including the debut of the brand-new Life & Limb, a collaboration between Sam from Dogfish Head and Ken from Sierra Nevada, the Pacific Standard debut of Southern Tier's excellent Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale, a very hard-to-get keg of Stone, and a rare cellared keg of Ommegang Obamagang (shh!). The details:
Ommegang Obamagang Inauguration Ale (Cooperstown, NY; $7/12 oz). This celebratory ale is a cross between a porter and a stout, with a bit of Belgian Kriek yeast and a touch of chocolate blended in, and an underlying cherry fruitiness. Ommegang will donate a percentage of sales to charities in the respective cities where the beer is sold. 6.7% ABV.
Sierra Nevada Life & Limb (Chico, CA; $6/12 oz). A much-anticipated collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, Life & Limb is a strong beer brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley from the Grossman farm in Chico. The beer has a blend of both breweries’ house yeast strains, and is naturally carbonated with birch syrup from Alaska. 10.0% ABV.
Southern Tier Phin and Matt’s Extraordinary Ale (Lakewood, NY; $5/16 oz). This American style pale ale has a perfect balance of roasted malts and hops. Very light, crisp, and easy drinking. 5.4% ABV.
Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (Vista, CA; $6/12 oz). This brew from Stone is a cross between an American strong ale and a Belgian dark ale. It’s chocolate brown in color, but has plenty of hops to take on the powerful roasted malts. A hint of honey sweetness balances out the finish. 8.7% ABV.