After the last big order that came in, I made a vow that I wouldn’t order in that much beer again at once for a while…That vow lasted all of two weeks. And lucky for you, my resolve was weak!
The headliner from this week’s delivery had to be To Øl who added 10 new varieties to the shop! Here’s what I got. (The descriptions are from their website, so don’t hold me responsible if your tasting notes disagree!)
- To Øl Sur Sorachi Ace – Part of the “Sur” series, this beauty is a Dry Hopped Sour Brett IPA, sitting at 6%. It’s hopped over and over with Sorachi Ace hops, Funky, Tart-y and Lemon-y and Out of this world-y.
- To Øl Sur Citra – Continuing our experimental “Sur” series of beers, we present to you a Single Hopped American Pale Ale, using Citra, with a soured mash to bring a tart, refreshing drink to your lips.
- To Øl Sur Galaxy – 7% Sour Mashed Black IPA. A rich roasted malt profile, smooth yet light bodied with a soured/tart finish. Balanced and finished with the citrusy and passion fruit like hop profile of this notorious Australian hop.
- To Øl Mr. Pink – This beer is a 4,5% crisp and velvety Berliner Weisse, brewed with tropical and slightly perfumed fruits Lychee and Pink Guava, then balanced out with Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. Tart, fruity and massively refreshing.
- To Øl Garden of Eden – There was a time when everyone was walking around naked, in harmony with nature and all its animals. People were just sipping IPAs and on several biblical records, Adam and Eve were putting fruits in their IPA to compliment the fruity mosaic hops. Apricot, Guave, Mango, Passionfruit and Papaya made for a great IPA. Boasting with fruit flavours, this makes an intense IPA, boasting more fruit aromas that you never will come across in any other beer. Cheers!
- To Øl Campale – Feeling bitter? We felt it that way. Brewed with almost no bittering hops, only bitterness deriving from the peel of grapefruits.
- To Øl Don’t Gose Toward the Light – When you’re afraid of the dark, it’s easy to look for the light. Alas, we must say no, “Don’t Gose Towards The Light”, for after all, the dark brings many joys as well! We have taken the classic pale Gose style and thrown in some dark malts, to drive this beer into darkness. The addition of Carafa Special and Cara Aroma gives this salty sour beer a touch of rich bitterness. We then add Blackcurrants to add a touch of balance with sweet and tart fruit flavours
- To Øl By Udder Means – We bring to you an black thick milk stout called By Udder Means. We wanted to do a stout, that had a thick mouth feel and still a low alcohol percentage. We obtained this by adding a solid amount of lactose in the beer. The yeast strain we used is not capable of fermenting lactose, so when the beer stops fermenting all lactose still remains in the beer. At the same time lactose doesn’t leave this sweet touch to the beer, so you can obtain a thick mouth feel without having an overly sweet or overly strong stout. We hope you enjoy.
- To Øl Totem Pale (Gluten Free) – Low Abv, Gluten free APA
- To Øl Totem Passion – Low Abv, Gluten free APA with Passionfruit
The other new arrivals were mostly from Belgium. Highlights include one of my favorite Belgian beers – Poperings Hommelbier and a 750ml dry-hopped special edition. From Brasserie Dupont, the very popular Dry-Hopped Saison is back, along with the highly acclaimed Avec les Bon Voeux. Kriek De Ranke from Brouwerij De Ranke comes in nice paper wrapped 750ml cork and cage bottles. And the ever popular trio of Zinnebir, Taras Boulba and Jambe du Bois are back from Brasserie de la Senne.
Jumping back to Scandinavia, the Norwegian brewery Lervig brings us a fresh batch of Tasty Juice which sold out in just two days last time it was here! It is joined by another fruity IPA, Perler for Svin, and their imperial stout collaboration with Hoppin’ Frog, Sippin’ Into Darkness.