Thursday, January 29, 2009
We will finally be releasing the Rosso e Marrone!It has been a long journey for this beer to finally see the light of day…..
Over two years in oak wine barrels and then an additional 6 months in the bottle before it finally decided it was time. This is a sour ale, very different from most beers. The flavors are wine like and a bit funky. The two years in the oak barrels have imparted a nice dry oak character. We added both zinfandel and Merlot grapes to the beer a year into its aging which imparted a very nice wine like character.
Release Date: February 14th, 12:00pm
Production: 700 bottles (375ml)
Cost: $10 / bottle – CASH SALE ONLY
Limit: 4 per customer
This beer will be sold on a first come first serve basis….we will not save, pre-sell or reserve bottles for anyone, so please don’t ask.
Thanks for all your support and we look forward to an exciting 2009.
(914) 741-BEER (2337)
99 Castleton Street
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The description from Ommegang says that "The style lies between a porter and stout, with a bit of Kriek and a touch of chocolate blended in. "
Here is our first video blog with my tasting notes.
Obamagang poured a pitch black color with a huge tan head. The aroma on this beer is really wonderful. There were hints or figs, cherries, chocolate, some spicies, and even a bit of smokiness. The body is slightly sweet up front from the added kriek, with hints of chocolate and nice dark malts. The smokiness adds a very pleasant mouthfeel. The finish dries out the mouth nicely and the beer left plenty of hanging lace. The beer is well balanced and not overwhelming at all which tends to happens with some smokey beers. Really, a great beer. Let's hope Barack''s presidency can live up to this beer!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
EDIT: I have just confirmed that Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, NY will be getting a keg of Obamagang delivered today. I will be there on Friday January 23rd to host their monthly beer dinner and I will certainly be tasting this beer. You can look forward to a review shortly after.
Inaguration Day 2009 is rapidly approaching and what better way to celebrate then with beer? Not any beer but Barack Obama beer! Several breweries around the country will be making Barack Obama themed beer and two of them are right here in New York.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Shmaltz is releasing their newest beer in their Coney Island Lager series. Here is the press release.
Greetings Friends,Lager Freaks & Beer Geaks...Step Right Up!!!Shmaltz Brewing Company, handcrafters for well over a decade of HE'BREW - The Chosen Beer, celebrates the release of Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) (Tough-As-Nails Strong Lager). The latest seasonal attraction in their new line of sideshow-inspired Coney Island Craft Lagers(TM) will be appearing at several special NYC events happening this winter including a tasting event this Thursday, January 15 at Galapagos Art Space. Donny Vomit -The Human Blockhead from the Coney Island sideshow, will show off his shocking act and Great Britain's comedy duo Frisky & Mannish will perform. Burlesque will be led by Leggs Malone, Gal Friday and Nasty Canasta, and DJ Mikey Palms will be on the wheels of steel. Are you available to come by and taste Shmaltz Brewing's latest spectacle? We will also host an event on Tuesday, January 20 at Spring Lounge (NYC, 7pm) w/ Donny Vomit and beer specials. Pound for pound, Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) is a finely crafted professional. 8 specialty malts of barley, wheat, rye, and oats create an enormously developed body. Juggling 6 hop varieties from European Noble roots to American Pacific Northwest new school flavors balances this weighty task. Traditional proprietary Lager yeast shines true elegance on this innovative recipe for a complex demonstration of pure enjoyment. 10% alcohol nails it home. Coney Island Human Blockhead(TM) will be available in 22 oz. bottles and a very limited supply of kegs at specialty shops and select bars nationwide this January - April 2009 (and through Summer 09 in NYC only). Proceeds help Coney Island USA, a 501(c)(3) Arts Non-Profit fulfill its mission to defend the honor of lost forms of American popular arts and culture in Brooklyn's historic Coney Island neighborhood.For more information, please view the attached press release and visit the website link listed below.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
We just received a press release from Ommegang stating when their specialty beers would be released in 2009.
