Prost! A Guide to Oktoberfests, Festbiers, and Märzens

As the humidity breaks (we hope), and we begin to look towards Fall, a surge of Oktoberfest beers are unloaded from trucks and appear on our shelves and in our coolers. As crushable as this style of beer is, however, these beers tend to bring with them a plethora of questions from our customers. So, crack open a cold one and settle in as we attempt to answer some of your Oktoberfest FAQs and explain a bit more about the brews that do this beer-focused celebration justice.

How did Oktoberfest come to be?

Oktoberfest was originally a massive, city-wide wedding celebration. In October of 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. All of Munich was invited to feast and join in celebration of the newlywed couple. The evening closed with a horse race. A year later, the city of Munich decided to organize yet another horse race and the rest is history. The event itself has since been lengthened to a multi-day celebration and the festivities have moved up in the calendar to September.

What exactly is a märzen?

Märzen, which means March in German, was traditionally brewed in March, towards the end of the brewing season. Before the invention of refrigeration, brewing was limited to the cooler months, allowing beers to go through the proper fermentation process without risking bacterial infection. March was considered the final month in brewing season and this bottom-fermented lager was then stored in cellars until ready for consumption in late Summer and early Fall. Rich, full-bodied, and generally a bit higher in ABV, this German-style lager ranges anywhere from pale gold to amber in color. Expect bold, malty flavors and a clean, dry finish.

What’s the difference between an Oktoberfest beer, a festbier and a märzen?

In Germany, technically, a beer can only be called an Oktoberfest beer if it is brewed in Munich and served during Oktoberfest. That means just six beers in the world are considered Oktoberfest beers: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spatenbrä, and Staatliches Hofbräu-München. Pretty limiting, right? The official Oktoberfest beers tend to be a märzen style-lager, but in the 1970s, attempts were made to brew a beer similar in style, but lighter: enter the festbier – think of it as a seasonal dortmunder.

Which Oktoberfest beer do you recommend?

We each have our own personal favorites at Cappy’s, and so we’ve opted to give you the chance to determine the best local interpretation for yourself. Hesitant about committing to an entire six pack of a single märzen or festbier? Pick up our mixed six-pack of Ohio(ish) Oktoberfest Beers– perfect for an at-home blind taste test. Prost – site!

Cappy’s Oktoberfest Six Pack is available while supplies last. Each six pack includes one can of the following six beers:

  • Braxton Brewing’s Oktober Fuel (hence the “Ohio-ish”)
  • North High’s Norden Hoch
  • Rhinegeist’s Franz
  • Sibling Revelry’s Fest
  • Taft’s Oktubberfest
  • West Side Brewing’s Oktoberfest

What’s that Ruckus?! Melvin Brewing Company Comes to Ohio

Nothing excites us more at Cappy’s than when we get to introduce a new brewery, beer, or style to our customers. This week we are beyond thrilled to share some phenomenal beers from Melvin Brewing Company out of Wyoming with the great state of Ohio.

These guys have built a bit of a reputation for themselves over the years – their commitment to partying is just as strong as their commitment to wracking up as many medals as they possibly can in the brewing industry. Quite honestly, their list of hardware is too lengthy to share, but here are a few recent highlights from these bad boys of beer:

GABF 2017 Brewing Group of the Year

GABF 2017 Gold Medals for Hubert MPA and Fresh Hop IPA

American Canned Craft Beer Festival 2017 Gold Medal for Hubert MPA

GABF 2016 Gold Medal for Melvin IPA

US Open Beer Championship 2016 #2 Brewery of the Year, Gold Medals for Ch Ch Cherry Bomb, Uncle Ruckus, and D’Artagnan

American Canned Craft Beer Festival 2016 Gold Medals for Hubert MPA, Melvin IPA, Best of Show for Hubert IPA

North American Beer Awards 2016 Gold Medal for Morris IPA, Silver Medal for Clinic ISA

If you have an eye for trends, you may be picking up that Melvin Brewing is truly a master of all things hops and we have to agree. We’re tapping nine of their beers, including five hop forward beers at 5pm on Tuesday, 8/28 so that you can try them, too!

