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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Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 55 10.10
Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful 55 10.10

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40 - 50 / Black

Original Gravity

1.104 gravity

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None plato

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Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

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Sterling +

Flavor: Herbal with some citrus notes.

Aroma: Herbal, spicy and slightly floral.

Alpha Acids: 6 - 9%                         

Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

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2-Row Malt +

De-Bittered Black Malt +

Midnight Wheat +

Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar

"Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will ...

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"Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age.

The Czar is the first installment in our Dictator Series." Commercial Description

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

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

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

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

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

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Style:
Barrel Aged Barleywine

Brewery:
J.W. Lee's

Greengate Brewery
Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

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

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

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

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

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

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Tulip

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750mL

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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 Parabola Russian Imperial Stout Not for the Faint of Heart 82 14.00
Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Parabola Russian Imperial Stout Not for the Faint of Heart 82 14.00

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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%                

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Parabola

"One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. A remarkably complex brew that ...

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"One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. A remarkably complex brew that offers a transcendental drinking experience – enjoy with good company." Commercial Description

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Style:
Russian 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.

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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 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

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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

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Sour

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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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Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary Barrel Aged Porter Oddly Delicious 36 7.30
Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary Barrel Aged Porter Oddly Delicious 36 7.30

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Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary

Port barrel aged porter

Port barrel aged porter

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Style:
Barrel Aged Porter

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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11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron Session IPA Hop-a-licious 13 4.50
11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron Session IPA Hop-a-licious 13 4.50

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

10.600 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

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

Galena +

Flavor: Clean herbal bittering

Aroma: Herbal and earthy with some pine

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 14%                  

Beta Acids: 7 - 9%                

Bittering 

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Warrior +

Flavor: Smooth mild citrus flavor with some earthiness and pine.

Aroma: Mild and resinous with slight citrus.

Alpha Acids: 15 - 17%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 5.5%          

Bittering

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Vienna +

Wheat +

11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron

"A blonde session beer that's big on flavor and extremely drinkable, 7-Iron™ has a delicate malt profile with plenty of American hop flavor and aroma to make you down for another round." Commercial Description

"A blonde session beer that's big on flavor and extremely drinkable, 7-Iron™ has a delicate malt profile with plenty of American hop flavor and aroma to make you down for another round." Commercial Description

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Style:
Session IPA

Brewery:
11 Below Brewing Company

6820 Bourgeois Rd
Houston, TX 77066

http://11belowbrewing.com/

11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with ...

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11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with three beers: 7-Iron, a hoppy session; Oso Bueno, an American Amber; and Color Blind, a Red IPA. 

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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

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

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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Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 28 6.00
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning American Blonde Ale Sociable and Refreshing 28 6.00

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning

We wondered what if we stripped down one of our favorites, Wake 'N Bake, kept the espresso and vanilla, then added oats for a thicker mouthfeel and almond for a nutty twist.

Espresso notes greet you and balance out with smooth vanilla and nutty almond ...

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We wondered what if we stripped down one of our favorites, Wake 'N Bake, kept the espresso and vanilla, then added oats for a thicker mouthfeel and almond for a nutty twist.

Espresso notes greet you and balance out with smooth vanilla and nutty almond in this silky golden ale.

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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:
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

5301 Nolda Street
Houston, TX 77007

http://www.buffbrew.com/

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

Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines ...

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

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

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

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

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Great Heights Brewing Company Amber Amber Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 45 5.30
Great Heights Brewing Company Amber Amber Ale Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 45 5.30

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Great Heights Brewing Company Amber

Complex malt profile includes pronounced roastiness, with coffee and gingerbread notes, complimented by ample hoppy finish.

Complex malt profile includes pronounced roastiness, with coffee and gingerbread notes, complimented by ample hoppy finish.

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Style:
Amber Ale

Brewery:
Great Heights Brewing Company

938 Wakefield Drive
Houston, TX 77018

https://www.greatheightsbrewing.com/

We're just a couple of guys living the dream of quitting desk jobs and ditching long hours at the office for even longer hours at the brewery—we couldn't be happier. Swing by our neighborhood taproom and say hi and cheers with us!

We're just a couple of guys living the dream of quitting desk jobs and ditching long hours at the office for even longer hours at the brewery—we couldn't be happier. Swing by our neighborhood taproom and say hi and cheers with us!

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Shacksbury Cider Arlo Cider Besides Beer None 6.20
Shacksbury Cider Arlo Cider Besides Beer None 6.20

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Shacksbury Cider Arlo

Aromatic, grapefruit, lightly sparkling, and dry. This cider is a blend of apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and Basque bittersweet apples. The fermentation is slow using native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and aged for 3-6 months.

Aromatic, grapefruit, lightly sparkling, and dry. This cider is a blend of apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and Basque bittersweet apples. The fermentation is slow using native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and aged for 3-6 months.

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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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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
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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Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 70 7.00
Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 70 7.00

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

4 - 5 / Pale Gold

Original Gravity

16.000 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA

Balanced IPA,  dank tropical fruit on the nose. Refreshing citrus, pine and more tropical fruit on the palate.

Balanced IPA,  dank tropical fruit on the nose. Refreshing citrus, pine and more tropical fruit on the palate.

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Style:
IPA

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

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

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

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

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

History 
The style was first brewed in the U.K. for export to India. The first IPAs were shipped in 1790. It was well-known at the time—though not understood why—that beers with lots of hops kept very well and could withstand the long voyage. Historical evidence indicates that the first IPAs had more than 1.100 on original gravity and between 150-180 IBUs. The trip from England to India took 6 weeks by ship. For the voyage, the beer was stored in oak casks. These casks most likely carried with them a small amount of wild yeast and bacteria. The high levels of hops would have helped fight the infections, but as the beer aged on the voyage, and once it reached port, the hops would slowly fade, and the sour notes would begin to come out. The combination of these factors led to the final flavor of historical IPAs: a boozy, hoppy, slightly sour, slightly oaky ale.
Historically speaking, there are three different incarnations of the IPA. First was a Stock London-style Pale Ale exported by Hodgson from 1750-1820. Second, Burton-brewed Pale Ale was exported from 1820-1900. Finally, new laws and the temperance movement, as well as a decrease in exportation, led to the modern English IPA that is lower in alcohol and less hoppy.
It is very important to understand the roll that taxation played in the story of the IPA. The style went from a hoppy, bitter, boozy powerhouse to what we now call English IPA—a mild mannered style that bears little resemblance to the original. In 1880, the Free Mash Tun Act (FMTA) was passed by the British government. The FMTA stopped the taxation on brewers when they bought the raw ingredients and instead taxed them on the gravity of the wort at the time the yeast was pitched. This was a huge blow to high gravity beer in the U.K. It took a few years for the tax to really do damage, but by 1900, the old IPAs were gone and had been replaced by what came to be called Bitters. Later in the 20th century, IPAs were still being brewed in the U.K., but they were shadows of their former selves. The original IPA was basically forgotten. To avoid confusion, when we talk about the English IPA style, we are referring to the current version of the beer, not the original pre-FMTA version.
American craft brewers began brewing their versions of IPAs in the 1980s and 1990s. At the time, they started out brewing English IPAs with the ingredients they had on hand—American malts and hops. These early American craft brewers soon began pushing the boundaries of what an IPA could be. By the end of the 1990s, the American style of IPA was becoming wildly popular on the West coast, with 90+ IBU and averaging 6%-7% ABV. American craft brewers had unwittingly rediscovered the lost true English IPA.
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Brewery:
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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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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Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour Sour Ale Sour and Funky None 5.80
Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour Sour Ale Sour and Funky None 5.80

Glassware

Sour

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

13.500 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

Challenger-UK +

Flavor: Spicy and almost fruity flavors.

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

Alpha Acids: 6.5 - 9%                      

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 4.2%                      

Dual Purpose

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Perle +

Flavor: Very earthy with a minty finish.

Aroma: Earthy and slightly spicy.

Alpha Acids: 7 - 9.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

2-Row Malt +

Wheat +

Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour

"What is it that we love so much about our favorite cars? Why do we give the best ones really cool names? In between surf sets, our lab manager, Drew, dreamed wistfully about his old car as he worked to isolate our unique Brooklyn souring ...

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"What is it that we love so much about our favorite cars? Why do we give the best ones really cool names? In between surf sets, our lab manager, Drew, dreamed wistfully about his old car as he worked to isolate our unique Brooklyn souring lactobacillus. When the beer was finally done, what would we call it?

Well, Bel Air, of course - Drew’s beautiful old car. Big, yet graceful and light on its feet. Racy and maybe even a little bit dangerous, but also effortlessly cool, breezy and undeniably compelling. Okay, so watch this magic trick - a thrilling jolt of tartness up front opens onto a riot of tropical fruit, courtesy of our lacto, our ale yeast, and a generous helping of Amarillo dry-hopping. Soft barley malts and wheat keep things dry and refreshing, and the whole thing comes together like a blend of Champagne, hops, and an unusually good pineapple." Commercial Description

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Style:
Sour Ale

Brewery:
Brooklyn Brewery

79 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

http://brooklynbrewery.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 12.30
11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 12.30

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
11 Below Brewing Company

6820 Bourgeois Rd
Houston, TX 77066

http://11belowbrewing.com/

11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with ...

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11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with three beers: 7-Iron, a hoppy session; Oso Bueno, an American Amber; and Color Blind, a Red IPA. 

