A little something to drool over, especially if you are a fan of barrel aged beers. Weyerbacher Brewing (Easton, PA) Rhumpshaka.
The brewery took an 11% abv beer brewed with mostly pilsner malt and a touch of oats, and aged it for 9 months in 12 year old rum barrels. (Some date back to 1982.)
The resulting beer is unfiltered and has a profound boozy character. Huge coconut and passionfruit-like aromas fill your nose. The heat from the rum is immediately apparent and blends well with the vanilla and coconut flavors, which linger on your palate. It’s a sweeter finish with tannic notes commensurate with extended barrel aging.
“Rhum” is the old world way of spelling rum. Production is limited to 90 cases of 750ml bottles.
Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Rum)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Arrival: April, 2014
Weyerbacher “Althea” in Greek means healing. That’s the idea behind this Belgian-Style dubbel from the Easton, Pennsylvania brewery. Weyerbacher plans to donate a portion of each of the bottle sales to help defray the cost of breast cancer treatment.
Althea is created in conjunction with The Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund of Lehigh Valley Health Network. The fund helps those that need financial assistance, from travel, treatment, prothesis, child care, and more. The recipe was developed by Weyerbacher’s New Jersey representative Natalie DeChico. Italian plums are added to create a fun nuance to this dubbel.
A limited run of 750ml bottles (corked & caged) will arrive in October, 2013.
Style: Belgian Style Dubbel (w/ Plums)
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & caged
Arrival: October, 2013
Just as I was writing the other two articles on pumpkin beers already hitting shelves, I thought about this- Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is now available too. Just waiting on football and an actual pumpkin to carve. Even though it is due out in August, it has already been spotted on shelves in the northeast.
This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor. This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Style: Pumpkin Beer
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Julyish- November, Seasonal.
Above: Weyerbacher recently updated the artwork for the pumpkin seasonal…
Weyerbacher celebrates 18 years of brewing by releaseing their Eighteen weizenbock today. According to Weyerbacher, the beer is more of a ‘weizendopplebock’ with an entirely German malt bill exuding flavors of dark fruit, bready malts, chocolate, and hints of banana. Eighteen is unfiltered, bottle-conditioned and at 11% ABV it will age nicely.
Availability: Draft, 12 oz bottles
Arrival: June 18 2013
Each year, Weyerbacher celebrates their anniversary with new one off. Last year’s Seventeen was a saison, brewed with grapefruit peel & spices. This is Eighteen, a weizenbock. Final details to follow. We’re told it will be “strong, and cellerable.”
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
If you had any doubts before, don’t. Philadelphia IS one of America’s premiere beer cities. Tom Peters (Monk’s Cafe), Chris Wilson (Weyerbacher) traveled to Brussels (Still in Belgium) to brew with Yvan De Baets of Brasseries de La Senne.
Manneken-Penn is a 7.5% Belgo-American Dubbel whose name and label art were inspired by Philadelphia’s famed William Penn statue above City Hall, and Brussels’ landmark Manneken Pis sculpture of a playful naked boy — ahem — relieving himself. Manneken-Penn was made with oats, molasses and a combination of American and European hops. It is imported for PBW by Shelton Brothers and will be available both on draft and in 11.2 oz bottles
Availability: 11.2 oz bottles, Draft
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