Beer #199 Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Weyerbacher Riserva 2012

Name: Riserva 2012

Style: American Wild Ale

Brewery:  Weyerbacher Brewing Co  website

Country: USA

Region: Easton, Pennsylvania

ABV: no abv listed on bottle or their website.  11.4% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip. glass.   

My Overall Opinion: Very Good. 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Xtra-Hot Grilled Chicken wings.  Awesome pairing.  Heat from the wings was balanced perfectly with the crisp tangy tart raspberry.

Tasted on:  Saturday April 6, 2013


The beer poured a cloudy reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head.  This brew left no lacing on the glass. .

The nose was of tart raspberries, mildly acidic with hint of woodies oak.  

The taste was like biting into a raspberry sweet tart, without having an over the top raspberry flavor nor sweetness.  As time went by the brew became tarter (acidic) and some of the woody oak flavors came through.   The finish was very dry and refreshing with almost no hint of alcohol.

This beer had a medium crisp body with a low level of carbonation.

Overall I really like this brew; I feel it is something which might benefit from a little age on it too.   

On the Label:

Ale with Raspberry Puree added and Aged in Oak Barrels

From their website:

Riserva 2012 is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries. Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas. The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with Raspberries, giving the beer a pungent raspberry aroma, a lovely red color and a balancing wood character. This brew is a beautiful beer both to your eyes and to your taste buds. The microflora responsible for giving Riserva its character reside in the wood barrels and change somewhat over time depending upon factors such as the age of the barrel and the ambient temperature at which the barrels are stored. New barrels are rotated into the mix as old barrels are rotated out and as such, Riserva varies somewhat in color and tartness from year to year. Riserva is much higher in alcohol than its Belgian lambic framboise cousins and is a true treat to experience.

A very limited quantity of Riserva is distributed to select states.

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When: Saturday, March 09, 2013 – 2 – 6 pm
Hosted by: Taco Mac and 5 Seasons Brewing
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Beer #197 Allagash Fluxus 2009

Allagash Fluxus 2009

Allagash Fluxus 2009

Name: 2009 Fluxus

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Brewery:  Allagash Brewing Company  website

Country: USA

Region: Portland, Maine

ABV:  8.3% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a De Dolle Brouwers Oebier glass.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Would you believe a potato knish topped with deli mustard.

Tasted on:  Saturday March 2, 2013

Notes:  This is from batch #1.  This beer is no longer brewed.  This Ale is Brewed with Sweet Potatoes & Black Pepper

The cork came out of the bottle with a nice “pop”. The beer poured a mostly clear light golden color with a few floaters.  The head was white and about 2 fingers high which left a thin sticky lacing on the glass.       

The nose was very floral, herbal and peppery.  There were also hints of honey and an earthy funkiness.     

The 1st thing that hits me as I tasted this beer is the ground pepper and the spices from the yeast.  Mid way through I picked up some sweetness from the malts, brown sugar and a mild orangey flavor which mixed with the pepper, spices and earth flavors and a very faint pumpin pie (guess the punpkin pie was from the sweet potato).   This beer finishes on the dry side with a very refreshing finishes which lingers on the tongue.  

This beer had a medium crisp body with a nice carbonation level.

Overall I did this was a very delicious beer and very true to the Saison style, hopeful someday Allagash will make this one again.

On the Label:

[fluk-suh s] –noun, Latin.

1. a flowing or flow.

2. continuous change, passage or movements

Ale Brewed with Sweet Potatoes & Black Pepper

From their website: Allagash Fluxus

Fluxus is a beer brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of our first beer sold in July 1995. The name Fluxus is Latin for continuous change, something we seem to find ourselves in. Every year, Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe, giving our brewers a chance to push the limits of beer.

*Allagash Fluxus is brewed to help fund a scholarship set up for pediatric nurses at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. For details on the great work that they do there, go to

Fluxus: 2009 Ale brewed with Sweet Potato and Black Pepper

Fluxus ’09 was brewed in the style of the traditional Saison. For our twist, we added sweet potatoes, black pepper and a generous amount of hops. Sweet potatoes not only enhance its pale orange appearance, they contribute significant body. Centennial hops produce a bold grapefruit aroma, which is followed by a mild, honeysuckle sweetness. The intensity of both the pepper and hops are felt throughout, leaving a lingering warmth on the tongue. Papya, citrus and pepper dominate the flavor profile.

Description: Saison
ABV: 8.3%
Profile: Orange, Spicy Pepper, Full bodied, Citrus
Serving Temperature: 40°-50°F
Availability: No Longer Available – Last Brewed 2009
Package: 750ml bottle, 5.17 gallon keg
Ideal Within: One Year

Awards:  Bronze, World Beer Cup 2010

The Fluxus Series 2007-2012

2007 Fluxus: Rye Beer @10%abv

2008 Fluxus: Double White Beer @10%abv

2009 Fluxus: Saison @8.3%abv

2010 Fluxus: Imperial Chocolate Stout @10.3%abv

2011 Fluxus: Biere de Garde @8%abv

2012 Fluxus: Belgium Strong Golden Ale @7.7%abv

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Beer #196 Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA

Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA

Name: 75 Minute IPA

Style: I.P.A.

