Monday, November 24, 2014

Weyerbacher Brewers' Select: Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia is the latest Brewers' Select beer from Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing.

Brewed to the style of an American Barleywine (think bitter hops, over the top malts and an alcohol by volume over 10%), Cassiopeia can be found in 12 oz. bottles at the Weyerbacher Visitor's Center (while supplies last) and has limited availability in kegs at bars where Weyerbacher is served.

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Weyerbacher Brewers' Select Cassiopeia, an American Barleywine
If you haven't read the rest of my series on Weyerbacher's Brewers' Select beers, then this is where I take a quick look at the constellation that Weyerbacher has chosen for their latest Brewers' Select. Here's some info on the Northern Hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia.

Cassiopeia, the Constellation (from Constellation Guide)

  • named after a vain and boastful queen in Greek mythology
  • Ptolemy wrote about the constellation in the 2nd century
  • 3 of the stars located in Cassiopeia have known planets
  • You can find the births and deaths of stars in Cassiopeia:  it contains the aftermath of a supernova, but also homes a star forming cloud known as the Pacman nebula
Cassiopeia, the Beer (from Weyerbacher)

  • American Barleywine
  • 10.9% ABV
  • Chocolate and orange notes
  • Brewed with vanilla beans

Don't miss this one!

Weyerbacher Cassiopeia, an American Barleywine
Check out my other posts from the Weyerbacher Brewers' Select series:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 11/18/14

Every week or so I scan the new New Jersey label approvals from the TTB database.  I bring these to you so you can look forward to some new beers from NJ breweries!

Here's a list with some information from this new set of label approvals!  Since they are all keg labels, I added one representative label from each brewery.

Belford Brewing
  • Crab Apple (Belgian Style wheat ale brewed with apples)
Kane Brewing 
  • Across the Galaxy Pale Ale
Lunacy Brewing 
  • Sanitarium Double IPA
  • Lunacy IPA
  • Moon Howler Pale Ale
  • Dark Moon Double Chocolate Stout
  • Crescent Pils 
New Jersey Beer Co,
  • Our House Brew
Spellbound Brewing
  • Saison Belgian Style Ale
  • Imperial Stout
  • Belgian Style Triple
  • Pale Ale


Belford Brewing Crab Apple, a wheat ale brewed with apples

Lunacy Brewing Company Sanitarium Double IPA

Spellbound Brewing Saison - Belgian Style Ale

Kane Brewing Across the Galaxy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Upcoming NJ Beers (and meads!) - as of 11/05/14

Hey everyone!  This week we finally see some labels for the new Little Dog Brewing Co., opening soon in Neptune City, NJ!  We also see two more mead labels from Melovino Meadery (Vauxhall, NJ), as well as a keg label from Belford Brewing and a keg label from Spellbound Brewing (Mt. Holly, NJ).  Cheers!

Little Dog Brewing Steinerweiss - German-Style Wheat Beer
Little Dog Brewing Gesundheit - German-Style Brown Ale

Melovino Meadery Sweet Affair His
Melovino Meadery Sweet Affair Hers
Belford Brewing Whipporwill
Spellbound Brewing Maple Barrel Aged Barleywine



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Upcoming NJ Beers (and Meads!) - as of 10/22/14

Howdy all!  It's been a few weeks since I've sent out an update on new NJ beers coming to the market.  This week, we also have meads!  Check em all out, and enjoy!

First, we have two meads from newly opened Melovino Meadery in Vauxhall, NJ.  Melo Evil is a sweet honey wine with ghost peppers added, and it comes in at 12% ABV.  Pirum Lust is a 13% ABV honey wine that is made with spiced pear juice, and is meant to be consumed during the cooler months.


From Cherry Hill, we see the label for Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing's Funnel Cake Boardwalk Ale.



Cape May Brewing Company had a ton of keg labels approved.  Here we see the keg label for Geek Out Ale.  Other kegs approved were Ashley's Ale, Andrew's Ale, Justin's Ale, Steve's Ale, Richie's Ale, Hi-Flyer Ale, Double Marker Ale, Crows Nest Ale, Cornelius Mey Ale, Crusty Barnacle Ale, Queen Street Ale, and Concrete Ship Ale.