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 23 Barrel Aged Dopplebock Oddly Delicious 17 12.50
Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 23 Barrel Aged Dopplebock Oddly Delicious 17 12.50

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 23

Bishop’s Barrel No. 23 is a Rye Doppelbock Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. It’s lightly spicy, with upfront notes of toffee, brown sugar and cherry, balanced by the slight rye character of the beer and the rye whiskey character from the WhistlePig barrels ...

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Bishop’s Barrel No. 23 is a Rye Doppelbock Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. It’s lightly spicy, with upfront notes of toffee, brown sugar and cherry, balanced by the slight rye character of the beer and the rye whiskey character from the WhistlePig barrels it was aged in. With a moderate body and warming booze character, BB23 will keep you wanting another sip. 

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Style:
Barrel Aged Dopplebock

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

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

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

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

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Style:
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company

701 Galveston Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104

http://rahrbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk Fruited Ale Oddly Delicious None 9.20
Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk Fruited Ale Oddly Delicious None 9.20

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Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk

"We last released Blushing Monk in July of 2011; before that, we hadn’t put it out in four years. This is the first Backstage Series beer that we’ve brought back.

Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a ...

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"We last released Blushing Monk in July of 2011; before that, we hadn’t put it out in four years. This is the first Backstage Series beer that we’ve brought back.

Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more." Commercial Description

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Style:
Fruited Ale

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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Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon Gose Sour and Funky None 4.20
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon Gose Sour and Funky None 4.20

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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%             

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2-Row Malt +

White Wheat +

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon

Balanced by subtle watermelon flavors, aromas and a gentle addition of sea salt create a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to a clean, dry finish.

Balanced by subtle watermelon flavors, aromas and a gentle addition of sea salt create a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to a clean, dry finish.

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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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Sierra Nevada Brut IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 25 6.20
Sierra Nevada Brut IPA IPA Hop-a-licious 25 6.20

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Comet +

Flavor: Pineapple, citrus and wild hop flavor.

Aroma: Very harsh wild hop aroma with some citrus notes

Alpha Acids: 9 - 12.5%                    

Beta Acids: 3 - 6%                

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Crystal +

Flavor: Woody, grassy. Almost veggie-like.

Aroma: Very mild floral with some black pepper showing through.

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 6%                                  

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 6.5%          

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Sierra Nevada Brut IPA

This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

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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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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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Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny Cream Ale Sociable and Refreshing 15 4.20
Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny Cream Ale Sociable and Refreshing 15 4.20

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Magnum +

Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

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Willamette +

Flavor: Mild fruitiness.

Aroma: Floral, spicy and herbal.

Alpha Acids: 4 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 3 - 4.5%             

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2-Row Malt +

Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny

Brewed with corn. Easy drinking lighter style of beer. Very clean and sessionable.

Brewed with corn. Easy drinking lighter style of beer. Very clean and sessionable.

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Style:
Cream 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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Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00
Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis Lambic Fresh and Fruity None 6.00

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Hanssens Artisanaal Cassis

Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

Ale Brewed with Black Currants and Matured in Oak Barrels.

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Style:
Lambic

Brewery:
Hanssens Artisanaal

Vroenenbosstraat 15
Dworp, Belgium 1653

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

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

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

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Style:
Wine

Brewery:
Hahn Family Wines

37700 Foothill Road
Soledad, CA 93960

https://www.hahnwines.com/

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

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

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

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

TIMELINE

2007

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

2002

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

2001

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

1992

Hahn family purchases Lone Oak Vineyard in SLH.

1991

SLH designated an American Viticultural Area.

1990

Hahn family purchases Doctor’s Vineyard in SLH.

1980

Nicky Hahn releases his first vintage of wine.

1979

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

1936

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

1908

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

1810

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

1791

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

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Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.80
Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux Wild Ale Sour and Funky None 5.80

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Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux

A light sour beer with notes of tropical fruit, subtle funk, and a refreshing tartness with Balaton cherries added. After some additional time in oak barrels with the deep red fruit, Lux transforms into De-Lux. Cherry DeLux

A light sour beer with notes of tropical fruit, subtle funk, and a refreshing tartness with Balaton cherries added. After some additional time in oak barrels with the deep red fruit, Lux transforms into De-Lux. Cherry DeLux

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Style:
Wild Ale

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

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Snifter

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40 - 50 / Black

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Brash Cortado

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

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

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Brash

510 W Crosstimbers Rd
Houston, TX 77018

http://brashbeers.com/

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

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

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

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

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The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer Gose Sour and Funky None 4.40
The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer Gose Sour and Funky None 4.40

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Sour

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The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer

Brewed with ramen noodles, lemon, ginger, lemon grass, and seaweed cured salt.

Brewed with ramen noodles, lemon, ginger, lemon grass, and seaweed cured salt.

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Style:
Gose

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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Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy Barrel Aged Barleywine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 26 13.60
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy Barrel Aged Barleywine Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 26 13.60

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy

Helldorado and Velvet Merkin aged in rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Like its namesake cocktail, Dark & Stormy combines a rich sunset color with spicy rum goodness. Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 80%) sets the tone with its signature honey-coconut character, while Velvet ...

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Helldorado and Velvet Merkin aged in rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Like its namesake cocktail, Dark & Stormy combines a rich sunset color with spicy rum goodness. Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 80%) sets the tone with its signature honey-coconut character, while Velvet Merkin (oatmeal stout, 20%) rounds out the blend with a hint of rich roastiness. Both beers were aged in barrels sourced from a leading Jamaican rum producer.

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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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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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Tulip

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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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Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 11.90
Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk Russian Imperial Stout Dark and Flavorful None 11.90

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Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk

Imperial Stout brewed with Oreo Cookies.

Imperial Stout brewed with Oreo Cookies.

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery:
Prairie Artisan Ales

1803B S 49th W Ave
Tulsa, OK 74107

http://prairieales.com/

Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them ...

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Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them. To them, Prairie is a product that represents Oklahoma and the Midwest to the rest of world. 

Prior to starting Prairie, Chase was the head brewer at COOP Ale Works. Colin is an artist who now designs the all of the art and labels for the company. 

The brothers launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised about $23,000 to buy equipment for their brewery. And Prairie continues to grow. 

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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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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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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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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

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American Pint

Bottle Size

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3 - 3 / Straw

Original Gravity

12.000 plato

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None plato

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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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Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light American Lager Sociable and Refreshing None 4.00
Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light American Lager Sociable and Refreshing None 4.00

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Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light

110 calorie, easy-drinking, crisp, light bodied lager that delivers a clean, malt-driven finish. If you’re a craft beer drinker looking for a lighter option, you’ll want to check this out. 

110 calorie, easy-drinking, crisp, light bodied lager that delivers a clean, malt-driven finish. If you’re a craft beer drinker looking for a lighter option, you’ll want to check this out. 

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American Lager

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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Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight Fruited Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 5.00
Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight Fruited Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 5.00

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Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight

The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend ...

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The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend of tropical, citrus flavors and aromas.

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Fruited Ale

Brewery:
Bell's Brewery

355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

https://www.bellsbeer.com/

Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In ...

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In 1985, it began to sell its own beer, producing 135 barrels in its first year.

The brewery today consists of two separate brewing facilities, the original Kalamazoo Avenue facility, and the state-of-the-art Krum Avenue brewery, in Comstock, Michigan, which opened in 2003. The Kalamazoo Avenue brewery is adjacent to its pub—Bell's Eccentric Cafe—and a General Store which sells Bell's beer and apparel, as well as homebrewing supplies.

As of 2005, Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed their name to Bell's Brewery, Inc., reflecting the name by which most people refer to the brewery; it was formally reincorporated as Bell's Brewery, Inc., in 2006.

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

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Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark

Brewery:
Van Steenberge

Lindenlaan 25
Ertvelde, B-9940

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 40 8.50
Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy Barrel Aged Wee Heavy Malty, Toasty, and Nutty 40 8.50

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Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy

He Gone! is OTXBC's take on a Scottish Wee Heavy that has been aged for 11 months in local Texas French Oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This is a big beer, at 8.5% ABV, He Gone! has an array of flavors. You can find ...

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He Gone! is OTXBC's take on a Scottish Wee Heavy that has been aged for 11 months in local Texas French Oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This is a big beer, at 8.5% ABV, He Gone! has an array of flavors. You can find large notes of caramel, roasted malt, toffee with a nice spice finish, and that's just from the beer. The barrel adds a deep Cabernet flavor that is perfect for the colder months.

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Style:
Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

Brewery:
Oasis Texas Brewing Company

6550 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX 78732

http://otxbc.com/

Oasis Texas Brewing Company, founded in 2014, produces rustic, iconic beers in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Their session craft brews include London Homesick Ale, Luchesa Lager and Slow Ride American Pale Ale.

Oasis Texas Brewing Company, founded in 2014, produces rustic, iconic beers in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Their session craft brews include London Homesick Ale, Luchesa Lager and Slow Ride American Pale Ale.

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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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Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky Imperial IPA Cask Conditioned 114 8.50
Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky Imperial IPA Cask Conditioned 114 8.50

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6 - 8 / Deep Gold

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Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

"Our Imperial India Pale Ale uses Golden Promise malt and two very pungent whole cone American hops. This brew is hopped so heavily that post-boil, after all of the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, the hop mass at the bottom of the kettle ...

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"Our Imperial India Pale Ale uses Golden Promise malt and two very pungent whole cone American hops. This brew is hopped so heavily that post-boil, after all of the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, the hop mass at the bottom of the kettle is more than one foot deep. Post-fermentation, Jabberwocky is dry hopped with colossal amounts of the same two hops. The beer is named after a monster we all hold dear.