Melvin has exploded in recent years, largely due to the reputation they’ve built through beer festivals and awards. But back in 2009, Melvin existed under another name, Thai Me Up. Originally a small Thai restaurant, Jeremy Tofte, an employee of the restaurant, purchased the store, began playing kung fu movies on the TVs, blasting hip hop over the speakers, and pushing out beers on a 20 gallon brew system. They started to emerge on the beer scene in 2012 when they won Gold at GABF for Melvin IPA and 2×4 IPA.

True to their “we do what we want” attitude, when the brewery was shut out of entering GABF in 2013 after slots sold out in just two hours, Tofte blew off the event altogether and spent the week surfing in Baja, Mexico. Since they couldn’t submit their IPAs to defend their 2012 title, they brewed a new beer, Asterisk, which we assume is a reference to Kurt Vonnegut and a subtle “fuck you” to GABF in the form of a delicious IIPA.

But to be clear, while Melvin is named after both a ninja and a wedgie (from the front), and while they’re known for throwing massive parties, including their annual 2×4 Day, an event which includes setting a massive statue made out of 2x4s on fire (a la Burning Man), these guys actually do care and try to do some good, all while brewing killer beers.

Enter Your IPA. Each year, Melvin donates a portion of all proceeds from the beer to benefit a non-profit. In 2018 Melvin is supporting RIP Medical Debt, a national non-profit that provides support to Americans with oppressive medical debt by buying and forgiving defaulted debt.

So join us in welcoming Melvin Brewing Company to Ohio. Cappy’s currently carries:

In cans: Hubert MPA, Melvin IPA, Killer Bees, Asterisk

On draft beginning 5pm on 8/28: 2×4, Hubert MPA, Your IPA, Melvin IPA, RIIPA Hop Shocker, Killer Bees (Blonde Ale), Scenario Porter, Ruckus Imperial Stout, Hezeus (Mexican Lager)

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NEW ITEMS IN THIS WEEK!

Come check out these awesome beers we just got in this week!

 

Beer Me by OddSide Ales: American Lager

 

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Only two left! In the Flesh by Two Brothers: Pomegranate sour

 

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Epic Brewing Lupulin Burst: New England style IPA

 

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Nimble Giant by Troegs: Double IPA released ONCE A YEAR!

 

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Strawberry fruitsicle by Oddside: their newest of the fruitsicle collection done with strawberries

 

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Shadynasty’s by Oddside: IPA

 

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Mad Pils by Madtree: Pilsner

 

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Idolatrous by Stone: IPA

 

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New Growth by Jackie O’s: IPA

Email Newsletter!

Since Cappy’s is always having awesome events planed specifically for YOU, we wanted to make sure everyone was in the loop on #WhatsCappening down on our patio! Cappy’s is going to start an email list so we can get in better touch will all you amazing people and interact on more of a personal level!! Shoot us a personal message or stop in Cappy’s to sign up and grab some weekend essentials! We have some awesome things planned for the summer, let us be the first to let you know #WhatsCappening #CAF 🙂

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RECAP!! Wine Wednesday with special guest

In case you missed it! Yesterday we have the privilege of welcoming Maeva Pelletier for one of our wonderful wine Wednesday’s! We are always pleased to have brewery owners and Wine makers grace us with their presence on our patio and share their knowledge and love for everything we stand for at Cappy’s (great beers and delicious wines). Joining us on the patio all the way from Califonia, Maeva shared with us some of her favorite wines and the processing of making them!

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New Arrivals! Tuesday- June 5th

Check out the New arrivals we got in this week!!

 

 

Bikini Season- This is a gose from Erie Brewing Co. that is light and easy drinking for summer time!

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Stone Brewing’s Fear. Movie. Lions Double IPA comes in a 6-pack and will also be tapped this Friday, June 8th!

