Estamos en época navideña, por fin! y os queremos sorprender con cosas nuevas y refrescantes. Cosas, como este barril de Marz Jungle Boogie, que os va a dejar alucinados!
Una pequeña review de unos amigos:
Marz Jungle Boogie
Brewed By: Marz Community Brewing Co. in Chicago, Illinois
Purchased: 16.9oz bottle bought at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; 2015
Style/ABV: American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.5%
Reported IBUs: 10
The Jungle Boogie is an American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with rooibos tea. This pours into a dark red, brownish body…the head retention is impressive, and this is hazy as you’d expect with a wheat beer.
The aroma is absolutely fantastic. There is an explosion of bright Mosaic hops and huge Rooibos tea that culminates in an explosion of bright tropical fruits, berries, fresh tea, green tea, intense wheat, peaches, fresh pine, and steeped tea. It’s an incredibly vibrant and fresh aroma, and the fusion of the tea and hops is spot on.
This drinks more like a pale ale than an American Wheat Ale, but I see why they are calling it that. There’s a lot of bright tea notes and clean wheat notes, but beneath the tea and wheat is a serious punch of Mosaic hops. The hops not only drop pine and tropical fruit, but they also blast some lemon, resinous bitterness, and a little hemp oil. The tea notes also come in on the back end adding some tea-like bitterness. You get lots of green tea, and some earthy shades of medium/black tea. The tea-hop punch really works here.
This isn’t the first fusion of tea and hops, but it’s definitely the most congruent example I have had. I actually enjoy this more than the Laughing Panda Green Tea IPA, and I enjoyed that beer. This is medium-bodied with fairly flat carbonation, but it is so clean and easy to drink. Palate depth is perfect, with good depth and duration. This also unravels with a fair bit of complexity. The tea and bright Mosiac hop notes up front transition into a wheat-heavy mid, with more fruity tea/hop notes. The back end trails off with the fruit and tea, and drops some earthy green tea and lemony resin. This is dropping some peach notes as I sip on it, and it’s just incredibly refreshing. I hope this is around in the summer.
Rating: Above-Average (4.0/5.0 Untappd)
I’m feeling a StrongAbove-Averageon this. I’m tempted to bump this up to a 4.5 but I really need to camp out on another bottle. As it stands, this is maybe the best hop-tea beer I have had. I would definitely recommend this, and the food pairings are endless. I would maybe pair this with a fish dish or sushi…but that’s me.
Random Thought: These Marz guys are really coming out the gates strong.
Pues sí!, acabamos de pinchar un birrote, nada más y nada menos que la espectacular Cloudwater DDH Pale Enigma Galaxy! Vente a probarla hoy a nuestro Pez Tortilla de Malasaña: Calle del Pez, 36, 28004 Madrid
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Another superb double dry-hopped pale ale from Manchester’s Cloudwater brewery. This juicy, hazy hop bomb is showcasing the Enigma & Galaxy hops primarily, but then backed up with some nelson Sauvin & Simcoe for additional depth and fruit character.
Esta semana nos ha llegado un cargamento de cosas muy muy interesantes y frescas. Hoy podrás disfrutar de la brutal Jai Alai de Cigar City. Es una curiosa IPA de Tampa, Florida, pero con nombre vasco! Os damos más datos:
En Pez Tortilla no solo nos molan las cervezas modernas, apostamos también por grandes clásicos como la gran Lagunitas IPA. Podrás disfrutarla fresquita en nuestro Pez Tortilla de la calle Pez, 36. Os Esperamos!!
Aquí una review de unos amigos:
Beer Review: Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas American Indian Pale Ale 6.2% abv.
This is the real thing, a genuine, full flavoured American IPA brewed in California.
The heavily hopped, US style Pale Ales are now brewed by virtually every craft brewery in the US, Britain and Europe. If you go into any bottle shop or big supermarket you will be confronted by rows and rows of “US style” IPAs. This style of beer originated in the USA with Sierra Nevada brewing the first American Pale Ale way back in 1980. What makes them unique is the use of West coast hops which impart a citrus/tropical fruit flavour to beer.
India Pale Ales originated in the UK in the early 19th Century and were exported to India. They were strong and heavily hopped to help preserve the beer on the long journey to India. US brewers sought inspiration from traditional British beers and the American IPA is now a major international style of beer in its own right.
Lagunitas pours a dark gold/amber colour and has a citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The taste is a pleasant mix of grapefruit and tropical fruit flavours. According to the Lagunitas website the beer is made with 43 different types of hops and 65 types of malt. This is a great easy drinking beer which would go down a treat on a summer’s day and will go well with spicy food.