Tasting notes: deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness." Commercial Description

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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:
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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Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 114 8.50
Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 114 8.50

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Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

Deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness

Deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness

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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 ...
read more
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:
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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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian Strong Dark Oddly Delicious None 11.00
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian Strong Dark Oddly Delicious None 11.00

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Snifter

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30 - 39 / Deep Brown

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad

"Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant quadruples of Belgium. This 11% ABV beer pours a chestnut brown with an off-white head. A warming aroma of chocolate and coffee are countered by nuanced flavors of toffee and dried ...

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"Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant quadruples of Belgium. This 11% ABV beer pours a chestnut brown with an off-white head. A warming aroma of chocolate and coffee are countered by nuanced flavors of toffee and dried fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and silky like melted chocolate which truly rounds out the entire drinking experience. Considering the ABV and predominant flavors of chocolate and coffee this quadruple is unique, yet remarkably well balanced." Commercial Description

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark

Brewery:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck

Oostrozebekestraat 43
Ingelmunster, 8770

http://www.vanhonsebrouck.be/en/

In 1811, Amandus Van Honsebrouck was born. He became a farmer and the mayor of Werken, where he also founded a brewery. After the sudden death of Amandus in 1865, his son Emile took over the brewery at the age of 21. In 1900, Emile ...

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In 1811, Amandus Van Honsebrouck was born. He became a farmer and the mayor of Werken, where he also founded a brewery. After the sudden death of Amandus in 1865, his son Emile took over the brewery at the age of 21. In 1900, Emile Van Honsebrouck moved to Ingelmunster, the birth village of his wife Louise. They founded the Sint-Jozef brewery there.

The 3rd generation, Emile’s sons Paul and Ernest Van Honsebrouck, took over the brewery in 1922. In 1930, they built a big new malt house and foeder room and, in 1939, a brewing room, fermentation room, tank room and bottling plant in. Luc Van Honsebrouck, the son of Paul, went to brewery school in 1953 and apprenticed in Wallonia and Germany. He took over the brewery and gave it the name Brewery Van Honsebrouck.

Two years later, Luc decided to stop brewing lager and focus on the ’Old Flemish Brown’ Bacchus. In 1958 he started with Lambic and later with Kriek under the name of Saint-Louis. By 1969, Brewery Van Honsebrouck became the second largest gueuze producer in Belgium with a contribution of 700,000 kg of malt. Thanks to sponsoring from Club Brugge since 1978, the production of Saint-Louis broke the record with 1 million kg of malt in 1981. In response to the growing demand for heavy blond beers, Van Honsebrouck launched Brigand, named after the uprising of the Ingelmunster Brigands against the king of France in 1798.

In 1986, the Van Honsebrouck family bought the Ingelmunster Castle and, three years later, launched Kasteelbier Donker. In 1995, the Castle spectrum was expanded to include a Tripel in 2007 with Kasteel Rouge and in 2008 with a Blonde.

With Xavier Van Honsebrouck, the 5th generation took over the brewery. His first achievement was the launch of Cuvée du Château, which rivals the 10-year-old Kasteel Donker.

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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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American Pint

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Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

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

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

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

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Style:
Kolsch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History 

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

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

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

Emil-Hoffmann-Straße 4-10
Köln, 50996

https://www.reissdorf.de/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tulip

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3 - 3 / Straw

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

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

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

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Style:
Belgian Style Pale Ale

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

Rijksweg(B) 33
Bavikhove, 8531

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sour

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SRM Value / Color

24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

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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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Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss Sour Wheat Ale Sour and Funky 6 3.40
Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss Sour Wheat Ale Sour and Funky 6 3.40

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Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss

"Little Boss is our sour session wheat beer. Think sunny summer day. This lil’ guy is a refreshing clean wheat with a light sour twist. Straw color, wheat, light, tart, effervescent, refreshing. Reminiscent of the Berliner Weisse style." Commercial Description

"Little Boss is our sour session wheat beer. Think sunny summer day. This lil’ guy is a refreshing clean wheat with a light sour twist. Straw color, wheat, light, tart, effervescent, refreshing. Reminiscent of the Berliner Weisse style." Commercial Description

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Style:
Sour Wheat Ale

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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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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Bottle Size

12oz

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Avery Brewing Company Lunctis Viribus

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

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

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Style:
Wild Ale

Brewery:
Avery Brewing Company

4910 Nautilus Ct
Boulder, CO 80301

http://averybrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wine Glass

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

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Malt Variety

B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

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

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

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Style:
Mead

Brewery:
B. Nektar Meadery

1511 Jarvis
Ferndale, MI 48220

http://www.bnektar.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach American Pale Ale Oddly Delicious None 8.70
Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach American Pale Ale Oddly Delicious None 8.70

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Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach

Oak Haven is a pale ale dry hopped with Colorado western slope peaches and then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

Oak Haven is a pale ale dry hopped with Colorado western slope peaches and then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

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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:
Odell Brewing Company

800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://odellbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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Bell's Brewery Oberon Wheat Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 5.80
Bell's Brewery Oberon Wheat Ale Sociable and Refreshing None 5.80

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American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

1.060 plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Bell's Brewery Oberon

The hops gives spice and fruit on the palate. Brewed with thier house yeast, no fruit was used in this beer. 

The hops gives spice and fruit on the palate. Brewed with thier house yeast, no fruit was used in this beer. 

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Style:
Wheat Ale

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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Bell's Brewery Official IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.40
Bell's Brewery Official IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.40

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Amarillo +

Flavor: Citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit.

Aroma: Lots of orange peel.

Alpha Acids: 8.0 - 11.0%                 

Beta Acids: 6.0% - 7.0%      

Dual Purpose

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

El Dorado +

Flavor: Sharp citrus bitterness with tropical fruits like mango and apricot.

Aroma: Dried fruit aroma

Alpha Acids: 14 - 16%                     

Beta Acids: 7 - 8%                

Dual Purpose 

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Malt Variety

Wheat +

Bell's Brewery Official

Brewed with pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer ...

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Brewed with pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.

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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:
Bell's Brewery

355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

https://www.bellsbeer.com/

Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In ...

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Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In 1985, it began to sell its own beer, producing 135 barrels in its first year.

The brewery today consists of two separate brewing facilities, the original Kalamazoo Avenue facility, and the state-of-the-art Krum Avenue brewery, in Comstock, Michigan, which opened in 2003. The Kalamazoo Avenue brewery is adjacent to its pub—Bell's Eccentric Cafe—and a General Store which sells Bell's beer and apparel, as well as homebrewing supplies.

As of 2005, Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed their name to Bell's Brewery, Inc., reflecting the name by which most people refer to the brewery; it was formally reincorporated as Bell's Brewery, Inc., in 2006.

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

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

15 - 17 / Deep Amber

Original Gravity

1.100 gravity

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

East Kent Golding-UK +

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

Aroma: Earthy lemon and thyme overtones.

Alpha Acids: 4 - 6%                         

Beta Acids: 1.9 - 3%             

Dual Purpose

Fuggle +

Flavor: Woody and vegetale.

Aroma: Herby and spicy with mild woody and fruity characteristics

Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.8%                   

Beta Acids: 2 - 3%                

Dual Purpose

Malt Variety

North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock 2013

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

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

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Style:
Old Ale/Stock Ale

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

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

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

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

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

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

455 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

375mL

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

Hanssens Artisanaal Oud Kriek

Big Bright Lemony Tartness with Sour Cherry Flavor

Big Bright Lemony Tartness with Sour Cherry Flavor

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Style:
Lambic

Brewery:
Hanssens Artisanaal

Vroenenbosstraat 15
Dworp, Belgium 1653

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

Lambic beers are famous ...

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

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

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

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

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

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Deshcutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland American Lager Sociable and Refreshing 40 5.50
Deshcutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland American Lager Sociable and Refreshing 40 5.50

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

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Hallertau Mittelfruh-German +

Flavor: Slightly spicy but clean bitterness

Aroma: Mild and spicy with floral tones

Alpha Acids: 3 - 5.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

Aroma 

Herkules-German +

Flavor: Very spicy with some hop resin

Aroma: Spicy and floral

Alpha Acids: 12 - 17%                     

Beta Acids: 4 - 5.5%             

Bittering 

Mandarina Bavaria-German +

Flavor: Strong orange citrus and very crisp fruitiness

Aroma: Very strong tangerine and citrus notes

Alpha Acids: 7 - 10%                                   

Beta Acids: 5 - 6.5%             

Aroma

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

Pilsner +

Deshcutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland

Clean and crisp, biscuity/bready maltiness. Floral, citrus, herb forward hop profile.

Clean and crisp, biscuity/bready maltiness. Floral, citrus, herb forward hop profile.

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Style:
American Lager

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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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 38 5.60
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 38 5.60

Glassware

American Pint

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

9 - 11 / Pale Amber

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

Caramel Malt +

Pale Malt +

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. It is—as it always has been—all natural, bottle conditioned and refreshingly bold." 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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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

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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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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Petrus Aged Pale Sour Pale Ale Sour and Funky None 7.30
Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Petrus Aged Pale Sour Pale Ale Sour and Funky None 7.30

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Sour

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3 - 3 / Straw

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Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Petrus Aged Pale

"The crown jewel of the Petrus assortment has been elected several times as the best wood-aged pale-ale of the world. Its refreshing sour taste is due to the maturation process of 18 months in oak wooden barrels. No wonder that this beer has come to ...

