First off is the Mission St Anniversary Ales. They are brewed and bottled in 22 oz. bottles for Trader Joe's by Steinhaus Brewing Co, which is really Firestone Walker Brewing. They have been releasing a new Mission St. Anniversary each year for the last several years. From my memory, last year's Anniversary Ale was good, but 2014's release is great. Sweet caramel and dark fruits up front, with a burst of citrus at the end of each sip, on top of a layer of alcohol makes this beer incredibly tasty. And it only gets better with each sip as it warms. Steinhaus/Firestone classify this beer as an Imperial Brown Ale, and it comes in at a warming 8.5% abv. Oh, and the 22 oz. bottle was $2.99!
|Mission St. 2014 Anniversary Ale|
Next up is Boatswain H.LV (Heavy Lift Vessel) Ale. This beer, coming in at 7% abv, brewed and bottled in 22 oz. bottles by Rhinelander Brewing in Wisconsin, also had similar qualities to a brown ale, but was quite different from the 2014 Anniversary Ale. There was a similar caramel backbone, but there was much more of a hop bitterness that attacks your taste buds than in the Anniversary Ale. It honestly reminded me of an Indian Brown Ale, or the little brother to an American barleywine. At $2.99 for the 22 oz. bottle, definitely a good deal!
|Boatswain H.L.V. Ale|
|Boatswain American IPA|
Yea so, give these beers a try and let me know what you think!