Brewery:  Dogfish Head Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region: Milton, Delaware

ABV:  7.5% abv

How served:  750ml capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

My Overall Opinion: Very Good 4 Stars a

I paired this beer with:  Hot chicken wings grilled with the “extra hot” sauce for dipping.

Tasted on:  Wednesday February 27, 2013

Notes:  A bottle conditioned India Pale Ale with Maple Syrup.

This beer poured a hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger off white head which left a thin lacing on the glass.      

The nose was very pleasant with strong piney & citrus notes upfront with some mild caramel sweetness poking through.           

The taste kicks off with a very pleasant yet intense grapefruit and piney notes which then transitions to sweeter tropical fruits and a mild caramel/ bready sweetness to balance this beer out, which kept the bitterness level from going over the top  I only picked up a hint of the maple syrup.  There was some mild warmth in the finish from the alcohol and this beer ended on the dry side.

This beer had a medium slick body and excellent carbonation level.

Overall the drinkability was fantastic and paired very well with my “extra” hot sauce as the hops helped intensify the heat I love, yet there was enough balance with the malts & maple syrup to “cool” things down.  I’m looking forward to having this beer again as I’m now a fan of this brew!

On the Label:  There are some situations when 90 is too much.  There are other situations when 60 is too little.  There are many situations when 75 is juuust riiight.  Bottle-conditioned with pure maple syrup for complexity and dry-hopped out the bejeezum boards.

From their website:  Availability:  Limited

Blend two Dogfish Head favorites, add maple syrup and carbonate the mixture naturally. What do you get? 75 Minute IPA.

The carbon dioxide trapped during bottle conditioning gives 75 Minute IPA a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Dry-hopped with whole-leaf Cascades, this complex IPA has been known to inspire pilgrimages to our brewpub.

Now we’re sharing this animated blend of 60 Minute and 90 Minute with the rest of our fans, 750 milliliters at a time.

We currently send this beer (when available) to our wholesale partners in the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA

To find where our wholesalers have delivered this beer in the past 60 days, check out the Fish Finder (you can search by beer and by zip). As a reminder, it is always best to call and confirm a retailer still has the beer before making any treks!

Original Release Date:  01/2012

Food Pairing Recommendations:  Burgers, grilled meats, avocado.

Glassware Recommendation:  IPA glass

Wine Comparable: Chardonnay

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Beer #194 Blue Mountain Mandolin

Blue Mountain Mandolin

Blue Mountain Mandolin

Name: Mandolin

Style: Tripel

Brewery:  Blue Mountain Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region: Afton, Virginia

ABV: 9.0% abv

How served:  750ml corked and caged poured into my Piraat snifter.   

My Overall Opinion: Good + 3 Stars a 1/2

I paired this beer with:  Crab cakes with mango pineapple salsa and watermelon arugula salad.

Blue Mountain Mandolin with dinner

Blue Mountain Mandolin with dinner

Tasted on:  Thursday February 14, 2013

Notes: Best by March 2013 stamped on the cork

There was a muted hiss as the cork was pulled out of the bottle.  The poured a mostly clear golden-amber with a 1 ½ off white head which left almost no lacing on my glass.       

The nose had hints of yeast, pepper, apples, sweet malts and earthy tones.         

The taste started off a bit earthy, spicy and peppery.   Midway thought I picked up some light apple and citrus notes as well as some sweetness.  The finish was clean and dry with no evidence of the 9% abv.

The body was medium and slightly tacky as the carbonation level was lower than anticipate.

Overall the drinkability was good and paired well with my dinner.

On the Label:  A deep golden beer born of a single malt. Balance derived from whole-flower hops. Created from water drawn deep beneath the feet of the world’s oldest mountains. Flavor driven by a faithful dedication to excess. All brought to life by yeast from a holy place. Great beer is a riddle that does not need to be solved!

100% bottle refermented.  Store cool and upright to keep in peak condition and avoid disturbing naturally settled yeast.


Alc 9% by Vol.  34 IBU’s  21.6° Plato

Proudly brewed and bottled in the heart of Virginia.  Blue Mountain Barrel House, LLC

495 Cooperative Way Arrington, Nelson County, Va 22922

Sister Beer:

Steel Wheels E.S.B.   What’s this? Find out at

From their website:

Mandolin Artisanal Ale

24° Plato, 50 IBUs, and 10% ABV

(Note different Plato, IBU & %ABV listed on bottle)

A pale beer born of a single malt. Balance derived from whole-flower hops. Created from water drawn deep beneath the feet of the world’s oldest mountains. Flavor driven by a faithful dedication to excess. All brought to life by yeast from a holy place. Great beer is a riddle that does not need to be solved!

Available as long as each batch lasts, March-July.

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