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For World Class Belgian Beer, Look to...Missouri?
Written by Mike Reis   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 01:01

For World Class Belgian Beer, Look to...Missouri?

That's right. Some of the world's finest Belgian-style beers are being made by our friends at St. Louis' Perennial Artisan Ales.

They have unbelievable command over the characterful yeast strains that give these beer's their Belgian flair, and use that skillset to bring malt, hop, yeast, and water together in truly beautiful and unique beers.

We've just reloaded on Hommelbier (Mike R.'s favorite!) and are ready to bring it to you, California.

It's a breezy, earthy, and crushable masterpiece of a Belgian-ish pale ale made with American hops. Tangerine, black pepper, pine, and a touch of tropical fruit flavor sit atop a balancing bready maltiness. It's incredible stuff (rated 99 on RateBeer!), and it's available now in 1/6 barrel kegs.

 

Also available from Perennial:

Regalia
- A tropical strong saison fermented with two strains of Brett. Available in 30L kegs and 750ml bottles, while supplies last.

Saison de Lis - An elegant saison brewed with a gentle dose of chamomile. Available in 1/6bbl kegs and 750ml bottles. 95 on RateBeer!

 
Everything You Want in an Alt from Füchschen
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 26 June 2015 21:04


Everything You Want in an Alt from Füchschen

Brauerei Im Füchschen • Germany

Füchschen Altbier epitomizes all that’s great about the style–rounded but not over-powering bready, nutty & toasty maltiness balanced perfectly by an elegantly-restrained but lasting spicy hop bitterness, all followed by a characterful, restrained yeasty dark-fruitiness. Best enjoyed in excess, beer after beer, in a .25 stubby glass!

Style: Altbier

ABV: 4.80%

Now available in 30L kegs

Brewer Website: http://www.fuechschen.de/

 


Still cravin' some old-world European kegs? Currently available:

 

Coniston Special Oatmeal Stout
A brilliant, balanced oatmeal stout built for a lengthy barside session at just 4.5% ABV. Smooth, creamy, and eminently crushable.
Now available in 30L kegs!





Göller Rauchbier

A balanced, elegant rauchbier. Not too smoky, not too rich. Gently toasty, caramelized, and savory. The ultimate food beer!
Now available in 30L kegs.




Mahr's Ungespundet
An all-time Lime Ventures favorite. Herbal, grainy, smooth, and perfectly balanced. Beer expert Michael Jackson called it "the unfiltered German lager of your dreams.”
96 on RateBeer!

Now available in 50L kegs.




Koutska 18
A rich, dark lager from this cult Czech brewery. Most similar in style to a doppelbock, this is well-rounded, dense, and hugely malty.
97 on RateBeer!
Now available in 20L kegs.


Thank you to Shelton Brothers for their lovely description of the equally lovely Füchschen Alt.

 
Jester King, Cigar City, Amager, and Two New Imperial Stouts
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 12 June 2015 18:53
Jester King, Cigar City, Amager, and Two New Imperial Stouts
You won't find a European brewer making better imperial stouts than Amager Bryghus. They have a knack for taking crazy recipes, with many types of malt, a whole mess o' hops, and sky-high gravities, and making them work in a unified, satisfying manner. And Amager plays well with others. The collaboration-prone brewery has hosted some of our favorite brewers from around the world and produced magical results with a special ingredient called teamwork.
We've just received two new imperial stouts made in collaboration with Texas' Jester King Brewery and Florida's Cigar City Brewing. As you'd expect, they're both big, bold, and wildly delicious. Go team!
Now available in 500ml bottles:
Danish Metal
Brewed in collaboration with Jester King.
If it were up to us, we'd be drinking Jester King's beers every night. As it turns out, though, there are lots of folks that feel that way--not a whole lot of their beer leaves the brewery's home state of Texas these days. But occasionally, their brewers leave Texas and we get to reap the benefits. On their recent trip to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, they made a pit stop at the Amager brewhouse to make Danish Metal, a delightful riff on the Jester King Black Metal recipe. Big, bitter, coffee-like, licoricey, and dense.
Also available in 30L KeyKeg.
97 on RateBeer.
Xiquic and the Hero Twins
Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing.
Eight malts, five hops, cedar wood, and black pepper all come together harmoniously in an imperial stout that Amager refers to as a "gentle beast." Big on character from the cedar and pepper, this is a truly unusual beer. It bears distinct elements from each collaborator, fusing the talents of each in a delicious, decadent way.
97 on RateBeer.
Also available from Amager:
Rye Porter - A spicy, bitter imperial porter. 99 on RateBeer!
Black Nitro (made in collaboration with Grassroots Brewing) - An earthy and resinous black IPA made with Shaun Hill. 98 on RateBeer!


Jester King, Cigar City, Amager, and Two New Imperial Stouts

You won't find a European brewer making better imperial stouts than Amager Bryghus. They have a knack for taking crazy recipes, with many types of malt, a whole mess o' hops, and sky-high gravities, and making them work in a unified, satisfying manner. And Amager plays well with others. The collaboration-prone brewery has hosted some of our favorite brewers from around the world and produced magical results with a special ingredient called teamwork.

