This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about this Saturday's Big Brew at Trail Point
Preamble by Steve Siciliano
It hasn’t been very spring like in the environs of Beer City USA of late but it appears that the weather will be improving just in time for this Saturday’s Big Brew at Trail Point.
That’s good news for the 26 teams of dedicated home brewers who will be gathering in the parking lot of the brewery’s Allendale location to brew up batches of Beer City Pale in a celebration of National Homebrew Day. This popular event is open to the public, is free of charge and attendees will be able to sample a variety of the hobbyists’ hand-crafted brews.
The announcement of the Best of Show winner of the 2022 Siciliano’s Homebrew Competition and the presentation of the prestigious Siciliano’s Cup will immediately follow the 1 p.m. country wide toast to the life enriching hobby of home brewing.
Featured Wines of the Week
The Calling Alexander valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $37.99 Dark plum red in color with aromas of ripe blackberry and dark chocolate with hints of spicy oak and black pepper. The palate is rich and concentrateed with flavors of ripe blue and black fruits, laced together with toasted oak notes nad finishes with robust abd balanced tannin
The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, $34.49 Bright, big aromatics on the nose with notes of Bartlett pear, creamy lemon meringue and white rose. This full-bodied wine is creamy and rich, with flavors of honeydew melon and peach pit.
The Calling Pinot Noir, $30.99 Bing cherry and dried orange peel on the nose. The palate is supple, smooth, silky and red fruit driven with notews of fresh wild raspberries and red plum. Overall, this wine is bright, fresh, clean and lingering.
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Featured Spirits of the Week
Long Road Raspberry Michigin, $36.89/750ml Long Road Raspberry MICHIGIN is made with juniper from Beaver Island, hops from the Michigan Hop Alliance, apples from nearby Peach Ridge Farms and locally grown raspberries. The raspberries make the gin bright pink in the bottle and add some residual sweetness that plays well in spring cocktails, the distillery said.
Roku Gin, $36.89/750ml Nose: Cherry blossom and green tea provide a floral and sweet aroma. Palate: Complex, multi layered, yet harmonious flavour of various botanicals. Traditional gin taste in the base, plus characteristic Japanese botanical notes with yuzu as the top note. Smooth and silky texture. Finish: The crisp Japanese sansho pepper brings a little spiciness to the finish.
Grey Whale Gin, $39.99/750ml First, the aroma of citrus carries you north, followed by juniper and a subtle hint of cool coastal fir trees. As you move further up the path, fresh mint and the umami flavors of kombu sea kelp are rounded out by a beautiful lasting creamy almond finish. Its young, bold and wise beyond its years.
New and Returning Products
2nd Shift LSD, $4.39/12oz-LSD is a stout that is a chewy, chocolaty and a joy to behold. Just friggin drink it.
2nd Shift SamSquatch, $3.59/16oz-IPA - American
2nd Shift Sunny Cat, $4.09/16oz-New England style IPA brewed with oats, lactose, Amarillo & Citra hops, and dried tangerine peel.
2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy, $2.79/16oz-Brewed with Bohemian Pils malt and Saaz hops Technical Ecstasy pours a stunning hazy straw color with an enormous dense white head, the hallmark of a fresh Pilsner. The hops’ floral, slightly spicy aroma immediately lures you in. The medium-bodied mouth feel produces a soft, crackery maltiness immediately followed by spicy, slightly grassy notes. Blah blah, drink it.
Alesmith Double Fudge Speedway Stout, $ 5.69/16oz-Our iconic signature Imperial Stout is taken to the next level with this indulgent version. With a decadent combination of Dominican cacao nibs, cocoa powder, Madagascar vanilla beans, and artfully roasted coffee from our friends at Ryan Bros., this beer is the ultimate double fudge treat.
Austin Brothers Blackberry Sourbet, $4.09/16oz-A fruited kettle sour that pours out a deep purple. Brewed with loads of Blackberry, giving this beer a jammy, tart fruit character.
Austin Brothers X Murks the Spot, $4.09/16oz-A New England style IPA that showcases Lotus, Sultana, and Cryo Citra hops, to the tune of 5 pounds per barrel! Pours out a murky light golden color, and follows with a pillowy delivery of citrus and tropical fruit flavors.
Barrel + Beam Pret, $4.39/12oz-Barrel-aged, dry hopped, Michigan sourced Grisette.
Black Rocks Honey Lav, $1.99/12oz-Wheat Beer - American Pale Wheat
Brew Detroit Cervaza Obscura, $1.89/16oz-Dark Mexican-style lager with a light-medium body, dark amber in color, with a light and balanced roasted malt character.
Lakefront New Grist La Gose Rita, $2.19/12oz
Mast Landing All The Way Up, $4.69/16oz-All the Way Up is our way of showcasing the height of fruit expression in our sour ales. We've worked hard to lock in our favorite fruit combinations, creating a series of flavor-packed, easy-to-drink yet always revolving options.
Mast Landing Champ Lager, $2.99/16oz-Champ Lager is the liquid pat-on-the-back you deserve. A classic refresher with a snappy, bright finish, cause you earned it.
