4 years ago, Harpoon Brewery started a friendly home brewing competition for their employees. The contest has grown into what is known as the Harpoon Kettle Cup. The most recent winner of the the cup was given a chance to brew for the brewery’s prolific 100 Barrel Series. Thus, introducing release #47 – Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde.
This delightfully drinkable Belgian-style ale features a big kick of American hops. A Belgian yeast strain, Bastogne, was used to give it a fruity/spicy character. A generous dose of hops — including Galaxy, Simcoe, Chinook, and an addition of whole Cascade hops — yields a powerful hop nose and flavor. The finish is sharp and satisfying.
Style: Belgian Style Blonde
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. One time release
6.5% ABV, 53 IBUs
Meet Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s (Richmond, VA) year round offering – Singel. A Belgian-style blonde ale. Delicate, complex, and easy drinking.
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uninhibited, Hardywood Singel is a feat in balance. Sunshine golden with a fluffy head and a veil of Belgian ale yeast, Singel’s tropical fruit esters complement its spicy hop aromatics. Delicate in body, Singel’s mellow, dry finish culminates a truly ethereal experience.
Hardywood Singel’s stylistic inspiration originates with the Trappist brewers of western Europe, who are often celebrated for their gloriously complex dubbels and tripels, and whose devotion to crafting heavenly libations is second to none. Unknown to many, some of the Trappist brewers also brew a milder ale for daily consumption within the walls of the monastery. Hardywood Singel is our interpretation of this style.
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Year Round
The rumor of Green Flash Brewing coming to Atlanta has been the rumor most frequently repeated. While the San Diego County, California brewer is still not officially hitting the state, a beer Green Flash collaborated on is arriving. It’s called BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ©. Green Flash collaborated with Brasserie St-Feuillien from Belgium. Here’s the story –
During a recent twelve day Great Belgium Beer Tour, brewer’s from Green Flash Brewing Co. of San Diego County, California and Brasserie St. Feuillien of Le Roeulx, Belgium teamed up to produce the first-ever collaboration ale between American and Belgian family-owned breweries. The beer will be called BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ©, or Friendship Brew, and will be released in the United States in June 2010.
Dominique Friart, Administrator Deputy (C.E.O.) of St. Feuillien, visited Green Flash on a 2009 trip to the United States. Green Flash had collaborated with several U.S. breweries on special ales in recent years with great success, brews many Belgian-inspired ales, and has a great admiration for Belgian tradition. Mike Hinkley, Green Flash CEO, jumped at the chance to suggest the collaboration to Ms. Friart. After several conversations, both parties grew excited about the prospect of this brewing adventure.
A brewing date was scheduled for March 9, 2010. Over the months leading up to the brew, Chuck Silva and Alexis Briol, Green Flash and St Feuillien’s brewmasters, set out to create a brew that would bring together five generations of Friart Family traditional Belgian ale and the cutting edge and innovative brewing techniques used at Green Flash. Chuck Silva said, “Brewing with Alexis at St. Feuillien was a great honor, lots of fun, and I think we created a fantastic brew. This is a convergence of great Belgian tradition and Green Flash innovation.”
BiÃ¨re De L’AmitiÃ© is a Blond Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with St. Feuillien’s traditional yeast and secret spices. For a Green Flash-style modern twist, rye and wheat malts were added to the mash and American Amarillo hops used in a late boiling kettle addition. Then the beer was dry-hopped with more Amarillo for even more hop flavor, aroma and zest.
Style: Described as Belgian blonde strong ale.
Availability: 750 ML Bottles. Corked & Caged. Draft offerings also. 1 time collaboration offering.
Arrival: Friday 8/6