Hitachino Nest White Ale
Brewed by: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: White Ale (Witbier)
A.B.V. (Alcohol By Volume) 5%
Flavor: Crisp, Citrus and Floral notes. Also subtle Ginger and Corriander.
Aroma: Light citrus, Lemmon, Spicy
Pairs well with: Great with light seafood dishes. Great with steamed mussels
Beer notes: A refreshing mildly hopped Belgian styled beer with a complex flavor of coriander, orange peel, nutmeg. White Ale has won gold medals at several beer competition in U.K. and U.S. This is one of HITACHINO's top-selling beers both in Japan and U.S.
Find it: Available at Specs, Kroger and HEB.
Shipyard Barley Wine Style Ale (Pugsley Signature Series)
Brewed by: Shipyard Brewing Co.
Location: Portland Maine
Style: Barley Wine
A.B.V. (Alcohol By Volume) 8.5%
Flavor: Fruity sweetness. Plum, raisins and fig. Hints of Toffee.
Aroma: Musty caramel and dark fruit.
Pairs well with: Very intense food, but good with dessert and strong cheese.
Beer Notes: Barley Wine Style Ale is a big beer made with six different malts (Pale Ale, Crystal, Caramunich, Wheat, Chocolate and Roasted Barley) and balanced with a very full hop charge of Summit, Challenger and Fuggles hops. It is a deep reddish brown color with a complex fruity nose, a very full body, and an interesting balance between grains and hops which ends with a pleasing dry taste. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 8.5% alcohol by volume.
Find it: Available at Specs, Kroger and HEB. (Please note that not all locations will carry this.)
Poperings Hommel Ale
Brewed by: Van Eecke
Location: Poperinge-Watou, Belgium
Style: Belgian Ale (It is also being categorized as a Belgian IPA)
A.B.V. (Alcohol By Volume) 7.5%
Flavor: Rather hoppy, flowerly aroma, round spicyness. Peppery.
Aroma: Subtle tart, light fruit such as apple and pear.
Pairs well with: Pair with a cheeseburger topped with onions, or with spicy dishes.
Beer notes: Poperings Homel is the true Belgian hop ale. All other hop beers from Belgium are brewed specifically for the U.S. market. However, Poperings Hommel is Van Eecke’s flag ship brand in Belgium and abroad.
What makes it special is of course the yeast, and what makes it unique is the higher amounts of hops used. This beer has about twice the bitterness of other Belgian beers. We could not expect less, since this beer has been brewed for centuries in the heart of the Belgian hops region: Poperinge. Indeed, the small village of Watou is today part of the city of Poperinge.
Poperings Hommel ale is brewed with a blend of summer, winter and aromatic pale malts. The brewery has its own well where soft water is found, and only local grown hops from the Gold and Hallertau family are used.
Find it: Available at Specs.