A new collaboration is coming to New Belgium’s Lips Of Faith Series. Paardebloem pairs the Fort Collins based brewery with RedRock Brewery (Salt Lake, UT).
Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from out brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008. Expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of w0od-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.
Style: Belgian Strong Ale (w/ Peach Juice, Grains of Paradise, Dandelion Greens, Partially Oak Aged)
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
A closer look at Brewery Ommegang’s first Game Of Thrones inspired beer – Iron Thrones Blonde Ale. Iron is the first in a series of brews stemming from the hit HBO show. The blonde ale features additions of grains of paradise, and lemon peel.
Blonde Ale with malty sweetness and a touch of fruity spiciness, noble hop aromas, and notes of citrus. Suitable to serve to kings, or the pretenders to the iron throne.
Style: Blonde Ale (w/ Lemon Peel, Grains Of Paradise)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft
Arrival: Mid to Late March 2013
Burnt Hickory White Flag Third Strike Wit. A Belgian style wit beer. Brewed with wheat malt, oats, & pilsner malts. Spices include grains of paradise and coriander. As an added bonus, the brewery adds marmalade during secondary fermentation.
Now available in 22 ounce bottles (when brewed) as of early, 2015.
A busy week for Brewery Ommegang. Yesterday, BSJ mentioned that the brewery will celebrate 15 years with “XV“, a trappist style dark ale. The above is Crescendo, a saison. Brewed with a variety of spices, including grains of paradise, coriander, lemon peel, and white pepper. Crescendo is brewed for the 2012 Glimmerglass Festival Season, an internationally renowned summer opera festival based in Ommegang’s home of Cooperstown, New York. Now the name makes sense right?
This delectable saison is brewed especially for the 2012 Glimmerglass Festival Season, it opens with full flavor and carbonation – then fruit, spice and malt aromas. The flavors then expand into a crescendo of complex tastes and body. The finish is gentle, with a touch of sweetness and a lingering note of spice.
A few weeks ago, BSJ mentioned that Highland Brewing is working on a summer ale. Unveiled today, it’s dubbed Razor Wit. This witbier is Highland’s take on the style, brewed with ginger, grains of paradise, and cumin, in addition to the traditional coriander and orange peel.
“I love the ginger,” said head brewer Joey Justice. “Ginger can dry the beer out, and grains of paradise are sort of hot, so we started with a slightly sweeter base and more body to compensate for the spices.”
There’s a lot of flavor in this summer beer. When you’re brewing with spices, it’s tricky. Boil the spices, you could get off flavors. Heating/warming gently is the way to go.
“We ground the spices, heated them in water to simulate what would happen in the boiling process, and dosed each one in a neutral beer,” said Justice. “We identified the flavors we got from each spice… and talked about how they would work together.”
Balance of flavors is key here. Nothing extreme. Just flavorful and complex. Razor Wit, like Little Hump, and Cold Mountain is named after a North Carolina mountain.
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Mt. Hood
Spices: Coriander, Ginger, Sweet & Bitter Orange Peel, Seeds of Paradise, Cumin
5% ABV, 25 IBUs
For all seasonal events and hikes, Highland partners with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). They work to protect the NC and TN Appalachians — the world’s oldest mountains — including their unique plant and animal habitat, water, farmland and scenic beauty that is vital to Highland and the Asheville area.