Here’s your new and upcoming beer alert for the week!
Mikkeller SpontanFredriksal Cherry – 375ml, $25
We profiled this beer last week in the “Upcoming” section, but it’s officially on the menu as of today. A blend of spontaneously fermented ales aged on oak barrels, the beer is then steeped with cherries from the Fredriksal wine estate in Denmark. Intense cherry aroma and flavor are the name of the game here, with a puckering tartness and hint of almond.
Crafted Pollen Nation & Magnum Peach Inferno – 500ml, $15
Crafted Meads out of Mogadore, Ohio is making some great meads in the hydromel style; think “session mead.” Akin to ciders as much as traditional mead, these beverages are unique, and no one is doing them better than Crafted. Pollen Nation is their flagship product, brewed with Cascade hops and blackberries. Magnum Peach Inferno is brewed with peaches and chipotle peppers; it tastes like sweet grilled peaches.
Haandbryggeriet Bestefar – 500ml, $18
If you’re wondering how to pronounce the name of this brewery, just say the word “handball” as if you’re simultaneously trying to dislodge an eel from your throat. Anyway, this is their best beer. It’s typically released as a winter seasonal, but we lucked into some early on. If you’ve ever had Hair of the Dog Adam, you know, in a cursory sense, what to expect: a dark strong ale, it is full of fig, leather, smoke, chocolate, and molasses flavors. After a too-lengthy hiatus, we’re thrilled to have it back.
To Øl Sur Amarillo – 330ml, $10
Mikkeller wrote the playbook, and To Øl is running with it. They have a whole series of these dry-hopped sour ales, and the project is perhaps best served by this iteration, the orange-peachy Amarillo hops melding seamlessly with the soft, lactic sour notes. Try Sur Simcoe as well, for a completely different riff.
Fyne Ales Fynebank – 330ml, $11
Scotland’s Fyne Ales is doing a stellar job of crafting both classic, easily approachable styles (check out their Jarl, a hoppy golden ale) and completely screw-loose concepts. On that note, we have Fynebank: a golden ale brewed with lightly smoked peat malt from the nearby Springbank distillery. Fruity and zesty, the smoke lends a slight spice character to the beer. No one asked for this, but that’s only because we don’t know any better.