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


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:


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!

Written by Mike Reis   
Monday, 22 September 2014 17:08


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


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:


Barrel Aged Meads


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

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.

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 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

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

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!

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

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


"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!

Spirits? Oh yes. Mikkeller Spirits.
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:59


The Mikkeller empire keeps growing.

This time, Mikkel and his posse have dipped into the world of spirits, bringing their wacky experimental sensibility to a whole new frontier. These are whiskeys, vodkas, and a gin for the beer drinker, some made with hops, others with straight-up beer. Dust off those cocktail glasses, people!

Now available:

Black Series

The Black Series of spirits are what happens when you distill Mikkeller's famous epic stout, Black, and age it in used barrels. These are essentially whiskeys produced from a finished beer, given depth of flavor from the character imparted by the barrels in which they are aged. All weigh in at 86 proof.

Black Series B Version
The "B" stands for bourbon. Distilled Black is aged in used bourbon barrels to impart a smooth vanilla and toffee-like flavor to the fruity base spirit. Just enough bourbon flavor to avoid overwhelming the spirit's natural flavor. 
Now available in 375ml & 750ml bottles.

Black Series R Version
You guessed it--"R" is for rum. Rum barrels from the former Danish colony of Saint Croix are used to lend their round sweetness to the spirit. This took a Double Gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Now available in 375ml & 750ml bottles.

Black Series O Version
Ahhh--this one's a bit tougher. The O is for Oloroso--this version of the spirit is aged in Oloroso Sherry casks. The result is a nutty, chocolatey complement to the base spirit's fruit-like flavor.


Hop Vodkas & Gin

Dry Hopped Citra Vodka
Don't think your old friend Mikkel has strayed from his love of hops. We've also received a couple wheat-based, 88-proof vodkas infused with the aromatics of Citra and Simcoe hops. The Citra version showcases the fresh, bright, and citrusy aroma of the hops atop a neutral base spirit.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Dry Hopped Simcoe Vodka
Simcoe hops are less overtly citrusy, incorporating some pungent pine and musky aromas along with some of that citrusy goodness. This vodka is designed to bring that aroma to all your vodka-related activities.
Now available in 750ml bottles.

Botanical Gin
And for those of you that prefer a more traditional spirit, Mikkeller has also released their Botanical Gin. It's a smooth gin that won't beat you over the head with junipery intensity, and it includes Simcoe hops as one of it's flavoring agents. Gin for the beer drinker!
Now available in 750ml bottles.

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