Saturday, November 7, 2009

Breweries Collaboarate; The Bavarian Lodge Celebrates!

Collaboration beers are really gaining popularity in the brewing world. Two great breweries get together and collaborate on one special brew. Rarely does this result in a bad beer, my friends, and we have some very special collaborations to share with you in the coming months.  Most recently we featured a collaboration beer brewed by Hans-Peter Drexler (of Germany's Schneider Brewery) and Garrett Oliver (of Brooklyn Brewery). Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen-Weiss, is a hop-heavy weissbier with tons of suspended hop particles and 8.2% alcohol by volume to boot.  Notably, this was the first time Schneider had allowed an outside brewmaster to collaborate with them in their 400 year history.  We're glad they opened the door to him too, because a thing of beauty was most certainly created.  We're actually hoping to bring you a few more kegs of this fine brew before the year is out... we'll see if we can get our hands on them.  Coming very soon, we have a very limited release collaboration between Dirk Naudts (of Belgium's De Proef) and John Mallett (of Bell's Brewery).  These two got together to brew "Van Twee" a 7.5% abv Dark Ale that uses both Belgian and American ingredients, namely dark Belgian candi sugar and sour dark Michigan cherries.  The end result is a Dark Belgian Ale that falls somewhere between a dubbel and a porter infused with fresh sour cherries.  We can't wait to try it, and we've been lucky enough to get a keg of it to share with you on draft very soon. Last, but most certainly not least, we're going to introduce you to two phenomenal breweries that have collaborated on a remarkably special brew. We're so excited about this one that we're going to throw a party to celebrate its release. Scotland's Brewdog Brewing Company and California's Stone Brewing Company have collaborated on "Bashah" an 8.6% abv, Black Belgian Double IPA. This will be released on draft at The Bavarian Lodge on Thursday Dec. 10th during our Brewdog / Stone "Bashah" Release Party.  In addition to the featured collaboration brew on tap, we're going to bring you a very special gravity-fed cask of Brewdog's "Paradox: Isle of Arran". This is a rare 10% abv Imperial Stout that's aged in single malt Scotch barrels from the Isle of Arran distillery. Even more interesting, is that these oak barrels were used to aged sherry before they were used for the single malt Scotch, so the flavors it imparts are quite complex.  In addition to these two remarkably rare brews, we will be featuring a few more offerings from Brewdog... more details will be released on our website as the date gets closer. Ah yes, finally something from Stone in Illinois... is this a sign of more good things to come?  We certainly hope so.


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