Tart and Hoppy

In this week's sampler, we share two fun beers from a brewery located in Santa Rosa, CA - whose owner doesn't consider it to be a brewery - as well as two great Imperial IPAs - one red and one black - from opposite ends of the West Coast (San Diego. CA and Anchorage, AK).

  • Alesmith Double Red IPA: (22oz- 8.5% ABV) - 100 on RateBeer. A top 50 Imperial IPA. One of the best breweries in the world, Alesmith continually produces outstanding beers and their IPAs are no exception. This version is only brewed and only available in the winter. Intense hop aroma is balance by caramel malt sweetness to build a full flavored complex beer deserving of its perfect rating.
  • Shady Oak Barrel House Alpha Cure: (750ml- 5.3%) - 98 on RateBeer. Shady Oak is a brewery dedicated to sour, wild and farmhouse beers. Owner Steve Doty blends all their beers and uses Brettanomyces in nearly every creation. Alpha Cure is a saison that has hints of lemon, pineapple and fruit but finishes dry with some funk. Not overly sour, this beer has layers of complexity.
  • Shady Oak Barrel House Somnambulism: (750ml- 7% ABV) - Too New to be Rated. A dark sour aged in pinot noir and rye whiskey barrels. A dark base of malts and barrel aging imparts notes of cherry, oak, and hints of chocolate with a moderately sour zing. This is a new release from an exciting sour producer you'll want to keep your eye on!
  • Midnight Sun Brewing XXX Double Black IPA: (22 oz - 8.5%) - 98 on RateBeer. Originally this beer was brewed an anniversary beer to celebrate an Alaskan distributors' 30 year anniversary. Now as the daylight hours dwindle in Alaska, Midnight Sun brings back this popular double IPA. Bold American hop character and dark malts with plenty of roast and chocolate notes create a beer perfect to curl up with during the winter months.

Price includes shipping within the continental US and filled in order received. Orders will be processed and shipped at the end of the month, unless otherwise requested. If your part of the country is super cold, we'll hold your shipment until the weather becomes better for shipping!

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