February Beer Club: Iowa

Torc-beer-canLough Gill Brewery
Torc
Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Stout
Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged
Sligo, Ireland

This Imperial Oatmeal Stout is aged in Irish whiskey barrels and infused with toasted coconut and Madagascan vanilla. It’s a rich and full-bodied stout playing on notes of whiskey, chocolate, coconut and vanilla with a long finish and a great kick.

ABV: 13% alcohol / volume
Style: Imperial Stout – Oatmeal

Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty
Made in collaboration with Boann Distillery – Craft brewed and aged in their independent brewery in Sligo. The Irish Whiskey Barrels are from Boann Distillery in Drogheda.


Mac-Nutty-beer-canLough Gill Brewery
Mac Nutty
Macadamia Nut Brown Ale

Sligo, Ireland

Rich, roasty, toasty, nutty, and malt aromas with a biscuity, bread-y nose. Raisins, nuts, and a touch of chocolate flavors are balanced with just enough hop bitterness to keep this beer easy drinking. Mac Nutty received a Silver Medal in Dublin’s Craft Beer Cup 2017 and Bronze Medal in 2018.

ABV: 5.5% alcohol / volume
Style: Macadamia Nut Brown

Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty


Loconut-Lough-Imperial_Pastry_StoutLough Gill Brewery
Loconut
Imperial Pastry Stout

Sligo, Ireland

This Imperial Pastry Stout is brewed with coconut, vanilla, and blueberry. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, and coconut are balanced with flavors of vanilla and blueberry. As a final touch, a cloud of milk is added to sweeten this stout.

ABV: 10.5% alcohol / volume
Style: Imperial Pastry Stout

Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty


Spear-beer-canLough Gill Brewery
Spear
Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged

Sligo, Ireland

Elected Beer of the Year 2022 by the Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland. Spear is aged for a year in Sherry Oloroso casks that previously held Irish Whiskey – revealing strong notes of whiskey, softened by the chocolate and coffee aromas coming from the brewery’s blend of roasted and caramel malts. A soft sherry finish gives this Imperial Stout a silky texture to support the high alcohol content.

ABV: 13% alcohol / volume
Style: Imperial Stout – Oatmeal
Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty
Made in collaboration with Boann Distillery – Craft brewed and aged in their independent brewery in Sligo. The Irish Whiskey Barrels are from Boann Distillery in Drogheda.

Lough Gill Brewing Co New LogoABOUT LOUGH GILL BREWERY:
We are excited to announce that WineStyles will be the first to bring this Irish Brewery, Lough Gill, to market in Iowa! Founded in 2016 in Sligo, Ireland (near the shores of Lough Gill, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way), Lough Gill Brewery is an independent, family run brewery known for their dark beers. Their beer philosophy is to, “brew the best hand crafted beers using the best ingredients and, where possible, to add some local indigenous ingredients to the brews”.  Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

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January Beer Club: Iowa

Even More Xmas_Beer PhotoEvil Twin Brewing
Even More Xmas
New York

Imperial Stout with marshmallow, coconut, vanilla & cocoa nibs.

ABV: 12% alcohol / volume
Style: Stout – Imperial / Double

Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty


Xmas Eve at an NYC Hotel_Beer PhotoEvil Twin Brewing
Christmas Eve at a NYC Hotel – Royal Suite Edition
New York

Imperial Stout brewed with almond, vanilla, muscovado sugar, maple, marshmallow, coffee, raspberry & chocolate. There are notes of chocolate, roasted malt & caramel with accents of dark berries, vanilla, coffee, maple and nuts. It is full-bodied and sweet.

