Bruery Terreux Birdie Birdie

I am so happy it’s Friday. It was a long week at work and I’m happy to be home. Time to crack open a beer.

ABV: 7.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers. We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.”

Random: I did 9 miles on the bike. I am going to feel this tomorrow morning.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and had a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose had some red apple and funk with a floral note as well. There was a mineral water note as well. The taste went more of the direction of green apples and white grapes. There was also a touch of the floral note I picked up in the nose. The mineral water note was present with some grain. There was some alcohol as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with white grapes. I thought this was a good beer and enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery White Mocha

I managed to crank out over 7 miles on the bike today on the higher setting. I guess sticking with it is starting to pay off. Since I’m done with my workout, let’s see what the beer is tonight.

ABV: 16.3%

Style: Wheatwine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is White Oak Sap waking up on the other side of the bed. Similar to White Chocolate, White Mocha is our bourbon barrel-aged wheatwine-style ale, known as White Oak Sap, but with fresh coffee beans (instead of vanilla beans) and cacao nibs. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate are joined by warm flavors of coconut, honey and vanilla that rise and shine on the palate. If you’ve never fancied yourself a morning person before, today might just be your day. Best served fresh in a tulip glass or biodegradable coffee cup.”

Random: My job has free coffee, but to be more green, we’ve gone to pour over coffee. I think it makes better coffee, it just takes way too long.

The beer poured with a thick, one finger, off white head that took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose was boozy with some raisin and coffee along with mild chocolate. The taste had a bit more depth and started with blonde coffee. It quickly went into milk chocolate, raisin, honey and some vanilla and tobacco. I didn’t pick up any coconut. The body was on the thick side with lots of carbonation and some boozy heat. It had a lengthy finish with blonde coffee and chocolate. I liked this beer for sure, but it is very intense. It’s definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery Icky Thump

There’s a small, independent coffee place by my job that I’ve started to go to. Their espresso is really good and it’s a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. I also like coffee beers for just that reason.

ABV: 11%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to beerstreetjournal.com, “It started in Chicago, and now California has their shot at a taste. The Bruery Icky Thump, a collaboration with Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing debuts in the Sunshine State. ‘A massive imperial stout’ pretty much sums up this release, which was initially brewed with California-based Portola Coffee Chicago. Incidentally, for the Cali release, The Bruery used Chicago coffee, from Tugboat Coffee. Our version of Icky is a silky, creamy, coffee bomb of a beer… – The Bruery. The Bruery Icky Thump is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting March 20th.”

Random: It’s been really cold lately. I can’t predict this weather, sometimes it’s 60 degrees and sometimes it 10 degrees.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black with no visible carbonation. The nose was intense. There was a lot of baker’s chocolate, smoke and then espresso notes. There was some booze too. The taste was intense with more notes of baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate. There was some vanilla and then espresso and smoke as well. The booze was noticeable, but not overwhelming. It had a lengthy finish with coffee. I thought this beer was outstanding and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bruery Muffin Stuffin

I really enjoy muffins, but I only like the muffin bottoms. I think it’s because as a child, my sister would take the tops off of muffins and give me the bottoms.

ABV: 11.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A muffin is an individual-sized, baked product. It can refer to two distinct items, a part-raised flatbread that is baked and then cooked on a griddle (typically unsweetened) and a cupcake-like quickbread (often sweetened) that is chemically leavened and then baked in a mold. While quickbread muffins are often sweetened, there are savory varieties made with ingredients such as corn and cheese. The flatbread is of British or European derivation, and dates from at least the early 18th century, while the quickbread originated in North America during the 19th century. Both are common worldwide today.”

Random: My favorite muffins are blueberry, corn and carrot cake.

