901 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, OR 97702

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

Deschutes Brewery was founded as a local brewpub Bend, Oregon in 1988. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From ...

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Deschutes Brewery was founded as a local brewpub Bend, Oregon in 1988. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  

Deschutes Brewery’s craft beers range from local favorites Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter to adventurous brews like Hop Trip and The Abyss.  

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Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht Milk Stout Dark and Flavorful 42 7.00
Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht Milk Stout Dark and Flavorful 42 7.00

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American Pint

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Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht

This is the 4th version of this beer. This one is made with coffee from Southside and cocoa nibs from Venezuela.

This is the 4th version of this beer. This one is made with coffee from Southside and cocoa nibs from Venezuela.

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Style:
Milk Stout

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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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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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

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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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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

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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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Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 70 8.00
Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 70 8.00

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Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA

Incredibly sweet, which masks almost all of the bitterness. Juicy apple is the dominant flavor rounded out by a hint of sweet yeast and toasty malt. 

Incredibly sweet, which masks almost all of the bitterness. Juicy apple is the dominant flavor rounded out by a hint of sweet yeast and toasty malt. 

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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:
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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Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas Spiced Ale Dark and Flavorful 56 12.00
Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas Spiced Ale Dark and Flavorful 56 12.00

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas

This delightfully powerful, deep, dark, & malty-sweet Christmas beer lets you enjoy just the right amount of spices & caramelly malt, while keeping the wonderful balance & lack of booziness.

This delightfully powerful, deep, dark, & malty-sweet Christmas beer lets you enjoy just the right amount of spices & caramelly malt, while keeping the wonderful balance & lack of booziness.

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Style:
Spiced Ale

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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AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine Red Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 10 6.66
AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine Red Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 10 6.66

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

1.073 gravity

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine

This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant ...

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This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate.

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Style:
Red Ale

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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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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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose Oddly Delicious 5 4.50
Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose Oddly Delicious 5 4.50

Glassware

Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

11.000 plato

Final Gravity

1.800 plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Pale Malt +

Wheat +

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

"On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to ...

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"On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!" Commercial Description

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Style:
Gose

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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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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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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Celis Brewery Pale Bock Bock Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 4.90
Celis Brewery Pale Bock Bock Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 4.90

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Celis Brewery Pale Bock

This eclectic beer has an amber color and warm rich flavor that lingers. It's brewed with caramel malts with Saaz, Willamette and Cascade hops. This Belgian Bock is as rich, warm, and unique as Pierre Celis, the man who first made it.

This eclectic beer has an amber color and warm rich flavor that lingers. It's brewed with caramel malts with Saaz, Willamette and Cascade hops. This Belgian Bock is as rich, warm, and unique as Pierre Celis, the man who first made it.

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Style:
Bock

Brewery:
Celis Brewery

10001 Metric Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758

https://www.celisbeers.com/

In the Spring of 1992, my father, Pierre Celis, flew from Belgium to the United States to start a new brewery in the great state of Texas.  No one suspected that he carried something very precious, concealed in his tube socks.  It was the original ...

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In the Spring of 1992, my father, Pierre Celis, flew from Belgium to the United States to start a new brewery in the great state of Texas.  No one suspected that he carried something very precious, concealed in his tube socks.  It was the original yeast strain Pierre had been using to brew his world-famous Belgian-style Wit beer for the past 30 years.  And there was no way he was going to brew without it.

 

The first Celis Brewery opened on July 11th in 1992.  It was an immediate success.  Turns out Texans really liked our beer! Before we “crazy Belgians” arrived, most Texans were drinking one of “the big three” brands on the market. The small craft breweries that we all know and love today simply did not exist. When Pierre Celis started brewing his beloved beer, he created a craft beer that changed everything.

 

Exactly 25 years to the day it first opened, the legendary beer is back, better than ever at Celis Brewery 2.0. Along the way in the Spring of 2011, we lost my Dad.  But Pierre’s spirit and his commitment to quality lives on—along with his original yeast strain.

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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

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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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Bayerischer Bahnhof Pineus Gose Sour and Funky None 6.20
Bayerischer Bahnhof Pineus Gose Sour and Funky None 6.20

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Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Bayerischer Bahnhof Pineus

"Leipziger Gose filtered through PINE NEEDLES!!!

Very common historical way as in the old days a lot of beer was passed through pine needles/juniper to create the bitterness (prior to the popularity of hops).

The flavors of this beer is really interesting because there ...

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"Leipziger Gose filtered through PINE NEEDLES!!!

Very common historical way as in the old days a lot of beer was passed through pine needles/juniper to create the bitterness (prior to the popularity of hops).

The flavors of this beer is really interesting because there is tons of pine needle aroma in the nose and then on the palate followed by the traditional sourness/spiceness/saltiness of a Gose. This beer exemplies a very nice balance between the pineness and sourness. 

Gose is a top fermented beer that originaled in Goslar, Germany. It is brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill being malted wheat. Dominant flavors in Gose include a lemon tartness, nerbal characteristic and a slight saltiness. The sourness of the gose is usually through inoculation with lactic acid bacteria after the boil. Gose belong to the same sour wheat beers as the Belgian Witbeer, Berliner Weisse and Gueuze. Since the mid 1980s - in Germany there are only three remaining "traditional" gose breweries with Bayerischer Bahnhof being one of the three." Commercial Description

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Style:
Gose

Brewery:
Bayerischer Bahnhof

Bayrischer Platz 1
Leipzig, 04103

http://www.bayerischer-bahnhof.de/en/startseite/index.html

Located on the site of the oldest standing rail station in Germany (built in 1842), Bayerischer Bahnhof Brewery is recreating the traditional Saxony beer style of Göse beer. In addition to this sour beer style, the brewery also brews Berliner WeiBe, using the original ...

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Located on the site of the oldest standing rail station in Germany (built in 1842), Bayerischer Bahnhof Brewery is recreating the traditional Saxony beer style of Göse beer. In addition to this sour beer style, the brewery also brews Berliner WeiBe, using the original recipe for export into the United States. 

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Founders Brewing Company Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 45 6.50
Founders Brewing Company Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 45 6.50

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

40 - 50 / Black

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Founders Brewing Company Porter

"Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect" Commercial Description

"Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders’ robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect" 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:
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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Sierra Nevada Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 32 5.60
Sierra Nevada Porter American Porter Dark and Flavorful 32 5.60

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

Original Gravity

13.800 plato

Final Gravity

3.500 plato

Hops

Yakima Gold +

Flavor: Mild, clean earthiness.

Aroma: Mild and pleasant earthiness.

Alpha Acids: 8.8 - 10.5%                 

Beta Acids: 4.3 - 5%             

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Caramel Malt +

Chocolate +

Munich +

Pale Malt +

Sierra Nevada Porter

Porters were invented as a fortifying drink for the rough-and-tumble working class of London’s bustling markets. It was brewed for good folks with calluses on their hands, doing work that needed to be done. We salute those working-class heroes with our classic Porter, brewed ...

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Porters were invented as a fortifying drink for the rough-and-tumble working class of London’s bustling markets. It was brewed for good folks with calluses on their hands, doing work that needed to be done. We salute those working-class heroes with our classic Porter, brewed in the hop-forward American style and featuring a depth of malt flavor and complexity with roasted notes of black coffee and cocoa.

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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:
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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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Pub Crawl American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 48 4.70
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Pub Crawl American Pale Ale Hop-a-licious 48 4.70

Glassware

American Pint

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

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

Galaxy (AU) +

Flavor: Citrus and passion fruit, somewhat tropical

Aroma: Citrusy and fruity

Alpha Acids: 13.5 - 15%                  

Beta Acids: 5.5 - 6%            

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

Maris Otter Pale +

Pale Malt +

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Pub Crawl

A hoppy balanced pale ale under 5%. Centennial is used for bittering and amarillo and galaxy for aromatics.

A hoppy balanced pale ale under 5%. Centennial is used for bittering and amarillo and galaxy for aromatics.

