Topic Archives: Brewmaster’s Reserve Series

Posted in Beer News, Brooklyn Brewing

Brooklyn Blast Goes Year Round

Brooklyn Brewing’s Blast will become a year round offering soon.  Blast is a hoppy imperial IPA released over a year ago in the brewery’s Brewmaster’s Reserve Series.

The first in a line of Brewmaster’s “Special Reserve” beers, BLAST! Is a riotous celebration of hops. Here in Brooklyn, we’re half-way between the hop country of Yakima Valley, Washington and the hop country of Kent in England. So we use the bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise and earthy English hops to build the foundation of a hop monster brandishing five pounds of hops per barrel with considerable finesse. The varieties are half American, half English and the malts bring solidity, balance and beautiful flavors to a golden beer that’s ludicrously hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. You won’t even know what hit you.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft only
Taste Expectations: Lots of hops! Pine, Citrus, Grapefruit.  Bitter, and balanced

8.2% ABV


Posted in Beer News, Brooklyn Brewing

Brooklyn’s The Companion. A Book AND A Beer

Introducing the next edition in Brooklyn Brewing’s Brewmaster’s Reserve Series – The Companion.  A book and a beer.  They both hit shelves this September. The book contains beer info from more than 160 experts including, Garrett Oliver and Thomas Kraus-Weyermann (Of Weyermann Malts).  The beer is a floor malted wheat wine, brewed with by duo to act as a “companion” to the book.

Per Brooklyn:

For the past four years, brewmaster Garrett Oliver has been working on a massive project. It’s the ultimate beer collaboration, but it’s not a beer.  Published this September by Oxford University Press, it’s The Oxford Companion to Beer, the most comprehensive book on beer ever published, featuring 160 experts covering more than 1,100 subjects. It’s a momentous thing, so Garrett (Editor-in-Chief), Horst Dornbusch (Associate Editor, writer, scholar, man-about-town) and Thomas Kraus-Weyermann (writer and master maltster) hatched a plan. Together, they brewed our next Brewmaster’s Reserve beer, called The Companion.

Thomas created special new floor malts for The Companion, which is brewed in an old style called “wheat wine”, a wheat-based equivalent to barley wine. The floor malts give this beer a juicy malt character of considerable depth, 55% malted wheat gives it a surprising lightness on the palate, while our house ale yeast lends a gentle fruitiness. The Oxford Companion will impart knowledge, whileThe Companion imparts conviviality. Maybe you really can have it all?


Posted in Full Sail Brewing, New Releases

Full Sail Elevates Their Hop Game

Full Sail Brewing (Hood River, OR) is elevating it’s hop game.  Elevation has been released into the breweries Brewmaster Reserve Series.

Elevation is a testament to Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, forests, & water.  It’s a big hoppy imperial ipa full of pacific northwest hops, and pale malts.

Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are named for the multitudes of cascading waters that rush from their glacial peaks. Oregon’s rushing rivers, cascading streams and thundering waterfalls all flow through the deep forests and rolling foothills. It is from these epic elevations that every batch of Full Sail beer sources its water

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: Pale, Crystal
Taste Expectations: Lots of hop flavor – “aromas of orange zest & lemon.” Caramel biscuity malt flavor..
Availability: 22oz bomber, draft. June-September, 2011

7.5% ABV, 80 IBUs

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Hood River, Or — Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are named for the multitudes of cascading waters that rush from their glacial peaks. Oregon’s rushing rivers, cascading streams and thundering waterfalls all flow through the deep forests and rolling foothills. It is from these epic elevations that every batch of Full Sail beer sources its water. Full Sail’s newBrewmaster Reserve release, Elevation Imperial IPA, is brewed to celebrate these snow-capped mountains and their bounty of pristine, crystal clear water.

This Imperial IPA’s full malt body is elevated by the richness of hop flavor and bitterness. Generous amounts of Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and Centennial hops give this beer a wonderful aroma of orange zest and lemon. The citrus from the hops is complemented by a caramel biscuity malt flavor that comes from the pale and crystal malts blend. Elevation finishes balanced with a pronounced hop kick. Available in 22oz Bottles and Draught from June to September. ABV 7.5% IBUs: 80

“We are excited to add this new brew to our Brewmaster Reserve Line-up, as a small, independent craft brewer we have the freedom to be creative and explore different beer styles. Every eight to ten weeks we come out with a different beer that showcases the brewer’s art. We began the program back in 1998 as a way of celebrating our independence and creativity,” said Full Sail’s Founder and CEO, Irene Firmat.

The next beer in Full Sail’s 2011 Brewmaster Reserve program with be Sanctuary, a Belgian Dubbel, and will be released in September.  Click herefor a full list of Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve beers.