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Berliner Weisse done with strawberries and vanilla! Comes in a 4-pack!

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Sour watermelon Ale by 21st Amendment Brewing! Super refreshing!

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Avery’s latest “bug zapper” is a sour ale done with lime zest, ginger, and mint!

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An unfiltered IPA done by Stone!

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Sour Monkey REMIX! by Victory Brewing is aged in Chardonnay barrels!

New Arrivals 5/8-5/19

Nickelbrook Ceres- “A sour beer with sea salt, cucumber and lime juice; sounds insane, right?  Nope, this thirst-quenching Gose (pronounced Gose-Uh) is a perfect balance between tart, refreshing and citric, like a well-crafted cocktail. Named for the Roman goddess of agriculture and crops, Ceres is our tribute to the importance of fresh, natural ingredients. Wheat and barley, cucumbers and limes, Himalayan sea salt and a hit of Lactobaccilus combine for the perfect summer brew. The gods were smiling on our brewers the day they came up with this beauty.  Tart, crisp and fresh, this Gose will soon be gone.”  ABV: 4%.

 

Nickelbrook Raspberry Uber- “Our brewers decided to have some fun and took one of our most scientific creations and made it even more amazing!  Our Berliner Style Weisse uses our refreshing sour style of wheat beer, which has then been aged on fresh Canadian raspberries.  The result is a massive raspberry flavour explosion that still maintains the incredibly unique qualities of our Berliner Style Weisse.  You’re going to love it- it’s a scientific fact!”  ABV: 3.8%.

 

 

Madtree Sol Drifter- “A refreshing blonde ale made for extended periods of drinking during summer days well into the evening. With copious amounts of New Zealand Motueka hops lending lemon and lime notes, Sol Drifter ends with a crisp and tart strawberry finish.”  ABV: 4.3%.

 

 

Avery Perzik- “A classic saison—dry, crisp, fruity, spicy and refreshing with a dose of summer—peaches!”  ABV: 6.4%.

 

 

 

Clown Shoes Baked Goods- “Baked Goods is a sessionable hoppy pale ale dry hopped with Mosaic, Azacca, Idaho 7 and Centennial hops, which add tropical fruit flavors and aroma.”  ABV: 5.5%.

 

 

Maui Pueo- “A West-coast style Pale Ale with balanced malt profile, kettle and dry-hopped for hop intensity.”  ABV: 5.6%.

 

 

 

Jackie O’s Chiron’s Flame- “An imperial red that was aged in bourbon barrels for 16 months. A rich barleywine style ale that exhibits strong notes of caramel, dark sweet cherry, and vanilla.”  ABV: 11.1%

 

 

 

Rhinegeist Sabertooth- “Saber Tooth Tiger is a Prehistoric IPA that attacks the senses with potent notes of Papaya, Mango and Peach yet finishes it’s prey (your palate) with a crisp clean citrus bitterness.”  ABV: 8.5%.

 

 

Zaftig Juicy Lucy- “Juicy Lucy is a lighter IPA made to become your everyday beer. This delicious IPA delivers citrusy punch full of fruity flavors, namely papaya, apricot, and guava. This lovely lady was double dry hopped with Citra and Rakau hops.”  ABV: 7%.

 

 

Bell’s Pooltime- “A refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Pooltime’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.”  ABV: 5.2%.

 

 

Ommegang Brunetta- “Brunetta is a mild, clean Oud Bruin, well-balanced and with a touch of caramel sweetness from the specialty malts.”  ABV: 5%.

 

 

 

Ommegang Bend The Knee- “Brewed with pils malt and flaked oats and hopped with Saaz, Bravo, and Styrian Golding hops. It pours a golden hue with a large, frothy head. Both the aroma and flavor mix maltiness and citrus from the hops, while Ommegang’s signature house yeast produces prominent fruitiness. Wildflower honey added during fermentation provides light sweetness to the beer, which finishes dry and with firm hop bitterness.”  ABV: 9%.