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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:
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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Sierra Nevada Resilience IPA Hop-a-licious 65 6.80
Sierra Nevada Resilience IPA Hop-a-licious 65 6.80

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

16.000 plato

Final Gravity

4.000 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

Caramel Malt +

Pale Malt +

Sierra Nevada Resilience

When the Camp Fire started in the hills above our Chico brewery on November 8, 2018, it soon became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people, and destroyed more than ...

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When the Camp Fire started in the hills above our Chico brewery on November 8, 2018, it soon became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people, and destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Many of our employees and community members were severely impacted by this tragic event.

In the days following the fire, we announced plans to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, a fundraiser beer for Camp Fire relief. We committed to brewing the beer and donating 100% of the sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, aimed at long-term community rebuilding support. And we asked every brewery in the country to do it with us.

We sent out the “bat signal” calling our friends in the industry, asking our suppliers to donate ingredients, asking other breweries (our competitors) to donate their time and labor costs, and asking our wholesalers and retailers to carry the beer for free. It was a big ask, and we never could have anticipated the response.

More than 1,400 breweries signed up to brew Resilience. Our suppliers donated ingredients to every brewery nationwide. Wholesalers and retailers agreed to carry the beer and donate every dollar they received. All of them agreed to do this for free to benefit people they had never met.

In all, Resilience Butte County Proud IPA should hit the market in mid-late December more than 17,000 barrels—or 4.2 million pints—strong. Every dollar Sierra Nevada receives will go to those impacted by the Camp Fire.

Thank you to the brewing community. Thank you to our suppliers. Thank you to our wholesalers and retailers. And thank you to every single customer who is helping us rebuild our Butte County community—one pint at a time.

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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:
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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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

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

22.800 plato

Final Gravity

2.800 plato

Hops

Ahtanum +

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%          

Aroma

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

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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Ommegang Saison Rose Sour Ale Sour and Funky 18 7.70
Ommegang Saison Rose Sour Ale Sour and Funky 18 7.70

Glassware

Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

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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B. Nektar Meadery Scurvy Shyster Bastard Mead Besides Beer None 12.00
B. Nektar Meadery Scurvy Shyster Bastard Mead Besides Beer None 12.00

Glassware

Wine Glass

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

B. Nektar Meadery Scurvy Shyster Bastard

Tart grapefruit juice balanced with the sweetness of white grape juice and honey. A fresh hop bitterness accentuates the brightness of clean grapefruit zest and elderflower notes. Medium bodied with a mossy hop and grapefruit zest bitterness on the semi-dry finish.

Tart grapefruit juice balanced with the sweetness of white grape juice and honey. A fresh hop bitterness accentuates the brightness of clean grapefruit zest and elderflower notes. Medium bodied with a mossy hop and grapefruit zest bitterness on the semi-dry finish.

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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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Ommegang Stormcrusher Belgian Style Strong Dark Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 9.70
Ommegang Stormcrusher Belgian Style Strong Dark Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 9.70

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Ommegang Stormcrusher

Collaboration with Ommegang. Quad with coffee and blueberries added. Proceeds go to Southern Smoke.

Collaboration with Ommegang. Quad with coffee and blueberries added. Proceeds go to Southern Smoke.

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Style:
Belgian Style Strong Dark

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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Sierra Nevada Stout American Stout Dark and Flavorful 50 5.80
Sierra Nevada Stout American Stout Dark and Flavorful 50 5.80

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

15.400 plato

Final Gravity

5.000 plato

Hops

Bravo +

Flavor: High alpha acid hop with a strong herbal character.

Aroma: Lots of herb, earthiness and slight fruitiness.

Alpha Acids: 14 - 18%                     

Beta Acids: 3 - 3.8%             

Bittering

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 

Yakima Gold +

Flavor: Mild, clean earthiness.

Aroma: Mild and pleasant earthiness.

Alpha Acids: 8.8 - 10.5%                 

Beta Acids: 4.3 - 5%             

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Caramel Malt +

Chocolate +

Munich +

Sierra Nevada Stout

Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, our founders brewed beer at home and dreamed of building a brewery one day. Back then, they brewed the beers they wanted to drink—bold and full of flavor. Stouts had always been a favorite, so when we needed ...

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Before Sierra Nevada was a reality, our founders brewed beer at home and dreamed of building a brewery one day. Back then, they brewed the beers they wanted to drink—bold and full of flavor. Stouts had always been a favorite, so when we needed a big and rich beer to test out the brewing system at our fledgling brewery, stout was the obvious choice. Thirty years later, not much has changed. We’re still brewing the beers we want to drink and our classic Stout is the same as it’s ever been—big, rich, bold, black as night and filled with the wild-eyed passion of which dreams are made.

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Style:
American Stout

Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same ...
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Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same with only small ingredient differences.
English Stouts were the first, and at the time were called Stout Porters. Porter was dropped from the name and later, as the style grew, the prefix English was added. These beers are basically big Porters. Sweet Stouts are English Stouts sweetened with milk sugar (lactose). Dry Stouts classically are Irish. The best known example is Guinness. The style should really be called Light Stout when compared to the now more commonplace American Stouts and Russian Imperial Stouts. Tropical Stouts were so-called because they were generally exported to the English Colonies in the Tropics. It is best to think of these as a scaled up Dry Stout or Baby Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stouts are the Big Daddies of the Stout world. Based on Stouts originally exported to the Baltic States from the U.K., American Craft brewers have pushed them to new heights.
Appearance
Stouts are very deep brown to black in color. Clarity is usually obscured by deep color (if not opaque, it will be clear). There is a large tan to brown head with good retention.
Aroma/Taste
Roasted grain aromas are moderate to high and can have coffee, chocolate and/or lightly burnt notes. Fruitiness is medium to high. Some versions may have a sweet aroma or molasses, licorice, dried fruit and/or vinous aromatics. Stronger versions can have the aroma of alcohol (never sharp, hot or solvent-like). The hop aroma is low to none. Diacetyl is low to none.
Tropical versions can be quite sweet without much roast or bitterness, while export versions can be moderately dry (reflecting impression of a scaled-up version of either sweet stout or dry stout). Roasted grain and malt character can be moderate to high, although sharpness of dry stout will not be present in any example. Tropical versions can have high fruity esters, smooth dark grain flavors and restrained bitterness—they often have a sweet, rum-like quality. Export versions tend to have lower esters, more assertive roast flavors and higher bitterness. The roasted flavors of either version may taste of coffee, chocolate, or lightly burnt grain. There is little to no hop flavor and very low to no diacetyl. There is a medium-full to full body, often with a smooth, creamy character. It may give a warming (but never hot) impression from alcohol presence. There is moderate to moderately high carbonation.
Ingredients
Stouts 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 (U.S. versions) or characterful (English varieties).
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip (depending on price and ABV), poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5%-11% and an average IBU range of 30-40.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Jester King Black Metal and Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Dry Irish Stout.

History 
Stout beer was originally a term used to describe a strong version of Porter, “Stout Porter."  The brewing of Stout grew out of the wide popularity of Porter, both in London and elsewhere. After changing hands a couple of times, Arthur Guinness purchased the old St. James Gate brewery in 1759, founded Guinness and started producing traditional ales and beers.  He soon started brewing his “Extra Strong Porter” and within 10 years was exporting to London.  By 1799, they were producing only Porter. Later, Stout became their mainstay and has become the most common example of the style.
Other dry Irish stout brewers have been around for some time: Beamish was founded in 1792 and Murphy’s in 1856. 
There are records showing that “Russian Stout” was being exported to the Baltic as early as 1780 and had similar conditioning in transit as IPA.
The Stouts from England and Scotland were not dry like Irish Stout but sweet containing milk sugar (lactose). This was the beginning of Milk Stouts—Mackeson Milk Stout from Whitbread was one of the first in 1907. 

