Rivertown Brewing Company Lil Sipa at the Co-op!
Rivertown says that it’s Lil Sipa is ‘the perfect end to a hard days work’ suggesting that after a long day of toil an effortless beer is your go-to. The color is clear and crisp as is the taste. What makes Lil Sipa special, the craft refinement, the reason you spend the extra bucks, is the citrusy hops. The flavor isn’t complex, which isn’t a bad thing and perfect when a simple beer is all that’s needed. But Rivertown knows that many beer drinkers are now bonafide hop fanatics so they deliver a solid light beer in the genre of a sessionable IPA. I love sessionable (low alcohol) beers for their versatility. They complement outdoor events, happy hours, late night parties, and the flavors are less intense so they tend to satisfy a variety of tastes. If you want a light beer but can’t live without your hops Lil Sipa is made just for you. - Laura
Ommegang Abbey Ale! I’ve written about Ommegang before and I’m happy to share another post about a beer from North America’s most prominent Belgian-style beer brewery. The modestly dubbed Abbey Ale wastes no time in communicating the bottle’s contents, an Abbey Dubble, which is a style originating from Belgian monastic-style beer. Ommegang doesn’t mess around, they produce only six full time beers and each one is solid, but depending on your taste some are more suitable than others. Abbey Ale is a great place to start if you’ve never tried an Ommegang beer, or any Belgian style beer for that matter, it is a delicious yet honest exemplar.
A noticeable flavor distinction in an Abbey-style are the hints of spice, Ommegang’s version boasts notes of clove and black pepper. Another key flavor is a boozy sweetness (monastic beers are typically 7-12% and the alcohol intermingling with the spice creates a complex sweetness). One of my favorite aspects of this beer is as it warms to room temperature the candied taste increases and makes each sip better than the last. All this flavor is complemented by a moderately dry finish and mild bitterness.
We carry three styles of Ommegang beer: Rare Vos, Hennepin, and Abbey Ale. Build your own six-pack and sample them all! - Laura
Columbus Flea this Sunday at Strongwater Food and Spirits!
"Sunday, Feb 2! See you there! We’ll be the ones with a tall stack of Flea Bags and some cocktails in hand listening to the jams provided by George Brazil (resident Flea-Jay) And Strongwater will be doing a Seventh Son Brewing tap takeover! How’s that for the best of both worlds!”
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing!
Timing is everything, we know there are plenty of flavorful winter ales, porters, and stouts, which are all fine seasonal choices, but what does one drink when it’s beyond freezing outside? To be clear, when the temperature is below zero break out anything that has the word imperial on the label. It’s time to have a drink. The designation ‘imperial’ means that the beer you are about to consume is 8% to 12% ABV, and with a polar vortex keeping everyone hulled up inside this is the perfect occasion.
One of our newest offerings is a multi-tasker, Unita’s Dubhe is an Imperial Black IPA infused with hemp seed. It’s tempting for brewers to create a product with all the bells and whistles but with so much going on the end result could be skittish and over the top. Well, I’m happy to inform you that Dubhe is cohesive and it’s eclectic taste entices sip after sip. The earthy, balmy flavor of hemp complements and softens the piney, bountiful, hops. In fact this beer is so bitter (109 IBU) it utilizes a good deal of malt to sooth the bite. The flavor of toasted-cocoa malt is distinct and takes this beer over to the dark side, hence the name ‘Black IPA’.
When flights of beer are constructed the last beer is always the “strongest”, be it in color, hops, or alcohol. Save Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) as the finisher to put a delightfully intoxicating punctuation on your evening. - Laura