Shipyard Little Horror of Hops

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This dark golden hoppy beer seems more like an ESB than an IPA. The hop aromatics are very present as is a hearty bitterness.


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Easy-to-Make Beer Cocktails (I Promise!)

548332f77bed1_-_mc-cheladaBeer cocktails:  You either love them or hate them.



A lot of recipes and bartenders use a fistful of fancy ingredients that you’ll likely use just once.  When I came upon this article from Marie Claire, it took the complication and mystery out of the whole thing.  Don’t be surprised if you see us doing a tasting with some of these flavorful beverages as warm weather approaches!

1. Black Velvet
Also done with champagne, the cider version is much more delicious (and at a slim two ingredients, it’s blissfully easy to make). Combine half Guinness and half cider, starting with the latter and then pouring the beer in over the back of a large rounded spoon.

2. Chelada
The simpler version of the Bloody Mary’esque Michelada, you won’t find a single excuse not to whip this one up. Moisten the rim of a glass and coat with salt, add ice, a quarter cup of lime juice, and Mexican beer.

3. Michelada
For a little spicier (and more complicated) take on the above, try this concoction. Mix a quarter cup of lime juice with a teaspoon of soy sauce and two teaspoons each of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Then add in 1 1/2 cups of Mexican beer like Corona and pour into glasses rimmed with salt and black pepper.

4. Lemon Shandy
Think of it as hard lemonade, but a touch softer. Start with a quarter cup of lemonade and add a cup of beer, adding more of whichever for your preferred flavor. Get fancy by adding a few fresh mint leaves.

5. Beerita
To be a very popular girl at your next party, whip this mixture up in the blender. Pour in four bottles or cans of beer, one cup of tequila, and one can of frozen limeade concentrate (or whatever similar is available in your local grocery store freezer). Add more ice depending how frosty you want it to be.

6. Brew’gria
A different take on Sangria, this recipe subs in beer for wine and brandy. Combine ice, 2 bottles of a summery beer like Hoegaarden, a large bottle of framboise lambic (Lindemans is a common brand), and whatever fruits you prefer, including a little bit of sliced orange.

7. Bull’s Eye
This Cuban drink is a mix worth checking out. Pour 1/3 cup of lime juice (about 3 limes) into a pitcher and add a can of light beer and ginger ale. Add one or two tablespoons of sugar, stir until it dissolves, and drink over ice.

8. Redneck Mother
The strongly flavored ingredients of this summery sip means it’ll appeal to those who typically don’t like the taste of straight beer. For a single drink, put an ounce of grapefruit juice and just under an ounce of sloe gin into your cup. Fill the remaining portion of your cup with a blonde beer and top with ginger beer.

9. Beer Punch
What if you could have a refreshing fruit punch…but buzzier? For this perfect-for-the-outdoors combo, start with a large pitcher or bowl and mix 12 ounces of Sprite, 2 1/2 cups of pineapple juice, and six bottles or cans of your preferred beer (throw in sliced lemons, limes, and oranges for a pretty touch). Ladle out into individual cups and start the party.

10. Coupe de Ville
This cheekily named drink references the Grand Marnier-spiked Cadillac margarita and it’s perfect for citrus lovers (do you sense a new favorite breakfast cocktail?). Combine 6 ounces each of tequila, orange juice, and lime juice, plus 3 ounces of orange liqueur if you want. After it’s mixed, pour in 6 cans of a Mexican beer and you’re done.

11. Spicy Chili Beer
Consider this mostly beer recipe if your eyes are always drawn to the jalapeño marg. Pour a bottle of light-bodied wheat beer over ice and then add a 1/3 cup of lime juice, 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder. Mix and garnish with a lime wedge, adding a touch more chili if you want to turn up the heat.

12. Sidewalker
Sweeten up your beer with a dose of one of America’s oldest beverages. This mix calls for adding sweet — 3/4 cup maple syrup, 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 1/4 cups lemon juice, and 1 1/4 cups applejack — with 4 cups of hefeweizen beer and 3/4 cup of club soda. Finished with lemon wedges and enjoy.


