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Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro Ale

Left-Hand-Sawtooth-Nitro-AleTHE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CO2 & A NITROGEN BEER

All of our Nitro beers both contain the same ingredients as their classic CO2 equivalents and are meant to be highly similar. The main difference is mouthfeel. Traditional CO2 beers have a much greater carbonic bite compared to the much smoother Nitro series. The addition of Nitrogen to a beer gives way to much smaller bubbles, creating a smoother, creamier experience. Beyond mouthfeel, there are variances in appearance and smell as well. Take Classic Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro. Visually, you will notice that as you pour Classic Milk Stout, it behaves like a normal beer with an instantaneous mahogany body and receding taupe head. As you hard pour Milk Stout Nitro, the beer will immediately begin to cascade, settling to reveal the body and developing a thick, billowy, off white head on top. In regards to smell and taste, Classic Milk Stout overall has a greater nose, as well as a more roasty character and a very slight hop bitterness. Milk Stout Nitro has a more creamy mocha essence throughout the beer, with no noticeable hop element.

Which is the best? That is entirely up to you and we encourage everyone to try Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro alongside their CO2 editions as well! As our VP of Brewing Operations, Joe Schiraldi says, “It’s a great exercise in how changing one parameter can affect the flavor of the beer.” Cheers and enjoy!

From the Brewer – “Two guitars, bass and drums. It’s all you’ll ever need. Sessionable.  Unpretentious. Our original flagship. Proof that a beer can be both complex and balanced. Malty chewiness slowly transitioning over to herbal, earthy hops with a dry finish. Brewed to be enjoyed with friends and to stimulate serendipity.”

Hops: Magnum, US Goldings, Willamette and Cascade
Malts: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich Wheat and Black Malt
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 27
Original Gravity: 12° plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.3%
Format: 12 oz. bottles
Seasonality: Year Round

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Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

Anchor-Steam-Christmas-AleEvery year since 1975 the brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer have brewed a distinctive and unique Christmas Ale, which is available from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. Our tree for 2013 is the California White Fir. It was hand drawn by local artist James Stitt, who has been creating Christmas Ale labels for us since 1975.

Not everyone who came to California in 1849 came in search of gold. A few came in search of trees. English botanist William Lobb was one such plant hunter. As a collector of California’s exotic flora for English nurseries, Lobb (born in East Cornwall in 1809; died in San Francisco in 1864) was responsible for the introduction of fifty-eight species of California plants to English gardens, including Giant Sequoia and California White Fir.

Each year our Christmas Ale gets a unique label and a unique recipe. Although our recipes must remain a secret, many save a few bottles from year to year. Properly refrigerated, the beer remains intriguing and drinkable for years. Different nuances emerge as the flavor mellows slightly, much like the memories of great holiday seasons past. Celebrate the holidays with Anchor Christmas Ale, an Anchor tradition since 1975.

Alcohol by volume: 5.5%
Format: 6 packs, Magnums
Seasonality: Winter

Fullers 2012 Vintage Ale Limited Edition

fullers-vintage-aleFirst released in 1997, Fuller’s Vintage Ale is brewed in limited batches with each bottle being numbered. It can be enjoyed immediately, or Fuller’s recommends laying the beer down to enjoy when it peaks in 3 to 4 years and consume at cellar temperature. And though it’s released each year as a separate vintage, BA has been informed that the recipe is only slightly tweaked from year to year, while the ABV remains at 8.5%.

From the Brewer –“Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale, crafted by Fuller’s Head Brewer, John Keeling. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, and of course our unique yeast, creating a unique limited edition brew. Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle after bottling, which will mature slowly over time like a fine wine or whisky.

Here at Fuller’s, we recently opened (in the interests of research, of course) a few bottles of old Vintages: they tasted better than ever so stock up now and you’ll be glad you did in years to come!

Alcohol by volume: 8.5%
Format: 1pt., 0.9oz. Bottles
Seasonality: Winter

Sour Power Six Pack Sampler

From the Brewer – “Now available, the Sour Power Six Pack Sampler features three of Global Beer’s finest sour ale offerings. Included in the pack are two each of Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ales, Petrus Oud Bruin Ales, and Petrus Aged Pale Ales.”

Petrus Oud Bruin Ale: Red & Brown Ale
“Dark ruby red – red as wine. The style is also called the Burgundy of Flanders, and is a very typical and common beer in West Flanders

Created by a secret blend of the aged and sour ‘mother beer’ with fresh brewed sweeter beer, this beer produces a sour-sweet balance, set off by the underlying bitterness of the hops. A discovery! The best in its style! Light in alcohol, exciting complex flavors and tastes come to the forefront.

Although serving cold is recommended, taking time to drink it will release more aromas towards the end of your glass.”

It is an excellent beer to marinate fish or meat in it. Richer meat dishes, or heavy pasta dishes where the light sourness of the beer is looked for to offset the sweetness of the sauce.

Alcohol by volume: 5.5%

Monks Cafe Flemish Sour Ale: Red & Brown Ale
“As Belgian beer lovers, you certainly know about the famous restaurant-bar in Philadelphia with the name Monk’s Café. This restaurant is known all over the USA as one of the best places to find an extensive selection of Belgian beers, and also great food cooked in Belgian beer. The owner Tom Peters is one of the many people who fell in love years ago with Belgian beer, and one of the few who had the passion and tenacity to learn all about it.

