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TGIF… 11.14.14

Posted by MALONEYS ON MAIN on October 10, 2014

Hard Cider Rules…

11.14.2014

The apple harvest is an autumn phenomenon, and autumn is all about interesting, and exciting Ciders. Hard cider, as it’s often called in the U.S. – is  piercingly pure, and while it can’t help but be associated with Thanksgiving, and the holidays it can be enjoyed year round. Cider was one of the main beverages in Colonial America, but it’s very unlikely to have been consumed at the original Thanksgiving meal, given that the only apples available to the Pilgrims were those they brought to the New World themselves. Well, they probably didn’t eat turkey at the first Thanksgiving, either. This is a delicious drink that’ll make you think about a roaring fireplace… and the sounds of leaves crunching.

Ciders are  made in a fascinating array of styles, with many levels of complexity, from the purest essence of the apple to those that range from funky to the unusual. We’re fans of the “Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché” from  Domaine Dupont in Normandie, France. It’s classic, and all naturally sparkling, full of fruit and freshness with warm aromas of apples and citrus that make you feel, well happy and like you’ve just come home for the holidays. This is a great glass to hoist with good friends, or enjoy it with a big, lots of cheese and bacon topped burger.

this week’s featured brews… 11.14.14

 


Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché
Cider
Domaine Familial Louis Dupont
Victot-Pontfol, France

A beautiful Cider with an orange and yellow glow of color. Fine and persistent with tremendous, complex aromas of apple, citrus, pine and lime with a hint of butter. This is pure apple with a touch of wood – a full body with a touch of sweetness that’s perfectly balanced with acidity and weight… awesome!

St. Feuillien Brune
Abbey Dubbel
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Belgium

St. Feuillien Brune is made in Belgium.  It’s a Belgian Abbey Dubbel style beer. It pours coppery brown with a thick, coarse beige head. Aromas of sweet and spice, the beer’s flavor is sweet, with spices, dark fruit with a delicious touch of hops.

 


Founders Backwoods Bastard
Scotch Ale
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, U.S.

Big and delicious, expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back, massive brew made to excite and satisfy even the most experienced palate.

 

Hop Lab Rally IPA
IPA, 11.10.2014
Kane Brewing Company
Ocean, NJ

From their homebrew days through to the earliest commercial batches and beyond – they know hops. Kane’s Hop Lab series allows the brewery to experiment with new hops, new ways to use old favorites, or in different beer styles. This is not a “single hop” series showcasing individual varietals, but rather a loosely defined outlet for their continuing experiments with the favorite ingredient… hops. 

Rally IPA is an American IPA brewed for the “Wort Giveaway” at an AHA rally. Over 175 local homebrewers were able to take home 5 gallons each of the wort to finish as they saw fit. Kane kept what was left and finished it with house American ale yeast and experimental hops HBC 342, 430 & 436.

 

 

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Lost Abbey Agave Maria

DFH 120 Minute IPA

DFH WW Stout

Lost Abbey Angel’s Share

Goose Island
Bourbon County Stout

Bruery Sucre

Bruery White Oak

 

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