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Annie Get Yer Gunn

photoEdinburgh’s Innis & Gunn Brewery has released their Porter with molasses.  Talk about dark, rich, toasty flavors in a glass!  This beer is aged in oak barrels for 39 days which really rounds out the flavor.  The sweetness from molasses is noticeable, as is the alcohol (7.3 % ABV).  If you’ve never tried a barrel-aged beer, Innis and Gunn has a full line-up from oak-aged to rum-cask to Irish whiskey barrel-aged brews.  Give them a try!

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Blue Moon Catches the Hop Craze!

Hot off the presses from Blue Moon Brewing Company, January 22, 2015:

After searching through 150 varieties to find the perfect hop for its latest brew, Blue Moon Brewing Company is excited to unveil its own twist on an IPA: Blue Moon White IPA. Ringing in 20 years as a brewery, they’re unveiling Blue Moon White IPA by challenging consumers to go on a search of their own to find the new beer.

Blue Moon White IPA

Blue Moon White IPA

The beer will debut nationally April 1, but beginning this week, Blue Moon will disclose clues―such as GPS coordinates―on its social sites to secret locations in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville where beer lovers can enjoy an early taste of Blue Moon White IPA. But for a few lucky fans the search doesn’t stop there. The first 20* fans to arrive at the undisclosed locations will receive a map to an intimate future beer dinner with one of Blue Moon’s brewmasters.”When we decided to brew an IPA we wanted to do something different,” said Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster of Blue Moon Brewing Company. “We started with wheat, orange peel, and coriander; ingredients that originally inspired Blue Moon Belgian White. Then, we searched hop-after-hop through a lot of varieties until we discovered a rare German hop called Huell Melon, which complements the citrus flavors in the beer. We ultimately wanted to brew a beer that captures the best of both styles: part American IPA and part Belgian-Style White. And since we had so much fun finding ingredients, we thought it would be fun to get our fans in on the search as well.”

The Beer Profile:

Appearance – Rich golden color from caramel malts.
Aroma – Tropical hop character with a hint of citrus.
Taste – Hop citrus and orange peel citrus complement the wheat and malts for a uniquely balanced IPA bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied.
Finish – Crisp and surprisingly balanced.
ABV – 5.9%        IBUs – 45-47
Four Hop Varieties – Citra®, Cascade, Simcoe, Huell Melon. Huell Melon is a rare hop from Germany with delightful fruity notes, which help complement the citrus notes in the beer.
Food Pairings – Pairs well with bold, flavorful seafood dishes, spicy Mexican food, and strong cheeses such as sharp cheddar and blue.

Blue Moon White IPA will receive full marketing support including digital media via online video across desktop and mobile, display banners on high-profile properties, targeted paid search and social media via owned channels and a partnership with Eater, the dining and nightlife site published by Vox Media, special events and sampling, print via cross-platform programs and public relations. Fans can join in on the fun and share where their beer hunts take them by posting to the Blue Moon Brewing Company Facebook page or by tweeting photos with mention of @BlueMoonBrewCo and #WhiteIPAHunt.

For more information on Blue Moon White IPA, follow @BlueMoonBrewCo on Twitter or go to For terms and conditions of Blue Moon Brewing Company’s White IPA Hunt, please visit

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Sierra Nevada Starts 2015 off Strong… and Hoppy!











Sierra Nevada Brewing releases three new beers to start off 2015

We adore Sierra Nevada brews.  Established in 1980 in Chico, CA, Sierra Nevada was instrumental in creating what is now known as the craft beer revolution.  Sam Adams (Boston Beer Co.) soon followed… and look at the category now!  We’re excited about Sierra Nevada’s upcoming brews.  Keep the hops coming!, 

(Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015: the intensely hop-heavy Hop Hunter IPA and the sessionable Nooner Pilsner. The brewery will also unveil its newest spring seasonal selection, Beer Camp Hoppy Lager, for a total of three brand-new beers for craft drinkers to explore.