In 2002 he finally had the opportunity, and the courage to convince the Van Steenberge brewery to bottle its famous ‘BIOS – Vlaamse Bourgogne’ under private label for him. The Flemish Burgundy of the Van Steenberge brewery is an old brown in style, aged in oak, and is one of the oldest brews made by the brewery, at least brewed for over 300 years. Tom Peters knew the beer long since, but always had trouble finding some bottles, even in Belgium. Indeed, the beer is only brewed once a year. A final tasting of a whole line of Belgian Old Browns in the Brugs Beertje bar (Brugge) tilted the decision: this is the best old brown ale in the world! And Tom went to the brewery to see Mr. Paul Van Steenberge and Mr. Jef Versele, the owners of the brewery.

Well the rest is history, as they say, but we at the Global Beer Network are very honored to be able to import this fabulous, exceptional Belgian beer in the USA.”

Great with Asian, spicy Mexican and even salads!

Alcohol by volume: 5.5%

Petrus Aged Pale Ale: Red & Brown Ale
Aged? Many beers have a long maturation, but this one has only 24-30 months in oak barrels.
Pale? This beer has an old gold to bronze color, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the ‘mother beer,’ used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, and to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. A connoisseur’s delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.”

Smoked, pickled or marinated fish (trout, herrings, sardines). Shellfish. Squid.

Alcohol by volume: 7.3%

Format: 6 Pack – 2 of each type
Seasonality: Year Round

Pyramid Summer Variety Pack

From the Brewer – “Pyramid’s summer variety pack offers a quartet of brews that are perfect for summer’s memorable moments, whatever they may be.  Our flagship Hefeweizen is joined by Apricot Ale, an award-winning wheat beer, our refreshing summer seasonal Curve Ball Blonde Ale and a limited edition Pale Ale, celebrating the first Pyramid beer ever brewed in 1984, available in the variety pack only.”

Hefeweizen: Unfiltered Wheat Ale
“The standard by which all other wheat beers are judged. Our award-winning American-style Hefeweizen is a unique take on the traditional Bavarian classic. This refreshingly unfiltered wheat ale delivers a distinctively smooth flavor worth savoring with friends.”

Hops: Nugget, Liberty
Malts: 39% 2 Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat,1% Caramel
Original Gravity: 12.5 Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 18
Alcohol by volume: 5.2%

Apricot Ale: Unfiltered Wheat Ale
“Apricot Ale perfectly combines the taste and aroma of fresh apricot with the smooth finish of a traditional wheat beer. It’s refreshingly unfiltered character and fruit flavor make it an ale worth savoring.”

Hops: Nugget or Summit
Malts: 50% 2 Row Pale Barley, 50% Malted Wheat
Original Gravity: 11.5 Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 11
Alcohol by volume: 5.1%

Curve Ball: Cold-Conditioned Ale
“A deliciously drinkable golden summer seasonal, Curve Ball quenches the deepest of thirsts with its crisp, clean flavor. This cold lagered ale is the perfect accompaniment to summer’s memorable moments, whatever they may be.”

Hops: Vanguard, Perle
Malts: 2-Row Barley, Malted Wheat
Original Gravity: 12 Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 18
Alcohol by volume: 5%

Pale Ale: Pyramid’s First Brew
“Our inaugural Pyramid beer, Pyramid Pale Ale was the first beer ever brewed in 1984 under the Pyramid family of ales. Brewed only with Cascade hops and styled in the tradition of English Pale Ales, Pyramid’s Pale Ale is sweet and malty, with floral hop aromas.”

Hops: Cascade
Malts: Malted Barley, Caramel Malt 80L, Caramel Malt 120L Carapils
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 38
Alcohol by volume: 5.4%

Format: 12 Pack – 3 of each type
Seasonality: Summer

Newcastle Summer Ale

From the Brewer – “Don’t let its light, golden-yellow color fool you. Our Summer Ale packs a secret punch that’s just as bold as it is refreshing. It’s crisp with a touch of caramel, medium sweet in the middle, with a deliciously dry, hoppy finish that’s just the thing for a warm summer’s day. Or any time you’re feeling summery, really.

Hops: Styrian Golding and Challenger
Malts: Optic
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 26
Alcohol by volume: 4.4%
Format: 6 Packs
Seasonality: Summer

Dogfish Head Tweason’ale

From the Brewer – “The No. 1 thing Dogfish lovers ask for at our pub, in our brewery and on our website is a gluten-free beer. But not just any gluten-free beer — they want gluten-free with gusto.

“It seems as if lots of folks who have gluten-tolerance issues are pining for an interesting beer,” says Dogfish founder and president Sam Calagione. “While there are a few well-made examples that mirror traditional beer styles, there aren’t any off-centered offerings.”

Enter Tweason’ale.

For our first new 12-ounce 4-packs in nearly half a decade, we replaced the classic barley foundation of beer with a mild sorghum base. The hints of molasses and pit-fruit are balanced by vibrant strawberry notes and a unique complexity that comes with the addition of a malty buckwheat honey.

We believe health-conscious beer drinkers and the millions of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease can cut back on gluten while relishing the distinction and drinkability of this very special brew.”

Alcohol by volume: 6%
Format: 4 packs
Seasonality: Released 4 times a year


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