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New Craft Beer 1.27.2017

Bells Hopslam
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Finback MK Ultra
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down
Against the Grain Pile of Face
Ithaca Belair Sour
Bells Smimtten
Dogfish Old School

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New Craft Beer 1.17.2017

Grimm Sumi Zest
Grimm Color Field
Grimm In Mid Air
Lost Nation Mozaic
Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus
Westbrook 2 Claw
Westbrook Hazelnut Chocolate Stout
Southern Tier Imperial Ginger Beer
Southern Tier 2X Oak’d IPA
Southern Tier Raspberry White
Stone Ripper
Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo
New Belgium Day Blazer
Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA Variety
Lagunitas Citrusinesis
Avery Tangerine Quad
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer

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New Craft Beer 12.9.2016

Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde
Leinenkugel’s Bavarian Dunkel
Harpoon Winter Warmer
Shmaltz Shtick in a Box
Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy
New Belgium Folly
Traveler Winter Shandy
Stone Southern Charred
Barrier The Hill Have Hops
Magic Hat Winterland
Boulevard Smokestack No. 6
New Belgium Clutch
Adirondack Double Bear Ale
Ommegang Shadow Brewer
Shmaltz Genesis 20:20
Shmaltz Jewbelation 20
Dogfish World Wide Stout

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New Craft Beer 12.1.2016

Dark Horse Elf Winter Warmer Ale
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
Two Roads Holiday
Perennial Abraxus
Prairie Christmas Bomb!
Sixpoint Global Warmer
Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
Rogue Yellow Snow
Troegs Blizzard of Hops
Smuttynose Single Digit Dubbel
Von Trapp Trosten

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New Craft Beer 11.22.2016

Goose Island Bourbon County 2016
Goose Island Bourbon County 2014 (Limited)
Goose Island Bourbon County 2013
Goose Island Bourbon County Regal Rye Stout 2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2016
Oskar Death by Coconut
Jack’s Abby Kiwi Rising
Finback Cell
Half Full Celebrate Everything

*All Bourbon County is Black Friday Release

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The Hype – Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

brooklyn-black-chocolate-stout-imageThis is one of my favorite seasonal releases.  We usually buy enough to last us well through the winter as the beer ages very well.

Russia’s not high on my list of favorite counties, but thanks to Catherine the Great we all now enjoy the famous Russian Imperial Stout.  Originally brewed strong and hoppy to withstand the sea voyage from England, the Russian Imperial Stout is now a cult favorite in the American craft beer scene.  Taking inspiration from the original English brewers, American craft brewers created there own unique twists on the popular style including barrel aging.  Come to think of it, the original was probably barrel aged, though not likely whiskey barrel aged.

Speaking of Russian Imperial Stouts, we just received 6 bottles per store of North Coast Old Rasputin Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout.  Get them both while you can…going fast!

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New Craft Beer 11.10.2016

Shmaltz Chanukah Hanukkah
Brooklyn Insulated Black Lager
Otter Creek Free Flow IPA
Ithaca Midnight Sun
Magic Hat Winter Mingle
Goose Island Winter
Dog Tag Legacy Lager
Pipeworks War Bird
Pipeworks Lizard King
Singlecut Mo Shugg
Grimm Field Rotation
Jack’s Abby Red Tape
North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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New Craft Beer 10.13.2016

Pipeworks Lizard King
Pipeworks Blood of a Unicorn
Evil Twin Donno
Evil Twin Sanguinem Aurantiaco
Captain Lawrence Autumn Blaze
Oskar Blues Hot Box
Ithaca Box of Hops
Two Evil Pachamama Porter
Boulevard Saison Brett
Brooklyn Quintaceratops
Brooklyn Hand & Seal
Southern Tier Choklat
Mikkeller Spontonbasil
Bells Roadhouse
Avery Vanilla Bean Stout
Barrier Daddy Warbucks
Rushing Duck War Elephant
Lord Hobo Consolation Prize
Grey Sail Flagship
Grey Sail Flying Jenny
Grey Sail Pour Judgement
Grey Sail Captains Daughter
Pipeworks Twin Pines
Cascade Strawberry
Single Cut 18-Watt
Single Cut Full Stack

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The Hype – Peak Organic Super Fresh

peak-super-fresh-imageThis is not a beer that we always have in stock, but I thought it’d be a great beer to mention.  I’ve been on an IPL kick lately and was super pumped when this one came back in stock.  Super Fresh is billed as the assertive big brother of Peak’s dry hopped pilsner, Fresh Cut, which we do carry year-round.  Featuring Chinook, Citra, Centennial, and Simcoe hops, it truly is a “Wicked Dry-Hopped Pilsner”.  Super Fresh bursts with waves of delicious citrus and tropical hop flavor, while finishing clean and crisp.  According to our Peak sales rep, the brewers from Peak, Lawson’s, and Fiddlehead were blind tasting beers from their breweries and they all landed on Super Fresh.  Sometimes I’m amazed how long some of these great beers take to sell through.  We took 20 cases of Peak Organic Super Fresh 2 weeks ago and there are still a few cases hanging around at each store.

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New Craft Beer 9.29.2016

Grimm Lambo Door
Grimm Pulse Wave
Grimm Splish
Stillwater Nu-Tropic
Against the Grain Citra Ass Down
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
Alesmith IPA CANS
Sam Adams IPA Variety
Long Trail Limbo Citrus
Peak Organic Super Fresh
Peak Organic Juice

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New Craft Beer 9.23.2016

Half Acre Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Gone Away
Breckenridge Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte
Smuttynose Oktoberfest
Otter Creek 25th Anniversary Double IPL
Harpoon Octoberfest
Great Divide Oatmeal Yeti
Smuttynose Julio’s Barrel Aged Horachata
Dogfish 120 Minute
Avery Rumpkin
Avery Chai High
Against the Grain The Brown Note

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The Hype – Newburgh MegaBoss IPA

newburgh-megaboss-canFinally! Newburgh canned an IPA! And, they nailed it. After trying Hop Drop, their super juicy DIPA, I wondered why they hadn’t yet canned an IPA. From flavor to name and packaging, MegaBoss IPA delivers. Packed with 8 different hop varieties – Whole Leaf Delta, Simcoe, Amarillo, Sorachi Ace, Lemon Drop, Apollo, Cascade, Centennial – MegaBoss IPA is simultaneously spicy and tropical. The light, crisp body allows the citrus and tropical notes of these high alpha hops to pop. At 7% ABV, you can enjoy a few and still stay sharp.  If you need further validation, MegaBoss IPA won Gold at this year’s TAP NY Festival.

*The beers highlighted in these posts hold their own against all those “White Whales” we see coming into the market.  We’re doing something different to promote all the awesome beers that we regularly stock and that don’t get the hype they deserve.

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New Craft Beer 9.8.2016

Grimm Kinetic Cloud
Ninkasi Oktoberfest
Allagash Hugh Malone
Dark Horse Oktoberfest
Founders Breakfast Stout
Ommegang Grains of Truth
Cisco Pumple Drumpkin
Dogfish Seaquench
Long Trail Cranberry Gose
Avery El Gose
Smuttynose Peach Short Weisse
The Bruery Autumn Maple
Avery Ale to the Chief
Allagash Farm to Face
Lost Nation The Wind Gose

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The Hype – Jack’s Abby Excess IPA

Jack's Abby Excess IPL ImageThis is the first in a series of short blog posts about “Hidden Gems” we stock at Minogue’s.  The format will be short and to the point.  The beers highlighted in these posts hold their own against all those “White Whales” we see coming into the market.  If you’re in the craft beer scene, you know what I’m talking about.  I won’t name brewers or brands.  Your buddy has probably told you about one, or you’ve been told there’s a one can/bottle limit, or worse yet, you arrived a few minutes too late to find it’s already sold out.  I’d like to do something different to promote all the awesome beers that we regularly stock and that don’t get the hype they deserve.

The guys from Jack’s Abby stopped by yesterday to talk shop.  They have a few new projects in the works, including Kiwi Rising in cans and a couple new beers hitting our market in November.  I also learned that they’re using a variety of sexy hops from the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand – Calypso, Citra, Equinox, and Simcoe to name a few – which are not advertised on their IPL packaging.  I’ve been a fan of Hoponius Union, Mass Rising, and Kiwi Rising since we started carrying them, and I’ll always grab one when I find it on tap.  They have a nice niche producing craft lagers, specifically uniquely hopped India Pale Lagers.

Excess IPL is definitely a uniquely hoppy beer, even within the Jack’s Abby portfolio.  Each one of the hops used – Citra, Chinook, Calypso, Equinox, and Simcoe – adds a layer of complexity, and dry hopping the beer 3 times amplifies those layers of flavor and nuance.  The clean finish from the lager yeast again sets the taste apart from so many of its hoppy peers, though it is characteristic of all Jack’s Abby lagers.  Personally, my favorite aspect of Excess IPL is its balance, given the intense hop flavor.  The balance and complexity of hop flavor allow you to gleam a little something different with each sip, rather than experience an intense battery of one individual note.

In stock now:  Hoponius Union, Calyptra, House Lager, Excess IPL, Copper Legend


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New Craft Beer 9.1.2016

Grimm Afterimage
Gun Hill Anthem Session IPA
Stillwater 21st Century Means
Shmaltz Golden Anniversary
Shmaltz Reunion
Shmaltz Death of a Contract Brewer
Embark Ciders (7 Different Styles)
Single Cut Softly Spoken Magic Spells
Knee Deep Variety 6 Pack
Bells Oktoberfest
Bells Brown

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