New Year, New Beer!
While most people’s New Year’s resolution consists of some form of a “new you” lets put a spin on that and add a “new beer” into your life this year. You could make 2016 the year of experimenting! Lets review some popular styles you mayor may not have tried as well as some not as well-known styles.
The two most popular Craft beer styles are wheat beers and IPAs.
Most common “Wheat beers” are Witbier, Hefeweizen and American Wheat. Thou all these styles are brewed with wheat as the main grain; they all have different amounts used, which effect the head-retention and flavor of these beers. German Hefeweizens tend to be brewed with 70% wheat grist which if you’ve ever poured one of these beers you can have anywhere from 2-4 inches of head. They also utilize a yeast stand that adds a banana & clove characteristic without adding fruit or spices. Witbiers have a unique flavor due to it being brewed with Coriander and orange peel. American Wheat styles tend to use more hops which add more of a lemon citrus character and the wheat adds a bready creamy flavor.
IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale, is a hoppy ale that originated in England. More and more consumers are enjoying this style. Hops are a flower or seed cone, they look similar to a green pinecone. Hops impart bitter, tangy flavors to the beer. Different styles of hops add either bitterness or flavor and aroma. In the IPA category there are several styles:
Imperial IPA and Session IPA are 2 of the more popular variations. The term “Session IPA” refers to an IPA with a 3.2-4.7%ABV, with that low of an alcohol you can drink multiple beers in a “sitting session”. When you see the term “Imperial” on a beer style that always means it’s going to be “big” in alcohol. These beers normally range in ABV from 7-14%. In many cases these beers do not appear to be as hoppy as a standard IPA because of the high levels of malts utilized.
Some unique beer styles I would urge you to try this year Gose, Scotch Ale and Doppelbock.
- Gose is a tart German wheat beer that utilizes salt and coriander in the brew. This beer is light in abv and super refreshing. It’s also a nice intro to sour beers without being over the top. I would recommend you trying the Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose.
- Scotch Ale is a strong ale from Scotland sometimes referred to as a Wee Heavy. Ranging in abv from 6-10%, they tend to be sweeter and full body with pronounced caramel and roast flavors. Scotch ales have a very low hop profile as hops do not grow well in Scotland, so they use just enough to balance these beers. If you haven’t tried this style start with a Founder’s Dirty Bastard.
- Doppelbock is a strong German lager that ranges from 6.5-9%ABV. These are dark, full body beers with slight chocolate and roast character, lagered to add a nice clean finish. This style is often referred to as a “meal in a glass”, because the monks use to consume this during fasting to maintain their caloric intake. Spaten Optimator is a great example of this style.
If you don’t try any of these beers this year, at least try something new, you might just find your next favorite beer.
We are very excited to announce Elysian Brewing will be launching in Southern Nevada
next week. We will start out with draft offerings only; with package to come in the coming months. Founded in 1995 in Seattle Washington, Elysian Brewing turns 21 this year. What better way to celebrate their 21st birthday then a party in Vegas! Elysian is a classical mythology term-referring to a perfect state of happiness or paradise. The Elysian Fields was a plane of existence reserved for the souls of the most heroic and virtuous individuals, ironically this is the name of their largest brewpub. Beers that will be available in draft include Immortal IPA, Space Dust IPA and Hawaiian Sunburn a Pineapple Habanero Sour. This is just the beginning of some amazing beers!
With the warm weather just around the corner we start to think about things like the pool, boating and hiking with friends. Not everyone at your pool party or on you boat wants to drink beer….I know that may come as a surprise, and no you can’t just throw them off the boat! Instead you can offer them a “Wine in Glass”. Copa Premium Wine offers several varieties of red and white wines in an easy to drink plastic cup. It’s affordable, user friendly, easy to transport and the best part…it taste good!