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"The crown jewel of the Petrus assortment has been elected several times as the best wood-aged pale-ale of the world. Its refreshing sour taste is due to the maturation process of 18 months in oak wooden barrels. No wonder that this beer has come to life in its pure form after a special request of Michael Jackson." Commercial Description

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Style:
Sour Pale Ale

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

Rijksweg(B) 33
Bavikhove, 8531

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider Cider Besides Beer None 5.00
Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider Cider Besides Beer None 5.00

Glassware

Tulip

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Malt Variety

Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider

Dry cider made with pineapples and apples

Dry cider made with pineapples and apples

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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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The Bruery Relax IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.80
The Bruery Relax IPA Hop-a-licious None 6.80

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Amarillo +

Flavor: Citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit.

Aroma: Lots of orange peel.

Alpha Acids: 8.0 - 11.0%                 

Beta Acids: 6.0% - 7.0%      

Dual Purpose

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

Citra +

Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

Aroma

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

The Bruery Relax

ax [it’s just a hazy IPA] embraces the new way to enjoy IPA - unfiltered, fresh and full of hop flavor and aromatics... without the bitterness to stand in the way of kicking back with a juicy beer. It features a combination of Citra, Centennial ...
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ax [it’s just a hazy IPA] embraces the new way to enjoy IPA - unfiltered, fresh and full of hop flavor and aromatics... without the bitterness to stand in the way of kicking back with a juicy beer. It features a combination of Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops, imparting fruity, tropical and citrusy notes to complement the round, soft mouthfeel of a hazy IPA.



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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:
The Bruery

717 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870

http://www.thebruery.com/

The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes it’s unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname.

Patrick picked ...

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The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes it’s unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname.

Patrick picked up homebrewing as a hobby, later to become an obsession, as a distraction to the banality of law school. Soon he was winning numerous awards for his beers and driving his wife, Rachel, mad with the messes that he would leave on the kitchen stove. Upon finishing school, he took it upon himself to draw up a business plan rather than study for the California Bar exam – a risky endeavor that shows through still today in the creative, genre-tilting beers that The Bruery prides itself on.

The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers.

We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.

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Clown Shoes Ride the Lion Barrel Aged Scotch Ale The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.00
Clown Shoes Ride the Lion Barrel Aged Scotch Ale The Hay Merchant Cellar None 11.00

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Clown Shoes Ride the Lion

100% aged in Bourbon barrels. Big malty sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee. 

100% aged in Bourbon barrels. Big malty sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee. 

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Style:
Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Brewery:
Clown Shoes

23 Hayward Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

http://www.clownshoesbeer.com/

The Clown Shoes mission is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. Jesse Dooley, beer manager of Berman's liquor store in Lexington, Mass. began improving the store's beer offerings a few years ago. Eventually Gregg Berman, one of ...

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The Clown Shoes mission is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. Jesse Dooley, beer manager of Berman's liquor store in Lexington, Mass. began improving the store's beer offerings a few years ago. Eventually Gregg Berman, one of the owners, became interested in the craft beers he was bringing in. They started to talk about the idea of making their own beer, and then the realization clicked...they already had a distribution license. They could make a beer and distribute it! They initially contacted a few breweries to work with and Mercury Brewing Company, brewers of Ipswich Ales, stepped to the plate with open arms. Head Brewer Dan Lipke was the perfect match because he didn't merely listen to what Berman and Dooley were saying, he really understood what they wanted out of the brand. 


What really sums up Clown Shoes is how they look at beer. Their goal: "To bring fresh, local and innovative beers to the folks without pretension. Ultimately, if we can make beer that people enjoy we have accomplished our goal." 

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

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Ommegang Saison Rose

This blend of saisons, one aged in oak, the other brewed with hibiscus flowers and co-fermented with chardonnay grape juice, is fruity, tart, dry, and incredibly quaffable. 

This blend of saisons, one aged in oak, the other brewed with hibiscus flowers and co-fermented with chardonnay grape juice, is fruity, tart, dry, and incredibly quaffable. 

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Style:
Sour Ale

Brewery:
Ommegang

656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326

http://www.ommegang.com/

Brewery Ommegang was founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield with a mission to brew world-class Belgian-style ales in 1997. The original brewery was modeled after a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, just south of Cooperstown ...

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Brewery Ommegang was founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield with a mission to brew world-class Belgian-style ales in 1997. The original brewery was modeled after a traditional Belgian farmhouse, set on a former hop farm in the Susqehanna River Valley, just south of Cooperstown, New York. As demand for quality, bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ales increased, Ommegang could no longer keep up, and in 2005 the brewery expanded its production capacity by 40 percent to meet the new demand. Brewery Ommegang have firmly established themselves as the foremost brewery in the United States for bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ales.

Since its inception, Brewery Ommegang has been committed to making the best Belgian-style ales possible, and has been recognized for their craft, taking home the Gold Medal in 2004 from the Great American Beer Fest for their Hennepin in the French and Belgian-style Saisons category. Their Abbey ale took home the Gold Medal in 2010 from the World Beer Cup, in the Belgian Dubbel Ale category, and their Witte ale took home the Gold Medal in 2011 from the Great American Beer Fest in the Belgian-style Witbier category.

In 2013, Ommegang partnered with HBO on their hugely successful Game of Thrones series of beers, inspired limited runs of beers inspired by the series. 

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Parish Brewing Company Sips Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.50
Parish Brewing Company Sips Fruited Sour Sour and Funky None 4.50

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Parish Brewing Company Sips

Berliner weisse wirth blackberry. Light and tart.

Berliner weisse wirth blackberry. Light and tart.

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Style:
Fruited Sour

Brewery:
Parish Brewing Company

229 Jared dr.
Broussard, LA 70518

https://www.parishbeer.com/

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

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

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

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

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Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang Belgian Strong Pale The Lighter Side of Life None 11.00
Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang Belgian Strong Pale The Lighter Side of Life None 11.00

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Alvinne The Oak Melchior Special Edition Pur Sang

 fruity, woody sour notes with a hint of Brett 

 fruity, woody sour notes with a hint of Brett 

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale

Brewery:
Alvinne

Vaartstraat 4a
Zwevegem, 8552

http://www.alvinne.be/

Alvinne Brewery is a microbrewery localed in the beautiful West Flanders "Land of Mortagne."  The name of the brewery derives from of local folk tales, who can be seen depicted on the brewery's logo and labels.

The brewery creates a wide range of beers ...

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Alvinne Brewery is a microbrewery localed in the beautiful West Flanders "Land of Mortagne."  The name of the brewery derives from of local folk tales, who can be seen depicted on the brewery's logo and labels.

The brewery creates a wide range of beers, including versions of 'traditional' Belgian styles such as Strong Golden Ales, Abbey-style beers and Saison, as well as original creations that cross stylistic boundaries and beers inspired by styles from outside their home country like Imperial Stout.

Although quite small and a newcomer to the Belgian brewing world, being founded in 2002, Alvinne has gained international attention, no small feat in this brewery-intensive nation.

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Deshcutes Brewery The Stoic Barrel Aged Quad Belgian Inspiration 20 10.90
Deshcutes Brewery The Stoic Barrel Aged Quad Belgian Inspiration 20 10.90

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Hallertau Mittelfruh-German +

Flavor: Slightly spicy but clean bitterness

Aroma: Mild and spicy with floral tones

Alpha Acids: 3 - 5.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

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Northern Brewer +

Flavor: Mild earthiness and delicate floral characteristics.

Aroma: Mild pleasant floral and grassy notes.

Alpha Acids: 3 - 5%                         

Beta Acids: 3 - 5%                

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Saaz +

Flavor: Easy to drink spice, grassy and earthy flavors.

Aroma: Grassy, herbal, earthy and spicy.

Alpha Acids: 3 - 4.5%                                  

Beta Acids: 3 - 4.5%             

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Pilsner +

Deshcutes Brewery The Stoic

"Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors.

11 months in Pinot Noir (15%) and Rye Whiskey Barrels (15%)" Commercial Description

"Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors.

11 months in Pinot Noir (15%) and Rye Whiskey Barrels (15%)" Commercial Description

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Style:
Barrel Aged Quad

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 Tornado Shark American Strong Ale Cask Conditioned 54 8.10
Lone Pint Brewery Tornado Shark American Strong Ale Cask Conditioned 54 8.10

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2-Row Malt +

Lone Pint Brewery Tornado Shark

Tornado Shark, our American Strong Ale, uses American Two Row malted barley and the darkest caramelized malts available. 

Tornado Shark, our American Strong Ale, uses American Two Row malted barley and the darkest caramelized malts available. 

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Style:
American Strong Ale

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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Odell Brewing Company Tree Shaker Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 48 8.00
Odell Brewing Company Tree Shaker Imperial IPA Hop-a-licious 48 8.00

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Odell Brewing Company Tree Shaker

"Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA has roots right here in Colorado. We balanced familiar citrusy hop notes with the subtle sweetness of local peaches. You might say we gave both the tree and the style a playful little shake." Commecial Description

"Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA has roots right here in Colorado. We balanced familiar citrusy hop notes with the subtle sweetness of local peaches. You might say we gave both the tree and the style a playful little shake." Commecial Description

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Style:
Imperial IPA

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

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

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

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

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

800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://odellbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug Black Lager/Schwarzbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug Black Lager/Schwarzbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50

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American Pint

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug

DARK IN COLOR, LIGHT IN BODY - NOTES OF CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, AND ROASTED MALT - SMOOTH AND SESSION-ABLE

DARK IN COLOR, LIGHT IN BODY - NOTES OF CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, AND ROASTED MALT - SMOOTH AND SESSION-ABLE

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Style:
Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier literally means black beer. This style of beer is on the darker side with a light roasted flavor. 

