Abu Nawas drops: Blackberry Farm, Dugges, Evil Twin, and Schramm Mead!

Drops coming from Abu Nawas this week includes one of my favorite breweries, Blackberry Farm. Has anyone ever been to Walland, TN and had the opportunity to check the place out? Looks like heaven, and definitely on my bucket list. On to the brews!

BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 12 oz CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 12 oz CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline12oz CAN -Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • A variety of cool 375 and 750ml Limited editions!

DUGGES

Dugges Daylight 24-716oz CAN – A beer to salute the never-setting sun. Follow our journey as we tweak our way towards the perfect IPA. Step by step, beer by beer, on and on and on. Forever!  For our third IPA brewed on US soil and our first IPA brewed at the all-new Twelve Percent Beer Project brewery in North Haven, CT, we wanted to bring Sweden. During a couple of months every summer the northern parts of Sweden experience a never-setting sun. Literally daylight 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is that daylight in a can. Cheers! 7% ABV.

Evil Twin

  • Evil Twin Brewing I GREW UP IN NIVA 16oz CAN – IPA Brewed with Motueka, Galaxy, Falconer’s, and Citra. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO MY I-95 16oz CAN – Triple Epic IPA with Nelson, Galaxy, and Citra. 11% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing All Galaxy Diane 16oz CAN – Small batch edition of Consumed 15 today Diane, all Galaxy IPA from Twelve Percent Project. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin How Cool Is This? In The Catskills We Can Get That True Upstate Experience 16oz CAN – DDH DIPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Ekuanot. Notes of peach, melon, lime zest and pine sap. Medium-bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Subtle bitterness. Soft carbonation. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Everyday, Once A Day IPA  16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped Imperial IPA brewed with lactose and vanilla beans. 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail  Peach and Grapefruit  and Passionfruit 12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA with a surprise twist. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Lite 16oz CAN – Lite version of the Triple IPA is a Double IPA  at only 8.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break  16oz CAN – Imperial Stout with Almonds, Espresso, Vanilla. 11.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV

Schramm

  • SCHRAMM VALENTINE 375ML – Black Currants and Maravilla Red Raspberries. Valentine marries the focused acidity and crisp flavor of whole red raspberries with the unmistakably deep and rich aromatics of black currants. A combination of two of our most popular flavors, we are certainly sweet on Valentine. Pair someone you love.
  • SCHRAMM MARIONBERRY 375ML – Marionberry is a Melomel made purely from Willamette Valley Marion Blackberries. Like our ‘Blackberry’, Marionberry has a full, natural fruit acidity that is balanced by premium Orange Blossom honey sweetness to create an extremely flavorful mead. Very dark in color, the Marionberries provide a jammy, juicy fruit-forward character. This mead has great aging potential for many years, though it’s pure fresh fruit character may make it difficult to leave alone for long. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM CRANBERRY 375ML – Cranberry Mead takes the distinct tartness of the earthy, fragrant and penetrating cranberry and matches it with the sweet, yet balanced style for which Schramm’s Mead is known. The pronounced acidity of the fruit demands to be offset by substantial sweetness, and the vast number and throaty nature of the berry’s flavor compounds requires pairing with a complex, full-bodied honey.
  • SCHRAMM LUTOWKA STATEMENT 375ML – This unique incarnation of The Statement is made with Lutowka Morello-type cherries from Poland. The taste is definitely cherry, but more focused, brighter and with a touch more acidity than our standard Balaton version. It is delicious in its own singular way and is demonstrative of the subtle but notable differences in flavors that can be achieved by using different fruit variations.
  • SCHRAMM RASPBERRY 375ML – Schramm’s Raspberry is a mead made from whole Michigan raspberries. The flavor is unmistakably fruity raspberry, reminiscent of Michigan summers, and is balanced by honey sweetness. Due to the high level of acidity from the berries, it can age gracefully for many years. A tribute to our home state’s strong fruit growing tradition, this was the first mead made by head meadmaker Ken Schramm. It holds a special place in our history as well as our cellar.
  • SCHRAMM THE STATEMENT 375ML – The Statement is our Balaton cherry mead – made with the highest quality Traverse City Balaton cherries, carefully selected honey and twenty years of experience – having gone through more than a dozen iterations. Living up to its name, this mead truly makes a statement due to its incredible expression and depth of flavor and character rendered from honey and Michigan tart cherries. A natural complement to chocolate and sharp or blue cheeses, The Statement also pairs well with grilled pork and makes a terrific reduction sauce for desserts.
  • SCHRAMM MADELINE 375ML – Schramm’s Madeline is our boysenberry mead, made with whole boysenberries and Michigan honey. A cross between European raspberry, common blackberry and American dewberry, the boysenberry has a unique tannic flavor which combines wonderfully with carefully selected premium honey. The resulting mead is thick, jammy and extremely flavorful and pours dark purple with a very smooth, lightly tart finish. This mead is a tribute to our favorite, tiny release to date, Madeline June Schramm Naeger. Ten percent of sales of this mead are donated to the Royal Oak Beaumont NICU, where Madeline spent nearly the first three months of her life. She was beautiful when she was born, but we know she will continue to mature beautifully with age. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM BLACK AGNES 375ML – Our sweet black currant mead, Black Agnes, is named after one boisterous Scottish wench who successfully defended the Scottish Castle of Dunbar during a five-month siege by William Montague, the Earl of Salisbury. While relatively unknown in the United States, black currants have been grown in the British Isles for more than five hundred years and used by herbalists since the Middle Ages. Sharply tart and acidic, the potent flavors of the fruit are perfectly balanced by the sweetness of premium honey to create a particularly unique, memorable and delicious mead. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RED AGNES 375ML – Schramm’s Red Agnes is finely balanced Melomel. Red currants provide deep floral aromatics, a fruitier initial impression, more focused acidity, and a stunning cardinal hue. This mead is dangerously drinkable with a delicately balanced acidity which allows the honey and fruit to sing in harmony together. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM BLACKBERRY 12/375ML – Blackberry is earthy, brightly acidic mead balances the lingering tartness of whole blackberries and carefully selected honey. Intensely fruity with balanced acidity, a complex flavor profile and an earthy aroma, this mead is reminiscent of picking fruit on a mid-summer day. A strong option for the cellar, blackberry will continue to mature and develop in the bottle for years. Blackberry pairs well with creamy cheeses, duck, and veal. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM GINGER 375ML – Schramm’s Ginger is a full-throated, unapologetic expression of pure grated ginger and honey. Honey sweetness is balanced by full ginger flavor with a touch of spiciness, making this mead a perfect choice to pair with spicy Indian, Ethiopian or Thai cuisine, grilled Korean mackerel or flavorful sushi and sashimi. It also pairs well with dark chocolate and is a great addition to a whiskey ginger cocktail or a Moscow Mule. 14% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Off Color, Blackberry Farm, Evil Twin, and Nightmare Brewing

