The farmer sat after the long day on the stairs of his house and looked at the quiet meadow. In the evening sky first stars started to shine. No, not even king has such dining hall, he thought. Windows that are open to the world, the ceiling that reaches the sky and million candles lighting the room. And beer, of course. He took a long sip from the tankard. The King don’t have such beer for sure.
“The Four Oxen and the Lion” is spicy and robust farmhouse ale brewed with lots of peaches.
“Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.”
– Judge Holden, “Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West”
Blood Meridian is an imperceptibly multi-layered and nuanced red sour ale which might get you tongue-tied when trying to describe it. However it’s a perfect substitute to red wine to accompany an abundant meal.
Maybe this sunrise arrived unexpectedly because you have been having a good time with friends around the small bonfire at the beach. Perhaps it’s your own private spot where you can fish undisturbed, alone with your thoughts.
Maybe you just woke early to enjoy the sound of the forest waking up and have a refreshing skinny-dip. It’s your secret place to enjoy the sunrise.
“Sunrise at the secret beach” is hoppy and juicy IPA meant to be enjoyed in summer.
Experience: Once poured out, you will be greeted by a hazy golden beer with a bright white head inviting you to take a sip. In the aroma, there is mango and banana mixed with the fresh ambiance of the early morning pine forest.
In the juicy middle, the subtle malt forms a base for bittersweet citrus and tropical flavors from generous dry-hopping.
In the end, the hops remind you in a polite but firm way that despite all the juiciness it is still an IPA and restrained hop bitterness will stay on the edge of your tongue for long.
The checkered battlefield is sparse. The last remaining pieces are preparing for the decisive battle. Every piece is a giant, every thought counts and every move is crucial.
This barleywine is like a chess endgame – a few different malts and hops, but the way they are put together and what role they play is more important than ever. The fresh hops grown in Estonia are the pawn that turned into a queen in the endgame.
According to the legend, a local hero, called Pkharmat, brought fire from the gods on top of the Kazbek Mountain and gave it to the humans thus starting the nahi people. Pkharmat himself didn’t have much luck. The evil god Sela chased him down, chained to the Kazbek Mountain and every morning Ida the falcon comes to feast on his liver.
In addition to the fire, wild hops that are one of the ancestors to Kazbek hops, originate from the Caucasus. So now has it come with its lemon balm, mint and ripe papaya aromas to bring fire to the cold and plain world of the American hops. The Master Brewer has managed to stay on good terms with the falcons.
Just like cheap horror movies have ruined the Rottweiler’s reputation, have cheap and strong lagers ruined the name of double bock. But just as every dog-person knows, the Rottweiler is a big-hearted and loyal companion, every beer enthusiast knows that double bock beer has a dignified history.
This strong, malty and sweetish beer was the „liquid bread“ that got the monks in the old days to survive the Lent happily. Carried by the theme of bread, this beer is rich in rye malt.
Blackmouth Cur is a tribute to American craft beer pioneers. This beer is inspired from the classic American beer style Pale Ale.
Today, this beer style is widespread, while it was frighteningly different in the late ’70s. It was stronger than the beers at the time and the used American hops were considered inappropriate for brewing due to their strong and distinctive taste.
Today, the Cascade hops have become a characteristic of American beer styles. This hop redolent of grapefruit and pine tree is the signature of Blackmouth Cur. The malty and slightly caramelly aftertaste from amber color, gorgeous froth, and Vienna malt is our bow to the master brewers who dared and wanted to reprioritize the beer taste.
India Pale Ale is one great traveller. This strong, hoppy beer was exported from England to India in the 18th century. Over time, exports decreased and, by the middle of the last century, this extraordinary beer style was in decline. In the 1980s, however, IPA was revived by American craft brewers and was reborn stronger, hoppier and is now more popular than ever. Rumours about this magnificent beer also made it to Europe and so the prodigal son made it back home.
Now, a piece of this crazy hoppy-history has reached you. This gold beer celebrates a wild party of Simcoe, Amarillo and Columbus hops, so there is little room for anything else.
Who does not like hops? One decent bomb of hops draws a beer friend as valerian draws a cat.
For a dose of hops, an expert turns its eyes to IPA or India Pale Ale. It is beer style, where the phrase “too much hops” does not exist. Unfortunately, IPA foresees a decent amount of alcohol, 7% or 8% and more. However, a strong beer is not suitable in every situation. An alcohol remains alcohol and smart beer friend handles it carefully.
What about one IPA being insanely hopped with a little bit of alcohol? That is what Little India is. A small beer with plenty of Columbus,Amarilloand Simcoe hops in it.
Bière de Garde is a beer style that is similar to the beret. Every beer aficionado has heard about it, but it’s not widely available.
It does not compete with jeans or leather jacket either. This strong-minded beer needs time to mature and time to enjoy. It opens itself slowly for eye who has the patience to spot timeless elegance.
„Beret is Always in Vogue“ is our interpretation of this classic French beer style. The hint of novelty is given using Barbe Rouge hops.
Experience: The glass is filled with the thick white foam and bright golden beer.
In the aroma, there are spicy phenols from the yeast, but they are quickly tamed by red berries from Barbe Rouge hops. They decide to call it a draw and settle on the couch with the bowl of toffee and barbaris candy.
Flavor starts with the ripe and sweet berries but starts to veer off towards sour and sweet malts. Fortunately, hops will intervene, and balance is restored - what malt sourness with berry sweetness is playing in your tongue with slightly grassy and unique bitterness.
Oh, and you can try Rorschach test on lacing left on the glass.