 

 

Hi-Wire Citra Gose- “This gose-style ale is dry-hopped with Citra hops and the beer hits 4.2% ABV”

 

 

 

Warped Wing Mr. Mean- “This Mean ass IPA is pale orange with copper highlights and has a funk load of Amarillo and Centennial hops providing citrus and fruity aromas and a very bitter finish. The malt character is slightly bready/nutty with a dry finish. At 9% ABV and 96 IBU’s this beer will keep your inner soul groovin’ with every sip!”

 

 

Great Lakes Hop Madness- “Beware, drinker! Hop hysteria could happen to you! Especially after indulging in our dry-hopped Double IPA’s shockingly intense tropical aromas and hair-raising bitterness.  Maniacally dry-hopped, with a frenzy of juicy aromas and formidable pine finish.”  ABV: 8%.

 

 

Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager- “We’ve always believed the best way to respect tradition is to brew the unexpected. So when we set out to create a sessionable lager befitting of the Pacific Northwest, our sense of exploration led us to this dry-hopped wonder befitting of everyday adventure. Citrusy Tettnang Mandarina hops combine with the crisp, bright character of a traditional lager to deliver a beer that is truly refreshing, and undoubtedly worth sharing.”  ABV: 5.5%.

 

 

 

Braxton Summertip- “This kettle soured German style ale features 50% wheat malt and is balanced with the use of lactobacillus. Very little to no hop presence allow the bready/biscuit characteristics to come through, with a nice tart Passion Fruit finish.”  ABV: 4.2%.

 

 

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum- “Our brewers selected the finest, most flavorful hops, pushed them beyond their limits and forged them into this all-new triple IPA. This reimagined Hoptimum is our hoppiest beer yet, providing a blend of tropical and citrus hop aroma that delivers a refined yet aggressive character.”  ABV: 9.6%.

 

 

So many tasty beers in this week, plus tons of fun events!  Here are this week’s events:

Thursday: Perrin Pint Night with food available from the Quite Frankly food truck 5-10pm.

Friday: Free New Holland Sampling with live music and food available from Caveman Crepes 5-10pm.

Saturday: Revolution Tap Takeover with food available from The Beerded Pig 2-10, and live music from The Four Measures of Funk 6-9pm.

Sunday: Sunday Funday; 3 Floyd’s Edition!  Zombie Dust and more on tap, plus food available from The Beerded Pig 1-8pm!

 

We’ll see you soon, cheers!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beer Arrivals 5/1-5/5

Braxton Twisted Bit- “This traditional German style lager has the malt profile of a Helles and the hop character of a Pilsner, but is slightly stronger than both. The minute addition of common minerals to the brewing water, and the longer traditional decoction mash impart a crisp and remarkable balance between the malt complexity and the subtle bitterness.”  ABV: 5.8%.

 

Rhinegeist Peach Dodo- “This German Gose is bright and frisky, tart and saline, and dances on the palate with punches of peach. Thirst quenching beyond all imagination, Peach Dodo is the finest of liquids for a beach picnic, or for making history.”  ABV: 4.4%.

 

 

Platform Palesner- “Cleveland has always been a city of makers. Once the fifth-largest city in the nation, Cleveland’s hardworking residents rolled out an endless supply of iron and steel, cars and clothing, beer and whiskey. Those were heady times for the industrial Midwest. But fortunes change, factories close, jobs leave, and somewhere along the way we lost our will to create. That’s changing – and fast. Born of a desire to build, a whole new generation of makers are fueling what’s being branded a Rust Belt Revival. Artists, designers, builders, chefs and brewers once again are working to make Cleveland a capital of creation. But they’re not going it alone. The catchword these days is collaboration, powered by a mutual desire to return Cleveland to its rightful place of prominence. Want proof? You’re holding it, a unique beer birthed by two such makers: CLE Clothing Co. and Platform Beer. Part pale ale, part pilsner, 100% Cleveland.”  ABV: 5%.  Platform is new to Cappy’s, and this beer and Speed Merchant are year round offerings!

