Think barleywine with a large proportion of wheat in the grain bill. Golden Slumbers is a strong brew made with pale, dark wheat, honey and caramel malts. It is generously hopped with 100% citrusy, floral Centennial hops. Smooth alcohol, a creamy mouthfeel and a long dry and bitter finish make this a beer to savor over and over again. A good beer to stock up on, as it never stays around for long.
APPEARANCE: Deep copper with a thick, creamy off-white head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Try Golden Slumbers with hearty well-spiced dishes, pungent cheeses or all by itself.
Jagged Twilight was inspired by Twilight Peak, the highest summit in the jagged West Needle mountains in Western Colorado. Five malts, a generous portion of dark candi syrup and Trappist yeast create a malty full-bodied brew with notes of stone fruits, raisins, dates and a touch of chocolate. Rich sweetness gives way to a dry finish that lingers – inviting the next sip. Settle in by the fire with a goblet of Jagged Twilight, or enjoy it any time you want to feel on top of the world.
APPEARANCE: Deep amber with a rocky tan head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Jagged Twilight goes well with hearty stews and braised dishes, full-flavored poultry dishes and flavorful cheeses like aged Gouda, sharp Cheddar and any of the Trappist monastery cheeses.
Summerfield is a Saison, or farmhouse ale, that was originally brewed on farms in the southern part of Belgium for farm workers during the harvest. Its bright golden color and slight haziness come from pilsner malt, toasted malt and a touch of wheat. Goldings hops add a crisp bitterness and an earthy flavor. Summerfield is a drinkable, refreshing and food-friendly beer that you won’t have to wait until harvest time for.
APPEARANCE: Deep orange-gold with a rocky white head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Saisons like Summerfield are very food-friendly and go well with a wide selection of meats, poultry and seafood. Grilled and rustic foods are particularly good with this Saison. Goat Chevre, aged Gouda and farmers cheeses pair nicely as well, and it is the perfect pairing with robust and spicy dishes.
As the name implies, the beer resembles a fine Champagne, although many critics consider Biere Brut to be “far more interesting.” Brut La Grande is a pale straw color with a dense moussey white head that leaves layers of “Belgian lace” on the glass. Its perfumy aroma yields notes of apricots, allspice, black pepper and a touch of lemon. Its complex flavor profile hints at apples, peaches, vanilla, ginger and exotic spices. Brut La Grande is light and airy with a silky mouthfeel, creamy pinpoint carbonation and a complex, spicy, bone-dry finish. Every sip is a celebration!
APPEARANCE: Pale with dense moussey head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Brut La Grande pairs well with seafood, especially shellfish and a variety of vegetables, cheeses and fruit. Enjoy it with Chèvre cheese and Belgian chocolate.
Talus is a Belgian-style Tripel – a strong blond ale originally made by Trappist monks. It is the epitome of the "iron first in the velvet glove." Talus’ soft malts and subdued bitterness give it a smooth body, a pleasant sweetness accented by tropical fruit and cloves, and a long dry finish. Despite its considerable strength, Talus is a very drinkable beer that always leaves you wanting more.
APPEARANCE: Deep gold with a dense off-white head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Talus is an excellent beer with cheeses like Spanish Manchego, French Epoisses and Roquefort, and English Stilton.
"Honey, I'm going to check the mail." Here in Midtown, the best mail doesn't come from the Post Office. Bruz Mail Ale is a Belgian Brabant-Style Amber Ale that doesn't screw around...period. A hearty blend of six malts provides a grainy complexity-accentuated by earthy, spicy hops and a clean, distinctly Belgian yeast strain. The result is a rich, easy drinking reddish amber ale that will actually make you want to double-check the "mailbox."
APPEARANCE: Pale copper with a creamy off-white head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Mail Ale's versatility lets it pair well with just about any meat, poultry or fish – especially when grilled. It goes equally well with pizza or pasta. Try it with a robust cheddar or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Jolly Roger is a hearty Belgian-style stout finished with rum barrel staves. Seven malts, dark candi syrup and Goldings hops make for complex aroma and flavor profiles that include notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, dried fruit and caramelized sugar. The rum-infused oak adds yet another dimension of flavor and complexity. This one will shiver your timbers . . . Aarraghh!
APPEARANCE: Very dark brown, nearly opaque with a dark tan head
FOOD PAIRINGS: Jolly Roger is great on its own or as an accompaniment for a rich dessert. Cheese pairings include creamy St. Andre, Stilton, Compte, or a goat Chevre.