July 2017

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Maine Beer Company "Mo"

Maine Beer Company might be one of the only beer companies that we've consistently and continuously stocked on our shelves in our five years of existence. Though it might not receive quite the accolades as their IPAs Lunch and Dinner, Maine Beer Mo might very well be the best American Pale Ale available in this market, or in any market for that matter. Beautifulyl citrusy, balanced with nice bitterness and pleasant light malt character. This beer has it all. You don't even need to stand in line for it! Enjoy your super-fresh bottle of this one, it just got delivered today!

 

Founders Brewing Co. "Doom"

Founders Doom was only ever bottled once before, back in 2013 until it was released again late this spring. At a somewhat absurd 12.4% abv., this is a stark contrast to the other beers included in this month's pass. An Imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels, this is not for the faint of heart. The bitterness of the hops fight the vanilla bourbon flavors and the winner is.... you?


Brauerei S. Riegele "Commerzienrat Riegele Privat"

I'll confess, the main reason this beer is included in your pass this month is that the initial cases shipped by this new-to-the-market German brewery came without six-pack holders. So this single bottle is just a taste of what you'll be seeing on our shelves... soon. This one is a light but delicious lager, and we're also looking forward to stocking their high octane Helles Bock in the near future.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, just named Riegele 2017 German Brewery of the Year, bestowing the “Bundesehrenpreis” award for outstanding achievements in the DLG Quality Test for Beer. Sounds like a big deal, right?

 

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. "St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition"

Time marches on and the Lambics of Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, and now even Tilquin are virtually unavailable around here. The Lambic beers that are available seem to keep going up in price as well. Suddenly, St. Louis Gueuze seems like not only a great readily available option, but also something of a bargain as well. Sour and citric elements are certainly present, but so is a healthy dose of funk. This is a great introduction to this funky style, and one you can keep coming back to time and again at a reasonable price... for now.

 

Portico Brewing Company "Fuzzy Logic"

Portico Brewing Company was founded in Cambridge roughly around when we here at Streetcar first opened back in 2012. Initially draft only, it wasn't until 2015 that Portico started bottling, and they quickly became a staple here at the store. So why are we putting their most popular offering, Fuzzy Logic, into this month's beer pass? Well, it's a nice light ale that's perfect for the summer, and now for the very first time it is in cans! We still don't know what a "Belgian Style Kolsch" is, either (the touch of wheat, perhaps?), but we think you'll enjoy this not especially bitter, easy drinker.

 

BLDG 8 The Session

We've been able to get our hands on BLDG 8's flagship brew The IPA a fair number of times this year, but a couple of weeks ago we finally got "The Session" for the very first time. That initial batch from Northampton has since disappeared, but luckily enough we were able to get some more fresh cases this week that were actually canned on the 4th of July! How about that? As you might suspect, The Session is lighter in body and lower in alcohol than The IPA. Like The IPA, it is loaded with hops with Citra playing a prominent role, however this one has a healthy dose of El Dorado in the mix, which imparts a fruity, candy-like quality in addition to the tropical fruits and pine flavors.

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