Just found this interesting article over at beerpulse.com about Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone Dayman Coffee IPA being distributed around the country and it looks like us Iowans might be out of luck getting this brew. This isn’t finalized yet so hopefully we will see this product.
Available in: Limited 22oz bottles and draft
Stats: 8.7% ABV, 42 IBUs
Hops: Cascade and Citra
Malt bill: British and American Pale Malt, Crystal and Vienna Malts
Distribution (not necessarily finalized): AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, IN, MD, MA, MO, NC, NM, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, and WA
Tasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele
Appearance: Clear amber with a tan head of foam.
Aroma: It’s difficult to discern which aroma hits first—the wonderful, citrusy tropical fruitiness of the Citra hops or the deep-roasted elegance of the coffee roasted especially for this brew.
Taste: The taste of this beer follows right along with the aromatics. Roasted coffee and citrusy hops play well together as the beer flows across the palate along with hints of toasted malt and a wonderful lingering bitterness.
Palate: Dry with a nice lingering bitterness. The coffee flavors hang on pleasantly after the hop bitterness recedes.
Overall: The Aleman guys developed a wonderful IPA recipe. The addition of coffee bringswonderful layers of totally unexpected roast components that make this beertruly unique. I’ve never had anything like it and I look forward to enjoying several pints. It’s been a pleasure to put this brew together with Aleman and Two Brothers.
Suggested food parings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Stuffed portobello mushrooms with blue cheese, pancetta-wrapped shrimp, carne asada tacos, Korean BBQ
Soups and Salads: Arugula salad with vinaigrette, chili concarne, hot and sour soup
Entrees: Caul fat-wrapped snapper, braised pork belly, meatloaf, chile relleno
Cheeses: Cabrales blue cheese, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Bayley Hazen Blue, Rogue Caveman Blue
Desserts: Bitter chocolate, tiramisu, toffee peanut butter brittle, dark chocolate-dipped strawberries
Cigars: Flor de las Antillas Toro, Rocky Patel Decade, Camacho Corojo Figurado
In other news, in a few correspondences with Nebraska Brewing Co. (http://www.nebraskabrewingco.com/main.asp) looks like they will be making their way back to our shelves, and hopefully soon. Here’s the email I got:
We are actually in the process of selecting a distributor and firing up distribution in Iowa (again). We’re glad to hear you like the beer! I’ll check out your blog and stay tuned for updates on our expansion into Iowa.
A few months ago it sounded like Oskar Blues and Odell was just a matter of time before they would be hitting our shelves in Eastern Iowa, since then, it’s been very quiet on that front. This was a tweet I found on http://www.beerpulse.com talking how Oskar Blues is going international, kind of kick in the balls for Iowans wanting this brewery, but I’m guessing the money is there for Oskar.