Preamble by Steve Siciliano
I guess I can say that spring is finally here because on a few days this past week, for the first time this year, my wife and I enjoyed our evening cocktails on the deck. After the outside furniture is stowed away in the fall, Barb and I take our nightly pre-dinner routine to a room in the basement of our old brick house. It’s a comfortable space. An area rug helps ward off the chill and there are warm afghans and comfortable chairs. There’s a television and a nice sound system. But after a while you get tired of staring at the tube and the music starts sounding stale and we’re ready for a change in scenery.
When we’re outside we can watch the dramatic and comedic episodes of nature -- two bright red male cardinals vying for the attention of the same dark brown female, plump squirrels scurrying across the lawn occasionally stopping to dig up a nut, a squadron of buzzards floating high overhead, two quacking mallards ambling to the temporary spring pond in the low ground on the edge of the tree line.
When we’re outside we can listen to a different type of music -- the distinctive, melodic calls of a variety of birds, a breeze rustling through the budding branches of the backyard maples, the cacophony of neighborhood lawnmowers, the gleeful squeals of playing children.
The muted sounds and the black and white shades of winter are transforming into the bright melodies and technicolor splashes of spring. It’s nice having a front row seat to the show.
New and Returning Beer
Decadent Bacon French Toast, $4.89/16oz - "A 12.2% American Imperial Double Stout" (source).
Fat Orange Cat Blue Penguin, $5.99/16oz - "Two hops from New Zealand: NELSON SAUVIN and MOTUEKA, plus sauvignon blanc grape juice. This combination creates a complex flavor with a tropical fruit finish" (source).
Fat Orange Cat Remove The Beer From The Bottom Of The Ocean, $5.49/16oz - "EUREKA and MOSAIC hops create a complex cornucopia of stone fruit and berry flavors but also very earthy and dank" (source).
Hoof Hearted Are We Having Fun Yet, $6.29/16oz - "A light and crushy, crushy pale for those who are lookin to party down! Hopped with Falconers Flight and Australian Galaxy, we’re showcasing our new favorite yeast strain formerly classified as a type of brettanomyces. Since reclassified, it lends tropical fruit characteristics of mango and pineapple" (source).
Omnipollo Gygax, $4.69/16oz - "Grapefruit Tonic Gose Ale Brewed with Grapefruit, Quinine & Lactose Sugar" (source).
Omnipollo PB&J Bianca, $6.29/16oz - "PB & J inspired Gose brewed with rock salt and lactose" (source).
Omnipollo Super Size Hilma, $7.29/16oz- "Double Dry-Hopped Double Vanilla Crispy Fries Burger Bun Imperial India Pale Ale with Natural Flavors" (source).
Stillwater Log Out, $5.69/16oz - "Double India pale ale quadruple dry-hopped with mosaic, galaxy, citra, and nelson sauvin" (source).
City Built Danky McDankerton's, $4.69/16oz - "Dry Hopped with the Kindest Hops, Summit, Zeus & Mosaic Hops. Tropical, Resinous & Skunky" (source).
Brewdog Jet Black Heart, $1.99/12oz - "This sable stout is black as pitch and smooth as hell. Jet Black Heart is a milk stout; roasty malt flavours of coffee and chocolate, bound to a decadent full-bodied richness. Flaked oats and wheat add to the velvet mouth-feel, with the carbonation adding a honeycomb texture. Magnum and Sorachi Ace bring a berry & citrus fruitiness that amplifies the chocolate character of this inky leviathan" (source).
Haymarket Hazy Is Lazy, $2.09/12oz - "West coast meets east coast style. Brewed with Simcoe and Citra hops in the kettle, and dry hopped" (source).
Latitude 42 Nectar Of The Goddess, $2.49/16oz - "Nectar of the Goddess is our Unfiltered American Wheat with Blood Oranges, Passion Fruit and Locally Sourced Michigan Honey. When drinking Nectar of the Goddess you get a unique, unfiltered fruity and tart wheat ale flavor perfect for summer" (source).
Pigeon Hill Cinna Mom On French Toast, $4.89/12oz - "We also call this the “Morning After Stout,” because it’s a perfect way to ease the pain on the morning after a night of celebrating. By combining our Imperial Stout with maple, vanilla, and cinnamon, we created a beer that is both bold and comforting, with a flavor that unmistakably reminds us of your mom’s French toast" (source).
Monkey Fist George Washington's Little White Lie, $2.79/16oz - "Short for George Washington’s Little White Lie, this beer will blow your mind with the tartness of the beer. A Belgian wit you’re going to get plenty of spices but the Cherry will come through the most! If the weather is a bit hotter than normal, this is going to hit the spot perfectly" (source).
Monkey Fist Pen Hopper, $2.79/16oz - "A bright clean light copper colored ale bursting with fresh citrus aromas. Brewed with locally grown Michigan Cascade and Chinook hops then finished with ample amounts of Mosaic and Citra to create a tantalizing nose with a soft bitter finish" (source).
Boulevard Space Camper, $1.99/12oz - "Space Camper Cosmic IPA is an exhilarating initiation into a mind-bending alternate universe of India Pale Ales. Our brewers employ massive hop additions at the end of the boil, and during fermentation, to minimize upfront bitterness and create a juicy IPA bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas of nectar and citrus" (source).
Odd Side Passionfruit Mango Fruitsicle, $2.89/12oz - "A refreshing blend of Passionfruit and Mango...brewed with lactose" (source).
Odd Side Pineapple Hop Milk, $2.89/12oz - "Milkshake IPA - India Pale Ale with lactose and vanilla added" (source).
Lord Hobo Hazey Orange, $2.69/16oz - "This is a one of a kind hazy IPA that combines a carefully crafted base with a juicy burst of orange flavors. Angelica was designed to be a unique showcase for the incredible Mosaic hop. The malt bill creates a clean and perfectly balanced backbone to highlight the mixed berry and stone fruit qualities common to mosaic. After experiencing that beer we knew it would blend perfectly oranges to create a special limited beer. The orange flavor combines with a berry melody to pop an incredible, fruity aroma that is matched by its easy drinking flavor. The haze craze goes great with orange" (source).
Lagunitas Equinox, $5.19/22oz - "A creamy ale hopped-up with a huge charge of Ekuanot (FKA Equinox) and Simcoe hops for a citrusy and stone fruity blast. First brewed in 1995... brewed today in a time of change" (source).
Big Lake Dinosaur Death, $3.99/16oz - No commercial description.
Dogfish Head 120min, $10.99/12oz - "Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundantly hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads" (source).
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