Appearance
Black Lager is medium to very dark in color with deep ruby to garnet highlights with a persistent tan-colored head.

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Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier literally means black beer. This style of beer is on the darker side with a light roasted flavor. 

Appearance
Black Lager is medium to very dark in color with deep ruby to garnet highlights with a persistent tan-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor
There is a low to moderate malt aroma with hints of roasted malt. There’s a light to moderate malt flavor, in addition to a light roasted flavor and light hop.  Black Lager should not smell or taste burnt. 

Ingredients
The most common ingredients for this style are German Munich malt and Pilsner malt with a small amount of roasted malt.  Many brewers are using de-husked roasted malts allowing the beer to attain a very dark brown without picking up the acidic bite that usually comes from heavily roasted malts.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve Black Lager in an American Pint, and it is stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.4%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 22-32.
Examples
Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug is a great example of this style. 

History
Schwarzbier is a regional specialty from Franconia in Northern Germany—a variant of the Munich Dunkel style. The style has become more popular after Germany’s reunification.
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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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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug Black Lager/Schwarzbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug Black Lager/Schwarzbier Malty, Toasty, and Nutty None 5.50

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American Pint

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SRM Value / Color

20 - 23 / Brown

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Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Ugly Pug

DARK IN COLOR, LIGHT IN BODY - NOTES OF CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, AND ROASTED MALT - SMOOTH AND SESSION-ABLE

DARK IN COLOR, LIGHT IN BODY - NOTES OF CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, AND ROASTED MALT - SMOOTH AND SESSION-ABLE

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Style:
Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier literally means black beer. This style of beer is on the darker side with a light roasted flavor. 

Appearance
Black Lager is medium to very dark in color with deep ruby to garnet highlights with a persistent tan-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor ...
read more

Black Lager/Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier literally means black beer. This style of beer is on the darker side with a light roasted flavor. 

Appearance
Black Lager is medium to very dark in color with deep ruby to garnet highlights with a persistent tan-colored head.

Aroma/Flavor
There is a low to moderate malt aroma with hints of roasted malt. There’s a light to moderate malt flavor, in addition to a light roasted flavor and light hop.  Black Lager should not smell or taste burnt. 

Ingredients
The most common ingredients for this style are German Munich malt and Pilsner malt with a small amount of roasted malt.  Many brewers are using de-husked roasted malts allowing the beer to attain a very dark brown without picking up the acidic bite that usually comes from heavily roasted malts.

Glassware and Serving Temperature
At Hay Merchant, we serve Black Lager in an American Pint, and it is stored in our lager cooler at 35°. 

Stats
This style will have a common ABV range of 4.4%-5.5% and an average IBU range of 22-32.
Examples
Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug is a great example of this style. 

History
Schwarzbier is a regional specialty from Franconia in Northern Germany—a variant of the Munich Dunkel style. The style has become more popular after Germany’s reunification.
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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 ...

read more

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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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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Hops

Malt Variety

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

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Sour

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Original Gravity

None plato

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None plato

Hops

Malt Variety

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

Wittekerke Wit with sweet strawberry and the sour flora harvested from the oak foeders (barrels) used in making the famous Petrus Aged Pale. These sweet and sour flavours perfectly compliment one another yielding a complex, refreshing taste.. These sour and tart flavours perfectly balance the ...

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Wittekerke Wit with sweet strawberry and the sour flora harvested from the oak foeders (barrels) used in making the famous Petrus Aged Pale. These sweet and sour flavours perfectly compliment one another yielding a complex, refreshing taste.. These sour and tart flavours perfectly balance the bright citrus zest and light spices yielding a complex, refreshing taste

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Style:
Sour 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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Odell Brewing Company Wolf Picker IPA Hop-a-licious 41 5.50
Odell Brewing Company Wolf Picker IPA Hop-a-licious 41 5.50

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American Pint

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None plato

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Hops

Malt Variety

Odell Brewing Company Wolf Picker

Know your Hop Farmer. That’s what we believe. Wolf Picker, named after the classic hop harvesting rig, celebrates our decades-long relationships with hop farmers, and our obsession with new talent in the world of experimental hops. This year, we’re featuring the newcomer known ...

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Know your Hop Farmer. That’s what we believe. Wolf Picker, named after the classic hop harvesting rig, celebrates our decades-long relationships with hop farmers, and our obsession with new talent in the world of experimental hops. This year, we’re featuring the newcomer known as Strata which brings notes of grapefruit, peach and mango to an IPA unlike anything we’ve released.

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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:
Odell Brewing Company

800 East Lincoln Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

http://odellbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Bigfoot 2016 American Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar 90 9.60
Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Bigfoot 2016 American Barley Wine The Hay Merchant Cellar 90 9.60

Glassware

Snifter

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

20 - 23 / 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 Wood Aged Bigfoot 2016

"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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Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 62 6.80
Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose American Pale Ale Cask Conditioned 62 6.80

Glassware

Tulip

Bottle Size

SRM Value / Color

In determination ...

Original Gravity

None plato

Final Gravity

None plato

Hops

Mosaic +

Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

Aroma

Malt Variety

Pilsner +

Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose

"A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops ...

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"A SMaSH, Single Malt and Single Hop, IPA using a caboodle (technical term for a large amount of malt) of malt and a new hop released in 2012 called Mosaic (HBC 369). It is a daughter of Simcoe (YCR 14), one of our favorite hops. Whole cone Mosaic is used for bittering, flavoring, and aroma in the kettle; it is also massively dry hopped. The beer is named after a Texas Heroine.

Tasting notes: chalk-white head with a very clean malt backbone. The hops impart strong grapefruit, pineapple, and blueberry flavor and aroma. A strong beer that is extremely quaffable." Commercial Description

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Style:
American Pale Ale

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

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

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

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

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

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

507 Commerce Street
Magnolia, TX 77355

http://lonepint.com/index.php

This family-owned brewery was founded in 2013 in Magnolia, north of Houston, by Trevor Brown, his sister Heather Bolla and Bolla's boyfriend Blake Niederhofer.They bought a former auto-body shop in downtown Magnolia in early 2012, gutted it and put in a 30-barrel brewing ...

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This family-owned brewery was founded in 2013 in Magnolia, north of Houston, by Trevor Brown, his sister Heather Bolla and Bolla's boyfriend Blake Niederhofer.They bought a former auto-body shop in downtown Magnolia in early 2012, gutted it and put in a 30-barrel brewing system with two 30-barrel fermenters. 

Lone Pint uses raw whole cone hops for bittering, flavoring, aroma and dry hopping additions in all of their brews. The brewery is powered by renewable energy, and the spent grain is fed to a local dairy farmer's cows.

Their lineup of distinctive, hoppy, local Texas ales includes 667 Neighbor of the Beast India pale ale, The Jabberwocky imperial IPA and Yellow Rose, an IPA brewed with the new Mosaic hops (one of Kevin's favorite local beers). Lily & Seamus is an American wheat infused with locally grown citrus, and Gentleman's Relish is an English brown ale.

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  • J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale
  • J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale

    Style

    English Barley Wine

    Category

    English Barley Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

    J.W. Lee's 2001 Harvest Ale

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

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

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    Style:
    English Barley Wine

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

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

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

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

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

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

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

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

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

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

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    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
  • 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 ...

    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

    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
  • 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.
    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

    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    275mL

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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 

    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.
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    Brewery:
    Real Ale Brewing Company

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    24.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    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 

    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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    12oz

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    Original Gravity

    24.000 plato

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  • Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar
  • Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    55

    ABV

    10.10

    Avery Brewing Company 2012 The Czar

    "Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will ...

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    "Behold the stunning crimson hues through the inky blackness. Inhale the noble Hallertau hops, spicy and floral. Savor the flavors redolent of English toffee, rich mocha, sweet molasses, candied currants and a hint of anise. We highly recommend cellaring additional bottles, as the Czar will continue to mature and become denser and more complex with age.

    The Czar is the first installment in our Dictator Series." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    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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    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    1.104 gravity

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Magnum +

    Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

    Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

    Bittering 

    Sterling +

    Flavor: Herbal with some citrus notes.

    Aroma: Herbal, spicy and slightly floral.

    Alpha Acids: 6 - 9%                         

    Beta Acids: 4 - 6%                

    Aroma 

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    De-Bittered Black Malt +

    Midnight Wheat +

  • 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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    275mL

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

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.50

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

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

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

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Brewery:
    J.W. Lee's

    Greengate Brewery
    Middleton Junction, England M24 2AX

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

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

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

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

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  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina
  • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina

    Style

    Saison

    Category

    Saison

    IBU

    11

    ABV

    5.50

    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales 2016 Clementina

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

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

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    Style:
    Saison

    Brewery:
    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

    311 S. Main St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

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

    Jolly Pumpkin ages their beers in wine ...

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

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

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

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    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    750mL

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    None plato

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  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Parabola
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Parabola

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    82

    ABV

    14.00

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company 2016 Parabola

    "One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. A remarkably complex brew that ...

