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It's back! Prairie Hop, now in stock.
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:11


Prairie isn't famous for IPAs.

They're best known for their knock-your-socks-off-what-the-heck-is-this-stuff saisons. But that doesn't mean they don't know how to use hops. Their excellent saison Prairie Hop makes that abundantly clear. It's an aggressively dry-hopped saison that is absolutely jammin' with the juicy aromatics of Citra and Simcoe hops intermingling with complex yeast character. Think tangerine, pineapple, kiwi, lime, peach and white peppercorns. It's a saison for the hop head.

It's insanely good and it's back in stock.

Now available in 500ml bottles.

100 on RateBeer!

Back in Stock: Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales
Written by Mike Reis   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 22:10
Look at that logo.

It just oozes great saison imagery: grazing farm animals, lush greenery, the rustic old barn nestled in the shadow of a mountain. I can almost taste the yeastiness just looking at it.

That's a real place, and it's called Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales. The brewery that lives in that there barn is making beers that more than live up to the romantic imagery that graces its labels.

In their words, they're "putting the farm back into farmhouse beers."
Across the board, the beers coming out of Logsdon are wonderfully rustic--balanced beers that highlight the range of flavors that can be coaxed from yeast.

The beers are good, and we've just received a handful of their classics that are available to you now.

Check it out:

Kili Wit
An unusual and wonderful witbier brewed with African coriander. Creamy, tropical, spicy, and citrusy.
99 on RateBeer!
750ml bottles currently available.

Seizoen ("say-ZOON")
Packed with yeast character. Apple and pear esters explode amidst flavors of peppercorn, strawberry, and a mellow underlying earthiness.
98 on RateBeer!
375ml & 750ml bottles currently available.

Seizoen Bretta
Another yeasty saison from our Oregonian friends! Earthy, spicy, and fruity, all at once. The Brettanomyces used to create this beer leaves it dry, highly carbonated, and incredibly complex.
Gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival & 99 on RateBeer!
375ml & 750ml bottles as well as 20L kegs currently available.
It's Here: Calabaza Boreal Round 2
Written by Mike Reis   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 23:42

A few months back Gabe Fletcher of Anchorage Brewing Company visited Michigan to make a collaboration beer with Jolly Pumpkin.

It was called Calabaza Boreal: a tart, hoppy, saisonish beer aged in oak with grapefruit and peppercorns.
And it was GOOD.

Tart, bitter, and intensely aromatic, it ushered us into summer with a bright blast of citrusy goodness. And thanks to you, o thirsty state of California, it's just about to disappear from the shelves of our warehouse for good.

Lucky for us, more than one batch of this beautiful beer was made. In a truly collaborative spirit, Jolly Pumpkin's Ron Jeffries traveled to Anchorage to brew the beer again, this time at Gabe's brewhouse.

And now we've got it. We've just received our shipment of Calabaza Boreal round 2: the Anchorage edition.

Come 'n' get it!

(note: just a few cases left of the Jolly Pumpkin-brewed version...get on it now if you'd like to taste them side-by-side!)
Meet Elijah K. Swan: Your New Best Friend
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 01 August 2014 19:32


Meet Elijah K. Swan: your new best friend.

Okay, so Elijah K. Swan isn't a real person. But you'll love him just the same. He's the fictional man behind Finnriver Farm & Cidery's unbelievable line of botanically-infused ciders. Each one is inventive to the point that it's a little bit scary. A saffron cider? Lavender? Lemon balm? They sound like ideas that could go horribly wrong. They never do.
Across the board, these are balanced, drinkable ciders with flavor combinations you've likely never experienced. They are insanely satisfying.

Now available in 500ml bottles:

Cranbery Rosehip
Spiked with cranberry juice, this cider pours a beautiful orange-pink hue and carries a drying tannic finish. Citrusy rosehips fill out the flavor profile--it's incredible stuff.


Lavender Black Currant
Finnriver's Sparkling Black Currant Cider is one of our favorite year-round drinks, so we were super excited to receive this summer seasonal riff on a similar idea. This release is a rich purple color from the black currants that also lend their explosive tannin and soft sweetness to the finished cider. Lavender is added as well, providing a subtle fragrance that ties the whole package together.


