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Step Into the Light

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What a difference a few days can make! It was hard to believe that the 4 to 5 foot drifts of snow would melt in a few days. From snow white to sunshine lit, this beautiful stout captured my attention!

I must admit I wasn’t sure what to think of a white stout. I know I meet plenty people who have the perception that stouts are just way too heavy of a beer. They see the dark color from the roasted malt and immediately think that the beer isn’t right for them. Many times, however, they do like the coffee and chocolate flavor that come from some stouts.

So, what if you were to change the color of the stout by using a lighter colored malt but still have the coffee and chocolate flavor? This is exactly what Zipline Brewing Co. has done with their White Stout. If you were to take a blindfold taste test, I would imagine you would have a hard time telling that this wasn’t a traditional stout. The coffee is upfront and very pleasing as it finishes off sweet and chocolaty.

Some people call white stouts a gimmick beer, but I call them ingenious! Well done Zipline Brewing! This is a very enjoyable beer whether 20 degrees or 80 degrees outside.

Cheers!

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Hope

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear” by Suzanne Collins

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear” by Suzanne Collins

Blue Blood Brewing Co created the Hope Stout in remembrance of those that have lost their battle with cancer and those who are impacted by the disease. We all hope that a cure can be found soon.

The Hope Stout is a stout that everyone can get behind and support. It is a very roasty stout where the sweetness of chocolate and a silkiness invades your mouth.

A sessionable beer that comes in at 5.0% ABV. I highly recommended this stout to anyone who enjoys the combination of chocolate and coffee flavors!

Cheers!

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Sealed with a Kiss

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Pint Nine Brewing has a way with barrel aging beers that adds just a kiss of the what is in the barrel to the beer. Take for instance the Heathen Porter. This porter is a very nice, dry, and roasty porter. The beer has a lot of flavor and is very sessionable coming in at 4.8% ABV.

Now take this beer and age it in a Patriach Distillers Rye Whiskey barrel. I have had the Rye Whiskey and it is a very smooth and wonderful whiskey. So, I was very excited to see what it would be like with the Heathen Porter!

The barrel aged version of the Heather Porter adds some oak notes and just the right amount of the rye whiskey flavor to come up with incredible version of this porter. It takes some great brewing skill to pull off barrel aging a beer to get the flavor of the barrel without increasing the ABV significantly!

If you get a chance to try this beer, I highly recommend it!

Cheers!

Smokin' Hot Straight Out of Robber's Cave

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You know what melts snow? The latest Robber’s Cave Series beer from Blue Blood Brewing Co out of Lincoln, Nebraska. The name of the beer is Smokin’ Coconut Caper. I am a big coconut porter and stout fan, so when this beer was released, I knew I had to give it a try!

This beer is really complex to figure out. The upfront taste is definitely sweet. I really enjoy the coconut and chocolate flavor. In the middle, I get the smoky, roasty characteristics of the cherry wood smoked malt. The finish is back to what I experienced in the beginning. The mouth feel is very silky. Wow - this one is really messing with my senses but in an incredibly good way!

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So, I am a big fan of label art. Blue Blood Brewing’s Robber’s cave series labels have been so fun to follow. Each beer label makes you feel like you are part of the story.

The artwork is done by Perfect Pour Studios. The imagination and creativity of each label aligns perfectly with each beer in this series!

I am looking forward to taking the tour of Robber’s Cave! Blue Blood Brewing also has a great taproom and restaurant adjacent to the main brewery.

When the snow is not on the ground, the brewery has an amazing outdoor setup with a stage for live music.

I highly recommend checking out this brewery! If you are like me and a coconut porter fan, then stop in soon and grab a 4-pack or two of the Smokin’ Coconut Caper.

Cheers!

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Oso Cafe is Oso Good

A blend of Hazelnut and Brazil coffee in a super smooth brown ale

A blend of Hazelnut and Brazil coffee in a super smooth brown ale

Have you ever taken that first sip of beer and let out a loud “Wow”? Pint Nine Brewing Company’s Oso Cafe will definitely do that to you. This brown ale is well balanced with a blend of Hazelnut and Brazil coffee from A Hill of Beans Coffee Roasters in Omaha, NE.

I am use to coffee stouts and porters. The Oso Cafe has been my first coffee brown ale and it is wonderful! There is so much to like about this beer. The hazlenut adds that special flavor that really makes this beer unique to me. It blends so well with the malty, roastiness of the brown ale. You might think this beer would be higher in it’s alcohol content, but it is very sessionable at 5.6% ABV.

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OSO Cafe t-shirt

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Local and out of state friends have really enjoyed this beer. I had a craft beer enthusiast from Seattle, Washington tell me that is has to be the best coffee beer he has ever had!

Stop in and give the Oso Cafe a try. I bet you will being leaving with a crowler because it is Oso Good!

Cheers!

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