The Hobbit: The Gollum Precious Pils – Central City Brewers & Distillers


Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  The other two beers in this series are not their creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC although this beer is a complete departure from the American cousin.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Gollum Precious Pils”.  This Pilsner pours a light straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of biscuit malts, bread, citrus and floral hops.  The flavour is of bread and biscuit malts, citrus and some very mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 30.  This is a well crafted pilsner to be sure but I am not sure why Central City Brewers & Distillers decided to change this recipe from the 9.5% and an IBU of 85 as this would be much more appealing to the craft beer focused consumer.  I wish I tried this while in the USA recently as it sounds awesome!

Commercial Description:  With flavors as smooth and crafty as Gollum himself, the Gollum Pilsner (5% alc./vol) is brewed in the classic Bavarian tradition, using only the finest two-row barley, and hops from the Hallertau region of Germany. This light and golden Pilsner has a distinct hop aroma and flavour, with a dry, crisp finish.Like the One Ring which Gollum has spent his life pursuing, the “precious” pils, if your quest leads you to it, may not extend your life, but it may make your journey a little more enjoyable!

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The Hobbit: Bolg Belgian Style Tripel – Central City Brewers & Distillers


Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “Bolg Belgian Style Tripel”.  The beer pours an orange colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of fruits, melons and some yeast.  The flavour is of Belgian yeast, melon, citrus, citrus rind,  mild hops bitterness and an alcohol warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 9.5% with an IBU of 35.  It may not be the typical Belgian Tripel but it was well worth the purchase.  This beer was again much better than the movie.

Commercial Desciption:  An Orc chieftain who ruled for 150 years, Bolg seems like the kind who would drink his grog of choice and no one would tell him otherwise; however, this flavorful strong BelgianTripel(8% alc./vol) may be too refined for this otherwise gruesome character.

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The Hobbit: The Smaug Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers


Central City Brewers & Distillers out of Surrey have taken on a different kind of challenge with The Hobbit series of beers.  These beer are not their own creations but a brewing and distribution deal through MGM and (from my own understanding) Fish Brewing (USA Version) and BevLink LLC.  Three beer have been released as part of this series including the “The Smaug Stout” a Russian Imperial Stout.  The beer pours a n opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee and some mild chocolate.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, burnt coffee, sweetness, hint of fruit and a mild warmth from habanero chillies.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 65.  This is a big beer and the chillies do add a kick to the beer but I found it to be quite refreshing.  This beer may be a huge surprise to non craft drinkers trying to ride the Hobbit bandwagon but the series is big just like the beer.

Commercial Description:  is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilies to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting Bilbo and to the Company of Dwarves in their journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of coffee and chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey. 

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