Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing Company, brewers of awesome beers such as
Merry Monks, Blithering Idiot and Old Heathen, like to experiment with different
beers in their Brewer's Select series. After having completed a beer for each
letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet, they have now turned to constellations. I
thought it would be fun to use this space to learn about the experimental beers
that Weyerbacher is brewing, and also to learn a little bit of astronomy along
Auriga is the fourth release in the Northern Hemisphere constellation portion of the Weyerbacher Brewer's Select Series. Last week, I posted about Bootes, the fifth release, so these posts are coming a little out of order. No big deal though, because you should be able to find some Auriga if you stop by Weyerbacher, or if your bar is lucky enough to get some. Let's check out some info on the beer, and then some facts about the constellation!
2013 was an excellent and exciting year for beer in New Jersey. We saw the opening of 4 new breweries as well as approvals in 4 other breweries who didn't quite have enough time to open in 2013. Let's take a look at the new breweries and see what they will be offering to us thirsty beer fans!
Bolero Snort Brewery: Launched their beers in late February 2013. They started out with two beers, Ragin' Bull (an amber lager)and Blackhorn (an American black lager). Later in 2013, they added a 3rd flagship, There's No Rye-ing in Basebull (a rye ale) and also released a winter seasonal, Gingerbull Cookie (a brown ale brewed with spices). In order to provide a wider spectrum of beers to their fans, they like to prepare what they call #BSTreatments. If you follow their Facebook or Twitter, you might be lucky enough to find the treatments in the wild, and get to taste such beers as Blackhorn's Kickin' Creamsicle (black lager aged on vanilla and cointreau soaked on oak…
You don't have to void your wallet of hard-earned cash when you want to pick up some good beer. If you happen to live near a Trader Joe's that sells beer (sorry Pennsylvania), then I have some suggestions for you to try.
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!
There are other beers in the Mission St. line, includi…