Happy 2009. Inauguration Ale (a.k.a. Obamagang)
January - February 6.2% ABV - Draft only
The TTB won't let us call the beer Obamagang on the keg label. So it will be known legally as Inauguration Ale 2009, but the tap handles will be more...um...direct. The style lies between a porter and stout, with a bit of Kriek and a touch of chocolate blended in. It will be on draft only, beginning with the inauguration - in limited areas including DC, NYC, Syracuse, Philly, Chicago and Boston. We will donate a percentage of sales to charities in the respective cities where the beer is sold, and we've asked our distributors to match our donations and pick the local charities. (Also please note that the beer is not an endorsement of Obama.)
Ommegang Biere de Mars
January - March 6.5% ABV - 750 ml bottle only
Belgian-style amber with Brettanomyces in the secondary fermentation, and also dry-hopped, making Biere de Mars amber ale with a bit of extra zing, extra tartness, and a touch of farmhouse funk. The original batch was brewed in the summer of 2008 for sale only at the brewery, but the response has been great, so here it comes for all.Ommegang Rouge Flemish Red AleApril - June5.5% ABV - Draft onlyAuthentic Flemish Sour Red Ale. Brewed with our Belgian partner Bockor Brewery and imported to the US. The beer is spontaneously fermented, and then refermented and aged at least 18 months in French oak casks. It's an unblended "Grand Cru- style" Flemish Sour Red Ale. Available on draft only, and an amazingly pleasurable drink.Ommegeddon Funkhouse AleJune - August 8% ABV - 750 ML bottle onlyOmmegeddon is an 8% ABV Belgian-style ale with a wild twist - a dose of Brettanomyces yeast and a blast of dry hopping. It's a strong blonde ale with a sharp citrus flavor that, like other Ommegang ales, has a dry finish. Its dryness and funkiness begat the name of Ommegeddon. This will be the fourth official brewing of the beer and we expect it to continue to evolve.
Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence
September - November 7.0% - Draft and 750 ML bottle
Since the 2007 - 10th Anniversary Edition - of Chocolate Indulgence Stout, our brewstaff and Department of All Things New and Delicious have been conducting research and experiments to further develop the character of the beer. We feel that the just-released 2008 batch has been honed to sublime levels of chocolaty / malty / decadent goodness - and that the 2009 brew will break some other new ground.
Ommegang Christmas/Noel/Winter Beer
November - December
It's never too early to start thinking of next Christmas. The final name, ABV and packaging are under wraps for now, but the beer will - probably - fit somewhere in the range of a high-gravity Belgian-style winter warmer, with an Ommegang twist.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
With the new year here, Don Cazentre wrote a interesting article on what beers go best with each passing month. Cazentre does a nice job pairing the months with beer styles and offers several examples of tasty beers for each style. He also offers a local example for New Yorkers to try.
January - Scottish ales
Middle Ages Kilt-tilter
February - Chocolate Beer
Landmark Vanilla Bean Brown Ale
March - Stout
Middle Ages' Black Heart Stout
April - Bitter
Saranac Pale Ale
Sackets Harbor Brewing Company's Maibock
June - Saison
July - German-style hefeweizens and Belgian wits.
Hefeweizen at Empire Brewing Co. in Armory Square.
August - Pilsner
Victory Prima Pils
September - Harvest Ales
Southern Tier Harvest Ale
October - Oktoberfest
November - Belgian-style Trappist or Abbey ales
Ommegang Abbey Ale from Cooperstown.
December - Winter Warmers
Wizard's Winter Ale from Middle Ages
Cazentre's local offering for Febuary was for those who do not like mixing chocolate and beer but for those who do, I would suggest Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout. These beers are vintage dated and age quite nicely so it is fun to buy a six pack and sock it away each year. Brooklyn also offers a pilsener if you are looking for a local beer to try in August.