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Achel Blonde is Back
Written by LV Bev   
Sunday, 20 September 2009 18:48

AchelBlondeAchel Blonde is a pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from Belgium's smallest Trappist brewery. Achel 8° is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. it will be the rarest of beers. It is only available once or twice a year.

The Saint Benedictus Abbey of Achel is the first monastery to take up brewing in Belgium since 1931, and is one of only six Trappist breweries now operating there. In fact, the Abbey is located partly in Holland and partly in Belgium, but the brewery is in Belgium.

This blond, flavorful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining in the bottle. (Shelton Brothers)

Available in 24x330ml bottles.



Thiriez Extra

ThiriezExtraOf all the many styles of beer, the farmhouse ale may be the most enigmatic. The saisons & bières de garde that make up this category are held together as much by an approach as by the individual ingredients. Traditionally brewed using whatever might be on hand to add spice & character, these beers tend towards the earthy, fruity & tart.

While somewhat difficult to describe, you just know one when you taste one. A successful farmhouse ale should conjure up absurdly romantic ideas of rustic Belgian farmland & a simpler way of life - and for me, no beer does this as well as Thiriez Extra. Brewed in the small town of Esquelbecq in the far north of France, it is very much steeped in the Belgian brewing tradition. The carbonation is strong out of the gate, creating a very large, pillowy head. Let this beer sit for a few moments & consider its golden hue. The first sip starts off somewhat creamy - almost like an English ale...

Welcome to!
Written by Michael Lucas   

Welcome to Lime Ventures, distributors of fine beverages to various counties in Northern California, from Monterey to Davis/Sacramento, and most point in between (i.e., the Bay Area). Retail outlets (On-Sale and Off-Sale) in these counties who are interested in carrying the wares we offer are encouraged to contact us.

Of course, anyone else is also welcome to contact us. What dark conundrums do you wish to pose, what joys do you wish to attain? Fellow traveler on the dusty road of life, we will be glad to assist you in whatever manner we are able.

Our blog will be updated whenever it seems appropriate, especially to feature special releases and news relating to other noteworthy beverages (such as that particular Mexican soda that we're still negotiating to import).

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza

oro-tileOne of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries, the Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza is a beer to savor & contemplate. It pours a beautiful, slightly hazy gold with a nice thick head of foam that takes its time to dissipate. As far as I’m concerned I’ll wait all day for the foam because this is my very favorite beer to smell. I like good beer & I do my share of sniffing at glasses – but the peppery, earthy tartness that I get from the Oro tops them all! The taste lives up to the smell and then some – introducing a nice subtle citrus from the hops as well as some other, sweeter fruits – pineapple maybe? Or pear? Thankfully I can never quite figure it out – I like chasing these subtle, fleeting flavors...


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