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Beer’s to eat Turkey to


Thanksgiving is quickly approaching  , and as we are all rushing to the grocery to fight for that last can of cranberry sauce. I’m sure you could use a drink after. It’s within this article that I’ll be highlighting some gems that will go nicely with the turkey that you spent all day making just to have little Billy refuse  to eat.
Farmhouse Ale/Saison

A beer style that is panned by most, the Saison fits in nicely at the Thanksgiving table it’s notes of citrus and pepper pairing well with the rich flavors that adorn your feasting table.  The bright fizz of this beer style also helps to cut through the fatty nature of some of our festive favorites.

Recommended beers for the occasion:

  • Hennepin- Ommegang
  • Captain Stardust- Yellow springs Brewery
  • Woodthrush- Little Fish


Savory is the focus on Thanksgiving, rather it is mounds of mashed potatoes  with rivers of gravy or walls of stuffing that enclose a pile of turkey.  We all love all of these delicious flavors so it’s not too surprising that at some point throughout the day we find ourselves wanting something sweet.  The Belgian Quad is a perfect beer to sate that wants with warm waves of alcohol that are softened by complex notes of spice and stone fruit.  I will warn you, though, your mid-day nap  from all the food is guaranteed with this beer style
Recommendations for the occasion:

  • Stoaked- Upland
  • Brother Thelonious- North Coast


  • Abt12- St Bernardus

Imperial Stout

Living in Ohio we all know that November is a fickle month that tends to quickly fall cold and harsh. So what better beer to warm yourself with at the dinner table than a big ole stout. The nice roasted and chocolate character will pair well with that third plate of Aunt Petunia’s stuffing
Recommendations for the occasion:

  • Old Rasputin- North Coast
  • Ten Fidy – Oskar Blues
  • Narwhal- Sierra Nevada

Scotch Ale

Packing complex flavors of Bread Pudding, Toffee, and  Caramel,  It is no surprise you’d want to add this beer style to the dessert table.  Rather it’s a 40 Shilling or a wee Heavy, the scotch ale is a wonderful beer to be enjoyed by anyone who has enough room left to try it.

Recommendations for the occasion:

  • Outta Kilter- Hopping Frog
  • Dirty Bastard-Founders
  • Claymore- Great Divide
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Beer Releases 11/22/2016


Intensely hopped yet restrained, bright and tropical fruit forward American Pale Ale with Amarillo, Mosaic and Cascade hops. An essay in finesse

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Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout uses Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans in every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant, and there are robust flavors of cream and coffee. This is the perfect morning night capper


The Double Magician is a Double London-Style Red Ale. Deep mahogany in color with an off white head, The Double Magician has aromas of toffee, light citrus, and just a hint of roast. The DoubleMagician is medium-bodied with flavors of raisin, toffee, and a slight hop bitterness. The finish is balanced and dry.


We created this Winter IPA to toast hop growers around the world for another successful harvest. This storm of hoppy citrus and pine notes is a bright reminder the end of the Hop Cycle is only the beginning.


Berry Monks is a variation on our classic Belgian Tripel, Merry Monks, brewed with cranberries, orange peel and ginger. This 9.3% ABV ale is ripe with apple and pear notes, which blend nicely with the tartness of the cranberries, the citrus twist of the orange peel and a touch of ginger. It’s great on its own or paired with your favorite holiday dish.


With our second collaboration with our friends at Rhinegeist, we bring you respite from the chills of winter with a deeply complex, rich and malty lumberjack of a beer. This Scottish-Style Wee Heavy meets Belgian-Style Dark Hybrid descendant of Wee Muckle and Mastodon aims to embrace your palate in a flannely, chocolatey, enormously malty two-state bear hug and warm you to your core.


North Peak Diabolical IPA has hops from nose to tail. This IPA is unfiltered and dry-hopped with Michigan grown Chinook and Cascade hops. It has a smooth malt character and citrus pine aroma.


A stout tricked out with all sorts of breakfast ingredients including Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee, Maple syrup harvested from Western Massachusetts and for the quintessential Delaware breakfast touch – Rapa Scrapple and their secret blend of spices.

2-row Applewood smoked barley, Kiln Coffee malt, Flaked oats, Roasted barley, Caramel malt along with additions of Molasses, Milk Sugars (lactose), Brown Sugar, Roasted Chicory lay the foundation for this malty, breakfast-themed concoction. Enjoy huge notes of coffee in the nose and savory layers in the flavor.


Clown Shoes Beers’ sixth anniversary is this December! We are going in a different direction than usual for this anniversary, releasing a beer we expect to become a year round offering that highlights our crazy cast of characters and our love of good music. Whammy Bar #2  will be a single IPA featuring a West Coast malt profile and high alpha hops.


.Mangoes and habaneros, we know everyone puts them together, a combo that anyone can think of, but yeah we did too so get off our back. This beer has a nice lemony acidity from the presence of two strands of lactobacillus, then a whole mess of mango puree is added. On top of that we threw in a bunch of habaneros for some ass kicking heat on the finish. The sweetness of the peppers combines with the mangoes for this unique but delicious


Our Berliner Weiss is created using a proprietary yeast blend. over the course of three months, this beer naturally becomes tart and full of character. a unique solera method ensures consistency and perpetual motion. *No kettles were soured in the making of this beer.