About Full Sail Brewing Company:
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 24 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 27 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week.  Swing by for a pintgrab a bitetour the brewery, or just soak up the view




Posted in Beer News, Brooklyn Brewing

Not Penicillin, Not Tonic, Concoction?

The government thinks we are stupid.  Thus the fairly stringent rules about how to name beer.   Brooklyn Brewing’s newest beer in their Brewmaster’s Reserve series is based on a popular cocktail called “Penicillin.”  Of course that won’t fly as a beer name, so Brooklyn used the name “The Tonic.”  It seems now that Tonic won’t fly either.

Sources close to the brewery are telling me  they are going to have to go with the name “The Concoction.”  Apparently naming a beer with verbiage relating to, or making reference to it having a “therapeutic or curative property” is a no-no.  A relationship cannot be made to drinking and such names.

Whatever its name, this honey/lemon/ginger draft only offering is not far away from glasses.

Posted in Brooklyn Brewing, Coming Soon

Brooklyn Pays Homage To Cocktails With A Beer

The next release in Brooklyn Brewing’s Brewmaster’s Reserve series is set to release.  This edition is actually a beer that gives a nod to the cocktail world.  “The Tonic” draws it’s favors from a drink called “The Penicillin” served in a New York City cocktail bar.  Sadly, using the word Penicillin didn’t make the government happy, and thus “The Tonic” was born.

We spend a lot of time with our pals in the cocktail world, and they are constantly putting new flavor combinations in front of us. One of my favorites is a Scotch-based cocktail called The Penicillin. Invented by bartender Sam Ross at Sasha Petraske’s famous NYC cocktail bar Milk & Honey, the Pencillin is an instant classic. It combines peaty Scotch, ginger-infused honey, and lemon juice. It’s an improbable blend, but it’s delicious, and it’s also the inspiration for our next Brewmaster’s Reserve beer, The Tonic. The government wouldn’t let us call the beer “Penicillin”, we’re afraid. But friends, between you and us, this brand new Tonic will cure many of your ills. Now take your Tonic and text us tomorrow.

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Hops: Willamette, Cascades, Fuggles, Kent Goldings, Simcoe, Citra, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo
Malts: English Peat Smoked Malt, English Pale Malt, German Pilsner Malt
Additions: Dried Lemon Peel, Minced ginger, NYS Wildflower Honey, Organic, Lemon Juice from Italy (Sicily)

Availability: Draft only. Ships Late May, 2011

?? ABV

Posted in Brooklyn Brewing, Coming Soon

COMING SOON: Brooklyn “Main Engine Start”

This is exciting to find in your inbox this AM.  A new beer from Brooklyn Brewing.  “Main Engine Start”.    This beer will be Trappist/Abbey style, with Belgian yeast strains etc.  The name references the first beer brewed in the new brewhouse.  Main engine is a part of Brooklyn’s “Brewmasters Reserve” series and will be draft only.

From Brooklyn:
We know what you’re thinking. You think we’ve lost our minds. “Main Engine Start”? That’s okay — no worries — but actually we haven’t lost anything at all. We just gained a new brewery here in Brooklyn. A few months ago, we busted through the brewhouse wall into another building and expanded our fermentation cellars. Now we’ve just finished installing a big shiny new set of German brewhouse equipment. Over the coming years, we’re going to brew you a lot of fun new beers on this baby.

First, though, it’s time to rev this whole thing up and get it humming. The first beer out of our new brewhouse is Brooklyn Main Engine Start, a burnished gold ale in the rare “Abbey Singel” style, reminiscent of the un-filtered beers that Trappist monks make for themselves. It’s dry and biscuity on the palate, with a lilt of spicy Belgian yeast character and a snappy hop bite. Judicious dry hopping with Slovenian Aurora hops lends an appetizing herbal note. It’s tasty enough to stick with for the whole evening, and at about 6% ABV, it won’t have you tripping over snow banks after just one.

We know it’s winter and you might have been expecting something heavy and dark, but right now we’re just not in a heavy and dark mood. In fact, we’re feeling pretty cheerful, and we want to celebrate with a bunch of our friends and a few pints of beer. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by during our tour hours and see the new brewery. If you’ve seen the brewery before, you’ll be amazed what we’ve done with the place. It’s cold outside — stay a while. We’re going for Main Engine Start.

Style: Abbey Ale
Hops: German Perle, East Kent Golding, Slovenian Aurora
Malts: British 2-Row, British Crystal Malt, Belgian Aromatic Malt, Honey Malt.
6.2% ABV

Arrival: Mid-February, 2011