I have some news. I only have a few weeks left of my time here at Top Ten Liquors. I have been with Top Ten for almost 5.5 years and about half of that was spent with the four of you, my dedicated readers. Well, three if you don’t count my Mom. Hi, Mom! I am continuing my spiral to rock bottom by fully stepping into the craft beer market, joining the phenomenal crew at Modist. It’s been a fun ride.
Regardless of my departure, the content here will continue to be top notch and chock-full of great information and, more importantly, super delicious beers. For the last few, I’m digging into my cellar to feature at least one beer that you may or may not find in our stores, that ages incredibly well, and have a great amount of complexity to them. This week from my cellar, I’ve got a treat from Deschutes that I have seen at several stores still. Along with a dive into my cellar, tune in next week as the new blog master makes an introduction and we tag team to create a super awesome departure post!
– Tyler – Certified Beer Professional
And Now, the Brews
|Deschutes | The Ages | Gueuze-Inspired Ale|
|Gueuze (pronounced gooz), is a spontaneously fermented Lambic that has spent all of its life sitting in a barrel. The beer is then blended, which means that it takes 3 years to make a Gueuze resulting in an extremely complex beer. Deschutes has taken this traditional beer and created their own take on the style and that makes me so excited. Now, this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a good amount of time, waiting for a good occasion. What was the occasion? Honestly, I just got a little bored. Anywho, the nose is ripe with tart lemon, a touch of barnyard funk, oak, and complementary leather notes. The aromas lead into a lovely complex flavor profile of sweet and tart lemons, apricot, ginger, pears, apple, leather, barnyard, and oak. Nicely funky, nicely sour. This will definitely continue to age extremely well. Take notes the first time you try it, and in 5+ years, try it again and compare notes. It’ll be a fun game.|
|500 ml | 8% ABV | 14 IBUs|
|Blackstack | Local 755 | New England-Style IPA|
|If there is one thing Blackstack is known for, it’s IPAs, they’re putting out a new one every other week it seems and they’re pretty much all home runs. but if I’m being honest, their Husky Porter is my favorite beer they have done. Seriously, go to their taproom in St. Paul. It’s an absolutely HUGE space, plus Can-Can Wonderland is right downstairs. So many things to do, but we’re here for the beer. Local 755 is a tropical fruit bomb, aromas of pineapple, mango, and peach. Those blend with nice grassy dank aromas creating a wonderful nose. The tongue is met with some earthy dank notes, which are quickly overtaken by mango, peach, melon, lemon, lemon rind, and other bright citrus notes. A super smooth, easy drinking NE IPA, that presents no difficulty in drinking too much, quickly.|
|4 pk 16 oz Cans | 6.6% ABV | N/A IBUs|
|Bell’s | Flamingo Fruit Fight | Tart Fruit Ale|
|Named after Larry’s (owner and original brewer of Bell’s) “spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry started in 1985” which continues at the brewery today. This version of Larry’s Latest is brewed with passionfruit and lime zest which results in a slightly tart, nicely fruited ale. The passion fruit is the first thing that hits the nose hairs which is followed by an underlining note of lime. There are also notes of lemon and funk that add to the complex nature of this ale. A brilliant display of passionfruit is extremely welcomed on the palate. Passionfruit is also accompanied by orange, pomegranate, grapefruit, and blood orange. The finish is delightfully dry with lingering notes of lime. Keep the innovation going, Larry.|
|6 pk Bottles | 5% ABV | N/A IBUs|