New Arrivals....

On the way home from Centennial Medical Center, I decided to do some mid month bottle shopping. Midtown Wine & Spirits was on the way home so paid them a visit. Just arrived is Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale. This is the first in a series where Rogue will take one of their high profile ales and age the batch in Rogue Spirits barrels. This particular batch of their Dead Guy Ale was aged in Rogue Whisky barrels. These are limited and sold in 22 ounce bottles. I love barrel aged beers, so I picked one up. If time permits I will write a review. 

Also new is Dupont Foret, an organic Saison from Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium. These are the same brewers that product the legendary Saison Dupont. Less funky and sour than Saison Dupont, but with a  little more clove phenols and yeast is how I would sum it up. If you like Saisons, this is definitely worth a try. A plus is that these are in 4 paks which are more conducive to single servings as opposed to the corked 750ml bottles.

A fresh shipment (bottled a month ago) of  Avery Maharajah  just arrived. A real treat for hop heads like myself, and the fresher the better. These have a short shelf life so get them now. You retailers, please keep these hoppy beers cold and away from light.



New Belgium High Gravity Offerings Hit Nashville

The folks at Midtown Wine and Spirits have informed me of three new offerings from New Belgium Brewing Co. At $9.99 per six pack, you will not break the bank trying them. I am still in Florida drinking Bells Two Hearted Ale and Hopslam, but I will try these when I get back. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section. You should be able to find these beers at any Wine & Spirits store with a good high gravity beer selection- Graces Plaza, J Barleycorn, Red Dog, Midtown, Froogal MacDoogal, Cool Springs, Red Dog, etc.

nb-abbey.jpg"Winner of four World Beer Cup medals and eight medals at the Great American Beer Fest...Abbey Belgian Ale is one of founder Jeff’s first two Belgian style homebrews (along with Fat Tire). Abbey is a Belgian dubbel (or double) brewed with six different malts and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. Abbey is bottle-conditioned, weighs in at 7.0% ABV, and pairs well with chocolate (or boldly served by itself) for dessert."

nb-ranger-ipa1.jpg"Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas." THREE POUNDS of HOPS per Barrel! 70 IBUs/6.5% ABV
tr_beer_label.jpg"This Trippel Belgian Style Ale opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by its Belgian yeast strain...In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, the bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander." 7.8% ABV

Franklin Main Street Brewfest

I don't have many details on the beer selection other than what is on the web site. For those in Franklin who need something to do on March 13, the ticket prices seem reasonable. I will be in sunny Florida.



2010 Bigfoot Sighting

Yes folks, Bigfoot has been spotted at Midtown Wine and Spirits. Yes I am talking about the 2010 release of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale. Expect to pay around $12.99 per six pack and they will only be available for a limited time.