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    "One of our most aggressive and sought-after offerings. Bold bourbon, tobacco and espresso aromas and a hint of American oak greet the nose. Rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbon-like vanilla fill the palate and create a seamless finish. A remarkably complex brew that offers a transcendental drinking experience – enjoy with good company." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Russian 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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    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Hallertau +

    Flavor: Very smooth and earthy

    Aroma: Earthy noble aroma. Mild but spicy and pleasant

    Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 5.5%                   

    Beta Acids: 3 - 4%                

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

  • 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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    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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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary
  • Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary

    Style

    Barrel Aged Porter

    Category

    Barrel Aged Porter

    IBU

    36

    ABV

    7.30

    Lone Pint Brewery 6th Anniversary

    Port barrel aged porter

    Port barrel aged porter

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Porter

    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

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron
  • 11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron

    Style

    Session IPA

    Category

    Session IPA

    IBU

    13

    ABV

    4.50

    11 Below Brewing Company 7 Iron

    "A blonde session beer that's big on flavor and extremely drinkable, 7-Iron™ has a delicate malt profile with plenty of American hop flavor and aroma to make you down for another round." Commercial Description

    "A blonde session beer that's big on flavor and extremely drinkable, 7-Iron™ has a delicate malt profile with plenty of American hop flavor and aroma to make you down for another round." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Session IPA

    Brewery:
    11 Below Brewing Company

    6820 Bourgeois Rd
    Houston, TX 77066

    http://11belowbrewing.com/

    11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

    The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with ...

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    11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

    The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with three beers: 7-Iron, a hoppy session; Oso Bueno, an American Amber; and Color Blind, a Red IPA. 

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    10.600 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    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

    Galena +

    Flavor: Clean herbal bittering

    Aroma: Herbal and earthy with some pine

    Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 14%                  

    Beta Acids: 7 - 9%                

    Bittering 

    Mosaic +

    Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

    Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

    Aroma

    Warrior +

    Flavor: Smooth mild citrus flavor with some earthiness and pine.

    Aroma: Mild and resinous with slight citrus.

    Alpha Acids: 15 - 17%                     

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 5.5%          

    Bittering

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    Vienna +

    Wheat +

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.70

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company 805

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

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

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    Style:
    American Blonde Ale

    American Blonde Ale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1400 Ramada Dr
    Paso Robles , CA 93446

    http://www.firestonebeer.com/

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

    Firestone ...

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning
  • Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    28

    ABV

    6.00

    Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. Amaretto by Morning

    We wondered what if we stripped down one of our favorites, Wake 'N Bake, kept the espresso and vanilla, then added oats for a thicker mouthfeel and almond for a nutty twist.

    Espresso notes greet you and balance out with smooth vanilla and nutty almond ...

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    We wondered what if we stripped down one of our favorites, Wake 'N Bake, kept the espresso and vanilla, then added oats for a thicker mouthfeel and almond for a nutty twist.

    Espresso notes greet you and balance out with smooth vanilla and nutty almond in this silky golden ale.

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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 ...
    read more

    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:
    Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

    5301 Nolda Street
    Houston, TX 77007

    http://www.buffbrew.com/

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

    Buff Brew's Heritage Series combines ...

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Great Heights Brewing Company Amber
  • Great Heights Brewing Company Amber

    Style

    Amber Ale

    Category

    Amber Ale

    IBU

    45

    ABV

    5.30

    Great Heights Brewing Company Amber

    Complex malt profile includes pronounced roastiness, with coffee and gingerbread notes, complimented by ample hoppy finish.

    Complex malt profile includes pronounced roastiness, with coffee and gingerbread notes, complimented by ample hoppy finish.

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    Style:
    Amber Ale

    Brewery:
    Great Heights Brewing Company

    938 Wakefield Drive
    Houston, TX 77018

    https://www.greatheightsbrewing.com/

    We're just a couple of guys living the dream of quitting desk jobs and ditching long hours at the office for even longer hours at the brewery—we couldn't be happier. Swing by our neighborhood taproom and say hi and cheers with us!

    We're just a couple of guys living the dream of quitting desk jobs and ditching long hours at the office for even longer hours at the brewery—we couldn't be happier. Swing by our neighborhood taproom and say hi and cheers with us!

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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

  • Shacksbury Cider Arlo
  • Shacksbury Cider Arlo

    Style

    Cider

    Category

    Cider

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.20

    Shacksbury Cider Arlo

    Aromatic, grapefruit, lightly sparkling, and dry. This cider is a blend of apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and Basque bittersweet apples. The fermentation is slow using native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and aged for 3-6 months.

    Aromatic, grapefruit, lightly sparkling, and dry. This cider is a blend of apples from Sunrise Orchards in Vermont and Basque bittersweet apples. The fermentation is slow using native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and aged for 3-6 months.

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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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    Glassware

    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    55

    ABV

    7.20

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Art Car IPA

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

    The nose is a blend of ...

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

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

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

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    Style:
    IPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2000 Lyons Avenue
    Houston, TX 77020

    http://www.saintarnold.com/

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    4 - 5 / Pale Gold

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    70

    ABV

    7.00

    Real Ale Brewing Company Axis IPA

    Balanced IPA,  dank tropical fruit on the nose. Refreshing citrus, pine and more tropical fruit on the palate.

    Balanced IPA,  dank tropical fruit on the nose. Refreshing citrus, pine and more tropical fruit on the palate.

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    Style:
    IPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    4 - 5 / Pale Gold

    Original Gravity

    16.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

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

    Style

    German Style Pilsner

    Category

    German Style Pilsner

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.20

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

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

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

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    Style:
    German Style Pilsner

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rijksweg(B) 33
    Bavikhove, 8531

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Pilsner

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    1 - 2 / Pale Straw

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour
  • Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour

    Style

    Sour Ale

    Category

    Sour Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.80

    Brooklyn Brewery Bel Air Sour

    "What is it that we love so much about our favorite cars? Why do we give the best ones really cool names? In between surf sets, our lab manager, Drew, dreamed wistfully about his old car as he worked to isolate our unique Brooklyn souring ...

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    "What is it that we love so much about our favorite cars? Why do we give the best ones really cool names? In between surf sets, our lab manager, Drew, dreamed wistfully about his old car as he worked to isolate our unique Brooklyn souring lactobacillus. When the beer was finally done, what would we call it?

    Well, Bel Air, of course - Drew’s beautiful old car. Big, yet graceful and light on its feet. Racy and maybe even a little bit dangerous, but also effortlessly cool, breezy and undeniably compelling. Okay, so watch this magic trick - a thrilling jolt of tartness up front opens onto a riot of tropical fruit, courtesy of our lacto, our ale yeast, and a generous helping of Amarillo dry-hopping. Soft barley malts and wheat keep things dry and refreshing, and the whole thing comes together like a blend of Champagne, hops, and an unusually good pineapple." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Sour Ale

    Brewery:
    Brooklyn Brewery

    79 N 11th St.
    Brooklyn, NY 11249

    http://brooklynbrewery.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    13.500 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

    Challenger-UK +

    Flavor: Spicy and almost fruity flavors.

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

    Alpha Acids: 6.5 - 9%                      

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 4.2%                      

    Dual Purpose

    Mosaic +

    Flavor: Tropical fruits and blueberry notes

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

    Alpha Acids: 11.5 - 13.5%               

    Beta Acids: 3.2 - 3.9%          

    Aroma

    Perle +

    Flavor: Very earthy with a minty finish.

    Aroma: Earthy and slightly spicy.

    Alpha Acids: 7 - 9.5%                                  

    Beta Acids: 4 - 5%                

    Dual Purpose

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    Wheat +

  • 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

  • 11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake
  • 11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    12.30

    11 Below Brewing Company Big Mistake

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    11 Below Brewing Company

    6820 Bourgeois Rd
    Houston, TX 77066

    http://11belowbrewing.com/

    11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

    The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with ...

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    11 Below Brewing Co., a new brewery located in North Houston, was founded by three former oil industry professionals, Jeff Handojo, Bryce Baker and Brandon Moss. 

    The 10,000-square-foot, 30-barrel brewhouse officially opened in May 2015, with Keenan Zarling as head brewmaster. They launched with three beers: 7-Iron, a hoppy session; Oso Bueno, an American Amber; and Color Blind, a Red IPA. 

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    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 23
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 23

    Style

    Barrel Aged Dopplebock

    Category

    Barrel Aged Dopplebock

    IBU

    17

    ABV

    12.50

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Bishop's Barrel 23

    Bishop’s Barrel No. 23 is a Rye Doppelbock Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. It’s lightly spicy, with upfront notes of toffee, brown sugar and cherry, balanced by the slight rye character of the beer and the rye whiskey character from the WhistlePig barrels ...

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    Bishop’s Barrel No. 23 is a Rye Doppelbock Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. It’s lightly spicy, with upfront notes of toffee, brown sugar and cherry, balanced by the slight rye character of the beer and the rye whiskey character from the WhistlePig barrels it was aged in. With a moderate body and warming booze character, BB23 will keep you wanting another sip. 

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Dopplebock

    Brewery:
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company

    2000 Lyons Avenue
    Houston, TX 77020

    http://www.saintarnold.com/

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath
  • Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

    Style

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Category

    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    IBU

    31

    ABV

    8.00

    Rahr and Sons Brewing Company Black Sappath

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

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

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Rahr and Sons Brewing Company

    701 Galveston Avenue
    Fort Worth, TX 76104

    http://rahrbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk
  • Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk

    Style

    Fruited Ale

    Category

    Fruited Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    9.20

    Founders Brewing Company Blushing Monk

    "We last released Blushing Monk in July of 2011; before that, we hadn’t put it out in four years. This is the first Backstage Series beer that we’ve brought back.

    Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a ...

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    "We last released Blushing Monk in July of 2011; before that, we hadn’t put it out in four years. This is the first Backstage Series beer that we’ve brought back.

    Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Fruited Ale

    Brewery:
    Founders Brewing Company

    235 Grandville Ave. SW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    http://foundersbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Snifter

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon

    Style

    Gose

    Category

    Gose

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.20

    Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon

    Balanced by subtle watermelon flavors, aromas and a gentle addition of sea salt create a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to a clean, dry finish.

    Balanced by subtle watermelon flavors, aromas and a gentle addition of sea salt create a balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to a clean, dry finish.

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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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    Glassware

    Sour

    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

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

    White Wheat +

  • Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
  • Sierra Nevada Brut IPA

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    25

    ABV

    6.20

    Sierra Nevada Brut IPA

    This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

    This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.

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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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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    12.500 plato

    Final Gravity

    0.500 plato

    Hops

    Comet +

    Flavor: Pineapple, citrus and wild hop flavor.

    Aroma: Very harsh wild hop aroma with some citrus notes

    Alpha Acids: 9 - 12.5%                    

    Beta Acids: 3 - 6%                

    Bittering

    Crystal +

    Flavor: Woody, grassy. Almost veggie-like.

    Aroma: Very mild floral with some black pepper showing through.

    Alpha Acids: 3.5 - 6%                                  

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 6.5%          

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

    Pilsner +

  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny
  • Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny

    Style

    Cream Ale

    Category

    Cream Ale

    IBU

    15

    ABV

    4.20

    Eureka Heights Brewing Company Buckle Bunny

    Brewed with corn. Easy drinking lighter style of beer. Very clean and sessionable.

    Brewed with corn. Easy drinking lighter style of beer. Very clean and sessionable.

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    Style:
    Cream 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

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Magnum +

    Flavor: Clean bittering hop flavor

    Aroma: No distinct aroma characteristics

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%                     

    Beta Acids: 4.5 - 7%             

    Bittering 

    Willamette +

    Flavor: Mild fruitiness.

    Aroma: Floral, spicy and herbal.

    Alpha Acids: 4 - 6%                         

    Beta Acids: 3 - 4.5%             

    Aroma

    Malt Variety

    2-Row Malt +

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay
  • Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

    Style

    Wine

    Category

    Wine

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    14.50

    Hahn Family Wines Chardonnay

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

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

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    Style:
    Wine

    Brewery:
    Hahn Family Wines

    37700 Foothill Road
    Soledad, CA 93960

    https://www.hahnwines.com/

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

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

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

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

    TIMELINE

    2007

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

    2002

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

    2001

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

    1992

    Hahn family purchases Lone Oak Vineyard in SLH.

    1991

    SLH designated an American Viticultural Area.

    1990

    Hahn family purchases Doctor’s Vineyard in SLH.

    1980

    Nicky Hahn releases his first vintage of wine.

    1979

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

    1936

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

    1908

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

    1810

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

    1791

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

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  • Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.80

    Real Ale Brewing Company Cherry Delux

    A light sour beer with notes of tropical fruit, subtle funk, and a refreshing tartness with Balaton cherries added. After some additional time in oak barrels with the deep red fruit, Lux transforms into De-Lux. Cherry DeLux

    A light sour beer with notes of tropical fruit, subtle funk, and a refreshing tartness with Balaton cherries added. After some additional time in oak barrels with the deep red fruit, Lux transforms into De-Lux. Cherry DeLux

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    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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  • Brash Cortado
  • Brash Cortado

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.00

    Brash Cortado

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

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

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    Russian Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Brash

    510 W Crosstimbers Rd
    Houston, TX 77018

    http://brashbeers.com/

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

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

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

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

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  • The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer
  • The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer

    Style

    Gose

    Category

    Gose

    IBU

    None

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    4.40

    The Collective Brewing Project Cup O Beer

    Brewed with ramen noodles, lemon, ginger, lemon grass, and seaweed cured salt.

    Brewed with ramen noodles, lemon, ginger, lemon grass, and seaweed cured salt.

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    Style:
    Gose

    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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  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy

    Style

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    Category

    Barrel Aged Barleywine

    IBU

    26

    ABV

    13.60

    Firestone Walker Brewing Company Dark and Stormy

    Helldorado and Velvet Merkin aged in rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Like its namesake cocktail, Dark & Stormy combines a rich sunset color with spicy rum goodness. Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 80%) sets the tone with its signature honey-coconut character, while Velvet ...

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    Helldorado and Velvet Merkin aged in rum barrels with a touch of hand-zested lime and ginger. Like its namesake cocktail, Dark & Stormy combines a rich sunset color with spicy rum goodness. Helldorado (blonde barleywine, 80%) sets the tone with its signature honey-coconut character, while Velvet Merkin (oatmeal stout, 20%) rounds out the blend with a hint of rich roastiness. Both beers were aged in barrels sourced from a leading Jamaican rum producer.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk

    Style

    Russian Imperial Stout

    Category

    Russian Imperial Stout

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.90

    Prairie Artisan Ales Double Dunk

    Imperial Stout brewed with Oreo Cookies.

    Imperial Stout brewed with Oreo Cookies.

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    Style:
    Russian Imperial Stout

    Brewery:
    Prairie Artisan Ales

    1803B S 49th W Ave
    Tulsa, OK 74107

    http://prairieales.com/

    Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them ...

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    Prairie Artisan Ales is a relatively new brewery, founded in 2012 by brothers Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Healeys chose the name Prairie Artisan Ales to convey their local roots, but they didn't want it so local that it limited them. To them, Prairie is a product that represents Oklahoma and the Midwest to the rest of world. 

    Prior to starting Prairie, Chase was the head brewer at COOP Ale Works. Colin is an artist who now designs the all of the art and labels for the company. 

    The brothers launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised about $23,000 to buy equipment for their brewery. And Prairie continues to grow. 

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  • 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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    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
  • 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

  • Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4

    Style

    American Blonde Ale

    Category

    American Blonde Ale

    IBU

    23

    ABV

    5.10

    Real Ale Brewing Company Firemans #4

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

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

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    Style:
    American Blonde Ale

    American Blonde Ale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    231 San Saba Ct
    Blanco, TX 78606

    http://realalebrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    3 - 3 / Straw

    Original Gravity

    12.000 plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light
  • Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light

    Style

    American Lager

    Category

    American Lager

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.00

    Real Ale Brewing Company Fireman's Light

    110 calorie, easy-drinking, crisp, light bodied lager that delivers a clean, malt-driven finish. If you’re a craft beer drinker looking for a lighter option, you’ll want to check this out. 

    110 calorie, easy-drinking, crisp, light bodied lager that delivers a clean, malt-driven finish. If you’re a craft beer drinker looking for a lighter option, you’ll want to check this out. 

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    Style:
    American Lager

    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

    American Pint

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    1 - 2 / Pale Straw

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight
  • Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight

    Style

    Fruited Ale

    Category

    Fruited Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.00

    Bell's Brewery Flamingo Fruit Fight

    The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend ...

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    The name “Larry’s Latest” is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985 and continues within the brewery to this day. Our latest Tart Fruit Ale is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest, resulting in a tart blend of tropical, citrus flavors and aromas.

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    Style:
    Fruited Ale

    Brewery:
    Bell's Brewery

    355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    https://www.bellsbeer.com/

    Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

    Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In ...

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    Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

    Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In 1985, it began to sell its own beer, producing 135 barrels in its first year.

    The brewery today consists of two separate brewing facilities, the original Kalamazoo Avenue facility, and the state-of-the-art Krum Avenue brewery, in Comstock, Michigan, which opened in 2003. The Kalamazoo Avenue brewery is adjacent to its pub—Bell's Eccentric Cafe—and a General Store which sells Bell's beer and apparel, as well as homebrewing supplies.

    As of 2005, Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed their name to Bell's Brewery, Inc., reflecting the name by which most people refer to the brewery; it was formally reincorporated as Bell's Brewery, Inc., in 2006.

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    Glassware

    Sour

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Avery Brewing Company Fortuna
  • Avery Brewing Company Fortuna

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.11

    Avery Brewing Company Fortuna

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

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

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glassware

    Bottle Size

    12oz

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • 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 ...

    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

    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Malt Variety

  • Van Steenberge Gulden Draak
  • Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

    Style

    Belgian Strong Dark

    Category

    Belgian Strong Dark

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    10.50

    Van Steenberge Gulden Draak

    "

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

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

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    "

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Style:
    Belgian Strong Dark

    Brewery:
    Van Steenberge

    Lindenlaan 25
    Ertvelde, B-9940

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    23.000 plato

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  • Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy
  • Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy

    Style

    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    Category

    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    IBU

    40

    ABV

    8.50

    Oasis Texas Brewing Company He Gone Wee Heavy

    He Gone! is OTXBC's take on a Scottish Wee Heavy that has been aged for 11 months in local Texas French Oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This is a big beer, at 8.5% ABV, He Gone! has an array of flavors. You can find ...

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    He Gone! is OTXBC's take on a Scottish Wee Heavy that has been aged for 11 months in local Texas French Oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This is a big beer, at 8.5% ABV, He Gone! has an array of flavors. You can find large notes of caramel, roasted malt, toffee with a nice spice finish, and that's just from the beer. The barrel adds a deep Cabernet flavor that is perfect for the colder months.

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    Style:
    Barrel Aged Wee Heavy

    Brewery:
    Oasis Texas Brewing Company

    6550 Comanche Trail
    Austin, TX 78732

    http://otxbc.com/

    Oasis Texas Brewing Company, founded in 2014, produces rustic, iconic beers in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Their session craft brews include London Homesick Ale, Luchesa Lager and Slow Ride American Pale Ale.