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Great list of brews coming from Abu Nawas this week. Check with your local beer rep/store to see if you get any of these goodies. Here we go:

BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline 6/4/12oz CAN -Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.

NIGHTMARE BREWING

  • Nightmare Brewing Flayed 16oz CAN – Imperial Oat IPA with Azacca, Zythos, Galaxy and Pacifica. 9.6% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Blowing From A Gun 16oz CAN – Quadruple Dry Hopped DIPA brewed with Indian Cane Sugar and hopped with Cashmere, El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, & Huell Melon. 10.5% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Colombian Necktie 6/4/16oz CAN – Gose Soured on Colombian Mangoes, with Lulo, Soursop, and Colombian Lime zest. 7.2% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin That’s the Kind of IPA That Makes You Wish You Spoke A Little French 16oz CAN –  Double Dry-Hopped Triple IPA Hopped with Galaxy & Motueka. 11% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wildflower Honey. 10% ABV
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 12oz CAN – Triple IPA. This beer will knock your tongue off – it’s a tour de force in hoppiness and by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin Brewing. 13% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Lite 16oz CAN – Lite version of a Triple IPA is a Double IPA @only 8.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Surprise 12oz CAN – Everything you love about Molotov Cocktail, but now with a SURPRISE!  12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.

OFF COLOR

  • Off Color Yuzu Fierce 24/12oz Bottle – Berliner Weiss Ale brewed with Yuzu. 3.8% ABV
  • Off Color Spots 24/12oz Bottle – Tropical Fruit Berliner Weisse. 3.8% ABV
  • Off Color DinoS’more 24/12oz Bottle – Imperial stout brewed w/ graham flour, marshmallow, molasses, cocoa nibs & vanilla bean. 10.5 ABV.
  • Off Color Eeek 12/750ml Bottle – “Champagne of Wild Ales.” A collaboration with Miller High Life. Bottle Conditioned Wild Ale with Champagne Yeats. 5.5% ABV. ***Thanksgiving Perfection***
  • Off Color Apex Predator 16oz CAN – The Saison you should be Drinking! Now in a CAN! 6.5% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Prairie, Blackberry Farm, Abomination, + Public Access

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Another week come and gone means another week of great beer drops from Abu Nawas! Let’s get it rolling!

