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Wednesday
May292013

Brick's Beer News: Amazing New Arrivals and Freigest Tasting June 12th

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Beer Buyer

Hey All,

It has been a while since my last e-mail but I’m going to try to make that up to you with a bunch of good news. First off on Wednesday, June 12th at 5pm we will be holding a special beer tasting with Sebastian Sauer from Freigest in Germany. We’ve been a huge fan of this breweries beers for the last year or so and we couldn’t be happier to host this special tasting. Cost will be $5 and reservations are not needed.

Now on to all the amazing beer we have been receiving recently:

Alaskan Brewing Company "Freeride" Pale Ale, Alaska 12oz $1.49

Almanac Beer Company "Farmer's Reserve No.3" Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Strawberries and Nectarines, California 375ml $9.99

Almanac Beer Company "Farmer's Reserve No.4" Ale Aged In Wine Barrels With Cara Cara Oranges, Meyer Lemons and Buddha's Hand Citrons, California 375ml $9.99

2013 Avery Brewing Company "20th Anniversary" Double IPA, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Avery Brewing Company "Karma" Pale Ale, Colorado 12oz $1.79

2013 Avery Brewing Company "Samael's" Oak Aged Ale, Colorado 12oz $8.99

Black Market Brewing Co. "1945" Berliner Weisse, California 22oz $5.49

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Love Child #3" Wild Ale Aged In Bourbon Barrels, Missouri 750ml $20.99 (This is one of the best Wild Ales I’ve seen in a long time!)

Boulevard Brewing Co./The Roasterie "Coffee Ale" Strong Ale, Missouri 750ml $9.99

Brasserie Artisanale Du Flo "Cuveé Saint Antoine" Blonde Strong Ale, Belgium 750ml $10.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Gray Jacket" Belgian Ale, Belgium 11.5oz $4.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Kuro Oni" Black IPA, Belgium 330ml $4.99

Brasserie De La Senne "Zinnebir" Blonde Ale, Belgium 330ml $4.49 (Always one of the best warm weather Belgian beers) 

Brasserie Fantome "Chocolat" Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Brasserie Fantome "Printemps" Saison Ale, Belgium 750ml $15.99 (These new batches are almost gone and are really “Fantome Weird”)

Brasserie Fantome Saison, Belgium 750ml $14.99

Brewery Ommegang "Fleur De Houblon" Belgian Pale Ale, New York 12oz $2.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Chinook" Rye IPA, Netherlands 330ml $3.99

Brouwerij De Molen "Legacy" Rye IPA, Netherlands 330ml $3.99

Brouwerij West "Dog Ate My Homework" Blackberry Saison, California 500ml $6.99 (Surprisingly delicious)

Cambridge Brewing Co. "Tripel Threat" Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $7.99

Clown Shoes "Hoppy Feet 1.5" Black IPA, Massachusetts 22oz $6.49

Clown Shoes "Hoppy Feet" Black IPA, Massachusetts 12oz $2.79

Clown Shoes "Muffin Top" Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $9.49

Clown Shoes "Tramp Stamp" Belgian IPA, Massachusetts 12oz $2.79

Clown Shoes "Vampire Slayer" Smoked Stout, Massachusetts 22oz $9.49

Coniston Brewing Company "Special" Oatmeal Stout, England 500 ml $5.49

De Struise Brouwers "Pannepot Reserva" Old Fishermans Ale Aged in Oak Casks, Belgium 11.2 oz (6 bottle limit) $7.99

Deschutes Brewery "Twilight Ale" American Pale Ale, Oregon 12oz (One of my all time favorite Pale Ales)

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Citra" Pale Ale, California 22 oz. $6.49

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Standard Crude" Imperial Stout, California 22 oz. $8.99

El Segundo Brewing Co. "Two 5 Left" Double IPA, California 22 oz. $8.99

Finnriver Artisan Dry-Hopped Cider, Washington 500ml $8.49

Goose Island "Summertime" Kölsch, Illinois 12oz $1.59

Great Divide Brewing "19h Anniversary' Oak Aged IPA, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Great Divide Brewing "Hey Day" Witbier, Colorado 12oz $1.89

Haandbryggeriet "Blabic" Wild Ale With Blueberries, Norway 500ml $12.99

Haandbryggeriet "Odin's Tipple-Barrel Aged" Dark Norse Ale, Norway 500ml $12.99

Hair of the Dog "Blue Dot" DIPA, Oregon 22oz $7.49

Hair of the Dog "Michael" Flanders Red Ale, Oregon 12oz $24.99

Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest "Turnhoutse Patriot" Belgian Pale Ale, Belgium 330ml $4.49

Maui Brewing Company/Lost Abbey Lemongrass Saison, Hawaii 12oz Cans $2.79

Mikkeller "Crooked Moon Tattoo" Double IPA, Denmark 750ml $15.99

Mikkeller "George (Calvados Barrel)" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 250ml $15.99

Mikkeller "George (Cognac Barrel)" Russian Imperial Stout, Denmark 250ml $15.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-Chardonnay Barrel With Mango Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $16.99