We've just received two new imperial stouts made in collaboration with Texas' Jester King Brewery and Florida's Cigar City Brewing. As you'd expect, they're both big, bold, and wildly delicious. Go team!


Now available in 500ml bottles:



Danish Metal
Brewed in collaboration with Jester King.
If it were up to us, we'd be drinking Jester King's beers every night. As it turns out, though, there are lots of folks that feel that way--not a whole lot of their beer leaves the brewery's home state of Texas these days. But occasionally, their brewers leave Texas and we get to reap the benefits. On their recent trip to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration, they made a pit stop at the Amager brewhouse to make Danish Metal, a delightful riff on the Jester King Black Metal recipe. Big, bitter, coffee-like, licoricey, and dense.
Also available in 30L KeyKeg.
97 on RateBeer.



Xiquic and the Hero Twins
Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing.
Eight malts, five hops, cedar wood, and black pepper all come together harmoniously in an imperial stout that Amager refers to as a "gentle beast." Big on character from the cedar and pepper, this is a truly unusual beer. It bears distinct elements from each collaborator, fusing the talents of each in a delicious, decadent way.
97 on RateBeer.


Also available from Amager:

Rye Porter - A spicy, bitter imperial porter. 99 on RateBeer!

Black Nitro (made in collaboration with Grassroots Brewing) - An earthy and resinous black IPA made with Shaun Hill. 98 on RateBeer!
 
3 New Ones from De La Senne!
Written by Mike Reis   
Saturday, 06 June 2015 00:13

Three New Beers From De La Senne!

There is no brewery in Belgium that does hoppy beers better than Brasserie De La Senne. A huge portion of their lineup is pale, bitter, and fermented with expressive yeast, but each beer stands alone with a distinctive, personal character. We've just received three new De La Senne beers and they surely fit that mold. They are pale, hoppy, distinctive, and utterly delicious.


Now available in 330ml bottles:

Schieve Funambulo
Made in collaboration with Italy's Toccalmatto, Schieve Funambulo is a bold Belgian strong pale ale--10% ABV, intensely fruity, and lastingly bitter. Creamy, citrusy, and potent.

Wadesda #5 & Wadesda #6
Wadesdas 5 and 6 are meant to be consumed together, as a pair (though they can be purchased individually if desired). They're a tasteable experiment--two identical beers made with one variable ingredient. Wadesda #5 is a pale, hoppy blonde ale made with run-of-the-mill pelletized Perle hops. It is a lovely beer on its own, with a score of 98 on RateBeer. Wadesda #6 is basically the same beer, but it is made with an unusual twist--instead of pelletized Perle hops, it uses whole cones that have been freeze-dried. There are subtle, but interesting differences between the two beers, and they taste great together or side-by-side.


Also available from De La Senne:

Brusseleir Zwet IPA
A rich and assertively malty dark beer with a firm balancing bitterness. Roasty and thick, but incredibly drinkable.
94 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles (limited availability).

Brussels Calling
A beautiful and bright Belgian blonde ale redolent of ripe tropical fruits and citrus.
99 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles (limited availability).

Smeirlap!
Another new one, Smeirlap! is a lovely, pale, tropical, malty beer weighing in at 6.7% ABV. It's pretty fun to say, too.
Available in very limited quantities of 20L kegs. 

Wadesda #4
An experimental hoppy golden ale. Citrusy and softly tart with a generous helping of hoppy bitterness.
95 on RateBeer!
Limited availability.

Xmas Zinnebir
A woodsy and earthy dark ale with a warming spiciness.
96 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Saison de Meyboom
A new-ish beer from DLS, this is a super pale, hazy, and floral saison. Notably bitter and wildly drinkable at 4% ABV.
95 on RateBeer!
Now available in 330ml bottles.

Jambe-De-Bois
The self-proclaimed most bitter tripel in Belgium. Remarkably balanced despite the brewery's claims.
97 on RateBeer!

Now available in 330ml bottles.
 
Warehouse Tested, OSHA Approved: Kondrauer Hopster Soda
Written by Mike Reis   
Friday, 08 May 2015 18:47

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Warehouse Tested, OSHA Approved: Kondrauer Hopster Soda


We're not big soda people here at Lime Ventures. They're usually too sweet, artificial-tasting, or otherwise nasty to earn a spot in our already bottle-crowded fridge.

But when we heard about a hopped soda made by a Weihenstephan-trained German brewer, our ears perked up a bit. As regular operators of heavy machinery, beer isn't always a work-appropriate beverage. Now we're all hooked. Since the first box of samples arrived at our warehouse, bottles of Hopster have remained chilled and within arm's reach at all times in our warehouse. This stuff is good.

It's made with four hop varieties: Tradition, Perle, Cascade, and Taurus, which lend the soda a lovely floral and citrusy aroma. That hoppiness melds neatly with the flavors present in the soda's lemony green tea base. It's highly carbonated, not-too-sweet (just 13g of sugar per bottle!), and--most importantly--we can use the forklift in between sips without ticking off OSHA. Just 54 calories a bottle.

 

Available now in 250ml bottles.

 

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