Honey Meadow
Honey Meadow is yet another stunner from this uniformly-great line of botanical ciders. This one is made with Washington-grown lemon balm and chamomile and backsweetend to off-dry with local honey. It's super floral and, as always, masterfully balanced.


Solstice Saffron
Made with anise, fennel seed, and locally grown saffron, Solstice Saffron is one of the most unusual and innovative ciders we've tried. Spicy, earthy, and endlessly interesting.


Mead: 130% Awesome.
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 18 July 2014 23:36


American mead sales grew 130% from 2012 to 2013.

Those are big time numbers. The American public is really catching on to this stuff, and product quality is better than ever.

We love mead over here at LVHQ, and are totally stoked to see this ancient and delicious beverage finally getting the attention it deserves. Never tried the stuff? Now's the time. Our hive runneth over with brilliant examples of mead in all its forms, from melomels, cysers, and metheglins, to acerglyns and pyments.


Now available:

Celestial Meads
- Now available in 750ml bottles!

Odin's Gift

A traditional mead focused on emphasizing honey's natural aromatics alongside an assertive presence of oak. Gently sweet, fruity, and extremely aromatic.


Hidden Legend Dandelion Wine 12x750ml earthy, refreshing and authent $146.00 US - Victor, MT
HLM20 Hidden Legend Winery Pure Honey Mead 12x750ml Semi-dry all nat'rl honey mead $140.00 12.5 US - Victor, MT
HLM10 Hidden Legend Winery The King's Cyser - Apple Mead
Hidden Legend Winery - Now available in 750ml bottles!

Pure Honey Mead
An wonderful off-dry expression of Montana-made wildflower honey flavor. Hidden Legend's best-selling mead!

The King's Cyser
Another wonderful off-dry mead. While most meads get all their sugar for fermentation from honey, this recipe uses apple juice as well (that's called a cyser!). The result is a tart and happy marriage of apple and honey flavors.




Moonlight Meadery - Now available in 375ml bottles!


The first mead Moonlight ever produced. Like many of their products, it's densely packed with the flavor of added fruits. This time around, it's cherries, black currants, and blueberries. Lush and satisfying.
99 on RateBeer!


A dark purple semi-sweet mead balanced with a tart and tannic snap that comes from an addition of black currants.

Rhubarb and black currants are the name of the game in this melomel (that's what we call fruited meads). A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

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.
100 on RateBeer!

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

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


Sap House Meadery
- Now available in 375ml bottles!


Sap House loves playing around with locally-grown fruits and spices in their meads. By doing so, they support New England agriculture and create some seriously tasty beverages. It's a win-win. But sometimes, when you want a mead, you just want a mead. A drinkable answer to years of customer requests, Sap House has created a simple, beautiful mead highlighting honey's natural aromatics.

Hopped Blueberry Maple
This mead seeks to find a balanced expression of its three namesake ingredients: Willamette hops, native local blueberries, and New Hampshire maple syrup. We've never tasted anything like it--citrusy hop character and tannic blueberry marry atop a subtle woodsiness from the maple syrup. Wild stuff!

Ossipioja wowed our entire team when we first tried it. It's a pyment (a mead made with grape juice in addition to honey) made from Spanish red wine grapes. It showcases all of the complexity of a fine Rioja and integrates that with the texture and flavor of wildflower honey mead. A great first mead for wine drinkers!

Sugar Maple
Made with New Hampshire wildflower honey and maple syrup, Sugar Maple sounds like it'll be a sugar bomb. It's not. It's fermented fairly dry and has a nice hit of tannin from the inclusion of a dose of black tea.

Vanilla Bean
At 18% ABV, this is Sap House's most potent mead. The alcohol is well-integrated amidst an aromatic punch to the face that focuses on vanilla without overwhelming the subtleties of the honey that makes up the mead's base.

Looking to learn more about mead? Check out our post over at LV Education.
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