Mikkeller "It's Alive!-Grand Marnier Edition" Wild Ale, Denmark 375ml $14.99

Mikkeller Milk Stout, Denmark 11.2oz $5.99

New Belgium/Brouwerij Boon "Lips of Faith-Transatlantic Kreik" Wild Ale, Colorado 22oz $13.99

New Belgium/Dieu de Ciel "Lips of Faith-Heavenly Feijoa" Triple, Colorado 22oz $8.49

Noble Ale Works "Pistol Whip'd" Plisner, California 22 oz. $5.99

Panil "Divina" Wild Ale, Italy 750ml $17.99

Peak Organic Brewery "Summer" Session Ale, Maine 12oz $1.79

Peckham's Moutere Cider, New Zealand 500ml $9.99

Peckham's Moutere Perry, New Zealand 500ml $9.99

Picobrouwerij Alvinne "Cuvee de Mortagne" Quadrupel Aged in Pomerol Barrels, Belgium 500ml $12.99

Pivovar Konrad "11 Degrees" Plisner, Czech Republic 500ml $3.49 (This is incredible Czech Pils!)

Port Brewing Company "7th Anniversary" Imperial Pale Ale, California 22oz $6.49

Prairie Artisan Ales "'Merica" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99 (There are not enough good things to say about how awesome these Prairie beers truly are)

Prairie Artisan Ales "Funky Galaxy" Black Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Okie" Strong Ale, Oklahoma 750ml $14.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Prairie Ale" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales "Prairie Hop" Dry-Hopped Belgian-Style Ale, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales/St. Somewhere "Plus tot L'etat" Saison with Persimmon and Elderflower, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Prairie Artisan Ales/St. Somewhere "Prairie Somewhere" Saison, Oklahoma 750ml $12.99

Pretty Things "Fluffy White Rabbits" Hoppy Tripel, Massachusetts 22oz $8.99

Pretty Things "Jack d'Or" Saison, Massachusetts 22oz $8.49

Sainte-Helene "Antipode" Barleywine, Belgium 375ml $8.49

Sierra Nevada "Hoptimum" Whole-Cone Imperial IPA, California 12oz $2.49

The Bruery "Lokal Red" Red Ale, California 750ml $8.99 (This beer is finally available outside of Orange County)

The Bruery "White Oak" Wheatwine, California 750ml $15.99

The Bruery/Beechwood Brewing "Mrs. Stoutfire" Imperial Smoked Stout Aged on Wood Chips, California 750ml $15.49

Upright Brewing Company Gose, Oregon 750ml $10.99

Victory Brewing "Swing" Saison, Pennsylvania 12oz $1.79 (Gives Colette a run for its money for best Saison in a 12oz bottle)

Wadworth "Old Timer" Old Ale, England 500ml $5.99

Zeffer "Slack Ma Girdle" Cider, New Zealand 750ml $15.99

You can place orders in-store or online at KLWines.com.

Enjoy all these new beers, I know I have!

Cheers,

 

Bryan Brick

K&L Wine Merchants

Redwood City

(650) 556-2758

bryanbrick@klwines.com

Wednesday
Feb022011

Wine of the Week: Victory Brewing "Prima Pils"

Sunday is Super Bowl XLV--the Green Bay Packers versus the Pittsburgh Steelers--and as much as I've tried to delude myself into thinking I (or you) might pop the cork on a bottle of wine during the game, chances are the beverage of choice in your house, as it is mine, is beer. But not just any beer will do. It has to be low enough in alcohol to drink a few without falling asleep before halftime, and it has to be crisp enough to pair well with all of the salty, savory snacks like pulled pork sliders and spicy Sriracha Buffalo wings spread across your coffee table like a Roman feast. Without taking sides in this match (loyal readers will know that I'm actually going to be rooting for Green Bay), the best beer for the job is, as sure as Aaron Rodgers is in the pocket, Victory Brewing Company's "Prima Pils" (12oz $1.49) from Pennsylvania. 

The Prima Pils is what Brits like to call a "session" beer. According to the BeerAdvocate, the term used to refer to a beer style preferred by shell production workers during World War I, which was light enough for them to drink copious amounts in the 4-hour off "sessions" between shifts without getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly. In modern parlance, it generally refers to a beer that's lower than 5% ABV, that's balanced, finishes clean and is inveritably gulpable. That's the Prima Pils to a tee. The beer uses German pilsner malts and Czech and German whole flower hops, creating a beer that's hoppy but smooth, with floral and citrusy aromas, round biscuity malt flavors on the mid-palate and a super clean finish. At just over 5% ABV, it reminds me of the utterly quaffable Czech beers I drank at breakfast, lunch and dinner (they were cheaper than a bottle of water) touring around the technicolor Czech town České Budějovice, where the original Budweiser (Czechvar here in the states) is from. 

Learn more about the making of Prima Pils with this fun little video below. And stay tuned for our Super Bowl pick on Friday.

Leah Greenstein