Lagunitas Brewery was founded in the town of Lagunitas in 1993 but moved to larger premises in Petaluma, California in 1994. It is now 50% owned by the Dutch brewers, Heineken. Lagunitas make a wide range of beers including Pils, Sour, Pale, Brown, Imperial Stout and some special beers. The website Beer Advocate lists an amazing 118 different brews from Lagunitas. Petaluma is about 60 miles north of San Francisco and is a town of 60,000 people located in an agricultural region which enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
Verdant Brewing in Cornwall are brewing the best beers in England
‘We’re small really so it’s like being a hamster on a wheel and we’re trying to keep the quality high’
A Cornish craft brewer is selling the highest-rated beers in England today based on reviews from beer drinkers.
Specialist beer ratings website Untappd acts as a TripAdvisor for beers, allowing drinkers to rate and share their favourite brews.
A list of the top 20 rated brewers, based on those with more than 10,000 reviews on the site, ranked Verdant brewery in Falmouth as the best in the country.
The brewery, which was only launched in 2014, specialises in hoppy pale ales, IPAs and double IPAs and they’re known for their eye-catching cans.
This week it was announced that the brewery has won a £20,000 investment fund from London-based wholesaler and retailer HonestBrew to expand their production capacity.
They’re also investing in a new canning line and are recruiting an extra brewer to enable them to more than double their brew capacity to up to 8,000 litres a week.
James Heffron, Verdant head brewer, said: “At the beginning of the year we won a Ratebeer award and we were voted best new English brewery and they’re American.
“For the last month or two we’ve at the top of the Untappd ratings for England. They’re really popular ways for people to review our beers.
“I’m the head brewer here and it’s nice to see instant reactions from people. We’re trying not to get carried away but it’s going really well.
“We have to pinch ourselves a bit. Everything is sold before we make it and the demand is really high. We’re small really so it’s like being a hamster on a wheel and we’re trying to keep the quality high.
“We’re all about strong hoppy flavours and fruity flavours and people seem to be warming to that and enjoying it.”
OJO!! La próxima semana nos llega un cargamento de Cloudwater Brew Co, una de las mejores cerveceras del mundo 😉 Entre las delicias que tendremos, podréis probar: NW DIPA EKUANOT, NW DIPA CITRA y NW DIPA GALAXY.
Para los que aún no les conocéis, os dejamos un interesante post del manchestereveningnews.co.uk:
Meet Cloudwater Brew Co – the Manchester brewery voted among the best in the world
Cloudwater Brew Co is the only UK brewery to ever make RateBeer’s top 10
The only UK brewery ever to make the cut, Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co was listed at number five after just two years of trading.
It was a huge achievement for the young brewery, which took home a total of eleven awards at the ceremony including best beer in Manchester (with their DIPA v9), top 100 beers in the world (DIPA v3), and a number of mentions in the best beers by style.
The accolade signals the wider picture of a thriving independent brewing scene in Manchester. Brewers like Track, Runaway and Blackjack – to name just a few – create some astounding brews. So why is it that Cloudwater gained international attention before the rest?
Paul Jones first opened the outfit in a small industrial estate with his small team in 2014. From the offset, Jones made no secret of his ambition.
“We’ve got a lot of examples in our short history that prove fortune favours the bold,” he says.
“We’ve certainly benefited from maintaining and building on that confidence… I think that’s one of the factors that help to make us successful.”
Their confidence didn’t go unnoticed, not least among other brewers. It’s safe to say the new kid on the block put a few noses out of joint in the tight-knit Manchester beer scene.
“I think people were quite cynical about the size of the brewery when we started,” Jones admits.
The norm in the UK – and certainly Manchester – for new breweries was largely home-brewers setting up on a small-scale professional kit, he explains.
“I think a misconception was: we’re a bit too big for our boots.”
“[Other brewers thought] what did we think we were doing with this scale, and what were we doing as a British brewery to publicly state our ambition, how dare we.”
But that was never going to deter Jones.
“I think those early misconceptions came through because I think people failed to see the experience that was already built into our starting team … I think we had something like 60 or 70 years of retail experience between us.
“From our point of view, it would have been insulting for me to turn to [my staff] and say: I know you’ve been working in breweries for years, but why don’t we work on this small scale just so that we don’t offend someone miserable in Manchester.”
Their ambition inevitably flows into the beers, which Jones explains are modelled on the best breweries and beers in the world.
“We’re always looking for the best example in each style. For example we just released a helles. The best helles in the country right now is Thornbridge with Lukas. We think the best style example full stop is somewhere between Augustiner and Tegernseer.
“Even though it’s preposterous for a two-year old non-German brewery to say, ‘we’re going to try and close the gap between never making helles before, and those that we classify as the best examples’, we’re still doing that.”
“It’s the confidence to say we don’t know how far we can go,” Jones continues. “why impose a limit on your ambition?”
And with such impressive accolades already under their belt, it looks like Cloudwater’s confidence is well placed.
Acabamos de pinchar a otra de las grandes: Oppigårds New Sweden IPA. Ven a probarla a nuestro local de Calle Cava Baja, 42.
