White Birch Brewing Peach Berliner Weisse

The small New Hampshire Town of Hooksett is most famous for its historic Robie’s Country Store, a popular stop for politicians campaigning through NH for the last 6 decades.

Located 3 miles down the road from Robie’s is White Birch Brewing, known for making a wide range of brews including of one my favorite styles of Berliner Weisse. Consisting of a 30 barrel brewhouse, White Birch brews in smalls batches, with their brewing and canning done by hand and left unfiltered for the best flavor.

ABV: 5.5%

Head: Thin white head forms and disappears very quickly.

Pour: Light and hazy, looks more like peach juice then beer.

Nose: Peachy from the start with a juicy background. You can smell that tartness behind the peach.

Palate: Good amount of tartness, but not overbearing. A nice balance of peach and wheat for a rounded flavor. The finish has slight acidity that brings it all together.

Overall: A good balance of peaches and sour, reminded me of a wheat beer that was mixed with peach rings. I’ve had a few other of their fruity Berliner Weisses and this is my favorite. If you’re on the fence about sours, the peach in this one makes it easy to love.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

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Long Trail Harvest Barn Ale

long trail harvest barn aleThe first batch of Long Trail Ale rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery, known as the Mountain Brewers, was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners. The goal was to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.

Today Long Trail is a household name from coast to coast. Brewing over two dozen different beer yearly Long Trail has something for everyone. The Harvest Barn Ale is Long Trail’s seasonal offering for fall.  Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that’s guaranteed to warm your soul alongside the rich, chocolate profile and earthy hop character.

ABV: 4.4%

Pour: Rich Mahogany

Head: Thick off-white

Nose: Sweet, roasted malts, maple, and nut aromas.

Palate: Medium-bodied palate, with mild carbonation. Very malty, with chocolate and maple syrup notes.

Finish: Finishes with lots of dark cocoa powder flavors.

Overall: The chocolate notes were a bit of a surprise. Overall an enjoyable pour and alternative to the more common fall beer flavors.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine Double IPA

Lawson’s Finest is a small craft brewery located in Warren, Vermont with big plans in the works. Currently brewing out of a seven barrel facility, they have plans to open a new brewery and retail space in 2018. For the last few years Sip of Sunshine has been brewed out of Two Road’s in Connecticut, allowing Lawson to branch out beyond the Vermont market.

Sip of Sunshine is juicy double IPA with plenty of tropical fruit notes and an airy finish meant to be drank as fresh as possible.

Pour: A nice amber color, hazy and slight dark.

Head: A frothy white head forms, lingers for about a minute before slowly fading.

Nose: Strong pine notes jump out, little bit malt in the background surrounded by light fruit notes.

Palate: Has a medium bodied mouthfeel but super balanced. Hops come at you first followed by hints of pineapple and guava. The finish is juicy with a touch of acidity

Overall: My first Sip of Sunshine was on a ski trip to Vermont and I was instantly hooked. Finding some in Connecticut was a great surprise, and it was every bit delicious as I remember. Super juicy with a perfect balance of hops, leaving pine notes without being sticky. A very refreshing Double IPA that would pair well a BBQ brisket sandwich, fresh seafood or even rice pudding.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Two Roads Two Juicy

The name for Two Roads Brewing stems from a divergence, a separation, that poet Robert Frost wrote about: the road more commonly taken from “the one less traveled by.”

Located in Stratford, Connecticut Two Roads has an impressive portfolio that consist of nearly three dozen year round, seasonal, and specialty beers. One of their recent limited releases is an unfiltered New England style Double IPA.

ABV: 8.2%

Pour: A light golden color with a haziness to it.

Head: A frothy off white head raises and slowly fades without leaving any lacing.

Nose: Lots of sharp pine at first, followed by grapefruit and a hint of wheat.

Palate: Lighter than expected. Has a nice juicy core. The hops are really smooth with a nice flavor without being sticky or overly piney. The finish is clean and refreshing.

Overall: Really interesting. I was expecting a hop bomb since it’s a double IPA but that was not the case. It was extremely smooth and super juicy with plenty of fruit notes giving it an extremely refreshing finish for a double IPA. This would pair with many foods such as Thai food, BBQ chicken or even seafood.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Revolution Brewing Rosa

While working at Chicago’srevolution-rosa Goose Island Brewery, Josh Deth dreamt up the idea for what would become Revolution Brewing. After a few failed attempts, the perfect location popped up and a few years later the brewery opened in February 2010.

In a rather short period of time, Revolution has become one of the leaders and innovators in the craft brewing industry. In 2016, Revolution Brewing cracked into the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 craft brewing companies in the United States.

Rosa is a highly drinkable golden ale steeped with hibiscus flowers. This seasonal brew is currently available locally in 6 pack cans.

5.8% ABV

Pour: Pours a vivid, medium pink. Has a nice off-white head with light pink hues.

Nose: Faint floral and ripe berry notes.

Palate: Sweet cherry and citrus notes up front with a some malty bread notes on the mid palate. Finishes clean with sweet cherry flavors.

Overall: This seasonal brew really hit the spot. Probably not something I could drink all day, but a nice treat on a warm summer day.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

Dark City Blue Bishop IPA

The first craft brewery in historic Asbury Park NJ, Dark City Brewing opened off Main Street 18 months ago. Founded by lifelong Mommouth County resident Kevin Sharpe, the brewery features three 15-barrel fermenters, and a tasting room that features a line of core beers, mixed with seasonal and occasional limited releases that vary from IPA’s to Gose with collaborations from other local business.

Blue Bishop is an IPA with mosaic hops, fermented over a huge amount of Blueberries for a fruity finish.

ABV: 5.5% IBU’s: 45

Pour: (from Tap) A dark reddish almost mahogany color, the blueberries really imparted a nice color.

Head: Thin off-white lingers before leaving with no lacing.

Nose: A nice mix of hops and fruit, each there without over powering.

Palate: Lots of flavor and easy to drink. The hops lead with nice pine notes and hint acidity before the blueberries send it all home. The finish is clean, refreshing and leaves you coming back for more.

Overall: Awesome stuff! Some of our Bottle King stores have started receiving small shipments of Dark City, but this is the first I’ve tried and definitely won’t be the last. Just awesome! Enjoy with spicy pulled pork, oysters or fruit salad.

Great Lakes Steady Rollin Session IPA

Great Lakes Brewing Company, founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, was the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio. What started as a dream between two brothers, has grown into the 21st largest brewery by volume in United States. Important to Cleveland’s local identity, the brewery distributes over a dozen year round and seasonal brews.

Steady Rollin is single hop session IPA brewed with mosaic hops and made to be an easy going IPA.

ABV: 4.8%   IBU: 50

Pour: A really rich amber color, clean with plenty of carbonation.

Head: Off-white and very thin, disappears about as quickly as it formed.

Nose: Floral, there’s a nice hop presence giving a good amount of pine. Some light tropical fruits notes in the background as well.

Palate: Lighter than expected, almost no malt notes at all. The hops are mild but still have pine punch and almost sticky feel in the mouth. Tropical fruit brings it together with just hint of acidity at the end.

Overall: Not what I was expecting but an overall nice session IPA. The mosaic hops really leave nice flavor and fruit while still leaving a bit of resin behind. Another solid beer from team at Great Lakes Brewing. Pair with chicken, spicy grilled sausages or fresh summer salad.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints