October: New Brews & Other News

For starters, don't forget about the first annual Tennessee Beer Festival this weekend. It looks like tickets are still available. Expect about 25 breweries and around 90 different beers.

Stone Vertical Epic 10-10-10 is on the shelves for a very limited time. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, it's part of a 12 part series that started back on 2-02-02. The purpose of the series is to cellar each year and have a vertical tasting in 2012. I always purchase one to drink, and another to cellar. This year's release sounds interesting:

"Fermented with the legendary Ardennes strain of Belgian yeast, 10.10.10 is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale brewed with pale malt and triticale (a cross of wheat and rye), hopped with German Perle hops, and steeped with chamomile during the whirlpool stage. In secondary fermentation, we added a juice blend of Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties."

I also picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Harvest Ale. If you are a hop head, I highly recommend you grab a bottle. This is a very nice beer where the malt profile is as integral as the hop schedule (see my review on the previous post).

Also available is Oxymoron, a collaborative beer between Terrapin and Left Hand Brewing Co. It is described as "an American-style IPA brewed with three German malts, six German hops varieties, and a lager yeast strain."

For those willing to part with $13.99 for a 500ml bottle, Samuel Smith's Stingo has made it's second annual appearance in Nashville (thanks to the anonymous reader for the correction). It's an English Strong Ale that has been aged in oak casks, and I hear it's pretty tasty. However, my wallet is a little thin these days and I may have to pass.

That's it for now. Cheers!



Anonymous said...

Stingo was in Nashville last year Smitty.

Smitty said...

I will correct that. Not sure how I missed it. Thanks!

Nathan Qualls said...

Sorry about not putting my name in the previous post. Stingo was a small release. I bought a bottle, loved it, and went back for more...it was gone. They must have only gotten a case or two at Midtown. It wasn't as expensive last year either. I think I paid <10 dollars a bottle last year.