Got a note in my e-mail today that Sam Adams Oktoberfest is being phased out for the season; it’ll return next year. The exit of that seasonal beer will mean the arrival of Sam Adams Winter Classics Variety Park. And for those of you seeking something else from Sam Adams, fear not. They’ve announced a new series of beers: the Barrel Room Collection.
The collection includes three beers:
-New World Tripel, described as “Pale gold in color, this ale is big, flavorful and complex. A special Belgian yeast strain adds tropical fruit and spice notes to the crisp dry ale, while Saaz hops add a subtle herbal note. (~10% ABV)”
-American Kriek, described as follows: “The intense black cherry character in this beer comes from Balaton cherries, which were discovered in Hungary and are now grown in Michigan. These special cherries are prized for their depth of flavor. The tartness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging. (~7% ABV)”
-Stony Brook Red, described like this: “This unique brew defies traditional beer style definition. The rich, malty brew combines notes of tart fruit from the yeast with a toasty oak character from the barrel aging. The long dry finish is almost wine-like. This is a beer that is satisfying on its own and also pairs well with many foods such as braised or roasted meats, beef stews and strong salty cheeses. (~9% ABV)”
The beers are only available in select states as of right now, SA officials said, with the closest to Oklahoma being Colorado. I’ll keep you updated if they become available in-state.
If you’re interested in a beer you can find a little more readily, Mustang Brewing Co. reports bottles of its Mustang Amber Lager will arrive in Oklahoma tomorrow (Friday).
And on a couple Thirsty Beagle notes, remember you can follow my blog and get updates about new posts at twitter.com/thirstybeagle; and stay tuned tomorrow for the release of my Beer Championship Series bracket. Check out the match-ups and get ready for voting to start Monday.