The beer poured with a three finger, thick, light brown head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with light carbonation visible. The nose had some dark chocolate, smoke and then went into gingerbread and dried blueberries. There was some heat there as well. The taste was a bit sweeter than I expected. I picked up a lot of roasted malts, dark chocolate and dried blueberries. The gingerbread and vanilla came through next. The body was thick and heavy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with blueberry and dark chocolate. I liked this beer, but it definitely is a slow sipper that could easily overwhelm.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery Geburtstagskranz

Tonight’s beer is another one from The Bruery. Being in their reserve society got us access to a lot of the rare beers, but the price tag was really high. I’m glad that I got to participate and it also got me access to their rare beers when we were out in California.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It’s a surprise. Close your eyes, make a wish, take a sip. Now open and behold this bottle crafted to celebrate our friend’s sixth birthday. Inspired by the flavors found in black forest cake, this recipe called for a rich imperial stout, with notes of chocolate, barrel-aged character, sweet vanilla and tart, juicy cherries. We couldn’t be happier to craft this bottle to help our friends celebrate. Cheers to them (and you!)”

Random: Val and I are going to Germany in December with my family and we’re very excited.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, tan head. It hung around forever and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was big and filled with dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. I picked up some berry notes as well. The taste was even better. There was a lot of dark and milk chocolate upfront with some oak and vanilla. There was some booze as well. Cherry came through too. The body on this was big with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and chocolatey finish. I liked this beer a lot, but one was definitely enough.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

The Bruery Hold The Spoon

Years ago, I worked for a company that was based in Ohio. I had the opportunity to run one of the distribution centers in Ohio, while running one in Jersey, which meant a lot of traveling to Columbus. Although I went to an open food market in Columbus that had a Jeni’s, I decided I didn’t need ice cream then. That was a mistake. Jeni’s ice cream is awesome. Any beer based off the ice cream has to be good, right?

ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hold The Spoon is an Imperial Blonde Ale inspired by the flavors of Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks ice cream. Our innovation manager, Andrew Bell, states, ‘This was a fun project collaborating with a great craft company from another industry. Tasting through a bunch of ice creams is something we don’t often do at work at a brewery.’ The decision to make a beer inspired by this particular ice cream was an easy one, Bell continues. ‘Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks was one of our favorites from the start. It has a bold roasted peanut butter character that is balanced with the creaminess from the dairy, just the right amount of sugar and a surprising salty edge that really made you want to get another spoonful. We made this beer with the simple goal of conveying the wonderful experience of eating Jeni’s Ice Cream in… beer form,’ he says. Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, adds, ‘I was so excited when the Bruery came to us with this idea — and I don’t think they could have picked a better ice cream to turn into a beer. I love everything the Bruery does, and this beer is no exception.’ Hold The Spoon is brewed with lactose, cacao nibs, peanut flour and salt. It’s a full bodied, creamy beer with delicate notes of chocolate and peanut butter. The beer will be available online at www.thebruery.com and in tasting rooms, with a public launch party on March 6 at Bruery Terreux. Hold The Spoon will retail at $5.99 per can.”

Random: Ice cream is one of my favorite sweets.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of white head that was quite loose. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and light orange in color with some carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and sweet, which for a beer with ice cream cones on the can, is really to be expected. I picked up some peanut butter notes, caramel and a touch of honey. The taste reminded me of uncooked cookie dough along with peanut butter and white chocolate. The booze came through a bit too much for me. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with peanut butter. I thought this beer was good, but this was definitely a one and done beer for me, due to the sweetness.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Offshoot Splits

I’ve started to bike a lot at home for exercise and have been doing at least 7 miles a night. It is helping me lose weight, but sometimes I really don’t feel like doing it, but I’m trying to stick with it.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The wait is over. Say hello to new, fresh, juicy, hoppy, aromatic beers. We’re Offshoot Beer Co. – an offshoot, if you will, of The Bruery, and the latest extension of the Famille Rue fam. Our wheelhouse? Hoppy beers. Think ‘IPA’ and ‘Double IPA’. And other stuff that has the acronym ‘IPA’ in the name. Pretty much any hoppy eruption that excites and tantalizes the taste buds is fair game. Our 16-oz. cans are released in limited supply and sold in 4-packs directly from our brewery for fresh enjoyment.”

Random: I really like this new set of offerings from The Bruery.

This beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit upfront. I specifically picked up some mango and pineapple. The taste had a bit more depth. I picked up the same pineapple and mango along with passionfruit. There was some grass as well. There was a touch of alcohol present as well. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0