Stouts have long been thought to have nutritional value, of giving strength and have been praised by medical professionals for years.  In fact, Milks Stouts likely came about as a means of boosting the already implied healthful benefits of stout.  Oatmeal stouts, which contain about 5% grist weight of oatmeal, have become more available due to brewers such as Sam Smith and Young’s and further promote the image of a healthy beer.
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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 Texas Red Amber Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 27 5.00
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Texas Red Amber Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 27 5.00

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American Pint

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Texas Red

Notes of caramel,sweet toasty malt, and balanced hop bitterness

Notes of caramel,sweet toasty malt, and balanced hop bitterness

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Style:
Amber Ale

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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Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp German Pilsner Sociable and Refreshing 44 5.40
Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp German Pilsner Sociable and Refreshing 44 5.40

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Pilsner

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Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp

"What do you get when you fuse old world craftsmanship with new, clean, & bold flavors from right raw materials? The Crisp. It's Mad Science." Commercial Description

"What do you get when you fuse old world craftsmanship with new, clean, & bold flavors from right raw materials? The Crisp. It's Mad Science." Commercial Description

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Style:
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 ...

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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 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:
Sixpoint Brewery

40 Van Dyke St
Brooklyn, New York 11231

http://sixpoint.com/

While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of ...

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While some historical records indicate Sixpoint Brewery was founded in 2004, the real birth of Sixpoint begins at the dawn of civilization. That is when the earliest societies began cultivating cereal grains to make fermented beverages, and the desire for excellence in the craft of brewing was forged. Even during the earliest civilizations, rich iconography had adorned various brewing vessels, and pictographs depicting the craft of brewing were rife with symbolism. One symbol has transcended and survived throughout the ages - the Sixpoint Brewers' star.

The idea of "Sixpoint" as a code of brewing has resiliently persevered over centuries of rapid human development. But it has not been a journey without struggle or conflict. The symbol was very prominent during the medieval period and up until the early 1900s, but its popularity and visibility started to wane within the last century. After 1950, Sixpoint was nearly snuffed out and one of the cornerstone crafts of our civilization was nearly extinguished. Was Sixpoint dead, or just dormant?

The shimmering light of the Brewer's star started to shine once again in 2004 with its reincarnation as "Sixpoint Craft Ales." This is when the Sixpoint Brew Crew not only resurrected the Sixpoint Brewers' Star, but also breathed life into a patchwork of brewing equipment within an 800 square foot garage in a then-dilapidated neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC called Red Hook. The original creations of Sixpoint Craft Ales were a mash-up of professional brewing experiences, global brewery influences, and unbridled homebrew proliferation. Out of this modest maritime enclave hundreds of delicious craft brews were concocted and disseminated, and the star had been reborn.

The reincarnated star proved to have an attractive radiance. The historical traditions of craftsmanship that had been coursing through the veins of others also drew them to Sixpoint. Within years, a team of Sixpoint Brewers and Staff had gathered underneath the Sixpoint star, not knowing how they arrived there, but knowing they must keep the Sixpoint tradition alive.

Sixpoint Brewery: Founded in 2004; born at the dawn of civilization.

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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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500mL

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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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Shacksbury Cider The Vermonter Cider Besides Beer None 6.90
Shacksbury Cider The Vermonter Cider Besides Beer None 6.90

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Tulip

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Shacksbury Cider The Vermonter

  • An ode to the Green Mountain State

  • 6g sugar, 100% fresh apples

  • Aged in former Barr Hill gin barrels from Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vermont

  • Local apples from Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont

  • Blended with our friends at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington ...

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  • An ode to the Green Mountain State

  • 6g sugar, 100% fresh apples

  • Aged in former Barr Hill gin barrels from Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vermont

  • Local apples from Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont

  • Blended with our friends at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, Vermont

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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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Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack IPA Hop-a-licious 70 7.50
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack IPA Hop-a-licious 70 7.50

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

8 / Deep Gold

Original Gravity

None plato

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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

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

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

Bittering 

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

Cara Pils +

Munich +

Simpson's Light Crystal +

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack

"An aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA.  Union Jack showcases exceptional dry hop character with stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas on the nose accompanied by honey-like malt aromatics.  Double dry hopping brings bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors that are contrasted by pale malt sweetness ...

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"An aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA.  Union Jack showcases exceptional dry hop character with stunning pineapple, citrus and piney aromas on the nose accompanied by honey-like malt aromatics.  Double dry hopping brings bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors that are contrasted by pale malt sweetness to balance this intense brew.  A true tribute to the style that put the West Coast on the craft beer map. " -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:
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 Velvet Merlin American Stout Dark and Flavorful 27 5.50
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Velvet Merlin American Stout Dark and Flavorful 27 5.50

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American Pint

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None plato

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Hops

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

Maris Otter Pale +

Pale Malt +

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Velvet Merlin

"A decadent oatmeal stout.  Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances.  Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout.  Ideal for sipping in ...

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"A decadent oatmeal stout.  Velvet Merlin offers robust cocoa and espresso aromas with subtle American hop nuances.  Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish create the perfect balance in this full-bodied stout.  Ideal for sipping in the winter months or at the end of a meal." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Stout

Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same ...
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Stout
Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same with only small ingredient differences.
English Stouts were the first, and at the time were called Stout Porters. Porter was dropped from the name and later, as the style grew, the prefix English was added. These beers are basically big Porters. Sweet Stouts are English Stouts sweetened with milk sugar (lactose). Dry Stouts classically are Irish. The best known example is Guinness. The style should really be called Light Stout when compared to the now more commonplace American Stouts and Russian Imperial Stouts. Tropical Stouts were so-called because they were generally exported to the English Colonies in the Tropics. It is best to think of these as a scaled up Dry Stout or Baby Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stouts are the Big Daddies of the Stout world. Based on Stouts originally exported to the Baltic States from the U.K., American Craft brewers have pushed them to new heights.
Appearance
Stouts are very deep brown to black in color. Clarity is usually obscured by deep color (if not opaque, it will be clear). There is a large tan to brown head with good retention.
Aroma/Taste
Roasted grain aromas are moderate to high and can have coffee, chocolate and/or lightly burnt notes. Fruitiness is medium to high. Some versions may have a sweet aroma or molasses, licorice, dried fruit and/or vinous aromatics. Stronger versions can have the aroma of alcohol (never sharp, hot or solvent-like). The hop aroma is low to none. Diacetyl is low to none.
Tropical versions can be quite sweet without much roast or bitterness, while export versions can be moderately dry (reflecting impression of a scaled-up version of either sweet stout or dry stout). Roasted grain and malt character can be moderate to high, although sharpness of dry stout will not be present in any example. Tropical versions can have high fruity esters, smooth dark grain flavors and restrained bitterness—they often have a sweet, rum-like quality. Export versions tend to have lower esters, more assertive roast flavors and higher bitterness. The roasted flavors of either version may taste of coffee, chocolate, or lightly burnt grain. There is little to no hop flavor and very low to no diacetyl. There is a medium-full to full body, often with a smooth, creamy character. It may give a warming (but never hot) impression from alcohol presence. There is moderate to moderately high carbonation.
Ingredients
Stouts 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 (U.S. versions) or characterful (English varieties).
Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip (depending on price and ABV), poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 5%-11% and an average IBU range of 30-40.
Examples
Great examples of this style are Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Jester King Black Metal and Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Dry Irish Stout.

History 
Stout beer was originally a term used to describe a strong version of Porter, “Stout Porter."  The brewing of Stout grew out of the wide popularity of Porter, both in London and elsewhere. After changing hands a couple of times, Arthur Guinness purchased the old St. James Gate brewery in 1759, founded Guinness and started producing traditional ales and beers.  He soon started brewing his “Extra Strong Porter” and within 10 years was exporting to London.  By 1799, they were producing only Porter. Later, Stout became their mainstay and has become the most common example of the style.
Other dry Irish stout brewers have been around for some time: Beamish was founded in 1792 and Murphy’s in 1856. 
There are records showing that “Russian Stout” was being exported to the Baltic as early as 1780 and had similar conditioning in transit as IPA.
The Stouts from England and Scotland were not dry like Irish Stout but sweet containing milk sugar (lactose). This was the beginning of Milk Stouts—Mackeson Milk Stout from Whitbread was one of the first in 1907. 

