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Tahoe Mountain: Now in Bottles!
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:23

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Now available in 500ml bottles: Tahoe Mountain Provisions


As much as we here at Lime would like to carry a keg around with us everywhere we go, it just isn't all that practical.
The beers of Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company tempt us to do it anyway. Almost everything they make finds its way into a keg, and almost everything they make is wildly delicious.

But every once in a while, they bottle up some of their tasty wares, and our visions of pulling a kegerator around on a leash are (at least temporarily) dashed.

This is one of those times. We've just received a fresh batch of their "rustic, multi-grain saison," Provisions in 500ml bottles.

It's is a wonderfully drinkable beer with a chalky minerality, peppery phenolics, and a well-integrated hoppiness that is reminiscent of lemon peel and fresh-cut grass. It's dry and refreshing, and 500 milliliters of the stuff always disappears a little too quickly.


Tahoe Mountain beer: more portable than ever!

 
Introducing Perennial Artisan Ales
Written by Mike Reis   
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:58

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Introducing: Perennial Artisan Ales!

Perennial Artisan Ales makes great beer. The St. Louis brewery is still young, but they've released some brilliant stuff in their three years of existence. Their interpretations of Belgian styles are some of the best made in the US right now, and their uniformly well-executed experiments (like the renowned spiced chocolate stout, Abraxas) are sending waves of excitement throughout the national beer scene.

We're proud to have just partnered with our new friends at Perennial to bring their stunning beers to the state of California for the first time. We've received a small shipment of each of their three flagship products that are available to you now, and we look forward to bringing in more and more of their exciting lineup in the coming weeks.

Now available:

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Aria
Aria is a beautiful Belgian pale ale fermented with Brettanomyces. That should sound a bit familiar--it's made in the image of the iconic Trappist beer Orval. It's a more-than-worthy tribute. It's got grainy and gently fruity (think light banana, pear) aromatics that give way to a peppery, lightly bitter finish that's tinged with Brettanomyces. This beer evolves elegantly over time.
Now available in 1/6th barrel (5 gallon) kegs.

Saison de Lis
Saison de Lis is a dry and drinkable saison infused with chamomile. The herb adds a well-integrated complexity that complements the beer's yeastiness without beating you over the head with it's aroma. Amidst a growing group of American-made saisons, Saison de Lis stands out. It's delicious and one-of-a-kind.
Now available in 1/6th barrel (5 gallon) kegs & 750ml bottles.
95 on RateBeer!

Hommel Bier
Lots of brewers have done their best to marry Belgian yeast and American hop flavors in their beers. It doesn't always work. Perennial has pulled it off in a big way with Hommel Bier. It's an earthy, spicy, lightly citrusy and totally crushable Belgian pale ale that is dry-hopped with Chinook and Columbus hops. 
Now available in 1/6th barrel (5 gallon) kegs.
99 on RateBeer!

 
It's...GINORMOUS
Written by Mike Reis   
Monday, 22 September 2014 17:08

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Gigantic IPA is great...

...but what if it was even more Gigantic? Yeah, that does sound pretty good. It also sounds like it's time for a glass of Gigantic's freshest release: Ginormous Imperial IPA. Like the massive robot that graces its label, this is a powerful, imposing beer. It's 8.8% ABV and 100+ IBUs. It's malty as all get-out, and the seven hops used in its production leave the beer hugely aromatic.

It's intensely citrusy, with flavors akin to orange marmalade, pineapple and pine--a majorly flavorful interplay of bitter and sweet tastes.

Now available in 22oz bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

94 on RateBeer!


Also available in 22oz bottles from Gigantic Brewing Company:

Gigantic IPA - 97 on RateBeer!

Gigantic IPL (India Pale Lager) - 98 on RateBeer!

Gigantic Firebird (smoked hefeweizen) - 98 on RateBeer!

Gigantic Volta (imperial saison)

 
Romance by the...Barrel?
Written by Mike Reis   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 21:33

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Romance by the...Barrel?

