Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Beers - Lots of American Craft Brew and Something Special From Belgium

We have loads of new beers in for you to try this week, including a couple of rarities.

We'll start with the best first. We managed to get a limited quantity of the De Dolle Oerbier Special Riserva from Belgium. Oerbier is the fall seasonal from De Dolle brewers (although it usually gets here around winter). The regular oerbier isn't easy to get, but this one is even harder. It's the regular oerbier (which is a Flemish ale) aged in oak barrels. This beer doesn't even come around every year so get it while you can if you're a fan of Belgian ale. Pictured right is the regular Oerbier, I don't have a picture of the Special Riserva, but it looks like that but with a silver label.

From there we have lots of new or reappearing American craft brews. From Richmond's Legend Brewing Company we have the Chocolate Porter and the Belgian-style Tripel. From New York's Southern Tier Brewery there's the Krampus Imperial Helles Lager, which is one of their winter seasonals and is basically a very strong lager. Back again from San Diego's Stone Brewery is the Double Bastard, the big brother to the well-known Arrogant Bastard.

We also have an interesting beer from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY. For those not familiar with this brewery, they specialize in Belgian-style ales and do it just as well as the Belgian breweries. We got a very small quantity of one of their once-per-year beers called Chocolate Indulgence. It's a Belgian-style stout brewed with lots of Belgian chocolate. Good stuff.

Also rolling in are the Christmas beers such as Delirium Noel, Gouden Carolus Noel, and Penn Brewery Christmas Bock, among others. Plus other new stuff I don't have time to mention. If you haven't been in for a while come check it out.

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