Bob’s Beer Bits and Sips
Belgard Coffee Stout
Beers made with coffee have been catching on in recent years, and while I have tasted quite a few coffee-infused beers over the past few years, CraftHaus Belgard Coffee Stout is without question the coffeeist I’ve ever tasted. Okay, I know coffeeist isn’t a word, but I think it should be and want the credit for creating it! Belgard Coffee Stout is moving into the core line-up of the Henderson, Nevada-based brewery, joining its Evocation Saison and Resinate IPA. It’s also about as local as a beer can get, for it is brewed with freshly roasted beans from local roaster Vest Coffee. Upon pouring you’ll encounter a huge coffee aroma and upon sipping an ample coffee essence. In fact, I’d go so far as to suggest this would be a great alternative to enjoying after a meal instead of an espresso or other coffee drink. And, at only 5.2% ABV it’s not too filling. Good news for us is that it is now being offered year round and will soon be available in cans for purchase in stores.
Sapporo Premium Black
SAPPORO U.S.A. recently launched its Sapporo Premium Black, its first new product in the U.S. market since 2004. This dark lager is a new direction for Sapporo and marks its first dark beer. The 5% ABV brew offers aromas of chocolate and roasted dark malt, complemented by a sweet, round fullness of black coffee on the palate. It weighs in at 5% ABV and is packaged in a 22 oz can. The brewery suggests it is suitable for food pairings that include grilled, roasted or blackened meats, burgers, smoked sausages and hearty seafood such as swordfish or tuna. The beer officially launched September 1, and joins the Sapporo brand family that also includes Sapporo Premium, Sapporo Reserve and Sapporo Premium Light.
Uinta Funk’ N Patch Brett Pumpkin Ale
It’s certainly the season to enjoy food and drink with pumpkin and the spices associated with pumpkin pie. The Salt Lake City-based Uinta Brewing has produced annual pumpkin beers for quite some time, but now comes its most unique and out-of-the-box variant yet, one spiked with brettanomyces, which features that great barnyard funkiness hence the Funk’ in the name. Part of Uinta’s new wild ale program, this 8% ABV brew brings forth tartness, but not overwhelmingly so, which allows the sweet malts and pumpkin pie spices to have their turn satisfying your taste buds. This beer is worth purchasing for the cool artwork by Evan Jed Memott on the label alone, which depicts a guy with a pumpkin head dancing and trying to look cool.
SKA Brewing Euphoria Pale Ale
Just in time for the approaching colder months, the Durango, Colorado-based SKA Brewing has released its annual winter seasonal. This American-style Pale Ale has a backbone of malt, some caramel sweetness, a touch of chocolate and toast and enough alcohol 6.2% ABV to help you stay warm through the winter months. It also has a resinous and citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and flavor, provided by a huge dry hop addition at the end of fermentation, and is hop-forward enough to fool you into thinking you’re drinking an IPA, despite its middle range of 45 IBUs. The label depicts a dancing skeleton, likely in front of the San Juan Mountains which the brewery sits at the base of.