Saturday, July 31, 2010

Liefmans Kriekbier

It's not often that we take the time to profile individual beers here on the blog, but we thought this one was worth the mention. This week we received a shipment of one of the last batches of Kriekbier that Liefmans produced before their bankruptcy and subsequent buyout by Duvel Moortgat. We're still waiting for the new batches from the revitalized brewery to show up in our state, but in the meantime we have the chance to sample a bit of their history. This batch is from 2007 according to the cork and is tasting better than ever. Age has dried the beer out a bit and the tart smack of acidity allows the fruit to really shine.

Here's how the brewery described the beer:

"The Kriek is made with a completely different method from Kriek Lambic. It starts with old brown ale which is macerated with fresh, whole Danish and Belgian cherries [13 kg per 100 liters] in shallow, horizontal tanks for at least six months. Then it matures for about 1 year and afterwards is blended with Oud Brun and Cuvee Brut or Goudenband of different ages. Brewer's tasting notes: 'Light malting, superb fruit aroma, brandy-ish flavors, and delicate sweetness are balanced against subtle acidity.'"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Washington Cider Tasting

This Monday (July 12th) we have a very special tasting at Bottleworks. We will have five Washington cider makers here, each pouring two of their chosen products. We will be pouring ciders from Finnriver Farm & Cidery from Chimacum, Red Barn Cider from Mt.Vernon, Snowdrift Cider Co. in East Wenatchee, Tieton Cider Works located in Tieton, and Wildfire Cider from Port Townsend.

The tasting will feature a broad range of cider styles and flavors including: a pear cider from Red Barn, an effervescent sparkling cider from Finn River and a tannic and still German style cider from Wildfire. Due to the size of the tasting flight, the cost will be $4. The event will run from 5-7 pm, but we suggest arriving early to give yourself time to sample all that Washington's cideries have to offer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Brews 7/3

New Domestic Craft:
Cascade Brewing The Vine 2010 750ml (OR)
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire 750ml (MI)
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA 22oz (ID)
Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA 22oz (WA)
Victory Whirlwind Witbier 12oz (PA)

Returning Domestic Craft:
Boulder Sweaty Betty Blonde 12oz (CO)
Iron Horse IPA 22oz (WA) New Size
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Bière 750ml (MI)

New Imports:
Amager Bryghus Fru Frederiksen 500ml (Denmark)
Dieu du Ciel! Corne du diable 11.5oz (Canada)
Epic Armageddon IPA 500ml (New Zealand)
Epic Mayhem 500ml (New Zealand)
Epic Pale Ale 500ml (New Zealand)
Ise Kadoya Genmai Ale 500ml (Japan)
Ise Kadoya Triple Hop Ale 500ml (Japan)
Isle of Arran Dark Ale 500ml (Scotland, UK)
Revelation Cat Woodwork Series Acasia 375ml (Italy)
Rodenbach Vintage 2007 Vat #230 750ml (Belgium)
St. Sylvestre 3 Monts 750ml (France)
St. Sylvestre Gavroche 750ml (France)
Weissenohe Bonator Dopplebock 500ml (Germany)

Returning Imports:
Dieu du Ciel! Equinoxe du Printemps 11.5oz (Canada)
Mikkeller Black Hole 375ml (Denmark)
Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Rouge 750ml (Belgium)