Puff (Imperial IPA) – Sixpoint Brewery

From Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn New York comes their “Puff” an Imperial IPA.  The beer pours a very hazy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of orange, lemon, bready malts and a hint of malts.  The flavour is of orange, lemon, tropical fruits , ginger, resin, dank, pine, earthiness and lots of hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.8% with an IBU of 108.  Being a huge fan of big IPA’s I have to say I am super excited to find this in liquor stores in British Columbia now!  This stuff is the serious real deal.

Commercial Description:  Imagine puffing away on hops for days, then just chillin’ as the party starts winding down.  But wait, a final burst of energy; one last dose in a tank of dry hops. A special hop bouquet for the afterparty.  If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s PUFF – a hazy, unfiltered pour with an extra dose of dry hops… a new blend devised just for Puff.  We decided to capture our own puffy, cloudy brew in a limited release can. First puff says it all – this ish is Keller. Breathe deep and put your head in the clouds… it’s Mad Science.  This cloudy, unfiltered brew is meant to be drank super fresh. Don’t wait to Puff – this beer is code dated for consumption within 100 days. Puff, puff…


Black Ops (aged 1 Year) – Brooklyn Brewery

This limited brew does not exist

From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Black Ops” a Russian Imperial Stout from 2012 that does not exist. It is a Ninja and you are not reading this!  But if you did believe that this beer did exist this is what you would see.  This beer is aged in Bourbon barrels for 4 months flat and then they re-ferment it with Champagne yeasts.  The imperial stout pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, fruits, oak, coffee and marshmallows to finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, tartness and some marshmallow.  The alcohol content would come in at  10.5% if this was a real beer.  If I actually believed this was a real beer then I would say that it was amazing especially after a full year of aging.

Commercial Description:  Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a strong stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. The myth is that this supposed “Black Ops” was then aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Presumably such a beer would raise a rich, fluffy dark brown head and it would combine chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like bourbon notes. A beer like that would be mighty nice, but it would be hard to make more than few cases – it could never be sold or released to the public. They say that the brewmaster revealed the beer to a few other people at the brewery only after it had been barreled. The rumor going around is that the brewery plans to drink the beer themselves over the holidays and give some to their family and friends. That’s what they say. But frankly, there’s no evidence for any of this. This beer is obviously a figment of people’s fervent imaginations. People tend to get loopy around the holidays. Everyone go home now – there’s nothing to see here.


Brooklyn Blast – Brooklyn Brewery

From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Brooklyn Blast” a double IPA.  The beer pours a cloudy deep orange with very little head.  The aroma consists a very mild floral hops and an orangy citrus.  The flavour is of tropical fruits, orange, citrus, caramel malts and a good hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.4% with an IBU of 53.  This is a wonderfully crafted double IPA with lots of great fruit flavour.

Commercial Description:  We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Very spicy foods, especially Thai dishes, fiery Indian vindaloos, Mexican dishes featuring habañero chilies, and Jamaican jerk chicken.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager – Brooklyn Brewery

From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager” a dopplebock brewed for their 25th Anniversary.  The beer pours a deep copper colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of sweet malts, floral hops and a nutty finish.  The flavour is of sweet malts, fruit, hops bitterness, pepper, spices and a very mild alcohol finish.  The alcohol content of this beer is 8.6% and an IBU of 45.  This is one of the nicest Lagers you will taste and is worth the coin you will spend to purchase a bottle!

Commercial Description:  The Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, saluting our beginnings with a special doppelbock version of the Brooklyn Lager we introduced in 1988.  Silver Anniversary Lager will be available on draft until May, but throughout 2013 a bottle-conditioned version of the beer will feature unique labels from four great Brooklyn artists: Fred TomaselliRoxy PaineJoe Amhrein and Elizabeth Crawford. See the labels in action below, and read further to learn more about our relationship with each of the featured artists.

Food Pairing as per the brewery:  Steaks, chops, grilled meats, mushrooms, big gruyeres, aged cheddar, parmiggiano reggiano

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Brooklyn Local 1 – Brooklyn Brewery

From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Brooklyn Local 1″ a Belgian style strong ale.  The beer pours a cloudy straw colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of sweet wheat, mild pepper and Belgian yeast.  The flavour is of sweet citrus, mild pepper, sugar, Belgian yeast and some mild hops.  This brew reminded me alot of a saison.  The alcohol content is 9% and the IBU is 26.  This is a very nice tasting brew even if it tastes of a different style to me.

Commercial Description:  In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, we forge barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and yeast from Belgium into our latest  beer, Brooklyn Local 1. Behind the full golden color you’ll find an alluring  aroma, a dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude and a dusting of our special yeast. To create this beer, we use the old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation, a practice now rare even in Europe. It gives this beer a palate of unusual depth. Enjoy it locally or globally, as an aperitif or with your favorite dishes.

Food pairing as per the brewery:  This elegant ale fits nicely with seafood pastas, salmon, shrimp and ham. Thai food is a great match too. Triple crème cheeses love this beer, too.