Os dejamos una review de Mundo Birruno:
Si había una cervecera sueca de las grandes que aún no había pasado por el blog esa era Oppigårds, que ha entrado por la puerta grande con la New Sweden IPA de hoy. Creo que con ésta tenemos ya el panorama sueco bastante cubierto.
Los de Hedemora, ante el aluvión de cervezas New England IPA que nos están llegando, se han pegado la vacilada de bautizar su cerveza con el nombre de New Sweden IPA, al más puro thug life style.
Elaborada con los lúpulos Chinook, Mosaic, Ekuanot, Citra y Simcoe. Turbia, de color amarillento y carbonatación perfecta, sin irse de madre.
Al olfato es un festival del cítrico. Colosal. En boca la cosa es aún mejor. La sensación es como de beberse un zumo de lúpulo. Muy intensa, sedosa en paladar, con sabores que nos recuerdan al zumo de naranja, la mandarina, el pomelo, la piel de naranja y el mango. Me ha parecido deliciosa y es un gran comienzo para un idilio amorosobirruno con esta cervecera. 6,2%. La compré una noche en L’Artesanal después de cenar. La vi en la nevera, la cogí y les dije: “apuntádmela en la cuenta”. Si queréis emular mi experiencia gastrobirruna que sepáis que la han vuelto a traer y está fresquísima.
Stone reformula su mítica Ruination IPA, y en Pez Tortilla la tendremos en barril esta semana: Stone Ruination IPA 2.0
End of an Era: Stone Ruination IPA
So far, 2015 has seen a flurry of activity here at Stone. This is nothing new. For several years, we’ve been hard at work debuting beers at a rapid and voluminous clip. But this year’s been different. In addition to introducing new brews like Stone Delicious IPA, 2015 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine – Extra Hoppy and 2015 Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout, we’ve also broke the sad news that some of our beers are being retired, never to return to production again. First, it was Stone Levitation Amber Ale, followed almost immediately by Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA. Both were met with much lamenting, but none so much as the next beer to wave bye-bye. It’s no wonder, it’s only the first beer we ever produced beginning 19 years ago: Stone Pale Ale(which will make its valiant return to the suds scene as Stone Pale Ale 2.0 starting in April). Well, the shake-up isn’t over. There’s still one more beer that will be exiting production for eternity and, as hard as it is to say good-bye, the time has come. Spring 2015 will see the last-ever brew session for Stone Ruination IPA.
OK, please come back off the ledge. Things aren’t as dire as we made them seem (purely for dramatic effect). We could never completely kill off this saintly imperial India pale ale. I mean, you didn’t really think we’d get rid of our liquid poem to the glory of the hop, did you? Yes, Stone Ruination IPA as we know it now will soon be gone, but only because we’ll be reciting the second stanza in our lupulin-laced ode, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. That’s right. We’ve taken this fluid paean and everything we (and our fans) love about it, and taken it a new, loftier level. Why, you ask? ‘Tis a good and inevitable question for any discerning hophead to pose. And we have not one, but many answers to this justifiable query. It’s because, when we first released Stone Ruination IPA…
A far smaller number of high alpha-acid hops were available compared to present day.
Myriad brewing techniques for extracting hop flavor and bitterness had yet to be invented.
Our palates were less used to onslaughts of lupulin and we felt like we’d maxed out the IBU possibilities.
The tastes of craft beer drinkers, like ours, hadn’t yet been turned up to 11 (something Stone Ruination IPA did for many of our fans).
It takes a prohibitively massive ego, a stymied lack of vision, laziness, ignorance and/or delusion for one to create something and expect it to remain an exemplar until the end of time. Arguably, some songs, novels and artistic works attain this status, but beer is a constantly shifting, constantly evolving medium. The brew we and our fans are enamored with today probably won’t be what we are salivating over and clamoring for 10 years ago. That’s part of the allure of craft beer. The next pint, snifter, goblet or tasting glass full of enthralling hop-and-grain nectar is always right around the corner. For us, that means eschewing the proverbial blinders, and examining our fluid stock to ensure it’s in keeping with the times and all available ingredients and advancements. In short, we need to keep our fluid fluid, being open to change in the name of making something better. Those who love our beers deserve that and, we’re certain, appreciate it.
So, in the not-too-distant future, you can expect to encounter a version of Stone Ruination made bigger and bolder through the use of a revised hop bill including some new and exciting varieties we wish we’d had at our disposal when this beer debuted as the world’s first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA back in June 2002. Further upping its next-phase appeal is Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s employment of beer-making methodologies never before applied to the crafting of this be-gargoyled hop juggernaut. Stone Ruination IPA was already the type of awesome beer we felt comfortable hanging our hats, hops and reputation on, so one can only imagine how truly epic Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 will be. But imagining won’t be necessary for long. In no time, it’ll be a hop-riddled, imperial-strength reality.