Originally founded in Anderlecht, Brussels in 1900, Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon's first brewer was Paul Cantillon. The brewery has stayed in the same family since then, and the present owner and fourth generation brewer is Jean-Pierre van Roy. Cantillon brews lambic beers exclusively in the traditional style and even houses the Brussels Gueuze Museum onsite.
Gather round friends, and let me tell you the tale of that great whale[ref]In this particular instance, I am calling the beer a whale due to the hype that surrounds it, not as an indication of its rarity.[/ref] of a beer, Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout.
The arrival of Goose Island’s annual Bourbon County series is one of the most anticipated and hyped beer releases of the year. For the last couple of years the lineup for the release has been the standard stout, a coffee version of the stout and a barleywine that all see pretty wide national distribution. There are also two much harder to get variants that change from year to year as well. This year’s stout variants were vanilla rye and Proprietor’s, which was a cinnamon chocolate stout this year. The beers are simultaneously released across the country on Black Friday. This massive release throws the beer nerd universe into temporary chaos with people waiting in line for hours to get their hands on the elusive bottles.
Ranger Creek out of San Antonio is a rare hybrid of brewery and distillery, which they call a “brewstillery.” On the distillery side, it has three different whiskies making up what they call its Small Caliber Series:
Over the past few years I have come across bottles of New Belgium's Le Terroir on shelves and for some reason never picked one up. I have had so many other offerings from New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series that it really surprises me how this one just slipped through the cracks. That all changed a few weeks back when it was on tap at one of my local watering holes.
In 2007, the Eclipse line from FiftyFifty Brewing Co. began humbly enough, an imperial stout aged in Old Fitzgerald barrels before being bottled and sold with little fanfare. Only seven years later, there are a multitude of different variants, each aged in different barrels and each with its own specific profile.
It seems sort of appropriate to be writing about a beer called Péché Mortel around the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition - which, incidentally, occurred on Dec. 5, 1933. You see, Prohibition sought to quell cultural vices in an effort to slow what some saw as the moral decline of American society. Ban the booze, they said, and we'd all be the better for it. As it turned out, they couldn't have been more wrong.
Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen has been in existence in the municipality of Beersel, Belgium since the 1880s. I covered the rest of the history of the world renowned brewery in my review of the Hommage in October.
Russian River Brewing Co. is well known as brewing some of the best sours in the United States, most notably their barrel aged series including; Beatification, Consecration, Supplication and Temptation. Since 2010, it has brewed Framboise For A Cure, a charity beer released in October.