PRAIRIE

  • Prairie No Way Frosé CAN – Sour Ale with Lime Zest, Strawberry, Pineapple and Juniper. 4.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Karate Chimp CAN – Sour Ale with Apricot, Mango and Tangerine. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard CAN – light, crisp Saison with a hoppy finish. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Phantasmagoria CAN – Big, Bold Double IPA. 8.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Lil’ Nap CAN – Sour Ale with Blackberries and Lime. 6% ABV.
  • Prairie  Hulk Hands CAN – Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Flare CAN – Gose with Orange and Coriander. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Prairie Picnic CAN –  A Picnic Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV
  • Prairie Vape Tricks CAN. Sour ale aged on Cherries. 5.9% ABV.

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BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline CAN – Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.

 

ABOMINATION

  • Abomination Brewing White Stouts Can’t Jump CAN – White Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose and aged on a monstrous amount of Cacao Nibs, Vanilla and Roasted Coffee. 9.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Hop Roulette CAN – Rotating Hop series DIPA featuring Pacific Jade. 8.8% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Bedtime Stories 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans, and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Rotting Earth 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with a blend of Ariana, Pacific Jade, Eukanot and Denali. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 24/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Black Currant, Apricot, & Peach. 6.1% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Wandering Into The Fog 6/4/16oz CAN – Brewed with a heavy wheat and oat malt bill, hopped and double dry hopped aggressively with 7+lbs per bbl of Mosaic, Pacific Jade, Citra, Summit and a ton of Galaxy! Fluffy, pillowy, juicy, dank, DDH goodness. 8.6% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Public Access Suspended Disbelief CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy NE-DIPA w/ Citra, El Dorado & Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Outer Reality CAN – Double Dry Hopped NE-IPA w/ Mosaic, Comet & El Dorado. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Emergency Broadcast CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy Pale Ale. 5.2% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal CAN – DIPA with Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. 8.3% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Releasing Buckwheat Strawberry and Tennessee Cream Ale

buckwheat.pngAnytime I see Blackberry Farm news I get pretty excited. I’m a huge fan of their saisons and recently came across their Noble Cuvee Dry Hopped Saison which I absolutely loved. According to mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com they are releasing 2 more beers for distro and hopefully, and I stress hopefully, we will see them in Eastern Iowa.

The two new releases are Buckwheat Strawberry and Tennessee Cream Ale. It looks like both will come in 750 mL bottles and hit 6.3% ABV. These two beers are part of their “Native” series. Here’s more on that series from Blackberry Farm:

Our Native family of ales feature a wide range of styles and flavors that share one extraordinary, common component: native wild yeasts harvested from across Blackberry Farm’s 9,200 protected acres at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Baron’s Best of 2015: Part 3

best ofMan, I’m sure dragging this out! Things to do folks! Here we are with part 3 of my favorite beers of 2015. Once again, these are beers I’ve had for the first time and are available for us to purchase here in Eastern Iowa. I appreciate the comments some of you folks are leaving with your thoughts and what you liked to drink in 2015, keep them coming in! Part 3, let’s do it!

surly*Surly Darkness – this is just the imperial stout, non-barrel aged version as I was to slow to get to the store to get myself a bottle of the b.a. version. Even so, I really enjoyed the basic imperial version of this beer. I’m not huge on dark fruit stouts usually, but this one was so wonderfully balanced that I wouldn’t think twice about buying a few more bottles of this. Chocolate covered cherries, coffee, dark chocolate, and other dark fruit flavors round out this excellent brew!

xhops.jpeg*Toppling Goliath X-Hops Gold – the best of the X-hops series in my opinion. Lot of fruit in this beer; honeydew melon, pineapple, some citrus round out this easy drinking pale ale. I’ve heard it’s similar to King Sue in the flavor profile but I haven’t had the most recent batch of the King, but I would gladly take a few more bottles of this.

 

 

classic*Blackberry Farm Saison – I thought about putting their Summer Saison in and also their Fall Saison that is aged in oak barrels, but I keep going back to their regular Saison. Crisp, dry, and gives you that belgian yeast with the spiciness of black pepper and fruitiness of lemon. Lovely brew, a staple in my fridge.

 

dick the whale*Big Grove Brewery Richard the Whale – what a great beer and the variants were excellent as well, but I’m going back to the regular Richard as my favorite of the 3 (although the Hazelnut tastes amazing right). Richard is a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill barrels. A lot of great chocolate notes from this beer and as it warms it tastes even better as the bourbon starts to shine. Creamy, delicious, and warming, Big Grove really knocked this one out.

lion bridge*Lion Bridge Sorachi Liberace – a sorachi ace hopped saison? Yes please! I drank a ton of this beer during the fall months. Citrus flavor from the hops meshes perfectly with the saison yeast. This beer is perfect for anytime of the year and hopefully will be available for drinking a growler on the deck this summer and listening to baseball games.