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Two Roads (Stratford, CT) Route of All Evil is back for another winter, this time with new artwork. The beer is a porter meets black iPA.
…Brewmaster Phil Markowski wanted to play with using all three to create a unique beer that’s truly on the Route of All Evil. Hopped using Pacific Northwest hops and chock full of dark roasted malts- the result is truly taking a road less shoveled.
Two Roads Route of All Evil is available seasonally in 12oz bottles and draft.
Style: American Black Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Winter seasonal.
A new addition to Cigar City Brewing’s Humidor Series is in the works – Double American Black Ale. The Humidor Series. each beer in the series is aged on Spanish cedar, the same wood found in cigar boxes.
A Double American Black Ale aged on Spanish cedar in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida.
Style: American Black Ale
Availability: 750 ml bottles
This beer is riddled with irony. Brooklyn Brewery’s There Will Be Black launches this week, while part of the city is still dark from Hurricane Sandy. The beer is actually named for the winter darkness we feel this time of year. It’s about embracing the darkness, which a lot of New Yorkers are doing two fold right now.
So what’s this beer? An American Black Ale built on American and German black malts, and New Zealand hops. The Flavor? There Will Be Black has a core of black bread and dark chocolate, wrapped in a bright coat of orangey, minty hops.
Style: American Black Ale
Hops: American Willamette and Sorachi Ace, New Zealand Pacific Gem and Motueka
Malts:British pale, lager, crystal and chocolate malt, American black barley, German black malt
Availability: Draft only
Peak Organic Brewing Company recently released Hop Noir – a black IPA in April. It was the 2nd release in the brewery’s 22oz bomber series. Noir was extremely successful, and now Peak is putting Hop Noir in 12oz bottles.
Hop Noir is as hoppy as it is bitter, boasting almost 100 IBUs. This all centennial hop, extremely aggressive imperial IPA is 100% organic from the ground up, showing that being organic doesn’t mean you can’t be bold.
Hop Noir is a delectable Black IPA, dripping with piney, aromatic Centennial hops. The malt base is dark and rich, anchored by organic black malt. This provides a strong foundation for the extravagant kettle hopping and dry-hopping that this beer experiences. Enjoy with a night-light.
New Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft.
Stone’s 15th Anniversary Ale – Escondidian Black Ale, is being released in August. Yesterday was a sneak peak at the name and style, here is the bottle label. In true Stone style there is a passionate speech on the back label. How will your children remember you? As a hero?
In the 15 years since we entered the craft brewing world, change has come not in a straight line, but as an exponential curve. The craft brewing movement has long been called a “revolution.” But today the air is so thick with revolution, it’s palpable. No longer is it lone an awareness among the faithful; the unconverted are beginning to feel it as well. Denial and ignorance are disappearing in favor of opened eyes, curiosity and the sense that there’s something larger out there. For far too long we have been lied to. For far too long we have been oppressed by the notion that dumbed-down-lowest-common-denominator-mediocrity was all that we could, and should, expect. You might think we’re only talking about the world of brewing, but we’re not. There is a myriad of products out there masquearding as cheeses, coffee, chocolates, breads..hell, there is stuff pretending to be “food” that out great grandmothers would not recognize as such. Yet the craft brewing movement, together with the artisanal food movement, is making much progress. Where the industrial companies can’t dismiss of bury us, they are attempting to copy us with cheap facsimiles. Yes, chances are if you are holding this bottle, you understand these things to be true about the world of brewing. You also likely understand the importance of our fight at Stone against the accepted “norms” over the past 15 years. We believed that America was ready to embrace tinges made with artistry and passion. You have spoken. Your response has been clear. We are not merely consumers to be spoon-fed whatever commodities need to be unloaded for a profit. We have only just begun to move the needle of this revolution, & mediocrity still reigns. Consider that when you reject dumbed down industrialized food and drink, you also support craft brewing. The line is nearly seamless; we are fighting the same battle. We will not win in our lifetime, as the powers are too entrenched, and the masses too…fooled. And shackled. However, this is a revolution of ideas and of taste, and we WILL will. How do do you want to be viewed by your children, and your children’s children? As a hero, or as the oppressed? (Those that don’t think they have been oppressed have already lost.) Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. We hope you’ll stand with us. Strong and unyielding. You are needed. This bottle and its glorious contents are a celebration of you, brothers and sisters, and your importance in this fight. Cheers to all we’ve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, and cheers to the adventure ahead!
Style: American Black Ale (Black IPA)
Arrival: August, 2011