Germany's Brauerei C. & A. Veltins is best known for their classic pilsener, but their slightly higher octane kellerbier "Grevensteiner" was an instant staff fave the moment we first brought it in. This is an unfiltered, slightly cloudy, amber lager that has plenty of flavor but not at the expense of drinkability. It's what beer drinkers drink when they are drinking beer!
Troeg's Nugget Nectar
Consistently the top rated beer by Troeg's and the top rated amber ale to boot, Nugget Nectar is held in such high regard for a reason. For one thing, it is more or less an IPA in disguise, bursting with tons of hop flavor and is only slightly darker than many regular IPAs. Which is not to say that the malts don't play a key role in this beer, because they absolutely do, giving the beer a nice rich caramel backbone. Enjoy!
Achel is the smallest of the Belgian Trappist breweries, and as such their beers are the least consumed, and infrequently seen on stateside shelves. With history dating back to the 17th century, the brewery was abandoned during World War I and subsequently dismantled by copper salvaging Germans. In 1998, the monks began brewing again making traditional abbey style beers like this one, an 8% abv tripel with plenty of fruity, yeasty, spicy flavors with a nice underlying bitterness. A classic.
Hermit Thrush Party Guy
A mere two cases of this beer came in for the first time ever earlier this week, and a 3% abv session sour seems like a fun thing to try. Doesn't it? Hermit Thrush is a new brewery in Brattleboro, VT that has been almost exclusively brewing wild ales and sours and we hope to get more of their beer in greater quantities soon.
Foley Brothers Pieces of Eight
Speaking of Vermont beer we hope to get more of, this week was also the first time we were able to get more than just a single case of beer from Foley Brothers. Double dry hopped with eight different hop varieties, this is citrusy, dank, resiny, and powerful.
Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins
There's tons of sour cherry flavor in this Flemish red, though no fruits were harmed in the making of this beer, as the sourness comes from spontaneous fermentation and extended (18+ months) barrel aging in oak foudres. Not for the faint of heart, the sourness is truly pronounced on this one and I can't say I've ever had more than a single bottle in one sitting. But don't worry, a single bottle is all you are getting. Sip this Belgian classic with extreme caution and trepidation!