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Cerise by Founders Brewing Company - Coming Soon

Author // Jeff Wharton

ImageMalt Beverage made with cherry puree

The label doesn't have much other information, but here's what we were able to dig up from TheBeerSpot.com:

 - It uses on fresh Michigan tart cherries
 - These cherries are added in five different additions to get balanced tartness
 - It will be 6.5% abv
 - Cerise will be available April through August
 - Packaging will be 4-packs of 12oz bottles and it will retail for about $9.99

Pays du Soleil by Saint Somewhere Brewing Company - Coming Soon

Author // Jeff Wharton

ImageBottle Conditioned, Unfiltered
Belgian style ale brewed with spices

750ml Bottle
8% abv

Now if this beer is anything like the other two that we've seen bottled by Saint Somewhere, Lectio Divina and Saison Athene, then this is one to be found and enjoyed. Saint Somewhere is a great small-batch Belgian Style brewery!

Monk's Revenge Belgian Style Double IPA Terrapin Beer Co. Side Project Volume 5 - Coming Soon

Author // Jeff Wharton

ImageTo our brewers the "Side Project" series of beers signifies an opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and unique styles while utilizing their creativity. To our fans it represents a chance to sample an exclusive beer crafted just for them. Each "Side Project" volume is a limited edition, one-time batch featuring a new... BREWING IMPROVISATION.

This new age beer style is a fusion of two great brewing traditions that are worlds apart - a hoppy American Double IPA and a classic Belgian Tripel. We hope you enjoy Terrapin's version of a Belgian IPA.

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22oz bomber

Local Brewery Gets Big Props in New York Times Tasting

Author // Jeff Wharton

The New York Times, often led on this topic by wine critic Eric Asimov, will occasionally put out a craft beer article in their Food & Wine section. Their most recent, though, is especially interesting to us as a local brewery got some pretty big praise from Mr. Asimov and his tasting panel. The article featured the team tasting 25 different barrel aged craft brews from across the world. The caveat? Each beer is available in stores in New York City (it is the New York Times after all).

ImageThe panel’s #2 beer was from Milford, NH. Pennichuck’s Pozharnik Espresso Russian Imperial Stout took home 3 stars and the silver medal on this day. Now they didn’t have to tell us that this was a great beer, we already knew that! With heavy chocolate and coffee flavors backed up by just a bit of bourbon, it’s quite delicious on a cold day. The New York Times mention even generated this article in Milford, NH's local paper, The Cabinet: “Local Beer Rates High in Taste Test

It’s always great to see local beers getting praise in the national press. Pennichuck still doesn’t see very wide distribution, but those who can get it definitely believe it’s world class. Another local got recognized as well. Maine’s Allagash, a Belgian Style brewery got a nod for their Odyssey, a Belgian Style Trippel aged in bourbon barrels.

Also placing in the top 10 for the Times’ article were:

1) Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes 2006 Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Switzerland 11% alcohol (25.4 oz., $34.95)

2) Pennichuck 2008 (33.8 oz., $17.95) Pozharnik Espresso Russian Imperial Stout, Milford, N.H. 10%

3) Bavik Petrus Aged Pale (11.2 oz., $3.50) Belgium 7.3%

4) Jolly Pumpkin (25.4 oz., $9.50) La Roja Amber Ale, Dexter, Mich. 7.2%

5) Dogfish Head (12 oz., $4.60) Burton Baton Imperial India Pale Ale, Milton, Del. 10%

6) Allagash Odyssey (25 oz., $22.95) Portland, Me. 10.3%

7) Harviestoun (11.2 oz., $11.95) Ola Dubh Special 16 Reserve, Scotland 8%

8) De Dolle Oerbier (11.2 oz., $12.95) Special Reserva 2007, Belgium 13%

9) Great Divide (22 oz., $12.95) Yeti Imperial Stout, Denver 9.5% (aged on wood chips, not barrel aged)

10) Captain Lawrence (25 oz., $21.95) Smoke From the Oak Bourbon Barrels, Pleasantville, N.Y. 7%