Goodness From Across The Pond!

Each time I sit down to write a beer review, I have to put that on hold to inform you all about new beers in the Nashville market. I suppose that's a good thing!

There are two reasons that I am excited about Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout arriving in Nashville. One, because this is a very good Imperial Stout brewed by Nøgne Ø out of Grimsted, Norway. Two, because they imported by Shelton Brothers, who have a reputation for importing quality and rare beers. Does that mean more goodness is on the way? I sure hope so. Nashville just upped it's beer credibility by adding beers from the Shelton portfolio.

Another Shelton Brothers import that I am excited about is K-O Blonde Bier out of Belgium. This is a solid example of a Belgian Strong Ale and is worth a try. More Belgian arrivals are from them are Witkap Pater Singel, Witkap Pater Tripel, Jenlain Blonde, and Slaapmutske Tripel Nightcap. I almost forgot Scaldis 12, a very well made Quadruple Ale. On the beer store side, sourheads can rejoice with and authentic and outstanding Framboise lambic, Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus.Warning- it's not for the pedestrian beer drinker. For those used to the candy sweet Lindeman's Framboise, this beer may shock your palate with it's sourness and acetic acid.

Italian made Panil Barriquee, is also back after a hiatus. While it is pricey, it's a world class Flanders Red Ale. Don't try cellaring this one, as it oxidizes in less than two years. Drink it fresh.

Note to Midtown Wine and Spirits- please get these beers away from the windows. There are plenty of less desirable beers you can swap shelf space with. All Shelton Brothers imports should get premium shelf space- nuff said!

I don't know if this is new, but I just noticed it. I picked up and thoroughly enjoyed a Castelain Blonde, brewed in Benifontain, France. This is a nice earthy, unfiltered example of a Bière de Garde. It paired very well with pan seared scallops.

I highly recommended Kulmbacher Eisbock a few months back and it quickly disappeared from the shelves. I am happy to say it's back and in the new packaging. Any craft beer lover owes it to themselves to try this classic.

All of these beers should be available at the usual liquor stores with a good craft beer selection- Frugal MacDougal, Midtown Wine and Spirits, Red Dog, Cool Springs Wine & Spirits, JBarleycorn, and Total Beverage (Murfreesboro). Always call ahead to be sure.

That's it for now. Cheers!


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