Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Finally--Hard-to-Get West Coast Bottles!

We've just gotten a sweet collection of West Coast bottles, from phenomenal microbreweries like Deschutes, AleSmith, Midnight Sun (Alaska!), and Ninkasi, that don't distribute kegs out here. The list is below. You'll see they're pricey, but that's how it has to be, due to their rarity and big shipping costs. In return for the few extra dollars, you get some of the best beer in America, and the gloating knowledge that you're consuming one of the few bottles from these breweries to make it out to the East Coast. Come in and enjoy.

Bottled Craft Beer

Alaskan Stout (Juneau, AK; $7/12 oz). An oatmeal stout; hints of coffee and caramel. 5.7% ABV.
AleSmith IPA (San Diego, CA; $12/22 oz). A golden IPA with a lingering hoppiness. 7.8% ABV.
Anchor Small Beer (San Francisco, CA; $10/22 oz). A small beer made by sprinkling warm water over Anchor’s Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, creating a second, lighter brew. 3.3% ABV.
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA (Boonville, CA; $7/12 oz). The name means "hard working hops" in Boontling, and that says it all. 7.0% ABV.
Deschutes Bachelor ESB (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). An authentic English-style extra special bitter. 5.3% ABV.
Deschutes Black Butte Porter (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). Black Butte Porter uses chocolate and crystal malts, crafting a rich yet easy-to-drink dark beer. 5.2% ABV.
Deschutes Cascade Ale (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). Clean and crisp, with an herbal hop character. 4.5% ABV.
Deschutes Inversion IPA (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). A phenomenal Northwestern IPA, dry-hopped for a week. 6.8% ABV.
Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). A classic American pale ale. 5.0% ABV.
Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Bend, OR; $7/12 oz). A sharp, dry stout with underlying espresso and chocolate flavors, a hoppy mouthfeel, and a roasted finish. 6.4% ABV.
Full Sail Session Lager (Hood River, OR; $7/11 oz). A pre-Prohibition-style American lager. 5.1% ABV.
Hair of the Dog Ruth (Portland, OR; $8/12 oz). A light and refreshing American ale. 5.6% ABV.
Harviestoun Ola Dubh (Alva, Scotland; $14/11.2 oz bottle). This limited release is Harviestoun’s famous Old Engine Oil matured in 16-year old Highland Park whisky casks. 8.0% ABV.
Lost Coast Indica (Eureka, CA; $10/22 oz). A hoppy, crisp, and clean IPA made with generous amounts of Columbus, Willamette and Centennial hops. 6.5% ABV.
Midnight Sun Sockeye Red IPA (Anchorage, AK; $12/22 oz). Outlandish portions of Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe hops give this beer tremendous citrus and floral aroma and flavor. 5.7% ABV.
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA (Eugene, OR; $11/22 oz). Ninkasi is a great, underrepresented Northwest brewery with masterful beers. This IPA is hugely hoppy, with a citrus smell and taste. 6.7% ABV.

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