Mast Landing Gunners Daughter, $3.79/16oz-A beautifully aromatic and balanced milk stout with delicious notes of peanut butter, coffee, and dark chocolate. This dark, mythical beer nods to the long-passed legends of our region’s seafarers. (Does not contain nuts or peanuts)
Mast Landing Pantless Thunder Bird, $5.19/16oz
Mikkeller BA Traeblod: Banana Foster, $24.99/500ml-Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels w/ Maple Syrup, Banana, & Coffee
Off Color Beer for Ballgames, $2.99/16oz-As one of the first styles of beer actually conceived in the United States, our cream ale is designed to make America’s pastime proud using only American produced malt and corn with classical American hops (Cascade and Willamette). We even use American water (sorry Fiji). No matter what local team you cheer for, this is a perfect accompaniment to the game.
Off Color Beer for Golf, $3.29/16oz-Wit style beer with lemon and black tea added
Off Color Beer for Hell, $3.29/16oz-Helles Bock.
Pigeon Hill Catalina, $2.19/12oz-Lager - Pale
Prairie BBA Weekend, $15.19/12oz
Schlafly Dry Hopped American Pale, $1.99/12oz-Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of whole-cone Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale.
Schlafly Hazy Punch IPA, $2.39/12oz-Hazy Punch IPA features some of the juiciest hops we could get our hands on with the addition of cara cara orange and pineapple.
Schlafly Hefeweizen, $1.99/12oz-Our Hefeweizen is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, often served with a wedge of lemon. Made with thirty percent American winter wheat, Hefeweizen is balanced with sweet golden malted barley and Tettnang hops from Oregon that evoke a hint of spice. The American ale yeast is subtle, but the grains take center stage and, when left in the unfiltered beer, gives it that classic cloudiness and additional body.
Schlafly Just a Bit Hazy, $1.99/12oz-PA - New England / Hazy
Schlafly Kolsch, $1.99/12oz-Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.
Schlafly Oatmeal Stout, $1.99/12oz-Our Oatmeal Stout is a classic British-style stout brewed with flaked oatmeal and roasted barley. Freshly-roasted coffee beans, cocoa and touches of raisin and dried fruit dominate the aroma of this super-dark ale. The richness of the grain blend is balanced by the nutty character of the roasted malt, the creaminess from the oatmeal flakes and a dose of hops.
Schlafly Raspberry Hefe, $1.99/12oz-Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is a true fruit beer, not a fruit-flavored beer. We add pureed raspberries to our Hefeweizen during the primary fermentation process. Although we add no sugar, color or flavors, the resulting beer is a hazy pink color, with citrus aromas from the wheat and a flavor that is neat and tart. While this beer is low in bitterness, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a thoroughly drinkable beer for the season.
Schofferhofer Pineapple, $2.19/12oz-Shandy / Radler
SingleCut 18 Watt, $2.49/16oz-THE REDEFINITION OF THE "SESSION" IPA. Orange zest, tangerine, and tropical juice aroma, in a beauty of a beer that easily rivals much bigger IPAs, with a substantially full, soft malt body that compliments but doesn’t interfere with the hop attack. When you want the push, weight, and attack of a much heavier (I)IPA but need to be productive tomorrow – One of our proudest accomplishments.
SingleCut ERIC More Cowbell, $4.99/16oz-We've got a fever. And there is only one cure: a lusciously creamy, slightly sweet Stout that sits atop a chocolate and roast malt base that will rock all night long.
SingleCut I'm Using Technology, $5.89/16oz-LOOK OUT MA we've got a brand new DDH IIPA built on some experimental Washington State hops that we are riding high on. Express notes of orange juice and peel, some grassy pear/plum, lemonheads, and a long lasting mango leather finish. Come on!
SingleCut Softly Spoken Magic Spells, $5.49/16oz-Far away across the field there is a hazy golden IIPA bursting with sweet orange juice and apricot aroma, tinged with a tropical twist, that will take you home home again.
Stone RuinTen, $3.19/12oz-In our Brewers’ Tasting Panel, we all get excited every time we sample one of our new beers for the first time. When we absolutely nail a beer, and get exactly what we were hoping for on the first swing, we call it a homerun. This morning’s (hey, we’re professionals!) taste panel was definitely a homerun. Or, as Brewing Supervisor Mike Richmond commented, “this one has got the love.” We brewed this beer using the same ingredients as in our classic Stone Ruination IPA, but bumped up the malt to achieve its elevated 10.8% ABV. And of course we jacked up the hops as well. Not just in the boil, but we doubled the dry-hop amount, using a 50/50 blend of Centennial and Citra. The combination is, dare I say, magic.
Three Floyds Rights of Ramm, $2.29/12oz-PA - New England / Hazy
Transient Canickley, $23.89/500ml-Buckley aged 12-18 months in BLIS maple syrup bourbon barrles
Transient Kentuckley, $22.79/500ml-The 2015 Buckley Imperial Breakfast Stout aged in Buffalo Trace & Four Roses Bourbon Barrels.
Transient Prince of Barkness, $23.89/500ml-Imperial breakfast stout aged 18 months in a whiskey foeder maple syrup bourbon barrels with vanilla, coffee and cinnamon.
Untitled Art BA Double Fudgy Brownie Stout, $9.29/16oz-Barrel aged imperial stout with milk sugar, cocoa nibs, Belgian candi syrup, natural and artificial flavors.
Untitled Art Double Mango Sour, $5.49/16oz-Sour - Fruited
Untitled Art German Chocolate Cake, $5.49/12oz-Stout - Pastry
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