Stouts have long been thought to have nutritional value, of giving strength and have been praised by medical professionals for years.  In fact, Milks Stouts likely came about as a means of boosting the already implied healthful benefits of stout.  Oatmeal stouts, which contain about 5% grist weight of oatmeal, have become more available due to brewers such as Sam Smith and Young’s and further promote the image of a healthy beer.
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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 ...

read more

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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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Wittekerke Wild Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.00
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Wittekerke Wild Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.00

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Wittekerke Wild

The wild idea to use the microflora derived from the Petrus Oak foeders into another beer has never seen before. Through a new technique at Brewery De Brabandere they are able to harvest those wild yeasts and bacteria that live on the inside of the ...

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The wild idea to use the microflora derived from the Petrus Oak foeders into another beer has never seen before. Through a new technique at Brewery De Brabandere they are able to harvest those wild yeasts and bacteria that live on the inside of the oak foeders .
By unleashing the microflora into Wittekerke, their sessional wit beer, a unique refreshment is created. A wild idea in first fermentation.
The refinement and refreshment of Wittekerke Wit united with the harvested and unleashed wild yeast and bacteria,  results in a unique balance of wit beer and sour aromas. This ultra-flavoured and refreshing session beer is easily accessible for everyone … and demands for more than one!

Wittekerke Wild, The Ultimate Sour Refreshment!

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Style:
Wild 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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  • 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 ...
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    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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    Snifter

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    275mL

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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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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    275mL

    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 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.

    read less

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    Snifter

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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 ...

    read more

    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

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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 ...
    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.
    read less

    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 ...

    read more

    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.

    read less

    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    24.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School
  • Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    15.00

    Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2013 Olde School

    Caramel, molasses, raisin on the nose. Plum, brown sugar, and sllightly roasty on the palate with a little tannic bitterness on the back. Not very boozy for being 15%

    Caramel, molasses, raisin on the nose. Plum, brown sugar, and sllightly roasty on the palate with a little tannic bitterness on the back. Not very boozy for being 15%

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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:
    Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

    320 Rehoboth Ave
    Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

    http://www.dogfish.com/

    The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

    Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first ...

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    The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

    Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Their very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, they brewed three times a day, five days a week. The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. 

    The beer wasn't the brewpub’s only draw. The pub's menu centered on a wood-burning grill. Dogfish Head soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it's a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or signature pizza dough.

    With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. Dogfish Head built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house.

    The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware's borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. They began bottling Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just one year later, they expanded again. This time, they separated the packaging operation from the restaurant. By 1999, they were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

    Dogfish Head outgrew their distributing brewery in a couple years and, in the summer of 2002, they moved their entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Del., into a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery. Around the same time, they built a distillery on the second floor of their Rehoboth Beach brewpub to make vodka, rum and gin.

    Dogfish Head now brews nearly 20 styles of beer that are sold in more than 25 states, as well as a half-dozen kinds of hand-crafted spirits.

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    Snifter

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    SRM Value / Color

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    Final Gravity

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  • Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron
  • Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron

    Style

    English Barley Wine

    Category

    English Barley Wine

    IBU

    50

    ABV

    12.00

    Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats 2014 Palo Santo Marron

    An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented Brown Ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this ale comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden ...

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    An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented Brown Ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this ale comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition.

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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:
    Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

    320 Rehoboth Ave
    Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

    http://www.dogfish.com/

    The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

    Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first ...

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    The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when they opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the Delaware's first brewpub. The plan was to bring original beer, original food and original music to the area.

    Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Their very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, they brewed three times a day, five days a week. The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. 

    The beer wasn't the brewpub’s only draw. The pub's menu centered on a wood-burning grill. Dogfish Head soon became known as the place to enjoy fresh grilled seafood, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. The wood–burning grill imparts a unique flavor to everything on the menu, whether it's a hearty sandwich, a delicate piece of fish or signature pizza dough.

    With the popularity of the pub growing, it was quickly apparent that the 12–gallon brewery would not keep up with demand. Dogfish Head built a new brewery and underwent a thirty-fold expansion of the brew house.

    The reputation of Dogfish Head ales quickly grew beyond Delaware's borders. Calls from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and beyond poured in, as thirsty restaurant patrons demanded their favorite beach beer at home. They began bottling Shelter Pale Ale in 1996 and just one year later, they expanded again. This time, they separated the packaging operation from the restaurant. By 1999, they were up to five year–round bottled brands in about a dozen states.

    Dogfish Head outgrew their distributing brewery in a couple years and, in the summer of 2002, they moved their entire production brewery up the road to Milton, Del., into a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery. Around the same time, they built a distillery on the second floor of their Rehoboth Beach brewpub to make vodka, rum and gin.

    Dogfish Head now brews nearly 20 styles of beer that are sold in more than 25 states, as well as a half-dozen kinds of hand-crafted spirits.

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  • 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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    750mL

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  • J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale
  • J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2015 Harvest Ale

    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
  • 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.

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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

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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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    Bottle Size

    22oz

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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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    12oz

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  • 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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    3 - 3 / Straw

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  • 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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    American Pint

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  • 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

  • Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles
  • Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles

    Style

    Helles

    Category

    Helles

    IBU

    22

    ABV

    4.80

    Freetail Brewing Company Bat Outta Helles

    Originally developed by a Munich brewmaster in 1895, the Munich Helles lager came about due to necessity. The Czech town of Plzen had introduced a new, extremely pale lager with a huge, heady hop aroma without excess bitterness--thanks to their very soft water. That beer ...

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    Originally developed by a Munich brewmaster in 1895, the Munich Helles lager came about due to necessity. The Czech town of Plzen had introduced a new, extremely pale lager with a huge, heady hop aroma without excess bitterness--thanks to their very soft water. That beer still rules the world today as pilsner (in its various, not-so-traditional incarnations) is the go to brew across cultures. Still, that Munich brewmaster’s legacy--brewing with water much closer to our aquifer water than the soft water of Plzen--struck a delicate balance of silky, light malt flavor and herbal hop nuance to create a refreshing and rewarding beer.

    Traditional, but not your typical pale lager, Bat Outta Helles comes to you fresh from the heart of San Antonio and celebrates our own long brewing heritage. Brewed with German Pilsner and Munich malts, a combination of American and German hops and Edwards Aquifer water then lagered for at least a month--long enough to remember how much we owe to the innovators in our industry.

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    Style:
    Helles

    Helles
    Developed by Bavarians in response to the popularity of Bohemian Pilsner, Helles means “pale” in German. It’s clean and balanced, with a light color. 
    Appearance 
    Helles beer has a pale straw color and is clear with a thick, long lasting head.

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    Helles
    Developed by Bavarians in response to the popularity of Bohemian Pilsner, Helles means “pale” in German. It’s clean and balanced, with a light color. 
    Appearance 
    Helles beer has a pale straw color and is clear with a thick, long lasting head.

    Aroma/Flavor
    Helles has a clean, mild malt-accented aromas.  It may be slightly sulfurous. 

    The style is clean, balanced and delicate.  It’s medium bodied—the relatively high protein levels contribute to a fuller body than might be expected from its color. There is muted hop character.  The water in Southern Bavaria is medium hard, and the harder the water, the more perceived hop bitterness.  The finish is malty and dry, but not astringent. 

