Lots of new releases over the past week. Here is a run down of new stuff for your glass.
Beer Here – Nordic Rye Beer, 8%.
Ommegang Aphrodite – Fruit Beer, 8.9%. Belgian inspired fruit beer. Raspberry, pear juice. Grains of Paradise. 750ml
Sierra Nevada Ovila Saison – 7%. Second edition in the New Clairveaux collaborations. 750ml bottles.
Smuttynose Homunculus – Belgian IPA, 9.9%. Hoppy Belgian style IPA w/ impregnating packaging 22oz bombers.
Heavy Seas Davy Jones Lager – Imperial Pils, 7%. Imperial cream ale. Grainy & smooth. 22oz
Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny – Saison, 7%.
Evil Twin Ashtray Heart – Smoked Stout, 8.9%. Smokey & dark.
Evil Twin Wet Dream – Hoppy Brown Ale, 8%. Made for The Trappist in Oakland, CA
Evil Twin Katz Pis – IPA, 6.5%. Renamed from Catz Piss. Stupid US alcohol rules.
Jailhouse Conjugal Visit – Red Ale, 6%. New red ale from Hampton, GA. 22oz bombers.
Brewery Ommegang will be releasing a new saison this July in honor to Belgian Independence Day. The brewers at Ommegang decided it was time to celebrate the day Belgium sent the Dutch packing. For the July celebration, the brewery will be teaming up with fine restaurants across the U.S. to bring this special saison to you the beer drinker, paired with Belgian inspired dishes.
What better way to celebrate the season and Belgian independence day that with a saison? Our Spiced Saison is a toast to the great brewers of Belgium and the pround history they represent. We have used a Wallonia saison strain of yeast that produces fruity esters and classic earthy notes in the beer. Lemon peel, white pepper, coriander along with Grains of Paradise are use to give the saison a delicate yet satisfactory spicing. The departure from our signature house yeast reveals the versatility of the Saison style, and showcases the unique and intriguing characters of this strain
Hops: Stryian Golding, GR Select
Malts: Pils, Pale, Caramel-20, White Wheat, Oats
Spices: Coriander, Grains Of Paradise, Lemon Peel, White Pepper
Availability: Draft only, 1/6 barrels. Very Limited
Brewery Ommegang is set to release Aphrodite in the near future. It has been about 10 months in the making. This Belgian style ale Ommegang touts the use of raspberry and pear juice, & grains of paradise. Grains of paradise are in the ginger family, once touted to only grow in Eden. These grains are native to West Africa, and have a peppery flavor. This was the 3rd quarter “Tart Ale” that was mentioned their limited release schedule. Ommegang wanted to make a drinkable, tart, funky, fruit enhanced beer.
[quote style=”boxed”]Like a time-lapse photo with an elegant goddess floating through it, Aphrodite is ethereal, intriguing, and mysterious. This fine ale has champagne-like carbonation, delicate flavors with whispers of fruit, and hints of funk and tartness imbued by the yeast. The refreshing dryness comes from Ommegang and Brett yeasts fermenting the pils malts and raspberry and pear juices. Grains of Paradise are then infused into the nectar. When poured, Aphrodite is capped by a luxuriously shimmering rosy head.[/quote]
Availability: 750ml Bottles, corked & caged. Draft.
Arrival: July-September, 2011
Ommegang has a mention of this beer on their website, but with no description yet. http://www.ommegang.com/index.php?mcat=1&scat=14&spclty=1
Belgian Independence Day is celebrated on July 21st each year. The day celebrates Belgium seceding from the Netherlands. This year Brewery Ommegang, a Belgian brewer will be celebrating with a beer of their own.
2011 Belgian Independence Day Saison is a Belgian influenced beer commemorating the occasion. Brewed with coriander, grains of paradise, lemon peel, and white pepper.
Availability: Draft. No info on distribution.
Gnomegang unites Brasserie d ‘Achouffe & Brewery Ommegang in a Belgian-American collaboration. Gnomegang was conceived in the summer of 2010 when Achouffe visited Ommegang. The result is a strong Belgian golden ale featuring flavors from both breweries. This beer features Chouffe yeast in the primary fermentation, and Ommegang in the second fermentation (Bottle Conditioning). The result is a golden ale that is lush & spicy ale.
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Hops: 2 Saaz varieties, hopped 3 times.
Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Oats, Flaked Red Wheat, Special B
Adjuncts: No spices. Sugar added.
Taste Expectations: Ripe fruit, clove, caramel. Grassy hops, candi sugar sweetness. Full body, full carbonation.
Availability: 750ml Bottles, corked & caged. Draft. 1 time collaboration.
Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY) loves Belgian brewing styles. Every offering by the brewery has a Belgian influence – Belgian scotch ales, Belgian winter warmers etc. One of Ommegang’s most recent offerings was Zuur, a Flanders ale brewed in collaboration with Liefmans. Building off of Zuur’s popularity & the love of all things Belgian comes Ommegang’s newest collaboration “Gnomegang”.
Gnomegang pairs Brasserie D’Achouffe (Achouffe, Belgium) and Brewery Ommegang. As mentioned yesterday, Ommegang will close at the end of January to undergo a few internal improvements. Ommegang and Brasserie D’Achouffe will brew this beer on site Cooperstown, New York.
This delectable blonde ale is a co-creation of two famed farmstead breweries: Brewery Ommegang and Brasserie d’Achouffe. It employs five fine malts, two noble hops, and both of the distinctive Chouffe and Ommegang yeasts. You’ll enjoy the smooth drinkability, fruity aromas and flavors, and warming finish
Style: Belgian Strong Pale
Arrival: Late April 2011
Ommegang & D’Achouffe are related. Both are part of the Duvel Moortgat Family, makers of Duvel.
We’re closing Brewery Ommegang for two weeks in late January 2011. We’ll completely tile the brewhouse and packaging hall as well as make other improvements. Our objectives are improved efficiany, better and faster sanitation, and an enhanced ability to grow. Increased demand has seen our brewing schedule literally double in the past 14 months. While we’re delighted with the growth, we now need some additions, improvements, and renovations to allow brewing and packaging to run more efficiently.
You may know that Duvel brewed some Hennepin, Abbey and Three Philosophers for us back in 2007/08, while we dealt with production issues centered around upgrading our aging bottling line. We were uncertain how people would respond, but quickly discovered that serious beer folks were comparing the beers to see if they could detect any differences. It turned out to be an interesting and enjoyable exercise. Duvel, of course, has impeccable brewing skills and facilities and did a bang-up job filling in for us last time. We expect nothing less this time. Our brewmaster Phil Leinhart and Duvel’s Hedwig Neven will stay in close touch throughout the process while Duvel brews Abbey Ale and Hennepin, which will probably appear on shelves in April at the earliest.
While the tiling and other interior changes are made we’ll also be installing two exterior 360hl unitanks in early February, bringing us to a total of eight. I’m looking out the window at the just completed footings. Also, our store and tasting room will move out of the brewhouse to a dedicated new building about 100 feet from the brewery. This new 4000 sq.ft. building will house an expanded store and tasting area as well as a huge new indoor/outdoor bar and patio, and ta-da! The long-threatened restaurant: Cafe Ommegang. We expect the store move to be in mid-to-late Jan, and that the cafe will be open in late Feb/early March, depending on permits from the NY State Liquor Authority. The interior finishing in the store/bar/cafe is going on right now.
All in all, it’s an extraordinarily exciting time at Ommegang. We’re preparing for continuing growth and brewing more fantastic (and some new) beers. Including a Chouffe collaboration beer, tentatively named Gnomegang, coming out in April. Yes, you read it first right here.