Beer Buzz: New, Novel & Notable
It always seems like this time of year more and more beers start to roll in and we can't get enough of them! Here are a few of our favorites that just hit the shelves of Binny's. For more beer updates, check out the latest Beer Buzz. Kona Pipeline Porter Kyle: As far as bang for your buck goes, this beer is second to none. Pipeline Porter is made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee, which is some of the best but most expensive coffee in the world. At $7.99 a six-pack, this dark, roasty & flavor packed brew is perfect to pair with the chilly fall weather. Pat: Rich, dark coffee nose, but not the huge coffee flavor I expected. Body is light and dry but still packed with roast malt and a touch of coffee flavor. Its nice to see a coffee beer that is a beer first and not just a bomb of alcoholic coffee. Kyle: Nugget, Centennial, and Fresh Crystal Hops have already entered the wort filled brew kettles of Hop Trip at Deschutes within 4 hours of being picked from their vines near Salem, Oregon. This process makes Hop Trip one of the freshest hopped beers on earth, which is further exemplified by the bouquet of "fresh" citrus flavors. Pat: Juicy and spicy hop nose with a very light and clean body. Not nearly as bitter as I expected. This is way to easy to drink, grab some while its still around! The Bruery Oude Tart Kyle: The Bruery is the cream of the crop when it comes to sour beers on our shelves. Currently several sours from The Bruery are obtainable at Binny's including Tart of Darkness and Sour in the Rye, to go along with our favorite of the bunch, Oude Tart. After aging in red wine barrels for 18 months, this Flemish-Style Red Ale emerges as a world class, mouth puckering sour beer. Pat: This is possibly the best American made sour ale we get. This beers bursts with tart berry flavors and balances out on the finish with dry oak. A real showstopper of a beer, and worth every penny. Kyle: Every year our friends in Warrenville do a handful of different batches of Heavy Handed, each wet- hopped and featuring a different and lone hop. The first batch is currently available at Binny's, which shines its spotlight on centennial hops. Try to collect a bottle from each batch and do a side by side tasting - this enlightening experience will really open your eyes to the wonderful world of hops. Pat: I look forward to this beer every year and it does not disappoint. The citrus punch of centennial hops isn't overwhelming and is balanced by a clean malt backbone. This is one of the most balanced fresh hop beers around, I can't wait to try the next batches.