 

Platform Speed Merchant- “A sharp bite from the wheat malt is followed by American hop flavors of pine and citrus in this hazy White IPA.”  ABV: 6.6%.

 

 

 

Platform Gordon- A Raspberry Cider.  Semi-Dry, all the way delicious.  ABV: 6%.

 

 

 

Jackie O’s Oro Negro- “American Double Stout, brewed with black walnuts and conditioned on oak, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and Habanero peppers.”  ABV: 10.5%.

 

 

 

Dogfish Head Romantic Chemistry- “What you have here is a serious India Pale Ale shacking up and hunkering down with mango and apricots. At the same time! Romantic Chemistry is brewed with an intermingling of mangos, apricots and ginger, and then dry-hopped with three varieties of hops to deliver a tropical fruit aroma and a hop-forward finish.  It’s fruity, it’s hoppy, it’s tasty!”  ABV: 7.2%.

 

Ommegang Fruition- “Dry-hopped wit beer brewed with passion fruit, mango, and kiwi.”  ABV: 5.3%.

 

 

Rockmill Tripel- “A golden ale that is rich & full bodied with dried fruit.  Delicate Saaz in the nose.”  ABV: 9%.

 

 

 

Great Divide Roadie- “Named both for the road biking cyclist (roadie) and the German word for cycling (radler) and inspired by Great Divide’s roots in the cycling community. Brewed with natural grapefruit puree, this easy-drinking ale pours a hazy sunrise gold and is bursting with citrus aroma. Unique in its class, this Radler is refreshing and slightly tart, with just enough bitterness to keep both cyclists and spectators coming back for more.”  ABV: 4.2%.

 

This week’s events are:

Wednesday:

-Kill The Keg- $3 off 64oz growlers and $2 off 32oz howlers and crowlers!

Wine&Grilled Cheese Night 6-8pm- try 4 different wines paired with 2 different gourmet grilled cheeses for $10 per person.  No reservations required!

Thursday:

Clown Shoes Pint Night with food from The Beerded Pig.

Friday:

Cinco De Mayo!  Free Founders sampling, 40 awesome beers on tap, and food from Adena’s Beefstroll 5-10pm.

Saturday:

Derby Day with Braxton Brewing- Live Music 3-6pm, food from Fire on High 3-8pm, and of course we’ll be showing the derby on the TV.

 

We’ll see you soon, cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Arrivals 3/20-3/24

Braxton 1957- “1957 is a one of a kind beer. Utilizing specialty malts, this English Style Mild features a unique nuttiness and caramel-like sweetness that’s intended to remind you of America’s favorite ballpark snack. A faint hop presence to balance the light malt body makes this a great summer time, “take-me-out-to-the-ball-game” beer.”  ABV: 4%.

 

Braxton Revamp- “Perfection is a combination of hard work and having the guts to change. It’s not always perfect the first time around and it takes determination to make every drop count. Revamp is an easy drinking American IPA that brings forward notes of tropical fruit flavor with a bright citrus aroma. The bitterness is more rounded than most, due to primarily late hop additions and dry hopping. Go ahead, enjoy your new go-to IPA.”  ABV: 6.5%.

 

Nowhere in Particular Batch Number 007- “Porter, Mint Cocoa Porter!!! This international beer of mystery, and chocolate is made with fresh mint and a Colorado favorite cocoa company Cholaca. This is a full bodied Porter with a hell of a lot of sassyness and flair, just the way Bond likes them. This Porter has loads of chocolate flavor backed by moderate notes of mint that really shine as it warms. Age this beer or enjoy it fresh, it’s ready for your liking. Tomorrow Never Dies!!!!”  ABV: 6.7%.

 

Lagunitas Dave Murray’s Best Scotch Ale- “This Scotch Ale is sweet, but not cloying. It’s strong, but not brash. It’s smooth and smokey, like a good dram among friends.”  ABV: 9.5%.