Also, Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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New Beers 11/17/2016


Black Maple was a beer we brewed on the fly. An open brew day was reason enough to go big and bold. We put out heads together and crafted an imperial porter with deep nutty notes, a touch of smoked malt, a melange of crystal malts, and a rich chocolate backbone. Locally harvested maple syrup from Sticky Pete’s was added to the kettle. The whole batch was then placed into bourbon barrels where it rested for 11 months. This beer was consistently some of our favorite barrels to sample, we hope you enjoy.


The Siberians believed there was a ‘World Tree’ that served as the Axis Mundi, connecting the different worlds through its roots and branches. While this Russian Imperial Stout isn’t necessarily the world’s cosmic axis, it does connect rich flavors in a way to deliver you a cosmic beer. Take all that and add in barrel aging , coffee and vanilla beans, You’ve got one tasty beverage

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Long ago, British farmhouse brewers made special ales using the first runnings of the mash. These beers, now called barley wine, are brewed in the tradition of days past. At Southern Tier this long awaited brew is placed on the back burner until the start of the new year. Back Burner Barley Wine is a celebration of things to come and things remembered. It’s conceived in three small batches, using voluminous amounts of barley and hops. The process starts early in the morning and ends late into the night. We hope this rare brew reignites your spirit for another trip around the sun.


With the onset of winter, the brewer’s mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, Southern Tier offers Old Man Winter Ale, a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. Old Man Winter throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man Winter is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar some bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age.


A light, golden ale brewed using high end, lightly roasted, fruit forward coffees that don’t get too bitter or astringent. Brewed with a naturally processed, sun dried coffee from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia, roasted at Ferris Coffee, right here in town.


Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors


This very special dark ale has been brewed in small batches and then matured in hand-selected, first-fill bourbon casks to give it its rich, rounded character.

Notes of brown sugar, orange oil and coconut are complemented by an earthy freshness from the hops, and the 30 days the beer’s spent in oak have ensured a satisfyingly smooth finish


Dangerously devastating, Lucifer’s Cuvée is our Double Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Intense hearty rye, along with a decadent gourmet chocolate essence, are balanced by the addition of Cascade hops. 8.4% ABV.


A big, beautiful IPA with a resinous, piney punch. Bright aroma, with bold grapefruit and pine notes from intense dry hopping.


A silky, crisp, and rich amber-colored ale with a fluffy head and strong banana note on the nose


Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.


A caramel centered stout accentuated by Athens’ Own Dawn Chorus French Roast. We start from a stout with minimal roasted barley and an abundant amount of caramel malts (Special B, cara 8); this creates sweet flavors and mouth feel to boot! After fermentation the beer is cold conditioned on four pounds of course ground coffee beans for one week to add color and lots of roasted flavor. Java the Stout not only contains approximately a half a cup of coffee caffeine per pint, but is also 6.5% abv. Great body with  robust aroma and pungent coffee flavor. What more could you ask for?



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 fruit. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate


With subtle sweetness and a palate full of holiday spice and bourbon, this beer can standalone as your dessert course all season long.


Slight sweetness from the lactose follows behind a rich chocolate malt profile. Give this nicety a whirl with creamy cheeses like brie and camembert or with dark chocolate desserts.



Bourbon Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Porter. What’s in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter.

Brewed with a ridiculous amount of barley, World Wide Stout is dark, rich, roasty and complex. This ageable ale clocks in at 15-20% ABV and has a depth more in line with a fine port than with a can of cheap, mass-marketed beer

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New Beers 10/28/2016


A new take on a classic beer, this bottle overflows with notes of vanilla, caramel and ginger flavors. all coalescing into a maelstrom of flavor and wonderment.

Narwhal is a truly magical beer by itself , the addition of red and black currants elevate this autumnal treat to an entirely different level. All of this flavor is then laid out on the board that is bourbon barrel aging for a truly delectable experience. Continue reading New Beers 10/28/2016

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New Beers (10/21/2016)

New Beers



-To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint. ABV: 6% IBU:12

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Amber Waves of Grain (A deeper look into Amber Ales)


As leaves begin to turn brown and crunch beneath our feet, our beer tastes begin to shift from the crisp, light beverages of hot summer days to the deeper, darker drinks that offer more comfort. When the sun sets too soon and the evenings turn chilly; the rich, malty embrace and glorious color of our fall beers warm us like an old sweatshirt. Autumn is the perfect time for amber ales.

The amber ale’s rich, malt-forward profile calls forth descriptors of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and occasional sweetness. If you find yourself more of a fan of hops worry not, as hoppy beers can be found in this autumnal style as well.

I’ll be covering a number of amber-style ales in this article to enlighten you on a few that perhaps you may have overlooked and hope to encourage you to revisit ones you have forgotten.
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