Crooked Stave Progenitor
Specializing in wild ales, Colorado's Crooked Stave makes a dazzling array of such beer. Progenitor is a dry hopped golden sour ale loaded with funk, fruitiness (but no fruit) and a decent dose of bitterness. Brettanomyces yeast gives this one a very dry character and some earthy notes to this interesting sipper.
Castle Island Hi-Def
Just two weeks ago, Castle Island Brewing Company of Norwood, MA introduced this brand new beer to their year-round lineup. Though it hides the alcohol well, this is a big bruiser of a 8.4% DIPA which is sure to please any hop head. Tropical flavors abound, this one goes down a little too easy despite the bitterness.
The flagship beer from Limerick, Maine's Gneiss is a hefeweizen. Strange! But then, so is a brewery that only makes German style beers in the middle of the Maine woods. Though they have been operating for four years now, the beer is only sporadically starting to appear in the Boston area, so we snatched some up. Classic banana and clove flavors you expect from this style. Enjoy!
Those of you who subscribe to our wine pass program probably have gotten more than your fair share of French offerings, but on the beer side maybe not so much. Situated in Esquelbecq, near the Belgian border, Daniel Thiriez's brewery makes distinctive farmhouse beers using a distinct French saison yeast that differs from the classic Dupont yeast. Unfiltered, cloudy, hazy, and hoppier than most European farmhouse beer, this is one everyone should try at some point.
3 Stars Ghost
We've only very occasionally been able to get beer from Washington, D.C.'s 3 Stars brewing but in the past few weeks more beer has suddenly become available. A highlight for us was their freshly canned white IPA, "Ghost." Somewhat hazy but not quite "New England style" this one is perfect for these final dog days of summer.
De Ranke / 2SP Gravity Never Fails
Brewed in Belgium, this beer is a collaborative effort between Brouwerji De Ranke and Pennsylvania's 2SP Brewing Company. Does an American style Porter brewed with experimental hops. Lightly sour, bitter and roasty, this is an extremely complex beer with some unique flavors that more than justifies this transatlantic collaboration.