    Ingredients 
    The foundation of Helles is North American two-row or Pils pale malt based on Harrington or Klages.  They give Helles its body, pale color and light flavor. Noble hop varieties can include Hallertauer Muttelfruh, Tettnanger and Hersbrucker or North American Mt. Hood.  Any hop varieties that add strong, spicy, citrus, acrid, floral or piney notes must not be used, as these would ruin the balanced flavor profile of Helles. 
    Bavarian-style lager yeast of the Saccharomyces uvarum family are used, which are slow acting and contain some clarifying agents.  Helles can be made with only one variety of hop and one variety of malt, but must be of higher quality that are native to the Bavarian region. 
    Helles is lagered near the freezing point between 4 to 6 weeks on the yeast to bring out its delicacy and softness.  This allows the yeast to reabsorb its less attractive metabolic byproducts, including the small amount of diacetyl—the flavor compound found in most beers imparting butterscotch characteristics—it produces. It also prevents the oxidation of ethanol into aldehydes, which can give the beer an undesirable green apple aroma and allows the beer to keep longer. 
    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    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 4.7%-5.4% ABV and 18-25 IBU. 

    Example
    Great examples of this style are Victory Lager and Saint Arnold Summer Pils. 

    History 
    Bavarian brewing laws have played an important role in bringing about the Helles style.  The influential 1516 Reinheitsgebot demanded that brewers use only barley, hops and water (yeast was not yet understood), and the 1553 summer brewing prohibition that prohibited brewing in the summer months had the unintended consequence of making all Bavarian brews lagers since ale yeasts stayed dormant during the cold months when brewing was allowed. 
    Clearer, lighter beers became more popular as Bavarians made a late transition from traditional gray beer steins called Keferlohers to modern glassware. This was initially met with resistance from traditionalists who only considered dark beer to be authentically Bavarian. 
    In 1833, Gabriel Sedlmayr (the younger) of the Spaten Brewery and Anton Dreher of the Dreher Brewery in Vienna toured England to study their most recent advances in brewing—including Daniel Wheeler’s 1818 patented metal drum for drying grain that allowed for the slow controlled drying process Helles needs to achieve its very pale malt. Another event that led to the development of Helles was Spaten’s modernization of their brewery with German engineer Carl von Linde’s 1873 invention of a refrigeration system for fermentation tanks.  Spaten could then control the fermentation and conditioning of their beers and produce top quality lagers year round. 
    In 1878, Bavarian Lorenz Enzinger invented mechanical beer filtration that removed yeast cells and other suspended particles from the finished beer.  In 1872, a golden yellow brew labeled “Marzen-Bier” was released by Franziskaner-Leist-Brauerei of Munich, followed by Hacker-Brauerei’s Muncher Gold in 1893. After market testing in Hamburg, Spaten released Helles Lagerbier on June 20, 1895, in Munich. Northern Germans adopted the Helles style with more battering hops to produce the German Pilsner.  There is also a stronger version called Bavarian Export, which is around 5.5% ABV. 
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    Brewery:
    Freetail Brewing Company

    4035 N LOOP 1604 W #105
    San Antonio, TX 78257

    https://www.freetailbrewing.com/

    Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

    In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually ...

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    Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

    In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually per year. The original brewpub location remains open and will feature some exclusive small batch beers that won’t be available in the production brewery taproom.

    Through a distribution partnership with Silver Eagle, Freetail entered the Houston market in March 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

    Munich +

    Pilsner +

  • 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

  • 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

  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22

    Style

    Barrel Aged Saison

    Category

    Barrel Aged Saison

    IBU

    20

    ABV

    8.00

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 22

    Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 is our Icon Gold - Texas Honey Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels with peaches and apricots. During the brewing process, approximately 800 lb of Texas wildflower honey was added to the boil. After fermenting with French Saison yeast to a bone ...

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    Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 is our Icon Gold - Texas Honey Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels with peaches and apricots. During the brewing process, approximately 800 lb of Texas wildflower honey was added to the boil. After fermenting with French Saison yeast to a bone dry finish, we added 1700 lb of peach and 900 lb of apricot puree along with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, a yeast commonly found in spontaneous fermentation. Finally the beer was matured in a mixture of wines barrels that previously held BB19 and freshly emptied California Chardonnay barrels for 12 months.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Saison

    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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  • Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw
  • Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw

    Style

    Black IPA

    Category

    Black IPA

    IBU

    100

    ABV

    9.00

    Sigma Brewing Company Bonesaw

    Black Imperial IPA from one of Houston's newest breweries

    Black Imperial IPA from one of Houston's newest breweries

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    Style:
    Black IPA

    Black IPA 
    This emerging beer style has IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character.

    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 ...
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    Black IPA 
    This emerging beer style has IPA-level hopping, relatively high alcohol and a distinct toasty dark malt character.

    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
    This style is dark black in color. 

    Aroma/Taste
    There is a prominent to intense hop aroma 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. A light hint of roasted malt should be present.
    The hop flavor is strong and complex and can reflect the use of American, English or Noble hop varieties. There is hHigh 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 with a medium dry to dry finish. A clean, smooth, alcohol flavor is usually present. The dark malt should add a slight note of roast, but not to the point of a stout or porter.
    Ingredients
    Black IPAs contain Pale Ale malt, generally American 2-row, de-bittered black malt, American hops and American Ale yeast. It’s mashed at a lower temperature 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 the alcohol content, 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 60-80.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style include Stone SSR and Deschutes Hop in the Dark.

    History 
    This style was first brewed in small breweries and brew pubs in Vermont in the early 1990s to the early 2000s. The style began to catch fire when Stone released Sublimely Self-Righteous in 2010. 
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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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  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics
  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    40

    ABV

    6.20

    Eureka Heights Brewing Company Bottomless Lyrics

    Inspired by one of the most epic rap battles to ever come out of the south west Pacific Ocean, this New Zealand hopped IPA has a flavor that goes on forever. Double Dry Hopped with Motueka, Wakatu, Rakau and Vic Secret hops. 

    Inspired by one of the most epic rap battles to ever come out of the south west Pacific Ocean, this New Zealand hopped IPA has a flavor that goes on forever. Double Dry Hopped with Motueka, Wakatu, Rakau and Vic Secret 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:
    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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    Tulip

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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

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    375mL

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  • Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza
  • Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    20

    ABV

    4.90

    Freetail Brewing Company Cerveza

    Straw-golden, with an effervescent pillow of foam—Cerveza’s appearance informs the eyes of what’s next: a light-bodied thirst-quencher with subtle notes of bready malts delicately balanced with floral hop aromas. This is not your granddad’s back porch sipper, but he wishes it ...

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    Straw-golden, with an effervescent pillow of foam—Cerveza’s appearance informs the eyes of what’s next: a light-bodied thirst-quencher with subtle notes of bready malts delicately balanced with floral hop aromas. This is not your granddad’s back porch sipper, but he wishes it was. A tribute to some of the pioneering Golden Ales of the 90’s craft beer boom, Cerveza will take you back to a simpler time, before 12 different styles of IPA and cake flavored Imperial Stouts ruled the day.

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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:
    Freetail Brewing Company

    4035 N LOOP 1604 W #105
    San Antonio, TX 78257

    https://www.freetailbrewing.com/

    Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

    In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually ...

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    Freetail Brewing Company was founded in San Antonio, Texas by Scott Metzger in 2006. 

    In 2014, Freetail Brewing expanded its brewing capacity with a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot facility. With this investment, Freetail now has the capacity to brew about 5,000 barrels annually per year. The original brewpub location remains open and will feature some exclusive small batch beers that won’t be available in the production brewery taproom.

    Through a distribution partnership with Silver Eagle, Freetail entered the Houston market in March 2015. 

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    American Pint

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  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose

    Style

    Gose

    Category

    Gose

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.20

    Anderson Valley Brewing Company Cherry Gose

    Slightly salty and brewed with bright bing cherry extract.

    Slightly salty and brewed with bright bing cherry extract.

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    Style:
    Gose

    Brewery:
    Anderson Valley Brewing Company

    17700 CA-253
    Boonville, CA 95415

    http://avbc.com/

    Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat ...

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    Founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company brewed out of a 10-barrel brewhouse, located in the lower level of its brewpub, The Buckhorn Saloon. Gleaming stainless steel vats brewed and fermented barley and other specialty grains to create outstanding ales, porters, stouts, and wheat beers. These brews began as a dream of Kenneth Allen to create the smoothest tasting ales available anywhere.

