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Flying Dog Unleashes The Wildeman

Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

Flying Dog is an edgy brewer, and their ‘Wild Dog’ line of beers, which includes the Centennial Single Hop Imperial IPA, the Secret Stash Harvest Ale, and the Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, and the wildest of the wild.

However, for the introduction of their new brew, a Farmhouse IPA called the Wildeman, they may have outdone themselves:

According to Flying Dog:

His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads up into darkness. He turns his gaze on us. “Tentanda via est!” The way must be tried. Wildeman has arrived.

Legions of followers marched across Europe in his wake. But was most soon realized is that Wildeman is already inside of them, ready to be awakened. Will you fall in line or find the edge?

As for the beer itself,

Wildeman begins with notes of citrus and spice on the nose, followed by potent hop flavor. This extreme bitterness is balanced by light malt highlights and finishes dry, crisp, and with a slight hint of acidity.

Wildeman has a scheduled release date of January 30th, which means we only have a few more days to wait to see if the brew lives up to the hype, but at the very least, they’ve certainly grabbed everyone’s attention with an ad that’s hard to ignore!

[Flying Dog – Wildeman]

Almanac Goes Farm To Barrel With Their Summer 2010 Release

Almanac Summer 2010

Almanac Beer Company is a new brewery out of San Francisco that takes influences from the Bay Area’s rich food culture and creates fantastic artisanal ales that are barrel-aged and brewed in collaboration with select Northern California sustainable farms.

Their first release, the Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale, is a Belgian-style Golden Ale that’s brewed with four varieties of Sonoma County Blackberries from the Sebastopol Berry Farm, then aged in oak red wine barrels for 11 months.

According to Almanac:

Our golden ale reflects a dueling love of classic Belgian ales and American hops. We balance two row barley, pilsner malt and wheat with a touch of Magnum bittering hops added at the beginning of the boil, and a California-sized addition of Citra hops added at the end of the boil. This late hop addition adds a delicate grapefruit-peel aroma. We then age the beer in used oak wine barrels from California wineries with two hundred pounds of fresh Cherokee Blackberries, and another fifty pounds of Marion, Ollalie and Boysen Berries. All of our berries were hand picked at the family owned and operated Sebastopol Berry Farm.

After eleven months of barrel aging with the fruit, we blended the barrels back together with freshly brewed “base-beer” to reinvigorate the citrusy, hoppy aroma. Blended beer is re-fermented in the bottle to provide a final layer of complexity. Bottle conditioning provides a natural carbonation of superfine bubbles, similar to classic sparkling wines. The finished bottle is alive, and will continue to evolve and change over time, gaining nuance and character for years.

I was lucky enough to attend one of the Summer 2010 release parties, and can thankfully say that the brew lived up to its hype. It was delicious and complex without being overly fruity, and if you have the opportunity to do so, I suggest you snag a bottle (or two).

For more information about Almanac, including interviews with brewers Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan, check out this video from Turnstyle Video called Farm to Barrel:

[Almanac Beer Co.]

Beer Gimmicks and Trends

Over at The Full Pint, Dan Becker has written a great post about the gimmicks and trends that are beginning to appear in the craft beer market.

Beer Gimmicks

These include corked and caged 750ml bottles, waxed 22oz bottles, canned beers, barrel aged beers, dry hopping, collaborations, limited releases, rye IPAs and black IPAs.

Back In Black IPA

While these don’t necessarily indicate the brewer is trying to cover up a bad beer with a good trick, it is good to know what to look out for when sizing up a beer, so you can be a smarter beer buyer.

[The Full Pint – Rundown of Craft Beer Gimmicks and Trends]