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Flying Dog Unleashes The Wildeman

Wildeman Farmhouse IPA

Flying Dog is an edgy brewer, and their ‘Wild Dog’ line of beers, which includes the Centennial Single Hop Imperial IPA, the Secret Stash Harvest Ale, and the Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, and the wildest of the wild.

However, for the introduction of their new brew, a Farmhouse IPA called the Wildeman, they may have outdone themselves:

According to Flying Dog:

His axe is stained with the blood of a thousand adversaries. We fall in behind him as he leads up into darkness. He turns his gaze on us.

Almanac Goes Farm To Barrel With Their Summer 2010 Release

Almanac Summer 2010

Almanac Beer Company is a new brewery out of San Francisco that takes influences from the Bay Area’s rich food culture and creates fantastic artisanal ales that are barrel-aged and brewed in collaboration with select Northern California sustainable farms.

Their first release, the Summer 2010 Blackberry Ale, is a Belgian-style Golden Ale that’s brewed with four varieties of Sonoma County Blackberries from the Sebastopol Berry Farm, then aged in oak red wine barrels for 11 months.

According to Almanac:

Our golden ale reflects a dueling love of classic Belgian ales and American hops. We balance two row barley, pilsner malt and wheat with a touch of Magnum bittering hops added at the beginning of the boil, and a California-sized addition of Citra hops added at the end of the boil. This late hop addition adds a delicate grapefruit-peel aroma. We then age the beer in used oak wine barrels from California wineries with two hundred pounds of fresh Cherokee Blackberries, and another fifty pounds of Marion, Ollalie and Boysen Berries. All of our berries were hand picked at the family owned and operated Sebastopol Berry Farm.

After eleven months of barrel aging with the fruit, we blended the barrels back together with freshly brewed

Beer Gimmicks and Trends

Over at The Full Pint, Dan Becker has written a great post about the gimmicks and trends that are beginning to appear in the craft beer market.

Beer Gimmicks

These include corked and caged 750ml bottles, waxed 22oz bottles, canned beers, barrel aged beers, dry hopping, collaborations, limited releases, rye IPAs and black IPAs.

Back In Black IPA

While these don’t necessarily indicate the brewer is trying to cover up a bad beer with a good trick, it is good to know what to look out for when sizing up a beer, so you can be a smarter beer buyer.

[The Full Pint – Rundown of Craft Beer Gimmicks and Trends]