A trio of beers from Trillium Brewing Company:
•FORT POINT PALE ALE:
American pale ale that has light, crisp, malt character and an abundance of hop-derived aromatics and flavors from the use of Citra and Columbus. The nose is fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and peach. Flavors of pineapple and mango mix with dank notes of zesty citrus and fresh pine needles. Smooth mouthfeel, gentle bitterness, and dry finish.
ABV: 6.6 %
MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine
HOPS: Citra, Columbus
•LAUNCH BEER PALE ALE:
Hazy golden in appearance and light in body, this pale ale bursts with floral hop aromatics of honeysuckle and passion fruit. Featuring Mosaic/Citra in the dry hop and a crisp Pilsner malt backbone, Launch Beer has flavors of stone fruit and citrus with a sessionable bitterness.
MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Carapils, C-15, Flaked Oats
HOPS: Mosaic, Citra, Columbus
•STILLINGS STREET IPA:
Stillings Street is hazy, pale orange in appearance with aromatic qualities of kiwi, white grape and lemongrass. Flavors of citrus zest, pineapple and cantaloupe are accentuated with crisp malt character, mild bitterness, and a soft, effervescent mouthfeel.
MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose
HOPS: Nelson Sauvin, Columbus
*Quoted sections are shortened versions of the descriptions which appear on Trillium’s website.
BEER ME: Otter Creek’s Double Dose IPA
This annual release by Otter Creek is a collaboration with Lawson’s Finest Liquids:
Having the Fourth of July on a Saturday this year felt pretty great (as Saturdays are like Fridays for some of us in the service industry).
All-in-all, it was a great few days.
I drank beer.
I drank wine.
And I camped out:
In terms of liquor, I drank something pretty basic on Saturday that I’ve never had before— gin and ginger ale.
Sure, it’s summer and blah blah blah gin and tonic. But I surveyed what we had on hand and the gin and ginger ale is what I ended up with. I almost went with whiskey & ginger ale (and there was actually a lot on hand to choose from), but I really wanted gin for some reason — which is a spirit I like, sure. but never really reach for. And I think this summer is going to be a turningpoint for me in that regards.
After the basic gin and ginger ale, I cracked open a bottle of Sipp Ginger Blossom and made two cocktails — one with gin for me, and one with Captain Morgan for my mother-in-law:
This flavor of Sipp had the bite of ginger beer, but also had vanilla and lime notes which softened and sweetened the drink. I’m sure it would make a great Dark ‘n’ Stormy. And I was afraid that mixing it with Captain Morgan would be overkill on the vanilla, but I didn’t hear any complaints.
And, finally, I love this photo I took Sunday night:
I was drinking a Great Lakes Burning River and tried to get a group shot without getting out of my chair. What ended up happening was a photo burst of several pics that created a weird vortex around my father-in-law. I didn’t digitally enhance it to look that way or blur it on purpose at all.
This Hop Sun shandy is a mix of beer and citrus with soda that’s light and refreshing for these summer days:
At the restaurant where I work, we only serve Southern Tier on tap. It’s like a permanent Tap Takeover.
Each and every summer we get the brewery’s popular seasonal, Hop Sun — a summer wheat ale.
About This Drink:
Shandies and Radlers have become quite popular in the past few years. It seems like every summer there’s new flavors and brands on the market. With Hop Sun on tap, we started adding in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and some liqueur to the beer for our basic and delicious house shandy.
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz orange juice
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton
- 10 oz Hop Sun
- 4 oz Sierra Mist
- Citrus garnish
Add the citrus and simple syrup into an empty pint glass with the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Next add 8 to 10 oz of Hop Sun and then top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon, lime or orange wedge — or all three.
From The Brewery’s Website:
ABOUT HOP SUN
Style: American Wheat Ale
Brewed Since: 2004
Fermentation: Ale yeast, one variety of hops, three types of malts
Color: Straw, light honey
Effervescence: Crisp, moderately carbonated
Nose: Bready wheat, light hop aroma, lemon rind, pine.
Flavor: Balance of malts and hops, pleasantly bitter finish, light sweetness from wheat.
Body: Light, refreshing
Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
Glass: Weizen glass, pint glass, mug
I know I just used this picture yesterday, but what I didn’t mention was that this beer is actually a seasonal offering called Sweet Tang made by the Hamburg Brewing Company:
From the board at the bar:
From Their Website:
Introducing Sweet Tang, a genuinely refreshing citrus lager brewed with grapefruit and Lemondrop hops. Sweet Tang is suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and pairs well with any summer activity.
Its citrus aromatics penetrate your senses while a grapefruit tang escapes to a soft, but crisp finish. During summer, everyone deserves a Sweet Tang.
Style: Fruit Lager
Color: 7 SRM
Body: Low to Medium
Aroma: Citrusy Grapefruit
Malts: North American Pilsner, Honey Malt, Carapils
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Lemondrop
Filed under BEER, GRAPEFRUIT
When I woke up this morning, I had the itch to make beer cocktails tonight — so I reduced some IPAs and made simple syrup.
I’ll be making drinks with these simple syrups tonight only at Forte.
The first one I made was, of course, Southern Tier.
I also had a bottle of Sierra Nevada’s new single hop IPA — the Idaho 7 varietal.
According to Sierra Nevada, this newly developed hop has a fruit-forward nose. Expect complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet.
Sierra Nevada kicks is doing a whole series of IPAs this year, all exploring different hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop and wild hop.
Beer Simple Syrup
Want to make your own beer simple syrup?
Read more about it online here, here and here.