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Dear Enotecans,

Beer Reminders:

New Albion Brewing Company

According to Wikipedia:

The New Albion Brewing Company is a defunct American brewery. Founded in 1976 by Jack McAuliffe in Sonoma, California, New Albion is acknowledged as the first United States microbrewery of the modern era, as well as a heavy influence on the subsequent microbrewery and craft beer movements of the late 20th century.

It has been 30 years since the last bottle of New Albion beer was sold, marking an end to the first, short-lived modern microbrewery. But Jack McAuliffe’s brewery, which lasted from 1977 to 1983, inspired a movement. Today, there are more than 2,290 craft breweries, and another 1,381 are in the planning stages. And New Albion’s pale ale has been resurrected at last.

There’s a great article on New Albion on the CraftBeer.com website here.

Sam Adams Brewery has brewed a batch of New Albion Pale Ale to honor Jack McAuliffe, and all the proceeds from this beer go to Jack.  It’s not a profit item for Sam Adams, it’s their way of giving back.  Now you too can try the original Craft Beer.

This comes in six packs, so a case is 4 six packs, if you’re interested in the Club Member discount of 15% on a case.

Member: $8.09 / Retail: $8.99 / Member Case Each: $7.64 – Order here.

 

spiegelau-ipa-glass-xlSpecial Glass for IPA

Pre-Order your IPA glasses here.  Only $8.99 per glass

According to Time Magazine:

Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, both known for their IPAs, have collaborated with German glassware maker Spiegelau to launch a beer glass that is designed to enhance the taste of the ale, which doesn’t typically have a special vessel in the way Belgian brews and porters do.

Watch a video about it with Sam Calgione and Ken Grossman here.

Pre-Order your IPA glasses here.  Only $8.99 per glass

 

More Press:

Here’s what Dogfish Head says about it:

Combining five decades of brewing experience and centuries of glass manufacturing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Spiegelau have created the go-to glass to amplify and balance even the hoppiest of IPAs

Whether you are a craft beer aficionado or are just discovering India Pale Ales, the new glass will change the way you experience hop-forward beers.

Spiegelau care instructions: Glasses should always be washed carefully, preferably by hand. However, Spiegelau’s Platinum glass is 100% dishwasher safe, but they are best cared for by avoiding harsh detergents and choosing a cool, short dishwashing cycle. To avoid detergent residue, rinse glasses thoroughly in clean water.

Volume: 19oz of hoppiness!

Pre-Order your IPA glasses here.  Only $8.99 per glass

Sierra Nevada answers some questions:

Why make a new glass?

  • The right glass can elevate the experience of drinking different styles of beer.
  • Ken and Brian Grossman participated in a workshop alongside Dogfish’s Sam Calagione and Spiegelau owner Georg Riedel. Georg led everyone through an IPA tasting session that used a range of existing Spiegelau bowl shapes; they assessed beer appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel and finish.
  • A process of elimination found the few glasses with the best features for IPAs—different heights, volumes, diameters, etc. Those features informed a new set of unique prototypes and a second workshop. The second workshop identified the ideal glass—absent small refinements to get it just right.
  • We’ve long brewed and loved very hop-forward beers, and Dogfish has a similar affinity. The challenge to create a glass for India Pale Ales was a fun one.

What is special about the glass?

  • The inverted mouth concentrates hop aroma, releasing it from the bowl, and directing it into the nostrils for maximum sensation.
  • The mouth of the glass evenly distributes the beer across the tongue for malt sweetness & hop bitterness (balanced) perception.
  • The laser nucleation on the foot and wave pattern in the base promote carbonation breakout and keep the head intact from start to finish.
  • Holding the glass just underneath the bowl with two fingers (thumb & index) minimizes heat transfer, allowing the beer to maintain its temperature.
  • The glass is made from a premier quartz silica deposit in Europe, so it’s wonderfully clear and exceptionally smooth to help retain an IPA’s head

Who is Spiegelau?

  • Spiegelau is the sister company of Ridel.  They are famous for the wine glasses they make for specific varietals of wine.
  • http://www.spiegelauusa.com/

Pre-Order your IPA glasses here.  Only $8.99 per glass

rhizing-bines-400x800Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada Life & Limb Project: Rhizing Bines Double IPA

Pre-Order for delivery next week!

Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59 – Order online here

Rhizing Bines is a collaborative IPA using the best of both coasts: Carolina-grown red fife wheat and Dogfish Head’s continual-hopping from the East and Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown caramel malt and Torpedo dry-hopping from the west.

Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, two family-owned craft breweries known for their unique hopping techniques, are deepening the bond they forged with the 2009 collaboration Life & Limb.

Their new beer, an East-meets-West Imperial IPA called Rhizing Bines, will clock in at 8% ABV and 70 IBUs.

“We had a lot of fun brewing the original dark and roasty Life & Limb in Chico with the Grossmans and Sierra Nevada’s extended family,” says Dogfish Head President and Founder Sam Calagione. “We are very proud of the way that beer turned out. Now it’s our turn to repay that hospitality and brew a very hop-centric IPA in Milton with our pals from Chico, incorporating innovative ingredients and techniques from both breweries.”

The beer

On the hot side, Rhizing Bines will go through Dogfish’s signature continual-hopping process with floral and citrusy Bravo hops. On the cold side, it will be dry-hopped with an experimental varietal so new it doesn’t yet have a name, just a number: Hop 644. A component of Sierra Nevada’s aroma-boosting Torpedo system will make a pit-stop in Delaware for dry-hopping duty before it heads to Sierra’s new North Carolina brewery.

To celebrate Sierra Nevada planting East Coast roots, Dogfish Head tracked down a Carolina heirloom wheat grown and milled at Anson Mills. The soft red winter wheat contributes subtle sweet and nutty notes to this hop-forward ale.

“It gives my wife and myself great comfort to know that although we’re leaving our home and friends on the West Coast, we’re joining our craft brewing friends on the East Coast,” says Sierra Nevada General Manager Brian Grossman. “Here’s to great beer!”

Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59 – Order online here

ETA: We expect to be able to fill pre-orders next week!

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