    When the demand for their award winning ales exceeded the capacity of our 10-barrel brewery below the pub, AVBC built their present 30-barrel facility at the corner of Highways 128 and 253, a mile from the center of Boonville. That was in 1996, and this brewery saw them through a dramatic period of growth, which included the introduction of a 12 ounce bottling line and a production level of 15,000 barrels in 1998, twice the amount brewed in 1997.

    Yet, the brewery’s growth was outpacing its larger space and expanded capacity. In 1998, construction began on a state-of-the-art, three-story Bavarian-style brewhouse. The centerpieces of the brewhouse are gleaming 100- and 85- barrel copper brew kettles rescued by Ken Allen from a defunct German breweries during a trip to Europe in 1995. The new brewhouse went online in August of 2000.

    By 2010 Ken Allen decided to retire and began to search for a successor to continue the Anderson Valley commitment to quality. In April of 2010 the brewery sold to industry veteran Trey White. In September of that year Fal Allen (former general manager 2000 – 2004, no relation to Ken) returned to the brewery as brewmaster. White has focused on innovation and quality, introducing the Bahl Hornin’ Series, expanding the barrel aged program, and increasing brewing capacity.

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  • Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret
  • Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret

    Style

    Fruited Sour

    Category

    Fruited Sour

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.30

    Platypus Brewing Cranberry Beret

    Made with real cranberry puree, the soft sourness of this pint will just unlease the inner flamboyant singer within you.

    Made with real cranberry puree, the soft sourness of this pint will just unlease the inner flamboyant singer within you.

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    Style:
    Fruited Sour

    Brewery:
    Platypus Brewing

    1902 Washington Ave, Suite E
    Houston, Texas 77007

    http://www.platypusbrewing.com/

    The story starts with a small home brew kit that Rachna bought Sean for Christmas 10+ years ago when they first moved from Houston to Australia. Little did she realize that this was the start of a true passion. Sean went on to take a ...

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    The story starts with a small home brew kit that Rachna bought Sean for Christmas 10+ years ago when they first moved from Houston to Australia. Little did she realize that this was the start of a true passion. Sean went on to take a Master Brew course and upgraded the original brew kit to continue crafting his beers. The craft beer bug had definitely bit both Sean and Rachna, and they started scoping possible options for opening a brewery in Brisbane, Queensland . Alas the Brisbane brewery has not happened (yet!) but through the fortunes of life, family brought them back to Houston and the idea of opening a brewery continued to grow.

    Enter Morgan, a great friend living in Houston … although Morgan and Sean happen to both be from Australia, they actually met while living in Houston 15+ years ago and bonded over all things rugby and beer. Morgan also has his share of home brewing over the years and the idea of creating a brewery near home had instant appeal.

    The concept evolved as the three Platypi discussed venture possibilities and realized that all of the things that they loved about both Australia and Texas were one and the same, a cultural overlap so-to-speak. The passion of crafting great beer, while creating a friendly and relaxed neighborhood environment for people to come together and enjoy good drink and food, started to take shape. The dream quickly became a reality.

    Enter Kerry, an award winning brewer … Kerry has been in the brewing industry since 2008 and brings West Coast experience and style to the growing Houston craft beer scene. Her beers have won a gold medal at the California State Fair as well as the coveted “People’s Choice” award at Reno’s BBQ, Blues, and Brews Festival. Her proven talent, experience and drive, combined with her desire to be part of growing a new brewery, were the perfect combination. Without Kerry, Platypus would be a pub without the brew!

    This is just the start of our story — you can help us continue to develop it. We are happy to be able to share our love of beer with you!

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  • Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose

    Style

    Gose

    Category

    Gose

    IBU

    5

    ABV

    4.00

    Real Ale Brewing Company Cranberry Gose

    A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. For a festive twist on the style, we add cranberry puree to the fermenter. 

    A historic style from Northern Germany, Gose is a slightly sour wheat beer known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness. For a festive twist on the style, we add cranberry puree to the fermenter. 

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    Style:
    Gose

    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

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    11.300 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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    Malt Variety

  • Nola Brewing Company Curved Space Thyme
  • Nola Brewing Company Curved Space Thyme

    Style

    Sour Ale

    Category

    Sour Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.50

    Nola Brewing Company Curved Space Thyme

    Dry-hopped Lowerline w/Galaxy hops & thyme

    Dry-hopped Lowerline w/Galaxy hops & thyme

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    Style:
    Sour 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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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil
  • Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil

    Style

    Fruited Sour

    Category

    Fruited Sour

    IBU

    30

    ABV

    8.50

    Blue Owl Brewing Dapper Devil

    Sour raspberry strong ale

    Sour raspberry strong ale

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    Style:
    Fruited Sour

    Brewery:
    Blue Owl Brewing

    2400 East Cesar Chavez St. #300
    Austin, TX 78702

    http://blueowlbrewing.com/

    We’re dedicated to the craft of sour-mashing your favorite beer styles.
    Not because nobody else has done it, but because we think you’ll like it.

    We’re dedicated to the craft of sour-mashing your favorite beer styles.
    Not because nobody else has done it, but because we think you’ll like it.

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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Van Steenberge De Garre
  • Van Steenberge De Garre

    Style

    Belgian Tripel

    Category

    Belgian Tripel

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.00

    Van Steenberge De Garre

    This is the house beer for the famous pub in Brugges under the same name, De Garre! The pub is well concealed down a long alley where only beer lovers in search of this gem can successfully find it. This Belgian triple packs a big ...

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    This is the house beer for the famous pub in Brugges under the same name, De Garre! The pub is well concealed down a long alley where only beer lovers in search of this gem can successfully find it. This Belgian triple packs a big punch at 11% ABV. For this reason the pub owner will only allow any one visitor to order three during a sitting at this historic pub. 

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    Style:
    Belgian Tripel

    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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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • 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

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout
  • Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout

    Style

    American Stout

    Category

    American Stout

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.10

    Bell's Brewery Double Cream Stout

    Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.

    Named for its velvety smooth, creamy texture, this incredibly rich stout is brewed with 10 different specialty roasted malts chosen that impart notes of rich mocha and espresso. Dark and sweet tones intermingle with a soft, roasty finish.

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    Style:
    American Stout

    Stout
    Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same ...
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    Stout
    Stouts are an offshoot of the Porter style. The style can be broken down into six sub-categories: Sweet/Milk Stouts (AKA cream stouts), Dry Stouts, Russian Imperial Stouts, Tropical Stouts (AKA Export Stouts), American Stouts and English Stouts. They are all basically the same with only small ingredient differences.
    English Stouts were the first, and at the time were called Stout Porters. Porter was dropped from the name and later, as the style grew, the prefix English was added. These beers are basically big Porters. Sweet Stouts are English Stouts sweetened with milk sugar (lactose). Dry Stouts classically are Irish. The best known example is Guinness. The style should really be called Light Stout when compared to the now more commonplace American Stouts and Russian Imperial Stouts. Tropical Stouts were so-called because they were generally exported to the English Colonies in the Tropics. It is best to think of these as a scaled up Dry Stout or Baby Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stouts are the Big Daddies of the Stout world. Based on Stouts originally exported to the Baltic States from the U.K., American Craft brewers have pushed them to new heights.
    Appearance
    Stouts are very deep brown to black in color. Clarity is usually obscured by deep color (if not opaque, it will be clear). There is a large tan to brown head with good retention.
    Aroma/Taste
    Roasted grain aromas are moderate to high and can have coffee, chocolate and/or lightly burnt notes. Fruitiness is medium to high. Some versions may have a sweet aroma or molasses, licorice, dried fruit and/or vinous aromatics. Stronger versions can have the aroma of alcohol (never sharp, hot or solvent-like). The hop aroma is low to none. Diacetyl is low to none.
    Tropical versions can be quite sweet without much roast or bitterness, while export versions can be moderately dry (reflecting impression of a scaled-up version of either sweet stout or dry stout). Roasted grain and malt character can be moderate to high, although sharpness of dry stout will not be present in any example. Tropical versions can have high fruity esters, smooth dark grain flavors and restrained bitterness—they often have a sweet, rum-like quality. Export versions tend to have lower esters, more assertive roast flavors and higher bitterness. The roasted flavors of either version may taste of coffee, chocolate, or lightly burnt grain. There is little to no hop flavor and very low to no diacetyl. There is a medium-full to full body, often with a smooth, creamy character. It may give a warming (but never hot) impression from alcohol presence. There is moderate to moderately high carbonation.
    Ingredients
    Stouts 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 (U.S. versions) or characterful (English varieties).
    Glassware and Serving Temperature
    At Hay Merchant, we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip (depending on price and ABV), poured from our ale cooler at 50-55°.

