I noticed you immediately. You are hard to miss, and I liked you from the very first sight. I believed you are wonderful. Everybody loves strawberries.
„Right away, I know you are wonderful” is strawberry pilsner where two all-time favorites are meeting - strawberries and pilsner.
Experience: Bright white and thick foam covers pilsner whose golden yellow color has a hint of the red from the strawberries. Aroma is dominated by strawberries. Fresh picked in hot summer day from the clearing in the forest.
Aroma may raise some doubt? What if it’s juicy fruit wine what sometimes hides under the beer label. One with tons of berries or juice in it? But fear not. The first sip tells you firmly that it’s good old pilsner. Bitter and refreshing. With a dash of strawberries in the flavor of course.
In the aftertaste, soft berries will caress your tongue.
When brewery from Estonian and brewery from Latvian are brewing together it’s only natural to look toward Livonia. Sklandrausis is a sweet pie with Livonian origin, made of rye dough and filled with potato and carrot paste and seasoned with caraway. And if this does not sound like great beer idea, you do not know craft brewers.
What about lighthouse? Well, it’s a gem hidden in the sea, north of Kolka. You should visit it.
Experience: Deep red beer is covered with a thick layer of beige foam that disappears quickly. Aroma is intensive and spicy. Molasses, rye malt, dark caramel, and crispy carrot pie.
At the beginning of the sip, molasses are dominating the palate with an added kick from sweet carrots and added spices.
In the end, intense flavors are slowing down, and that’s left is black rye breed with a dash of caraway.
My name is Legion, for I’m not one thing but many.
Experience: To enjoy this beer, you need cognac glass and few friends. As there is almost no carbonation fleeting head disappears quickly and leaves into the glass amber drink that resembles cognac or whiskey rather than beer.
If the beer comes from the fridge, then now is the proper time to swap first stories with your friends as this beer requires some time to breathe before you want to take the first sip. Excessive alcohol aroma slowly yields for real character of the beer. Toffee, homemade hard caramel candy, distant memories of cognac barrel, something sweet and fruity from Jurançon white wine barrel
Flavor starts with the alcohol burn that is familiar to cognac or whiskey aficionado and rarely exists in beer. Unlike strong alcohol, the ice-distilled beer shows the thick and sticky body. Everything, that aroma promised, is present in the flavor. But there is more. Prunes, soaked in cognac, raisins, sourness from dried apricots, vanilla.
Aftertaste is dominated by tannins leached from barrels during long maturation.
Describing this beer is an elusive task as each sip adds new nuances and thoughts. And it needs time. Now, this friends part becomes essential. Swapping few stories between the sips makes this beer so much more delicious.ˇ
Hellhound, with its three heads, looks at the same time to the past, present, and future. This beer is blending together everything that has been, that is now, and that is about to be.
“Hellhound” is triple IPA, flooded with hops. During three-hour boil we added hops 3 x 3 x 3 times. It’s dry-hopped with 3 x 3 times. In the end, we got 3x IPA that is brim-full of vibrant hops.
Experience:“Hellhound” is different triple IPA. Instead of pushing modern super-fruity hops, one of his head is looking back to the past. When IPAs were bitter. During a long boil, we continuously hopped this beer with an excessive amount of hops. And the result is right here. Actually not, the sip of this beer, supersaturated with hops, starts slow and safe like the tsunami in the far horizon.
Powerful, dank hops are dominating the aroma, leaving malts, caramelized from the long boil so far behind that they are rarely visible. Exceptional strength is not apparent behind the wall of hops, but they are not hidden, but rather amplify the experience.
Bittersweet middle experience quickly scares away malty sweetness and replaces it with bitterness. Rowan berries and wild apples. Are we done now? No, mountains of hops added to the boil will rush to the game like a tsunami to the shore. Bitterness will grab your tongue with an iron grip and twist it mercilessly. You can not deny some sweet delight in this hoppy pain. Are you brave enough to take another sip?
Experience: Beige, sturdy and fluffy foam is covering dark brown, almost black beer. In the aroma sweet caramel and citrusy hops, black Tellicherry pepper, and spicy gingerbread.
The first sip fills your mouth with nice smooth beer that rotates through the kaleidoscope of flavors, that makes Cascadian Dark Ale so unique. The fresh, berry-like start will have additional flavors blending in - coffee, orange chocolate, hint of toasted bread.
Aftertaste is dominated by tingling peppercorn, that quickly makes friends with hop bitterness.
Hefeweizen is a revered beer style, and not many brewers experiment with that style, which is a pity, as it’s also very versatile and unique beer.
So we took this beer and added Morello cherries to it. The result is dark red and hazy beer where hefeweizen and cherries blend into the beautiful fruity, and sour duet, that lets each side to shine while creating something entirely new.
Experience: Fluffy high heffe head has some pink tinge from cherries. The same cherries painted hazy beer into the deep red.
Aroma has sweet bananas and spicy clove but that’s not all, there is the new juicy, fruity tone in the air. Cherries again.
The sip starts very much like you expect from the heffe. Effervescent bubbles and mellow sourness from the wheat. But the ending is different. Before diminishing as refreshing quaff, the cherries step on the stage. The soft sourness of the wheat hand baton over to the cherries and show can go on. There are red berries and fruity juiciness for cherries and maybe, just maybe, a hint of brett-like bitterness.
In the end, there is bittersweet stone fruit with flashes of clove and banana here and there.
There have been lengthy discussions, and possibly occasional fistfights over the question of suitability of lime wedge added to a hefeweizen. To avoid an embarrassing situation, we added lime to the beer already in the brewery. Here it is, classic German hefeweizen with mountains of lime. If you like it that way, you can enjoy it, free of the burden of the decision, free of the guilt.
The sweet pain of our pointless wondering. Our inability to communicate openly and honestly that leads us to lies and destruction. The siren song of trivial pleasures that wheedles us forever. An express road spiced with carefully picked jokes through opportunities lost. All this has been carefully and with ultimate precision inserted into this beer.
“The Sun Also Rises” is a double IPA, matured in the Cuban rum casket – an escapist distraction to the hedonistic world binding and demolishing the styles, showing you there is no solution there.