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June 17, 2009

Beer Haul #20302923423

I went to Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton, NJ again and picked up a wide range of stuff for a BBQ. Let's see what we've got here.

The Bruery Saison Rue - Saison/Farmhouse Ale 8.5%
Wow. The Bruery is a relatively new brewery from Placentia, CA and so far, every single thing I've had of there's has been phenomenal. I'll have a Bruery-specific blog post coming soon.

Southern Tier Mokah - Imperial Stout 11%
I recently attended a Southern Tier event at The Habitat in Brooklyn and had the chance to meet and talk to a rep for the brewery. I was surprised to learn that their brews actually aren't distributed very far. I guess it's the type of thing where you take for granted great beer when it's readily available everywhere around you. If anyone reading this blog is outside their distribution and wants to set up a trade, let me know. As for the beer itself, it was very good but not quite as good as the amazing Choklat.

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Lambic/Fruit 5%
One of my favorite things about this beer is letting BMC (BudMillerCoors) drinkers take a sip and enjoying their reaction. 9 out of 10 reactions are near shock followed by disgust. Fun stuff. I was definitely one of those people not all that long ago. The thought of a sour beer just sounded awful to me. But I've come around and it's now one of my favorite styles. The Cantillon Kriek is strong on the cherries however, unlike The Bruery Sasion Rue.

Dogfish Head Immort Ale - American Strong Ale 11%
Hey, look! I'm covering Dogfish Head again! American Strong Ales are new to me, but I've grown to really enjoy them. This one is brewed with peat-smoked barley, organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup and then aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts. I really love the vanilla-on-oak flavors. My biggest complaint is that this seems to be one of the hardest DFH to find in NYC.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche
- Berliner Weissbier 4.5%
I had posted previously about how I had hated this beer the first time I tried it. But man, have I pulled a complete 180 on this. I'm obsessed. I've bought a ton of bottles of this in the last two months. It's so good and interesting. Completely unlike the rest of the DFH beers. The only thing I don't quite understand is why BeerAdvocate lists it as a Berliner Weissbier. Can anyone enlighten me on that?

Allagash White - Witbier 5.2%
An excellent example of a Witbier. Next time you have the choice, pick this up over a Hoegaarden. Hoegaarden is owned by AB-InBev and wouldn't you rather support local Maine craft beer?

Founder's Cerise - Fruit/Vegetable Beer 6.5%
Whoa, this one's not for everyone. Definitely interesting. Sour cherries meets apple juice. I actually expected this to be more similar to Festina Peche for some reason, but I got more of vegetable notes out of it. Worth trying.

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