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Two Roads Brewing Sourcopia Oct. 25

Two-Roads-SourcopiaTwo Roads Brewing Company is making a splash in the Northeast this weekend with a triple-header of sour ales ready to drop at the brewery on Saturday, October 25 at noon. Headed up by Phil Markowski of Southampton Publick House fame, the Connecticut-based outfit will release Two Roads Kriek, Two Roads Gueuze and Philsamic for the event.

The details:

  • Kriek/Gueuze – $10 per 375mL bottle, 700 of each available
  • Philsamic – $25 per 750mL bottle, 500 available
  • Limit 2 bottles of each per person
  • All 3 beers will be on draft for the event
  • Lambic-style glassware will be available

Commercial descriptions:

Two Roads Kriek is re-fermented with sour cherries sourced locally from Staehly Farms in picturesque East Haddam, CT. There, our brewers hand-picked sour cherries from trees imported from France in the 1950’s. After brewing, the lambic is mixed with the cherries into oak barrels and aged for over one year until the right balance of sourness and cherry-like tartness is achieved.

Two Roads Gueuze has been a work-in-progress at our brewery for 15 months, maturing in oak barrels and undergoing a series of secondary fermentations to develop its characteristic sour, farmhouse funkiness. Honey from our own estate beehives was added to the bottles to aid in bottle conditioning.

Two Roads most unique beer to date – a beer made with 14-year-old Italian balsamic vinegar from Modena and aged in red wine barrels for 20 months. We are calling it “Philsamic” to celebrate Brewmaster Phil Markowski’s 25th year of craft brewing.

Two Roads Brewing Company is located at 1700 Stratford Ave in Stratford, CT.

De Molen/Närke/West Lakeview Goths & Vandals Bottle Release Nov. 4

De-Molen-Narke-Goths-&-VandalsTriple collaboration! Back in 2012, the team from Chicago’s West Lakeview Liquors ventured out to the Netherlands for a brew day with De Molen and Närke, resulting in Goths & Vandals. Bottles and draft of this bourbon barrel-aged strong dark ale are slated to drop at the store on Tuesday, November 4 at 5pm.

The details:

  • $8.99 per 330mL bottle
  • Menno Olivier from De Molen as well as another keg (TBA) will be on hand for the event
  • Complimentary De Molen/Närke/WLV logo tasting glasses will be available

Commercial description:

We are honored and humbled by the collaboration brew day at Brouwerij De Molen in The Netherlands with good friends Menno Olivier/Brouwerij De Molen & Håge & Berith from Närke Kulturbryggeri in Sweden. The beer was brewed on October 1, 2012 and then barrel aged for some months. The label artwork was done by Arno Coenen also of The Netherlands. Arno’s many works grace locations both public and private in The Netherlands and beyond. 11.1% ABV

West Lakeview Liquors is located at 2156 W Addison St in Chicago, IL.

The Lost Abbey Veritas 014 General Public Sale Oct. 24

The-Lost-Abbey-Veritas-014Welp, that pretty much says it all. The Lost Abbey Veritas 014 public on sale goes down Friday, October 24 at 12pm PDT – Good luck! Cross your fingers for no server crashes ;-)

*Note – The link will be posted on Facebook and Twitter at 11AM PDT (not PM as seen in the image above). Remember, if YOU order the bottles then YOU must show up on November 22 at the tasting room to pick them up.

Captain Lawrence Mother Barrel Select: Pomegranate Sour Release Oct. 22

Captain Lawrence Barrel SelectWake up! Captain Lawrence is back with another “Whip it Out Wednesday” release featuring Mother Barrel Select: Pomegranate Sour on Wednesday, October 22 at 4pm. Tri-Staters, you already know the deal – barrel-aged, sour, packed with fruit, mad limited. Go.

The details:

  • $15 per 375mL bottle
  • Limit 4 per person
  • 408 bottles available

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company is located at 444 Saw Mill River Rd in Elmsford, NY.

Firestone Walker SLOambic Release Nov. 15

Firestone-Walker-SLOambicNext up from Firestone Walker is the final Barrelworks Liberation release of 2014, featuring SLOambic. Ready to release on Saturday, November 15, this is Sour Opal fermented in French oak barrels with 1500 lbs of ollallieberries, finishing at 5.7% ABV.

Release info is TBA, stay tuned.

Commercial description:

In 2009, Masterblender Jim Crooks, found a peculiar sounding fruit called the Ollalieberry, grown in San Luis Obispo County (SLO), California, home to our brewery. Pronounced oh-la-leh berry, this large blackberry-resembling fruit was first bred in Oregon, but flourishes in California. The discovery led to Jim’s creation of a delicious beer we call SLOambic. For this vintage, 1500 lbs. of berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured 18 months in French oak barrels, then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 4 months. Bursting with ripe berries, brambles, as well as jam, the fruit eventually gives way to a tease of funky yeast, spicy oak, and a robust mouth-watering acidity. Dark, brooding, yet bright, we herald in our first bottling of SLOambic. A Santé! 5.7% ABV

Hill Farmstead Art Release Oct. 22

Hill Farmstead LogoHill Farmstead Arthur fans, rejoice! The barrel-aged treatment of their flagship farmhouse ale is upon us again, as Art is ready to launch at the retail shop on Wednesday, October 22 at noon. This particular release is seen few and far between, so don’t sleep if you have designs on landing a bottle.

The details:

  • $40 per 750mL bottle
  • Limit 1 per person
  • Clara (grisette) will also be available – $10 per 750mL bottle, limit 2 cases per person

Hill Farmstead Brewery is located at 403 Hill Road in Greensboro, VT.

NoDa Monstro Bottle Release Nov. 1

NoDa Monstro Imperial StoutNoDa Brewing Company is dropping some exciting news on us these days, with Monstro bottles slated to drop at the brewery on Saturday, November 1 at 10am. This is a whale (pun intended, I’m sorry) of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in those fabled Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels your grandfather keeps telling you about, finishing at 11.2% ABV.

The details:

  • $18 per 22oz bottle
  • Limit 1 case per person

Commercial description:

Neptune said to the sea there should be a terrible Monstro, born from its darkest depths. It should be stout with the strength of a whale. This is that beer…of toasted barley mass, rounded out by the vanillas, molasses and oak of bourbon barrel aging. Enjoy the deep. 11.2% ABV

NoDa Brewing Company is located at 2229 N Davidson St in Charlotte, NC.

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