ABV: 12% alcohol / volume
Style: Stout – Imperial / Double

Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty

ABOUT EVIL TWIN BREWING:
Evil Twin Brewing was started up “nomadically” in 2010 by Jeppe Jarnit- Bjergso. In 2012, Jeppe and his family decided to make New York City their home and join the burgeoning local beer scene. In 2016, Jeppe was approached with the opportunity to finally root his ideas & dreams and Evil Twin Brewing NYC was born. Evil Twin Brewing is now prepared at 10 different breweries around the world. Check them out on Untappd, or learn more about their company here.


kings-county-brewers-collective-x-interboro-spiritKings County Brewers Co.
Bodega Cat
Brooklyn, New York

A blend of premium English malts plus a healthy dose of flaked oats and a touch of crystal rye for layers of dark roast, bittersweet cocoa, black bread and a hint of tangy spice. It’s medium-bodied, approachable and balanced with a dry finish.

ABV: 5.8% alcohol / volume
Style: Stout – Oatmeal
Beer Style at WineStyles: Dark & Roasty
Made in Collaboration with Interboro Spirits & Ales

ABOUT KINGS COUNTY BREWERS CO.:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.

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December Beer Club: Iowa

Ayinger Brewery

This month, our Beer Club members will enjoy two of Ayinger Brewery’s beers, plus an Ayinger branded glass! Learn more about our December Beer Club beers below.


Ayinger_Celebrator_330_bottle_website_2022Ayinger Brewery
Celebrator
Doppelbock Lager
Aying, Bavaria, Germany

A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. There are notes of toffee, caramel, graceful dark-malty roasts, and the essence of barley. Lager fermentation leads to clean flavors and pinpoint conditioning. Semi-dry finish.

ABV: 6.7% alcohol / volume
Style: Doppelbock Lager
OG: 1.074

IBU: 24
Beer Style at WineStyles: Malty
Rating: 100 points on Rate Beer
Serving Suggestion: Serve in a stemmed tumbler at 50ºF. Pair with pastries and desserts, cured ham, smoked duck, wild turkey, filet with Dijon sauce, chanterelles, Tournedos Rossini, Châteubriand.

HISTORY:
Doppelbocks (“double bocks”) were probably first brewed in the 17th century by monks in Bavaria – a stronger version of bock beers that originated in Einbeck, Germany. Doppelbocks are usually rich, malty lagers; usually dark-colored; the names often end with the suffix “-ator.” Ayinger Celebrator has probably changed little from the doppelbock first brewed at Ayinger in 1878; Ayinger’s doppelbock was once called “Fortunator” but this global classic is called “Celebrator” around the world now. – Ayinger Brewery


weizenbock-1Ayinger Brewery
Weizenbock
Aying, Bavaria, Germany

This beer has a classic Bavarian weissebeer aroma with notes of spice and cloves. It has a smooth body from the wheat that is extravagant, with pinpoint conditioning. The flavor offers the essence of the wheat harvest, and fresh-baked bread. The finish has hints of tropical fruit, cloves and banana.

ABV: 7.1% alcohol / volume
Style: Wheat Bock
OG: 1.067

IBU: 10
Beer Style at WineStyles: Fruity & Spicy
Rating: 97 points on Rate Beer
Serving Suggestion: Serve in the classic Ayinger 17-ounce “weizen swirl” glass, or an oversized wine glass. Pair with hearty German cuisine such as smoked pork chops, sauerkraut and sausages, and full-flavored game or duck. Additionally, this Weizenbock can pair beautifully with spicy Mexican or Indian cuisine, or something sweet such as an apple strudel for dessert.

HISTORY:
The weizen-bock style is relatively uncommon, even in Bavaria: they are wheat ales (weissebeer or weizen beer) that are brewed to be as strong as a bock – with corresponding fuller body, and enhanced flavors. They can be pale (“helles”) or dark (“dunkles”), but Ayinger Weizenbock is pale in color. – Ayinger Brewery

ABOUT AYINGER BREWERY:
The award-winning, family-owned brewery, Ayinger Brewery (or, Privatbrauerei Aying for German speakers) was founded in 1878 near the Alps in a 1200-year-old Bavarian village of Aying, Germany. The brewery combines their rich brewing heritage, with ingredients sourced from surrounding farms, with high-tech automation to ensure sustainable practices. They are famous for their full range of award-winning Bavarian specialty beers. Check them out on Untappd, or learn more about their company here.

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