DBRcast Minisodes – New Years Edition

DBRcast Logo 5We’re kicking off May, so what better time to re-live the 2016 New Years countdown one beer review at a time. Chris, Elisha and I knocked out several beers in bite-sized minisodes for your ear canal pleasure while waiting to usher in what will surely be the implosion of our democracy.  It all culminates in a ball and bottle drop for the ages.

Part 1 – Avery BrewingPump[ky]n 2014
Part 2Almanac Beer Co. Farmer’s Reserve Citrus (Yuzu, Blood Orange and Citron)
Part 3Pipeworks Brewing Co.Lizard King
Part 4Prairie Artisan Ales – Apple Brandy Noir

Hit the jump for all four beer reviews, all posted individually for your listening convenience.

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Avery Brewing Co – Fortuna Review

FortunaAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Avery Brewing Co.
Style: Wild Ale
ABV: 8.1%
My Cost: $16 (12oz)
Glassware: Tulip, Flute
Temp: 45°F
Availability: One Off
Purchased@: Friendly Greek

Quick Take: Fortuna isn’t the best sour I’ve had, but it’s pretty refreshing and rises above the gimmicky inspiration. It has a salivating saltiness that makes you want to go back as your thirst is never quite satisfied. Cost is a concern and I can’t see me getting this over a kriek or standard sour, but great change of pace beer and absolutely worth it where cost is not a concern.

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Avery Brewing – 5 Monks (Bourbon-Aged Quad) Review

5 MonksAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Avery Brewing
Style: Quad
ABV: 19.4% (boom!)
Cost: $15 (12oz) (also boom)
Glassware: Snifter, Teku
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Limited (Once)
Purchased@: Friendly Greek

Quick Take: 5 Monks, while on the sweeter side, stops just short of cloying to be a sipping warmer with some malt depth that’s made just a touch deeper by the bourbon-aging. Avery is world class when it comes to big beers, so the fact that 5 Monks kills it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Awesome beer and one the dark malted Belgian and bourbon lovers should hunt down immediately.

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