LIPS OF FAITH WEEK: DAY #5
Two of my favorite things in craft beer are sour ales and hoppy brews, so when I saw this “dry-hopped sour ale” I was on cloud nine! I always get excited about new Lips of Faith beers, but this one really had me pumped. Enough rambling, onto the review.
LE TERROIR is an American Wild Ale with a 7.5% ABV.
In honor of my upcoming birthday this Friday I’ve decided to do another theme week. This week’s theme is New Belgium’s LIPS OF FAITH line. As anyone who’s read my prior reviews knows, I’m a HUGE fan of this line of beers. Each one has been well made and a joy to drink. Day 1 starts us off with a review that I was sitting on for a while now…
Here’s another review that I’ve been inadvertently sitting on for the past (almost) year. LA FOLIE 2010 is part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series of special release ales. Its predecessor, La Folie 2009, was my favorite beer of 2010, so needless to say, I had high hopes for this one.
La Folie is a Flanders Red Ale with a 6% ABV.
SUMMER BEERS Day 7
As the weather is starting to cool down outside, my summer seasonal week is also coming to an end. For this last day I decided to go with the beer that I had the most this year: SOMERSAULT from New Belgium Brewing Company. Somersault is a blonde ale with a 5.2% ABV, 28 IBUs and 130 calories.
SUMMER BEERS Day 6
Another trip to the Midwest, another Southern Tier beer review. I was back recently for a wedding and noticed a bottle of ÜBERSUN in a beer store and knew I had to buy it. I couldn’t find any info about this beer on the Southern Tier website, thankfully I took a picture of the bottle. ÜberSun is an (Imperial) Wheat Beer with an 8% ABV.
SUMMER BEERS Day 5
Day 5 may brings us another blonde ale, but it’s my first beer from Utah’s Uinta Brewing Company. Sum’r is not only a summer seasonal (available March through September), but it’s also part of their Four + series. This organic ale has a tiny 17 IBUs and a mild 4% ABV.
SUMMER BEERS Day 4
I recently went and saw John Williams perform live with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and I brought a six pack of this beer to keep me company. I knew nothing about it, but I saw that it was a summer seasonal and what better type of beer to keep you cool on a warm August night while enjoying live music under the stars. Summer Love is a blonde ale available May through the summer. It clocks in at an easy drinking 5.2% ABV.
SUMMER BEERS Day 3
I am a huge fan of lemonade, so obviously the shandy beer style is right up my alley (beer +lemonade = awesome). Today’s beer is Leinenkugel’s variation on the style in the form of their summer seasonal. Summer Shandy has an easy-drinking 4.2% ABV, a mere 130 calories per bottle and is available April-August.
SUMMER BEERS Day 2
Day 2 brings us another beer from Magic Hat Brewing Company’s summer seasonal mix pack. Wacko is a Fruit/Vegetable beer that is available April-July. This “Summer Beer” has a 4.5% ABV and a meager 15 IBUs.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Beer #3: BARREL AGED BRRRBON
Brrrbon is part of the Widmer Bros. Reserve Series and a beer I knew I must try from the moment I saw it. As you may or may not remember, the Widmer winter season BRRR was one of my favorite winter releases I sampled last year. Needless to say, a bourbon barrel aged version of that beer was something that intrigued me to no end and something that I must buy. And buy I did. Brrbon was beer #3 in the Limited Release series and clocks in at a respectable 9.4% ABV.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Beer #2: PARROT IN A PALM TREE
My roommate was singing the praises of this beer ever since he had it back in December. In February I happened to stumble upon a bottle sitting on the shelf at Bevmo (the last one I might add), so I knew I had to either pick it up now or wait another 10 months to try it. You’ll never guess what I decided to do. Parrot in a Palm Tree is a Baltic Porter with 35 IBUs and an 8.5% ABV. This is the first beer in Karl Strauss’s “Twelve Days of Christmas San Diego Style” series and was released in November of 2010.