The Bruery Tripel Berry Hand Pie

We’ve been really busy at work lately, in advance of the holiday. Since I haven’t worked in clinical trials for an extended period time and with COVID-19, I’m never exactly sure when we’re going to be super busy. I’m looking forward to spending the weekend and putting my feet up.

ABV: 11.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A semilunar pastry with either a sweet or savory filling, formed by placing a dollop of filling onto a circular piece of biscuit-style dough and then folding it over and crimping it shut. They may be baked, fried or deep-fried. A pasty.”

Random: I have never had a hand pie. I’m not a huge fan of sweets, although Val is an outstanding baker and makes some of the best sweet treats that I have ever had.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pinkish tinged head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the body. The body was a deep reddish-pink color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was very tart and filled with berries. There was a slight amount of vanilla as well. The taste was also very powerfully tart. The underripe berries hit in the palate all at the same time with only a bit of graham cracker and vanilla to back it up. There was a decent amount of alcohol as well on this. The body was on the medium side with some carbonation present. The finish was lengthy and a bit too tart for me. I was really excited about this beer, it was just too intense for me. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux Take My Hand

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Bruery Terreux. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “American wild ale generally refers to beers brewed in America using yeast or bacteria in addition to Saccharomyces cerevisiae for fermentation. Such beers may be similar to traditional beers such as Lambic and Oud bruin, and are typically fermented using a strain of brettanomyces for part or all of the fermentation. The use of brettanomyces can result in a ‘funky’ flavor profile. Examples include Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor, Avery 15 and Brabant, Ommegang Ommegeddon. Individual styles can vary from ‘light or dark, hoppy or malty, strong or sessionable, barrel-aged or not’. They often have ‘sour notes as well as barnyard, Band-Aid, animal or earthy characteristics’. Some varieties included ‘mild fruits, such as apricots, to balance the acidity and sourness’. These brews have been said to attract both ‘hardcore beer fans and serious wine lovers’.”

Random: When we were out in California last year, we stopped at Bruery Terreux. It was right after Black Tuesday was released and it was totally empty, but I did get to try a lot of Black Tuesday variants.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left a small crown on top of the body. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow in color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some white vinegar tartness along with some white grapes as well. There was a small amount of nectarines as well. The taste had a generous amount of tartness from the vinegar along with a lot of lemon juice. There was some warm oak and vanilla too. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and oak. I thought this was an outstanding beer and highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux One Way Or Another

The Blondie song of the same name of this beer always struck me as exceptionally creepy. Despite that, I bought this beer. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 9.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The folks at Cascade are some of the nicest & most talented people you’ll meet in the beer industry. A small piece of evidence to support this is they took time out of their day to come onto the Bruery Radio podcast, and be the first episode to be published! Very brave and nice of you, gentlemen! We spoke with Ron Gansberg (Brewmaster) and Kevin Martin (Cellarmaster / Lead Blender) and discussed our new collaboration ‘One Way or Another’. I was also joined by Jeremy Grinkey (Production Manager for Bruery Terreux) and Joel Kennedy (Retail Marketing Manager). One Way or Another started its life as a Belgian-style Tripel, which was fermented with a Belgian strain saccharomyces (ale yeast). It then spent approximately a year in oak, and refermented with marionberries, with lemon zest added for a complex and delicious aroma. Both Cascade and Bruery Terreux are releasing these fantastic beers, which were brewed with the same recipe, but are remarkably unique from one another. The house character of each brewery comes across, and we spoke about why that is and how they differ. Thank you to Cascade for collaborating with us, and talking to us about it!”

Random: I am a big fan of Cascade’s rebranding. Their old labels looked very dated.

The beer poured with a half finger of tan colored head. It was thick and dissipated at a moderate pace. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear, but a mahogany brown color with some carbonation visible. The nose was muted. I picked up indistinct berries with a lot of booze. The taste was a bit better. I picked up some blackberry notes along with some aged balsamic vinegar. It had some red wine and funk as well. The body was on the medium side of the thickness scale with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sour finish. This beer was intense, but I’m glad I got to try it. I don’t feel the need to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Bruery LXXV

Tonight’s selection comes to us from sunny California. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname. Patrick picked up homebrewing as a hobby, later to become an obsession, as a distraction to the banality of law school. Soon he was winning numerous awards for his beers and driving his wife, Rachel, mad with the messes that he would leave on the kitchen stove. Upon finishing school, he took it upon himself to draw up a business plan rather than study for the California Bar exam – a risky endeavor that shows through still today in the creative, genre-tilting beers that The Bruery prides itself on. 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: The local cat shelter is having a sale on cats since it is kitten season. I wish I could save them all, but we have enough cats.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright yellow with no visible carbonation. The nose had some bright notes of white grape along with some apple juice. There was a touch of funk to this. The taste was bright with a floral note and white grape juice. There was a slight apple note that came through with some citrus. The alcohol did come through and was a little too strong for my liking. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the floral note. This wasn’t my favorite beer, but I had no problem getting it down.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Allagash Terration Pomar

During our trip to Maine, we made a stop at Allagash and enjoyed it so much, we stayed for hours. The new patio is amazing. We picked up some bottles to bring home, including this one.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Terration Pomar blends three traditions: brewing, winemaking, and cider pressing. In clay pots—historically used in winemaking—we aged a combination of wild and spontaneously fermented ale with locally pressed cider. While resting in clay, the beer blend developed a flavor that combined aromas of fresh lemon zest and tart apple, a hint of minerality, and well-rounded funk from our spontaneously fermented beer. Old-world technique, a new generation of brewing.”

