Welcome to the latest installment of the Beer Pass. If you’ve already purchased a pass, thank you! If you haven’t, you should check out this page to learn how it works. Below you’ll find some information about each of this month’s selected beers.
Von Trapp Trösten If you were to look around on some beer sites online you'll most likely see Von Trapp's Trösten categorized as either a schwarzbier or a black lager. This, despite the fact that this beer contains a fair amount of smoked malt and could be categorized as a more polarizing rauchbier. Perhaps the reason for this is that despite the smoke, this is a very easy going, not at all bitter, easy drinker that will appeal to almost anyone willing to drink a dark beer. It's not a tough beer to like. Trösten means "comfort" after all! Relax and enjoy!
Whalers "The Rise" APA
Whalers Brewing Company of Rhode Island recently burst onto the scene with this hoppy American Pale Ale, and I must say I am rather impressed! Juicy and not overly bitter, this one has classic grapefruit and pine flavors as well as many an IPA but with a relatively low 5.5% abv. We don't think you'll have much trouble polishing off this sixer.
Flying Dreams Pond Jumper IPA
We found out about Worcester's Flying Dreams Brewing because... well they found us! We figured we'd toss their flagship IPA into this beer pass because, heck, we thought it was pretty good! What do you think, should we buy more of their beer?
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Zwet.be
3 Fonteinen makes some of the most celebrated and scarce Lambics. Alas, we haven't gotten any of their Lambics in years now, but occasionally we have access to something like "Zwet.be," a porter brewed with wild yeast that a touch of funk and more than a bit of tartness. While tart and funky beers are not unusual in the world of Belgian brewing, porters are few and far between so this is an interesting, wild take on an English style.
Brasserie d'Achouffe Houblon Chouffe
Brasserie d'Achouffe makes outstanding Belgian beers that we've only very occasionally stocked in the past. This is likely to change as of the new year the core items of Brasserie d'Achouffe (La Chouffe, McChouffe, and Houblon Chouffe) are now all available at a considerably cheaper price (we're talking 40% less here). Odds are you've probably had at least one of these beers before, if not you're in for a real treat! Houblon Chouffe is one of the first and probably the best known Belgian IPA. Using both traditional European hops and also the American hop Amarillo (which is also used for dry-hopping) this beer manages to be distinctly Belgian yet have a lot of that hop character that American IPA drinkers love. Something for everyone!
De Dolle Dulle Teve
Dulle Teve ("Mad Bitch") is allegedly named in "honor' of the brewers mother. Jeez. That said, there'a an awful lot to like about this slightly unusual Belgian tripel, which has somewhat more dark and bitter flavors than is typical of the style, and it is very, very much unfiltered. There's some marmalade-like flavors and a ton of richness but minimal sweetness. The 10% abv is definitely there, so be careful! Maybe don't drink this beer while you are trying to write about it! A fine offering from one of our favorite breweries.