Belford Brewing from Middletown, NJ has a new label for an Altbier named Hund.


Angry Erik Brewing from Lafayette, NJ now makes an Angry Mohawk Pale Ale, as well as H2Ale, an ale brewed with natural flavors.



Ocean, NJ's Kane Brewing looks like they plan on having some Hop Lab experiments.


Here is the neck label for River Horse Brewing's (Ewing, NJ) newest Brewer's Reserve, a baltic porter.


Last, but not least, New Jersey Beer Co. had a label approved for Little Town New Jersey Ale.  I wasn't able to get an image, but it's a typical keg label.  Looks like they will be making a house beer for Little Town, a restaurant in Hoboken.





Monday, October 6, 2014

Weyerbacher Brewers' Select: Canis Minor

Canis Minor, a Brewers' Select beer from Weyerbacher, was released on draft throughout Weyerbacher's distribution footprint around a month ago (early September).  It is also available in 12 oz. bottles in Weyerbacher's visitor center while supplies last!

Weyerbacher had previously used the NATO phonetic alphabet to name their Brewers' Select beers. After reaching the end of the alphabet, they decided to start using Northern Hemisphere constellations (in alphabetical order, of course), to represent their one-off beers.

Why not learn a little astronomy while enjoying some (hopefully) fantastic beer?  Here are some facts about the Canis Minor constellation, followed by some notes on the Canis Minor beer!

Canis Minor (constellation) (from Top Astronomer)
  • In Latin, Canis Minor can be translated to "Lesser Dog"
  • Along with Canis Major (Greater Dog), they are said to be following Orion
  • Canis Minor is home to 2 bright stars
    • Alpha Canis Minoris, also known as Procyon
      • 7th brightest star in the sky
      • a binary star system (apparently there are lots of opportunities for a Tatooine out there)
      • 11.41 light years from Earth
    • Beta Canis Minoris, also known as Gomesia
Canis Minor (the beer!)
  • Saison
  • 6.9% ABV
  • Brewed with Pils, Wheat and Carapils malts
  • Apollo, Perle and Brambling Cross hops were added
  • Fermented with Belgian and French yeast strains
  • Weyerbacher tasting notes:  grapefruit nose and a spicy, herbal, dry finish
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Weyerbacher Canis Minor, 6.9% ABV Saison
The tasting notes from Weyerbacher were pretty close to my experience with Canis Minor.  The aroma and flavor were full of citrus:  orange, grapefruit, lemon.  A bit of spice, yet not too much to be overpowering.  Perhaps a little soapy.  Overall, Canis Minor was terrific.  It is not one of your funky saisons, but its still worth a pint if you see it at the bar. I would pair it with a light salad and sushi.

Check out my posts on some other Weyerbacher Brewers' Select beers:

Aries (Blend of Imperial Pumpkin / Old Heathen)
Auriga (American Stout)
Bootes (American Strong Ale)
Camelopardalis (Belgian-style Imperial IPA)
Canes Venatici (Maibock)



Friday, October 3, 2014

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 10/03/14

There were definitely some interesting label approvals for NJ beers this week ---

First, we have two 12 oz. bottle approvals from Cape May Brewing Company (Rio Grande).  Mop Water, which is an ale brewed with spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, whole-bean vanilla), and Coastal Evacuation, a double IPA brewed with Centennial hops.  

Next we have a keg label from just opened Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing (Cherry Hill) for a smoked porter they are calling Morro Castle.  Sounds tasty to me.

Last, but not least, we have a keg label from soon to be opening Spellbound Brewing (Mt. Holly). The label is for their porter.


Cape May Brewing Company, Craft Beer, New Jersey
Cape May Brewing Company, Craft Beer, New Jersey

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey, Morro Castle

Spellbound Brewing, Craft Beer, NJ

Friday, September 26, 2014

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 09/26/14

There are only 3 new labels to take a look at this week.  

First we have a label for the bottled version of Cape May Brewing Company's Honey Porter, then keg labels for Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing's On the Waterfront (Bitterly Corrupt Pale Ale) and Belford Brewing's API India Pale Ale.

Have a great weekend everyone!