Moonlight Meadery has been serving up "romance by the glass" since their foundation in 2010.
They've earned a fast and fervent following for their fruit-packed melomels with innovative flavor combinations and universally flawless execution. We're extremely fond of their meads and are constantly looking forward to tasting whatever mead maker Michael Fairbrother will imagine up next.
With our just-delivered load of new meads, we've got a lot of tasting to do. Not only did we receive a whole bunch of Moonlight's signature melomels, but we've also received some traditional meads and a selection of really exciting barrel-aged meads as well.


Now available in 375ml bottles:

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Barrel Aged Meads

Utopian

A semi-sweet mead that is truly unlike any other. It's aged for three years inside barrels that one held Samuel Adams' cult beer, Utopias, developing a soft, complex oakiness and a character not unlike a refined cognac.
Only 24 cases of this year's edition were produced.
This is rare and powerful stuff-a special occasion mead if there ever was one.
97 on RateBeer!

Wild keeps things a little more simple--wild blueberries are the only added fruit. But don't think this one will bore you. It's drier than many of Moonlight's other offerings, with a subtle touch of blueberry flavor alongside gently warming alcohol.
96 on RateBeer

Temerity
An dry, assertive mead sharpened with acidic black currants and tannic oakiness from a six-month stay in the Utopias barrels used to house Moonlight's Utopian mead.


Virtue
A smooth cyser (that's an apple mead) aged in Utopian barrels for 6 months. Lightly bourbony, with flavors of vanilla and coconut to complement the character of the apple and honey used for this mead's fermentation.


Destiny
Destiny is Moonlight's flagship mead, Desire, aged in a Utopian barrel for one year. An already complex mead made with black cherries, black currants, and blueberries is made more complex with time in these seemingly magical barrels.

 

Traditional Meads

Moonlight is famous for their fruit meads (melomels) for a reason, but we can't help but also love their traditional meads, which are made without fruit or spice additives. These meads, known as the "Au Naturel" series, emphasize the subtle and beautiful character of the single-flower honeys used to produce them. They are all on the sweeter end of the spectrum, with 14% ABV.

Currently in stock:

Au Naturel - Blackberry Blossom

Au Naturel - Cranberry Blossom

Au Naturel - Orange Blossom

Au Naturel - Raspberry Blossom

 

Signature Melomels

Mojo
A mojito-inspired sweet mead made with just enough mint and lime to complement the honey's aromatics without overpowering them.


Wild
Wild keeps things simple--wild blueberries are the only added fruit. But don't think this one will bore you. It's drier than many of Moonlight's other offerings, with a subtle touch of blueberry flavor alongside gently warming alcohol.
96 on RateBeer!


Kurt's Apple Pie
Moonlight's best-selling product is a brilliant dessert mead made with apples, cinnamon, and vanilla. "Apple pie" is a totally great description! Try it on vanilla ice cream for the best dang float you've ever had.
Also available in 20L kegs!
100 on RateBeer!


Paramour
A full-bodied semi-sweet mead packed with the flavor of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, and black cherries. So good.


Flame
Rhubarb and black currants drive the flavor of this melomel. A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

 

Red Dress
Made with a boatload of red currants, this mead is super bright and balanced, with a pretty pinkish hue.
93 on RateBeer!

 
More Hoppy Goodness from the PNW: Gigantic IPL
Written by Mike Reis   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:04

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"India Pale Lager," "Northwest Pilsner," "Super Tasty Beer"

Frankly, we don't care what you call it--Gigantic Brewing Company's newest seasonal just tastes goooood.

It's a hoppy lager weighing in at 5.6% ABV, designed to showcase Simcoe and Citra hops in all their glory. It's bitter, drinkable, and hugely aromatic--citrusy, tropical, and bright. A Portland treasure!
96 on RateBeer!

Fresh and in stock now!

 
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