Hop Hunter IPA features oil from wet hops steam distilled in the hop field, minutes after harvest—for the first time, drinkers can taste wet-hop character year-round. This pure, powerful hop essence is used alongside traditional hops to create the ultimate IPA experience. Hop Hunter IPA will be available year-round in 12-ounce bottles and on draught.

Alongside Hop Hunter IPA, Sierra Nevada will introduce its first year-round lager with Nooner Pilsner. Nooner is a refreshing and aromatic German-style pilsner that’s easy-drinking yet full of spicy and floral hop flavor from the use of whole-cone European hop varietals. Available on draught, in six-pack bottles, and in twelve-pack cans, Nooner is the perfect way to kick off an afternoon of adventure.

Beer Camp Hoppy Lager rounds out Sierra Nevada’s new releases for early 2015. Beer Camp is the ultimate brewing experience. Sierra Nevada invites beer fans to the brewery nearly every week to create a collaborative beer, and each spring, they will release one of the highlights from the past year. This year’s hoppy lager is a reimagined encore of the hop-forward collaboration with San Diego’s Ballast Point that was a part of the incredibly popular Beer Camp Across America mixed pack.

“We’ve been incredibly busy designing and tweaking all of these new beers” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “Our brewhouses have been going round-the-clock perfecting the recipes and it has been really fun to explore the limits of hops. I’m really excited about the work we’ve done on Hop Hunter. We’re no stranger to experimental hops and hopping techniques, but developing distilled wet hop oil is unlike anything we’ve tried. The results are amazing.”

All of these new releases will be widely available throughout the Sierra Nevada distribution footprint and can be found using the brewery’s Beer Locator.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at

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Sonoma Organic Cider Company

photo 3Sonoma Organic Cider Co. is a new addition to the hard cider line-up at LWS.  This super-dry line of ciders offers crisp apple flavor with little else to mask the cider.  The Anvil is their dry cider that has real bourbon flavoring added.  It really mellows out the cider and offers up a slight vanilla-y note.  The Hatchet is their original cider.  If you’re into dry ciders, this is for you.  Last, the Pitchfork is a pear cider.  Slight pear and vanilla notes waft through this light hard cider.









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Ballantine IPA… a blast from the past!

ballantineBallantine IPA is back with a vengance.  Sure, we’ve carried the Ballantine Ale for years and years but the IPA fell off the map.  It’s back and better than ever!  This brew dating back to the mid-1800’s is a hoppy IPA with a bitter finish.  It’s super-hoppy and a bit high in octaine (7.2% ABV).  If you haven’t had this in years, now’s the time to revisit this historic brew.

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Sierra Nevada’s Flipside

flipsideYou’ll flip (insert laugh track here) over Sierra Nevada’s (Chico, CA) fall offering, Flipside!  Yay!  There’s no pumpkin and no spice to be found anywhere near this beer.  Instead, it’s a red IPA.  A wonderful balance of hops and malt make for a smooth IPA.  The term easy-drinking is used a lot in my beer vocabulary, but it’s true!  Give this a try and you’ll flip your lid!

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Not your average Oktoberfest!

peak hop harvestPeak Organic Hop Harvest Oktoberfest (Portland, ME) is a celebration of hops…  not-so-much malt like traditional Oktoberfests.  This crisp, hop-forward brew is citrus-y and delicious.  Notes of fresh hops waft through the air the second you pop the top.  If you’re a hop-head, this is likely right up your alley.

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Mayflower Brewing Co.’s Limited Edition Scotch Ale

mayfl scotch aleMayflower Brewing Company’s (Plymouth, MA) new line of limited edition brews starts with their Scotch Ale.  This rich and malty beer is not overly Scotch-y as some Scotch ales can be.  It’s smooth and malty, not very hoppy.  This four-pack foray into limited editions is a winner!

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