 

 

 

Left Hand Well Played- “Experimental hops and specialty malts compose a beer that is sweet up front with robust hop character and a dry finish.”  ABV: 6.8%.

 

 

Left Hand Travelin Light- “Golden, crisp, dry and refreshing with herbal hops.”  ABV: 4.8%.

 

 

 

 

Left Hand Saison Au Miel- “Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness softened by Colorado wildflower honey.”  ABV: 6.8%.

 

 

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.17- “Our all-important, hop-driven quest to deliver the most devastatingly fresh IPA on the planet facilitated a paradigm shift in 2012 with the launch of Stone Enjoy By IPA. Not only did we brew this beer with more than 10 different hops, we brewed it specifically NOT to last. Acclaimed for its groundbreakingly short shelf life, this intense double IPA brought forth a whole new concept of what constitutes “fresh” — guaranteeing fans the ultimate level of hoppiness. This devastatingly dank stash of our dry-hopped, hop-bursted double IPA won’t last long. Get your hands on this dank, golden beauty before everyone else gets wind of it.”  ABV: 9.4%.

 

North High Stardust to Stardust- “Brewed to celebrate the life of David Bowie, Stardust To Stardust is brewed with Galaxy, Apollo, and Comet hops. ”  ABV: 8.8%.

 

 

Hi-Wire Man Eater Double IPA- “Oh-oh here she comes. Our entire year’s allotment of Citra and Amarillo hops went into this beer. delicate yet complex malt profile allow these classic IPA hops to shine in this high-gravity concoction. Dare to enter the ring.”  ABV: 8.3%.

 

 

Coronado Guava Islander- “Tropical fruit meets tropical vibes in this “guavacated” version of our Islander IPA. Brewed with the classic West Coast combo of Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, this beer gets the tropical treatment with a hefty dose of fresh guava puree. The result is a surprisingly smooth, unfiltered IPA bursting with tropical goodness that’s sure to put you in that island state of mind. ”  ABV: 7%.

 

 

Jackie O’s Pockets of Sunlight- “Pockets of Sunlight is a saison brewed with honey, coriander & lemon verbena. Fermented with a mixed culture of classic saison strains, wild yeast, & bacteria. Post fermentation, the beer was conditioned in stainless steel for 6 weeks with its primary mixed culture. A third & final fermentation completed this beer in the bottle. Pockets of Sunlight is a radiant saison full of crisp energy. ”  ABV: 6.5%.

 

 

 

Jackie O’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Skipping Stone- “In early 2011, we began to experiment with Trappist yeast, crafting some traditional abbey style ales. Initially, 3 beers were designed and brewed. Each was named after one of the three watersheds that feeds Athens County:  Shade Abbey, Raccoon Dubbel. and Hocking Triple. When it came time to brew a fourth, a quad, we thought long and hard about what to name it. Through reflection, the innocent acts of skipping stones skimmed to the surface. A timeless action of nature in motion inspired a beer both rich and elegant. Bourbon Barrel Skipping Stone exudes powerful notes of caramel, dark fruit, spice, and oak. A beautiful beer to imbibe in subtle surroundings, where the mind can roam.”  ABV: 12%.

 

Nickel Brook Winey Bastard- “Nickel Brook took some of the best Pinot Noir barrels from the Niagara wine region and tossed their Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout in it? I mean, what have they done to the soft oak and subtle, earthy fruit notes from the barrel? Their Imperial Stout has WAY too much chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours for the delicate notes imparted by the barrel-aging process. I don’t know what they think they’re doing. So what if it’s delicious? Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures. A votre santé!”  ABV: 10%.

 

 

Evil Twin/Westbrook Mexican Biscotti Cake Break- Finally!!! “Imperial stout brewed with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans & habanero peppers.”  ABV: 10.5%.

 

 

*Please note, not all of these beers are in house yet at the time of this post, please do not ask for holds on beers that we do not yet have.  To see when beers arrive, follow us on Twitter or Instagram!

 

We’ll see you soon!  Cheers!