NICE AND WEISSE

By Josh Liddy

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With fall coming quick, something attracts me to German wheat beers. Maybe it's memories of the wheat harvest on my grandparents' farm around this time of year. Maybe it's the color schemes on the packaging. Who knows?! What I do know is that I love weissbeirs. This is a list of German weissbeirs that I tend to gravitate towards this time of year.


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Konig Ludwig Weissbier

A royal beer from the kingdom of Bavaria, this is an awesome beer. On the nose, you get hints of banana and wheat; the palate follows with the addition of very strong notes of clove. This is a shining example of the style and very reasonably priced for such a great import.

Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse

Now, this one is not a traditional weissbier, in the sense that it is not a plain (for lack of a better term) weissbier, but a tart beer. This is a perfect, traditional, Berliner weisse. This beer is very reminiscent of Champagne, very effervescent, and has the same tartness that comes along with that. Don't be intimidated by the terminology if you haven't tried this style before--this is a very easy drinking, accessible beer. 

Franziskaner Weissbeir

This beer is another staple wheat beer from Germany. If you've been to Germany, you've more than likely had Franziskaner. On the nose, citrus and wheat are very prevalent. Wheat and orange follow on the palate. This is one of the first German beers I tried and I was hooked! This will be a mainstay in my fridge this fall.


I can see myself with one of these beers, on the porch with the brisk autumn wind blowing through the orange and yellow leaves. If you're looking for something new to enjoy this fall, I recommend trying one of these. As always, you can follow us on UNTAPPD at Colonial Wine & Spirits to see what we have to offer and my personal UNTAPPD (jliddy09) to see what beers I've been trying lately.

Local Showcase

By Josh Liddy

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Arkansas is on the rise with local breweries. We've got some awesome stuff here.  But, today, I'm going to focus on just one -- Ozark Beer Company. Located in Rogers, this brewery has been pumping out some amazing beers. In fact, according to Beeradvocate.com, their Bourbon Barrel Aged Cream Stout, is the #1 beer in Arkansas, and rated as one of the top in the United States. Unfortunately, since they make such a limited amount, we only saw about two cases in the store.

However their main-line brews are some of my favorite local beers!

American Pale Ale

This is an incredible beer. A light, easy-to-drink pale ale that is a perfect sessionable at 4.3%. You get some nice citrus on the nose, followed on the palate with some rye spiciness. 

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IPA

This beer could be considered as sessionable with an ABV of 5.3%. Made from hops sourced from a single farm in Oregon, this one has strong aromas of pine and grapefruit that follows on the palate. This is a pretty classic American IPA that is true to the style.

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Belgian Style Golden Ale

This is my favorite beer from Ozark! A perfect example of a Belgian golden ale, they use the traditional Pilsen malts and Noble hops. On the nose, you get some grass, spice, and pear notes. I definitely recommend that if you haven't had this, give it a try.

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Cream Stout

A perfect, low ABV (5.3%) stout! This one has very strong notes of coffee and chocolate, that follows on the palate with a nice roasted malt finish. I think the brewers say it best, "A perfect beer for the cooler weather." I imagine this is going to be a mainstay in my fridge this fall and winter.

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If you didn't know about Ozark Beer Co. before, you have no excuse now! With this brewery being in Northwest Arkansas, it gets overshadowed by our regional locals, much to my displeasure. Come by and grab a six pack of one of these awesome beers and as always, you can follow us on UNTAPPD at Colonial Wine & Spirits to see what we have to offer and my personal UNTAPPD (jliddy09) to see what beers I've been trying lately.

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DISCOVER BELGIUM

By Josh Liddy

When people think about beer, the first place that comes to mind is Germany, but to me, it's Belgium. Some of the last remaining Trappist breweries are located there....still operated by monks in the monasteries.  All profits go to benefit the monastery or community social programs. The beers listed in this blog are not Trappist brewed, but we do have them for sale in the store!  Being in Arkansas, we've still got a few months before I, personally, would bring out the darker beers, but this blog will contain an even mix of dark and light.

Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Abt 12

First up, we have a great Belgian quad. St. Bernardus is considered an abbey ale, which has lost its meaning since the advent of the phrase Trappist, but is a beer brewed in the vein of monastic breweries. This particular brew is considered one of the best in the world and it has earned that title for sure. It has a very fruity aroma but is very well-balanced between sweet, bitter and malty. I definitely suggest picking one of these up! This will be a regular in my fridge this fall and winter.

Brasserie Dupont, Saison Dupont

This is one of my all-time favorite beers! This beer has been in production since 1844. The beer was brewed in the winter to be ready for the field workers the following summer. This is a very light and refreshing farmhouse ale. It has very strong aromas of grass and bananas that follows on the palate. This is considered the shining star of saisons and with good reason! This is perfect for the remainder of your summer festivities. 

Brouwerij Het Anker, Gouden Carolus, Cuvee Van De Keizer (blue)

These next two beers are related because they were brewed in honor of Emperor Karel of Belgium's birthday. The first, the blue label, is a strong dark ale. On the palate, you get notes of the roasted malts, caramel, and plum. This is a fantastic beer and was winner of best Belgian style strong in 2015. Come by and pick one up and you'll see why!

Brouwerij Het Anker, Gouden Carolus, Cuvee Van De Keizer (red)

This beer was brewed as a 10 year celebration for the the first brewing of the blue label. This is my favorite of the variants. On the nose you get hints of pear and grass. The added herbs give the beer a slight spice finish with a bit of boozy warmth. I highly suggest that you try this one.

 

Belgium has some of the best beers in the world and has something for every time of year. The lighter options are perfect for your remaining summer activities and the dark ales will be sure to keep you warm at home this fall and winter. As always, you can follow us on UNTAPPD at Colonial Wine & Spirits to see what we have to offer and my personal UNTAPPD (jliddy09) to see what beers I've been trying lately.

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