Beer notes: Life and Limb, Half Acre, Odonata, Alpine, Crooked Stave and more


Update: Meant to include this as a bonus link…Jean Van Roy of Cantillon interviewed on The Brewing Network

Ten breweries discussed in this latest version of beer notes…

Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head: Per the DFH blog, “Dogfish and Sierra Nevada will be releasing a much bigger batch of Life & Limb later this summer (once again, all sales and distribution for L&L will come through Sierra).”

Half Acre Beer Co.: Announced that an “English-bent” IPA called Meat Wave will be its official Chicago Beer Week beer (May 19-27)

Odonata Beer Co.: Brewer, Peter Hoey, reported that the brewing company he and Rick Sellers started, Odonata Beer Co., is “suspending brewing operations.” The news came as a shock to many in the beer community given the potential of this project. The beers were well-received though the brewery’s first bottled beer, a Saison, was hard to sell according to one retailer. They are still working in the beer industry albeit under different companies now.

Port Brewing: A reminder that Anniversary Ale and Older Viscosity will be released this weekend. Bourbon Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper will be released on July 16th.

Alpine Beer Co.: Via the newsletter, “[This past Friday was] the official re-release date of ‘Ugly’ our Black IPA. The mild roasty, cocoa flavor, silky, creamy texture and big hop smackdown combine to stage a flavor choirs on your palate. At 7.5% abv and the newest recognized beer style out, we think we know a thing or two about making really good “hoppy” beers, and this is no exception. Bottles of “Emerson” [also went on sale at the brewery on Friday]. 22 ounce amber beer bottles of this New Zealand hopped Imperial Pilsner for $4.79 plus the usual.” They’re also working on a Gose.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: This past week saw the brewery’s first commercial release. “[Brewer Chad] Yakobson describes Good Glory as a spring inspired Belgian-style beer. The use of rich Vienna and Munich malts gives the beer a dark copper appearance with a light malt character, suggesting that winter is almost gone and summer is right around the corner. A special Belgian yeast creates plum and dried fruits on the nose with a subtle hint of spice complimented by a touch of hops and a delicate lavender aroma. Later in the year, Good Glory Suckerpunch, an aged version of the Good Glory spring beer will be tapped in honor of the Euclid Hall first anniversary celebration and the Great American Beer Festival.”

Oakshire Brewing: Announced a few Small Batch beers on its blog last week…The Missing Link IPA, Frederic’s Lost Arm Saison and Glen’s Hop Vice 2011.

Squatters Pub Brewery: According to Utah Beer, Squatters just released a “Double Imperial Mexican Light Lager” dubbed Pequeño Imperial in 22s.

Uncommon Brewers: Shipped off its first pallets to Virginia in recent weeks. In addition, per a brewery blog post, “There should be news about Northern Virginia in the coming weeks, and we’ve started the paperwork for Ohio. The news about Northern California is even bigger. We’re delighted to announce that Geyser Beverage Company will be carrying our three flagship labels across a wide range of Northern California, from the coast to the Sierras, Central Valley, and greater Bay Area.”

Southern Star Brewing: “This year’s Pro-am winner is an Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale brewed by Chris Jones and Ben Ronck. Out of the seven finalists this year, Chris and Ben made three of them. They had also made the finals the first two Pro-am competitions with their entries.”

Photo Credit: Half Acre Beer Co. blog / Phineas X. Jones on the artwork

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