Backlash Financial District IPA
Ever since they finally opened their Boston brewery a few months back, Backlash has been putting out a series of New England IPAs featuring fanciful artwork of area neighborhoods. Hot on the heels of Allston, Fenway, and Central Square, we now have Financial District, the fourth and freshest of these hazy 7% abv concoctions. These just showed up this week, so enjoy them now, while they are still super bright and full of tropical flavors. Could a Jamaica Plain IPA be on the horizon soon?
Newburyport Joppa Grande Stout
I'm not sure what Paste Magazine is exactly, but every now and then a brewery I like will share a clickbait list of theirs in which they blind taste and rank dozens of different beers of the same style. Seems like a terrible way of enjoying or assessing beer, but whatever. This new canned offering from Newburyport was apparently the surprise hit of their recent 67 stouts under 8% abv listing, placing third. It was also the only beer in the top five that didn't have coffee added to it. I'm not sure why I'm bothering to mention any of this, but it's a real beer that is made with beer ingredients and achieves its roasty, chocolatey, coffee like flavors with just water, hops, barley, and yeast.
Abandoned Building Lola Saison
Easthampton's Abandoned Building Brewery is brand new to the market, and though they mostly specialize in hoppy beers, I was quite taken by this Belgian style saison. On the lighter side at 5% abv, this is a fairly subtle beer with some peppery notes and a quite clean finish. Our drummer drank two of them in roughly 10 minutes at practice last night. Feel free to savor your two cans for a little bit longer than that.
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Three Philosophers is probably the best known and most highly regarded Belgian style Quadrupel made in America. The subtle addition of sour cherry ale to the blend (roughly 2% of the final beer is actually Kriek from the Belgian brewery Liefmans) gives an additional fruitiness and slightly tart character to this incredibly rich and powerful beer. A world classic for a reason, this is the perfect time of year to indulge in this benchmark of the style.
Andechs Weissbier Hell
Two years ago we included the world famous Andechs Dopplebock Dunkel in the second ever installment of the Beer Pass. If we've neglected Andechs since then, it's only because only four of their beers are available in the market. This one, their classic Hefeweizen has the classic banana flavor and plenty of spice. Fans of Andechs take note, we've assembled a little gift pack, featuring the other three beers not contained in this months pass with a nifty Streetcar tote and an Andechs glass for a very reasonable $15. Maybe grab one when you are picking up your pass this month?
Underberg Natural Herb Bitters
As a very, very small token of appreciation to our loyal Beer Pass customers, we decided to toss in this little 20ml bottle of natural herb bitters from Underberg. It's the perfect way to cap off a wintry night of revelry. Prost!