August 2017

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Mikkeller Wit Fit
Is there a better time to crack open a wheat beer than the dog days of summer? This vaguely Belgian-style wit is a recipe of Danish wunderkind Mikkeller that was brewed by the good folks of Sly Fox Brewing of Pennsylvania. This is a bit higher in abv than your typical wit at 6.2%, with a bit more of a hop presence as well, but this is not an IPA in disguise. Herbal and citrus notes and a relatively light body, this a fun, bitter wheat beer that we think you'll enjoy.
 
Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwarzbier
Monchshof Schwarzbier is one of the best known and perhaps the mostly highly regarded German "black beer" in the market today. This dark lager is surprisingly light in body, with nice toasted, roasty notes but also a surprisingly pleasant almost watery mouthfeel that makes it go down shockingly easy even this time of year. Incredibly balanced, this is one of the most crisp, easy going dark beers you could ever imagine, and ought to appeal to all lager drinkers in general, even ones who typically steer clear of anything dark and brown like this beer.
 
Grimm Sumi Cacao
On the other end of the dark beer spectrum is this offering from Grimm. At just over 10% abv this is a massive beer loaded with vanilla and (unsurpringly) cacao that is certainly suitable for cellaring if you aren't up for the challenge of downing this beast in August. A bit sweet but quite bitter as well, this a powerful and bombastic beer loaded with dark chocolate flavors that just might get you in trouble.
 
Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Flare
Oklahoma's Prarie has become one of our favorite breweries with exceptional packaging that is the equal to the exceptional contents. This somewhat untraditional take on the gose style includes the expected coriander but also the unexpected addition of orange. Tart and refreshing, this is a perfect summertime companion.
 
To Ol Sur Equinox
Like Mikkeller, To Ol is a maverick Danish brewer (Tore Gynther) without a brewery of his own. Sur Equinox, like the other beers in the To Ol Sur series, is a single hopped sour IPA. The Equinox hop (formerly HBC 366) is a relatively new hop devised this decade in Washington state, and is known for having notes of lemon and lime. We think it works quite well in a tart hoppy beer. If you dig this one, also check out Sur Simcoe, the other To Ol beer we currently stock.

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