Beer

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen Hommage (2013)

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen was founded in the municipality of Beersel, Belgium in the 1880s as a cafe and geuzestekerij, a place where young and old lambics acquired from other breweries are blended together to produce geuze. In 1953, the establishment was purchased from the mayor of Beersel, Jean-Baptiste Denaeyer, by Gaston Debelder who expanded the enterprise by adding a restaurant on site before retiring and leaving everything to his two sons, Guido and Armand, in 1982.

The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2013)

The Lost Abbey is the highly-regarded premium beer brand of Port Brewing Company operating out of the old Stone Brewing brewhouse in San Marcos, Calif. since its inception in 2006. The brewery is widely recognized for its excellent Belgian-style sours and American wild ales and makes substantial use of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus in several of its flagship beers.Of its esteemed lineup, perhaps no offering carries with it as much notoriety and desirability as Duck Duck Gooze.

Stillwater/Westbrook Brewing Gose Gone Wild

Stillwater Artisinal Ales was founded in 2010 by Brian Strumke, a former techno DJ and producer who went by the name Brian Stillwater. Strumke started out as a home brewer who won various competitions, usually in lesser known categories using beers that incorporated different herbs, spices and wild yeasts. In 2010, he released Stateside Saison, a 6.8 percent ABV saison, and so began Stillwater Artisan Ales.

Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee

In May 2014, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced that its Stickee Monkee beer would be returning, this time in bottles. According to a press release, which featured the line, "Hey, Hey it's the Monkee," the name of the beer is a mishmash of the Sticky Monkey flower, which blooms along California's Central Coast, a nod to Belgian monks and fanciful spelling apparently inspired by the pop music group The Monkees.

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale

In May of 2013, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. out of Boulder, Colo. released the second beer in its Farm to Foam series, Cucumber Cream Ale.

Twisted Pine began the Farm to Foam series last year as “a tribute to the sustainable spirit of Colorado.” With that in mind, each of the ingredients used for the beers in the series are sourced from inside the state of Colorado.

Bell’s Mars The Bringer of War

In August Bell’s Brewery Inc. released the first beer in a new limited production line the company is doing based off off Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite called The Planets. Was a band nerd in high school and college, The Planets was one of my favorite performances we did. The first beer, a double India pale ale, is called Mars, The Bringer of War which is name of the first movement of Holst’s suite. Each new beer will be released every two months until the series concludes in 2015.

Avery Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale Batch No.10 2014

In 2005 Avery Brewing Co. introduced The Demons of Ale series—a yearly limited production release of three bold brews, each sporting a devilishly high alcohol content of 15-17 percent, giving it a suggested cellarability of over ten years. The three beers are released throughout the year—Samael's Oak-Aged Ale in April, The Beast Grand Cru in August and Mephistopheles Stout in December.

Lakewood Mole Temptress

Dallas, Texas-based Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Temptress milk stout has become a local favorite for its combination of consistency, great flavor and affordable price. Starting in early 2013, Lakewood decided to release its Seduction Series, which are variations of the Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer.

Deschutes Black Butte XXV

Beginning in 2008, Deschutes Brewery has released a barrel-aged version of its flagship Black Butte Porter annually to celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1988. To mark 25 years of operation in 2013, Deschutes released Black Butte XXV, an imperial porter brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs. For XXV, half of the beer is aged in bourbon casks and an eighth of the beer is aged with blackcurrants added before the batch is blended back together for the final bottling.