    Stats
    This style will have a common ABV range of 5%-11% and an average IBU range of 30-40.
    Examples
    Great examples of this style are Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Left Hand Milk Stout, Jester King Black Metal and Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Dry Irish Stout.

    History 
    Stout beer was originally a term used to describe a strong version of Porter, “Stout Porter."  The brewing of Stout grew out of the wide popularity of Porter, both in London and elsewhere. After changing hands a couple of times, Arthur Guinness purchased the old St. James Gate brewery in 1759, founded Guinness and started producing traditional ales and beers.  He soon started brewing his “Extra Strong Porter” and within 10 years was exporting to London.  By 1799, they were producing only Porter. Later, Stout became their mainstay and has become the most common example of the style.
    Other dry Irish stout brewers have been around for some time: Beamish was founded in 1792 and Murphy’s in 1856. 
    There are records showing that “Russian Stout” was being exported to the Baltic as early as 1780 and had similar conditioning in transit as IPA.
    The Stouts from England and Scotland were not dry like Irish Stout but sweet containing milk sugar (lactose). This was the beginning of Milk Stouts—Mackeson Milk Stout from Whitbread was one of the first in 1907. 

    Stouts have long been thought to have nutritional value, of giving strength and have been praised by medical professionals for years.  In fact, Milks Stouts likely came about as a means of boosting the already implied healthful benefits of stout.  Oatmeal stouts, which contain about 5% grist weight of oatmeal, have become more available due to brewers such as Sam Smith and Young’s and further promote the image of a healthy beer.
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    Brewery:
    Bell's Brewery

    355 E. KALAMAZOO AVE.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    https://www.bellsbeer.com/

    Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to ...

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    Our journey began with a 15-gallon soup kettle, a quest for better beer and countless batches of homebrew. The passion and personality that began Bell’s continues today through our breweries and Eccentric Café. We continue to grow and evolve, dedicated to our mission; to be fiercely independent, 100% family owned, deeply rooted to our community, committed to the environment and brewers of inspired beer.

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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    1.080 gravity

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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

  • The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch
  • The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch

    Style

    Kolsch

    Category

    Kolsch

    IBU

    26

    ABV

    4.60

    The Collective Brewing Project Fantastikolsch

    Light malt character and floral noble hops make this a great summer sipper. 

    Light malt character and floral noble hops make this a great summer sipper. 

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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:
    The Collective Brewing Project

    112 ST LOUIS AVE
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    http://www.collectivebrew.com/

    The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample ...

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    The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample some of our beer you can't get anywhere else.  You can also hop in your gas guzzler and check out the beers at your favorite watering hole.  

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    American Pint

    Bottle Size

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  • 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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    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    12.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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  • 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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    12oz

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  • Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman

    Style

    Barrel Aged Quad

    Category

    Barrel Aged Quad

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    10.50

    Real Ale Brewing Company Four Horseman

    Base Beer — Black Quad (Trappist-inspired ale)
    Maturation — 6 months
    Barrels — new American Oak, charred spirit barrels
    Tasting Notes — dried fruit, vanilla, spice, subtle oak

    Base Beer — Black Quad (Trappist-inspired ale)
    Maturation — 6 months
    Barrels — new American Oak, charred spirit barrels
    Tasting Notes — dried fruit, vanilla, spice, subtle oak

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Quad

    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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  • Brouwerij Boon Framboise
  • Brouwerij Boon Framboise

    Style

    Lambic

    Category

    Lambic

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.00

    Brouwerij Boon Framboise

    Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per litre of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon ...

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    Raspberry lambic was once a rarity and only produced for a few weeks during the summer. Frank Boon was the first brewer to again prepare a raspberry lambic in the summer of 1976. More than 300 grams per litre of fresh raspberries give Framboise Boon a fresh fruity taste. The young lambic supports the flavour. But this is very much about raspberries, not the lambic. Of course we do not use artificial flavourings, only real raspberries

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    Style:
    Lambic

    Brewery:
    Brouwerij Boon

    Fonteinstraat 65
    Lembeek, Belgium B1502

    http://www.boon.be/

    Glassware

    Sour

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  • Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay
  • Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay

    Style

    Wine

    Category

    Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    13.50

    Domaine de la Patience From the Tank Chardonnay

    Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose & dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus & peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity & heady minerality.

    Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose & dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus & peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity & heady minerality.

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    Style:
    Wine

    Brewery:
    Domaine de la Patience

    Chemin de Marguerittes
    Bezouce, 30320

    http://www.domaine-patience.com/

    This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. After a decade of managing the winemaking at the local cooperative Christophe Aguilar decided it was time ...

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    This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. After a decade of managing the winemaking at the local cooperative Christophe Aguilar decided it was time to make his own wine. Today Christophe farms 60 hectares of vines, fifty-years ago his grandfather farmed the same soil, with a deep respect and understanding of the terroir.

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  • The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa
  • The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa

    Style

    Berliner Weisse

    Category

    Berliner Weisse

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.50

    The Collective Brewing Project German Day Spa

    Cucumber Lime Berliner Weisse

    Cucumber Lime Berliner Weisse

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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:
    The Collective Brewing Project

    112 ST LOUIS AVE
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    http://www.collectivebrew.com/

    The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample ...

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    The Collective is Fort Worth's first franken-monster of a brewery.  We're an unholy marriage of production brewery and badass taproom.  Ride your bike down to the near southside and hang out in our taproom, talk beer, play cornhole, eat some snacks and sample some of our beer you can't get anywhere else.  You can also hop in your gas guzzler and check out the beers at your favorite watering hole.  

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  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm

    Style

    Scotch Ale

    Category

    Scotch Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    7.00

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Gordon TerraForm

    This is a collaboration with Saint Arnold and Southern Smoke to raise money for the Grant Gordon Foundation which helps bring awareness for MS. This is St Arnold Oktoberfest aged in Miner red wine barrels with Brett added. The Brett dried out some of the ...

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    This is a collaboration with Saint Arnold and Southern Smoke to raise money for the Grant Gordon Foundation which helps bring awareness for MS. This is St Arnold Oktoberfest aged in Miner red wine barrels with Brett added. The Brett dried out some of the malty sweetness and added some funk. The barrel added a little bit of sharp acidity and tannins.

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    Style:
    Scotch Ale

    Scotch Ale
    Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented ale that, due to the cool climate in Scotland, is fermented at slightly lower than normal ale temperatures.

    Appearance
    This style has a deep amber to a dark copper color. It’s usually very clear due to ...
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    Scotch Ale
    Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented ale that, due to the cool climate in Scotland, is fermented at slightly lower than normal ale temperatures.

    Appearance
    This style has a deep amber to a dark copper color. It’s usually very clear due to long, cool fermentations.
    Aroma/Flavor
    The aroma has low to medium malty sweetness and light fruitiness, with maybe a hint of peat, though peat is not a requirement.
    The taste is dominated by malt. The natural malt sweetness is accentuated by kettle caramelization. Generally, it has a grainy, dry finish. Often, a large amount of unfermented sugar sweetness is present. Hop flavor is low. Peat smoke may be present.
    Ingredients
    Ingredients include Scottish pale base malt and English hops. Low levels of attenuation are common. The traditional flavor of peat is imparted by the water and yeast and not smoked malt.
    Scotch ales are usually massed in thick for single saccharification rest at high temperatures around 158° F, leading to a thick first running full of thick fermentable sugars.  
    Hops do not grow in Scotland and thus were not widely used in making the beer, so the hop profile is very low. Traditionally, brewers used herbs and spices to flavor the beer—heather was particularly popular.
    Glassware and Serving Temperature 
    At Hay Merchant we serve this style in an American Pint or tulip, depending on the strength. It's poured from our ale cooler at 50°-55° F.