Random: The food truck that is usually outside of Allagash has the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had. They have a teapot full of butter they offer to pour on them.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass, but a very small, incomplete crown on top of the body. The body was a cloudy, lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation visible and floaties as well. The nose was really fragrant. I picked up some green apple skins, yeast and some horse blanket as well. The taste had some light white vinegar notes along with some dry apple juice and apple skins. There was a white wine note as well with some mineral water. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with apple skins. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Mortal Cherry

I’ve been a fan of Troegs since I got into craft beer. I feel like since breweries are popping up so quickly, Troegs isn’t getting as much attention as they used to. Despite that, I was very excited to give this beer a try. Since they’ve moved, they have put a lot more attention onto their sour and oak aged beers.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Each spring, the sudden flowering of cherry blossoms serves as a reminder: What’s ordinary one day may dazzle the next. In Mortal Cherry, what starts as a pie-crust-like blend of wheat and pilsner malt is wholly transformed by a union of cherries. Balaton add notes of sweet pit fruit and cinnamon, while Montmorency keep this Pennsylvania Wild Ale delicate and tart. We taste: tart cherries, flaky pie crust, hint of cinnamon”

Random: I’m starting to see Troegs’s corked and caged offerings more regularly in Jersey City.

The beer poured with a one finger, pink head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep maroon color with limited carbonation visible. There was also some cloudiness as well. The nose was filled with oak and cherry. The cherry was more of a tart cherry as opposed to overwhelmingly jammy, which was pleasing. The taste started with some tart cherry juice and then went into cinnamon and nutmeg and some oak and vanilla. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with cherry. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 51: Passion Of The Fruit

Tonight’s beer is from one of my favorite breweries. I’ve had a few beers from them and they are all incredibly solid. Jersey gets distribution from Paradox, but it comes in dribs and drabs. Since I changed jobs, I don’t have a great beer store that I can hit on my way home. The one in town, despite being rather run down, gets alright distribution, but I need to find a new spot. Let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Where modern brewing processes collide headlong into ancient brewing techniques. Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: I would go back to Colorado just to visit Paradox. I didn’t get up there the last time we were there.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger ofSin white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a slight hazy orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose started with passionfruit and mango up front. The taste had a pleasant sour note to it that complemented the mango and passionfruit. The alcohol wasn’t overly apparent and the mouthfeel was on the lighter side. It had a lengthy finish with mango and funk. I would definitely have this one again. If you see it, I would pick up a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Troegs Blackberry Tizzy

Now that I made my trip to Troegs, I’m seeing their limited edition corked and caged bottles all over now. Despite that, I have never seen this one on the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One day, we muddled some fresh blackberries with brown sugar, lemon juice and bourbon. ‘Mmm,’ we thought. ‘This should be a beer.’ Blackberry Tizzy is that spirited daydream come true. Sour fermentation tempers the juicy blackberries with a touch of tartness, and a spell in bourbon barrels delivers ripples of oak and toasted coconut.”

Random: This beer is also only available in corked and caged bottles and draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with tinges of purple. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up notes of blackberries, blueberries and apricot. I picked up some bourbon as well. The taste had a lot of fresh fruit as well. The dominant flavor was blackberry. I picked up the same blueberry and apricot as well. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. It had a nice yeast characteristic as well. There was a slight alcohol heat as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of blackberries. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I picked up more than one bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Troegs Freaky Peach

One of the things I’ve started to get into is the show “Rick and Morty.” I heard a lot of positive reviews about it on a few of the podcasts that I listen to and I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous, which is right in my wheelhouse. I’m on season 2 right now and am liking it more and more every episode. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oh wow. They say the nose knows, but Freaky Peach pulls a fast one. Its aroma promises charred caramel and grilled stone fruit, but the flavor delivers waves of bright peaches, spun sugar and whiskey sour. It’s young. It’s tart. It’s super-freaky.”

Random: This is another beer that is only available on draft and in corked and caged bottles.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color that was almost brown with limited visible carbonation. The nose was filled with aged peaches and some brown sugar and oak. There was some alcohol as well. The taste also had a lot of booze to it with a decent amount of peaches. The oak came through a bit more with some vanilla as well. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peaches. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 57: Pina Cielo

Tonight’s selection is a barrel aged sour. I really tend to like those, so I was excited to open it.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: There’s another brewery called Paradox based in the Adirondacks. I haven’t tried anything from them yet.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white, wispy head. It dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange/light yellow color. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with pineapple, apricot, peach and white vinegar. There was also a touch of oak and light vanilla as well. The taste was moderately sour. It had a nice vinegar presence that quickly followed up with pineapple, apricot and a touch of mango. I didn’t pick up on any of the cinnamon. There was a pleasant amount of wine barrel with oak. The alcohol was well-hidden. The finish was lengthy and sour with moderate carbonation. I wonder if their year or so of age this beer has mellowed out the barrel. Either way, this was an enjoyable beer and I’m glad I got to try it. I just wish I picked up some of the warm spice that was supposed to be there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0