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Welcome to our Featured Beer section. Here, you'll be able read about any of the beers we've featured in Alcoholmanac Magazine, plus a few web exclusive beers. You can browse the beers by category by selecting from the options above.

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Steelhead Extra Stout PDF Print E-mail
Featured Beers - Stouts

By Ben Alger

a picture of Mad River Brewing Company's Steelhead Extra StoutMad River Brewing Company
Price Range: $9.75–$10.50/6-pack


We all dream, but few of us actually turn those dreams into a reality. Mad River Founder and Brewmaster Bob Smith is one of those few. In the late 1970s, Smith dreamt of opening a craft brewery and was a member of a homebrewers group in California called the “Humbrewers Guild.” Smith found himself picking up brewing supplies at Ken Grossman’s Homebrew Shop in Chico, CA and learning of Grossman’s plans to open a craft brewery called Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. By 1989, the craft beer market was growing and proving viable for Smith to go into business. It was at this time that Sierra Nevada was expanding, and Grossman offered to sell Smith his original brewing equipment. By December of 1990, the first Mad River ales were being produced and distributed. Rapid growth in the 1990s allowed Mad River to expand its line, which now includes several varieties.

Mad River is new to the Milwaukee market, and we welcomed them properly by tasting a few of their delicious options. Steelhead Extra Stout stood out as a timely choice for winter. This opaque ale pours dark with a scent of sweetness and a sandy brown head. The flavor is rich with a mild hop complement, making it a nice dessert option. Welcome to the Brew City; you’ll fit in well here.

 
Dan Baltic Porter PDF Print E-mail
Featured Beers - Porters

By Ben Alger

a picture of Lakefront Brewery's Dan Baltic PorterLakefront Brewery – ‘My Turn’ Series - Dan Baltic Porter
Price Range: $5/22 oz Bottle

First of all, if you haven’t been down to the Lakefront Brewery tour on Commerce Street yet, go do it right now. I’ll wait. The tour is a great way to learn about this 24-year-old Milwaukee treasure and to sample some of their fine craft beers. Lakefront’s line has been growing over the past few years and, with the recent introduction of the ‘My Turn’ series, shows no sign of slowing down.

The ‘My Turn’ series is a creative way to recognize the important people behind the beer by giving them the opportunity to brew their own. The first in the series is a Baltic porter by Dan, Lakefront’s Tax and Compliance and Transportation Manager. This is a full-bodied porter that pours dark with a mocha-colored head and a sweetness on the nose. The flavor is mildly hoppy up front with notes of chocolate and coffee, and it goes down smooth with a light smokiness on the back end. Dan’s Baltic Porter is a well-balanced and tasty way to kick off the ‘My Turn’ series. Dan, you done good!

 
Samuel Adams® Griffin’s Bow PDF Print E-mail
Featured Beers - Barleywines
a picture of Samuel Adams® Griffin’s Bow
The Boston Beer Company
Boston, MA

They Say: “From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.”

We Say: Hazy and honey-colored, Griffin’s Bow is value-priced at a cool $7 (average) but completely packed with unparalleled uniqueness! The big ethanol alcohol aroma also produces a fruity banana phenol that marries the hoppy grapefruit scent well. Strong oak-aging bridges aroma and flavor into its butterscotch and toffee flavor, accented by fruitiness. Complex and evolving flavors produce a dry but creamy finish that’s well-carbonated, slightly hoppy, and balanced by thinning alcohol. Sufficient for extended aging, the incredible depth of this beer will change over time. We suggest getting more than one bottle to enjoy its journey. [Editor’s note: this is a limited release, so act quickly!]

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
# 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale PDF Print E-mail
Featured Beers - Barleywines

a picture of # 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale
# 100 Barley Wine-Style Ale,
Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
Grimstad, Norway

They Say: “Our 100th batch, brewed for the enjoyment of the brewers, but popular demand forced us to release it commercially. This malty, yet light-bodied ale has a massive hop bitterness. Most enjoyable in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire.”

We Say: Brewed to celebrate their 100th batch, this English barleywine needs plenty of settling before pouring. Half the glasses were clear coffee-colored brew while the other half were sediment-filled. The heavily malty aroma is void of any hops but is laced with raisin and dry baker’s chocolate and, despite its English ale yeast, it has a hint of Belgian characteristics, too. The complex flavor marries earthy English hop varieties with bitter chocolate, a dried fruit medley and malty breadiness. #100’s big, bold flavors remain in check with a creamy, lighter body and faint hop finish. Nønge Ø’s barleywine is a distinct and welcome take on the style!

We Say by Andy Guy of BeerFM.com
 
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