    Stats
    This style’s ABV can range:  2.5-3.2%, 3.2-3.9%,3.9-5.0%, 6.5-10%. IBU is 10-30. 

    Example
    A great example of this style is Real Ale Wee Heavy. 

    History  
    There are four basic sub-categories of Scotch ale. For the most part, lighter versions of the beer are called Scottish Ales and heavier ones are called Scotch Ales. The naming system is based on the 19th century price per barrel of beer in shillings in increments of 10 from 60-160. 60 is called a “Light” at around 1.030 OG, 70 is a “Heavy” at around 1.040 OG 80 and 90 share the name “Export” at 1.050 and 1.065 respectively and everything else 100,110,120,130,140, 150,160 are know as “Wee Heavy”  and range from 1.070 to 1.140 OG. Light Scotch Ales are very rare in the U.S. because most American craft brewers don’t brew them, and the Scottish-produced ales are generally cask only and not exported. 
    It was common to use the parti-gyle method to make different strengths of the beer. This is when you collect runnings from the mash in separate vessels and brew them apart from each other. In the case of a Wee Heavy, the brewer might have to mash in multiple times before he/she reached the proper volumes for boiling.
    Many American home brewers and craft brewers have taken to adding peat smoked malts, but this is not true to style. As is the case with most beer from before the 20th century, smoke was always present because of the wood-fired floor kilns used around the world to dry the malt, but the smokiness is an undesirable byproduct. The Scots most likely used peat to fire their kilns and well water that sometimes was run-off from peat bogs. Therefore, their beer would pick up a small amount of the flavors, but that doesn’t mean Scotch Ales should be turned into smoke beers.
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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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  • Austin Eastciders Grapefruit
  • Austin Eastciders Grapefruit

    Style

    Cider

    Category

    Cider

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.00

    Austin Eastciders Grapefruit

    A refreshing and slightly tart cider made with heirloom bittersweet apples, American dessert apples and Ruby Red Grapefruit from the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    A refreshing and slightly tart cider made with heirloom bittersweet apples, American dessert apples and Ruby Red Grapefruit from the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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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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    Tulip

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  • Ommegang Hand of the Queen
  • Ommegang Hand of the Queen

    Style

    American Barley Wine

    Category

    American Barley Wine

    IBU

    35

    ABV

    11.00

    Ommegang Hand of the Queen

    A beer for Tyrion - A full-bodied expression of a classic rich and malty Barleywine ale. Brewed for those who drink, and know things. 

    A beer for Tyrion - A full-bodied expression of a classic rich and malty Barleywine ale. Brewed for those who drink, and know things. 

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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:
    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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  • 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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    Pilsner

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

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    12.900 plato

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  • Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout
  • Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    65

    ABV

    10.60

    Stone Brewing Company Imperial Russian Stout

    "Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin ...

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    "Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might worry that you'll be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about a sip. Rest assured, however, that even though this seemingly pernicious brew is indeed as black as sin, we guarantee that no actual sin was committed in making it...you'll have to add that on your own. This massive and intensely aromatic beer abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, black currants, anise and roastiness, and its heavy palate is nothing to be trifled with." Commercial Description 

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    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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    40 - 50 / Black

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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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  • Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron
  • Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron

    Style

    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    Category

    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    10.00

    Clown Shoes Josh the Apple Baron

    Wee heavy aged in apple brandy barrels.

    Wee heavy aged in apple brandy barrels.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    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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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro)
  • Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro)

    Style

    American Strong Ale

    Category

    American Strong Ale

    IBU

    65

    ABV

    6.70

    Deshcutes Brewery Jubelale (Nitro)

    Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes.

    Cocoa, dried fruit, and toffee notes.

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    Style:
    American Strong Ale

    Brewery:
    Deshcutes Brewery

    901 SW Simpson Ave
    Bend, OR 97702

    http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

    Deschutes Brewery was founded as a local brewpub Bend, Oregon in 1988. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From ...

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    Deschutes Brewery was founded as a local brewpub Bend, Oregon in 1988. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  

    Deschutes Brewery’s craft beers range from local favorites Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter to adventurous brews like Hop Trip and The Abyss.  

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Bravo +

    Flavor: High alpha acid hop with a strong herbal character.

    Aroma: Lots of herb, earthiness and slight fruitiness.

    Alpha Acids: 14 - 18%                     

    Beta Acids: 3 - 3.8%             

    Bittering

    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 

    Delta +

    Flavor: Spicy and woody with some floral notes.

    Aroma: Slightly floral aroma. Very Light.

    Alpha Acids: 5.5 - 7%                                  

    Beta Acids: 5 - 7%                

    Aroma

    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

    Tettnang (German) +

    Flavor: Noble spiciness with some clean subtle floral notes.

    Aroma: Unique floral spiciness with some earthy tones.

    Alpha Acids: 3 - 6%                         

    Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

    Cara Pils +

    Crystal +

    Pale Malt +

  • Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht
  • Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht

    Style

    Milk Stout

    Category

    Milk Stout

    IBU

    42

    ABV

    7.00

    Lone Pint Brewery Knecht Ruprecht

    This is the 4th version of this beer. This one is made with coffee from Southside and cocoa nibs from Venezuela.

    This is the 4th version of this beer. This one is made with coffee from Southside and cocoa nibs from Venezuela.

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    Style:
    Milk Stout

    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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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    Hops

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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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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

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    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

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    None plato

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    Malt Variety

  • Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    70

    ABV

    8.00

    Sierra Nevada Mosaic Double IPA

    Incredibly sweet, which masks almost all of the bitterness. Juicy apple is the dominant flavor rounded out by a hint of sweet yeast and toasty malt. 

    Incredibly sweet, which masks almost all of the bitterness. Juicy apple is the dominant flavor rounded out by a hint of sweet yeast and toasty malt. 

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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:
    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

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas
  • Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas

    Style

    Spiced Ale

    Category

    Spiced Ale

    IBU

    56

    ABV

    12.00

    Sigma Brewing Company Murry Christmas

    This delightfully powerful, deep, dark, & malty-sweet Christmas beer lets you enjoy just the right amount of spices & caramelly malt, while keeping the wonderful balance & lack of booziness.

    This delightfully powerful, deep, dark, & malty-sweet Christmas beer lets you enjoy just the right amount of spices & caramelly malt, while keeping the wonderful balance & lack of booziness.

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    Style:
    Spiced Ale

    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

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine
  • AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine

    Style

    Red Ale

    Category

    Red Ale

    IBU

    10

    ABV

    6.66

    AleSmith Brewing Company My Bloody Valentine

    This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant ...

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    This red-blooded cousin of Evil Dead Red Ale, our Halloween Brew, is a beautiful crimson color. Notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas that we know you’ll fall in love with. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate.

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    Style:
    Red Ale

    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

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    1.073 gravity

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013
  • North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013

    Style

    Old Ale/Stock Ale

    Category

    Old Ale/Stock Ale

    IBU

    34

    ABV

    11.90

    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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    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

  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

    Style

    Gose

    Category

    Gose

    IBU

    5

    ABV

    4.50

    Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

    "On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to ...

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    "On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!" Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Gose

    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

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    11.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    1.800 plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

    Pale Malt +

    Wheat +

  • Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek
  • Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek

    Style

    Lambic

    Category

    Lambic

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.00

    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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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    375mL

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    Style

    American Pale Ale

    Category

    American Pale Ale

    IBU

    38

    ABV

    5.60

    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 build