April 2017

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Coniston Old Man Ale
Coniston is a highly regard English brewery, best known for their Bluebird Bitter, which is a mainstay in our tiny British beer section here at Streetcar. Occasionally other offerings are made available to us, so we snapped up some of their Old Man Ale. This traditional English Brown Ale tastes how we always hoped Newcastle might taste but never did. Caramel, toffee, nuts, apples, lots of bready flavor.
 
Jopen / De Molen Sin & Remorse
This collaboration between two maverick Dutch breweries, Jopen & De Molen, is a bruiser of an imperial stout clocking in at a healthy 10% abv. Malts galore and chocolate flavors abound in this slightly sweet, sinfully decadent brew. You're being so naughty drinking this!
 
Trois Dames Saison Framboise
Europeans have been tossing fruit into their beers for quite some time now, and this curious saison from Switzerland's Brasserie Trois Dames is an interesting, modern example of this phenomenon. The addition of raspberries to this farmhouse ale give it a healthy amount of tartness, acidity, and unsurprisingly, a pronounced fruitiness. A bit sweet, a bit sour, but totally in balance, this manages to bend the peppery, yeasty, lemony flavors of the saison with the raspberry flavors with neither fruit nor beer overpowering the other.
 
Wachusett Wally
Wachusett is probably still best known for their utterly disgusting Blueberry Ale, but in recent years they've been getting considerable accolades for beers like Larry, their hop bomb of a double IPA. Which brings us to their latest release, the similarly named Wally, a New England Style IPA with the trademark hazy, fruity, juiciness of the style.
 
Boulevard Scotch On Scotch
We aren't always huge fans of big, boozy, dark, barrel-aged beers, but Boulevard seems to have hit all the right notes with this one. Despite clocking in just shy of 10% abv, this is an extremely drinkable classic scotch ale with lots of unmistakably peaty flavors. Sip it or just drink it down, but proceed with caution!
 
Weihenstephaner Kristallweizenbock
Around this time last year, Weihenstephaner released a special edition 1516 Kellerbier to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Purity Law. It was a critical and commercial success so they are following it up this year with another special limited edition beer, their version of a Kristallweizenbock, a style even less prevalent in today's market than Kellerbier. Kristallweizen, (aka filtered Hefeweizen) is an obscure enough style, the most famous and readily available version is made by Weihenstephaner, so who better to make a bock strength version? Weighing in at 7.5% abv. this is essentially an imperial strength filtered hefe with a little less pronounced banana flavors. A new classic!

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