    Oasis Texas Brewing Company, founded in 2014, produces rustic, iconic beers in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Their session craft brews include London Homesick Ale, Luchesa Lager and Slow Ride American Pale Ale.

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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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    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    40 - 50 / Black

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus
  • Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    9.70

    Avery Brewing Company Insula Multos Collibus

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

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

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    Avery Brewing Company

    4910 Nautilus Ct
    Boulder, CO 80301

    http://averybrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    12oz

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  • Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky
  • Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    114

    ABV

    8.50

    Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

    "Our Imperial India Pale Ale uses Golden Promise malt and two very pungent whole cone American hops. This brew is hopped so heavily that post-boil, after all of the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, the hop mass at the bottom of the kettle ...

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    "Our Imperial India Pale Ale uses Golden Promise malt and two very pungent whole cone American hops. This brew is hopped so heavily that post-boil, after all of the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, the hop mass at the bottom of the kettle is more than one foot deep. Post-fermentation, Jabberwocky is dry hopped with colossal amounts of the same two hops. The beer is named after a monster we all hold dear.

    Tasting notes: deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness." Commercial Description

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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:
    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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    Tulip

    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    6 - 8 / Deep Gold

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky
  • Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

    Style

    Imperial IPA

    Category

    Imperial IPA

    IBU

    114

    ABV

    8.50

    Lone Pint Brewery Jabberwocky

    Deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness

    Deep golden with a head made of hop resin; light malt breadiness hidden beneath an onslaught of pungent hoppy tropical-fruitiness

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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 ...
    read more
    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:
    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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    SRM Value / Color

    In determination ...

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    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad
  • Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad

    Style

    Belgian Strong Dark

    Category

    Belgian Strong Dark

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.00

    Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad

    "Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant quadruples of Belgium. This 11% ABV beer pours a chestnut brown with an off-white head. A warming aroma of chocolate and coffee are countered by nuanced flavors of toffee and dried ...

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    "Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant quadruples of Belgium. This 11% ABV beer pours a chestnut brown with an off-white head. A warming aroma of chocolate and coffee are countered by nuanced flavors of toffee and dried fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and silky like melted chocolate which truly rounds out the entire drinking experience. Considering the ABV and predominant flavors of chocolate and coffee this quadruple is unique, yet remarkably well balanced." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Belgian Strong Dark

    Brewery:
    Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck

    Oostrozebekestraat 43
    Ingelmunster, 8770

    http://www.vanhonsebrouck.be/en/

    In 1811, Amandus Van Honsebrouck was born. He became a farmer and the mayor of Werken, where he also founded a brewery. After the sudden death of Amandus in 1865, his son Emile took over the brewery at the age of 21. In 1900, Emile ...

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    In 1811, Amandus Van Honsebrouck was born. He became a farmer and the mayor of Werken, where he also founded a brewery. After the sudden death of Amandus in 1865, his son Emile took over the brewery at the age of 21. In 1900, Emile Van Honsebrouck moved to Ingelmunster, the birth village of his wife Louise. They founded the Sint-Jozef brewery there.

    The 3rd generation, Emile’s sons Paul and Ernest Van Honsebrouck, took over the brewery in 1922. In 1930, they built a big new malt house and foeder room and, in 1939, a brewing room, fermentation room, tank room and bottling plant in. Luc Van Honsebrouck, the son of Paul, went to brewery school in 1953 and apprenticed in Wallonia and Germany. He took over the brewery and gave it the name Brewery Van Honsebrouck.

    Two years later, Luc decided to stop brewing lager and focus on the ’Old Flemish Brown’ Bacchus. In 1958 he started with Lambic and later with Kriek under the name of Saint-Louis. By 1969, Brewery Van Honsebrouck became the second largest gueuze producer in Belgium with a contribution of 700,000 kg of malt. Thanks to sponsoring from Club Brugge since 1978, the production of Saint-Louis broke the record with 1 million kg of malt in 1981. In response to the growing demand for heavy blond beers, Van Honsebrouck launched Brigand, named after the uprising of the Ingelmunster Brigands against the king of France in 1798.

    In 1986, the Van Honsebrouck family bought the Ingelmunster Castle and, three years later, launched Kasteelbier Donker. In 1995, the Castle spectrum was expanded to include a Tripel in 2007 with Kasteel Rouge and in 2008 with a Blonde.

    With Xavier Van Honsebrouck, the 5th generation took over the brewery. His first achievement was the launch of Cuvée du Château, which rivals the 10-year-old Kasteel Donker.

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    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

    30 - 39 / Deep Brown

    Original Gravity

    None plato

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    None plato

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  • Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch
  • Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

    Style

    Kolsch

    Category

    Kolsch

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    4.80

    Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf Kölsch

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

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

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

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    Style:
    Kolsch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    History 

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

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

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

    Emil-Hoffmann-Straße 4-10
    Köln, 50996

    https://www.reissdorf.de/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont
  • Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

    Style

    Belgian Style Pale Ale

    Category

    Belgian Style Pale Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.60

    Brabandere Brewery (The Brewery Formerly Known as Bavik) Kwaremont

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

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

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    Style:
    Belgian Style Pale Ale

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

    Rijksweg(B) 33
    Bavikhove, 8531

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tulip

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    3 - 3 / Straw

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

    Style

    Wild Ale

    Category

    Wild Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    11.00

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

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

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

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    Style:
    Wild Ale

    Brewery:
    BFM (Brasserie des Franches Montagnes)

    Ch. des Buissons 8
    Saignelégier, CH-2350

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Sour

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    24 - 29 / Ruby Brown

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  • Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss
  • Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss

    Style

    Sour Wheat Ale

    Category

    Sour Wheat Ale

    IBU

    6

    ABV

    3.40

    Blue Owl Brewing Little Boss

    "Little Boss is our sour session wheat beer. Think sunny summer day. This lil’ guy is a refreshing clean wheat with a light sour twist. Straw color, wheat, light, tart, effervescent, refreshing. Reminiscent of the Berliner Weisse style." Commercial Description

    "Little Boss is our sour session wheat beer. Think sunny summer day. This lil’ guy is a refreshing clean wheat with a light sour twist. Straw color, wheat, light, tart, effervescent, refreshing. Reminiscent of the Berliner Weisse style." Commercial Description

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    Style:
    Sour Wheat Ale

    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

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  • 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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    12oz

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  • B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon
  • B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

    Style

    Mead

    Category

    Mead

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.00

    B. Nektar Meadery Necromangocon

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

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

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    Style:
    Mead

    Brewery:
    B. Nektar Meadery

    1511 Jarvis
    Ferndale, MI 48220

    http://www.bnektar.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach
  • Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach

    Style

    American Pale Ale

    Category

    American Pale Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    8.70

    Odell Brewing Company Oak Haven Peach

    Oak Haven is a pale ale dry hopped with Colorado western slope peaches and then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

    Oak Haven is a pale ale dry hopped with Colorado western slope peaches and then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

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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:
    Odell Brewing Company

    800 East Lincoln Avenue
    Fort Collins, CO 80524

    http://odellbrewing.com/

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

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

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

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

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  • Bell's Brewery Oberon
  • Bell's Brewery Oberon

    Style

    Wheat Ale

    Category

    Wheat Ale

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    5.80

    Bell's Brewery Oberon

    The hops gives spice and fruit on the palate. Brewed with thier house yeast, no fruit was used in this beer. 

    The hops gives spice and fruit on the palate. Brewed with thier house yeast, no fruit was used in this beer. 

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    Style:
    Wheat Ale

    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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    American Pint

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  • Bell's Brewery Official
  • Bell's Brewery Official

    Style

    IPA

    Category

    IPA

    IBU

    None

    ABV

    6.40

    Bell's Brewery Official

    Brewed with pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer ...

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    Brewed with pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.

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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:
    Bell's Brewery

    355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007

    https://www.bellsbeer.com/

    Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

    Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In ...

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    Bell's Brewery, Inc. is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a second brewery in Comstock, Michigan. Bell's also has a brewpub called the Eccentric Cafe.

    Larry Bell incorporated The Kalamazoo Brewing Company, Inc., in 1983 as a home-brewing supply shop. In 1985, it began to sell its own beer, producing 135 barrels in its first year.

    The brewery today consists of two separate brewing facilities, the original Kalamazoo Avenue facility, and the state-of-the-art Krum Avenue brewery, in Comstock, Michigan, which opened in 2003. The Kalamazoo Avenue brewery is adjacent to its pub—Bell's Eccentric Cafe—and a General Store which sells Bell's beer and apparel, as well as homebrewing supplies.

    As of 2005, Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed their name to Bell's Brewery, Inc., reflecting the name by which most people refer to the brewery; it was formally reincorporated as Bell's Brewery, Inc., in 2006.

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    Bottle Size

    SRM Value / Color

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    Original Gravity

    None plato

    Final Gravity

    None plato

    Hops

    Amarillo +

    Flavor: Citrus notes, specifically orange and grapefruit.

    Aroma: Lots of orange peel.

    Alpha Acids: 8.0 - 11.0%                 

    Beta Acids: 6.0% - 7.0%      

    Dual Purpose

    Citra +

    Flavor: Lemon/lime and tropical fruitiness.

    Aroma: Very clean citrus aroma.

    Alpha Acids: 10 - 14%         

    Beta Acids: 3.5 - 4.5%                      

    Aroma

    El Dorado +

    Flavor: Sharp ci