While we waited to do the Majesty bourbon barrel aging of Emperor Norton Imperial Stout, we decided to try a couple more of our great beers in the barrels. Starting with the two that we already know will taste great after aging in oak for months. So using Liberty One robust porter, we aged for several months in the same Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels that we always use. It is on tap now, and only available for a short while. The other beer we used was Red Glare, which we like to call Red Oak after barrel aging. It will be ready for service after the new year.
Also on Tuesday, we will release a very special small batch of Santa Stout made with seasonal spices and ingredients.
And don’t forget to get your growlers filled for Christmas since you can’t buy alcohol that day. And we will be closing at 8pm on Christmas Eve.
Liberty 6 is our anniversary beer this year.
Yes, we have been providing you with the freshest beer for 6 years now, and we hope to continue forever! As a special release in commemoration of our anniversary, we have prepared Morning Constitutional, our coffee stout. Made with locally roasted Bella Crema beans that are cold pressed to get the fresh aroma and flavor of a good cup of coffee. As the beer warms, these characteristics become more pronounced.
Also, don’t forget to consider your local brewery for Christmas gift ideas. Everyone loves fresh beer as a gift, and why not get get some for yourself while you’re at it. We still have some bonus $10 gift cards available when you buy a $50 gift card.
For a limited time, buy a $50 gift card and get a bonus $10 gift card at Liberty Street Brewing. That’s a 20% discount overall, that can be used with other discounts, like happy hour or mug club. Stacking discounts like that can really get you some inexpensive beer.
And don’t forget, growlers make a great gift too, and Brewers Garden will be available this Wednesday in growlers.
Next Monday is our 6th anniversary, and we will release Liberty 6! This is our coffee stout that has been previously marketed as Morning Constitutional. Made with freshly roasted coffee from a local roaster in Livonia, these Belle Crema beans add a very robust character to the beer. Plans to bottle it are being considered (label design), so hopefully you enjoy it as much as we do.
Barbers Garden IPA is gone, so that means we can finally bring Brewers Garden IPA to the taps! What better way to give thanks for a harvested bounty than to enjoy a delicious beer made with locally grown hops. We mean very local too, this beer is made with hops from our friends at Pittsfield Hop Farm, Sons of Liberty Homebrew Club members, the Courtright family and several other customers. What a great way to start the holidays right!
We will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, so be sure to get your growlers filled today (except Brewers Garden).
Lite of Polaris is a Single Malt And Single Hop beer using a new hop variety called Polaris. These hops are dubbed “the mint drop”, though we have noted mostly exotic fruit aromas and flavors. With the high alpha acid rating of these hops, the small amount used definitely makes it’s presence known. This is a small batch that will be released on Wednesday and will be very limited.
As we get closer to the end of the year, we get closer to our anniversary – the anniversary ale has been brewed and is conditioning in anticipation of this years release as Liberty Six. More details will follow…
Barbers Garden IPA is almost gone, but we need your help so we can release it’s sister batch; Brewers Garden IPA. This is in the same style as the former, but uses hops grown in the gardens of several local brewers and donated for this batch. Exactly what you’d expect from our regular IPA with a lot of extra hops.
While in transition to getting the new production plant going, there has been some time to make some small batches of some of your favorite beers. Waves of Grain is our Hefeweizen style beer fermented with German yeast to impart banana and clove notes. It is a lighter style at around 4% abv, so you can have a couple – sorry, no growlers on small batch beers.
Also, enjoy Barbers Garden IPA while it lasts – as soon it is gone, we will release Brewers Garden IPA which is the same concept, but with a much more diverse selection of fresh hops added.
Our first of two harvest ales this year, Barbers Garden IPA is our normal IPA recipe, but with two very large hop additions from the hops grown right next door to kick it up a bit. Of the additional hops, half go in at the beginning of the boil, and the other half goes in at the end of the boil. This generates a flavor and aroma characteristic that is very different from The American IPA base, but still hints back under all that bitterness.
Please welcome the return of , our Imperial Stout. Named after our corporate namesake, Joshua Norton (pictured on The American IPA label), this is a high alcohol imperial stout that balances well with chocolate and some dark fruit characters. Very low hop bitterness is helped out with some slight acrid notes from the dark malts used, and plenty of flaked oats give some body and depth to the beer. Some of this small batch will probably end up in bourbon barrels like last years batch (Majesty 2013 gold medal winner at World Expo of Beer), so make sure you get to try some before it is all gone.
Ok, so the traditional celebration date of Oktoberfest is in late September and into October, and this has gone on for over 200 years. Here we bring you our fifth version of the Octoberfest/Marzen style beer that is made by almost every brewery out there. Our Oktoberfest beer is made with all the traditional German ingredients. German malts leave a caramel-like character that is supported by a light hop bitterness from Hersbrucker hops.
And for the third year in a row, we are having the wonderful kitchen staff at The Inn at St. John’s prepare a beer paired dinner in celebration of Oktoberfest. Call now and reserve your place at the table – spots are limited and moving very fast. The food alone is well worth the price of this event, but then you get beer samples and entertainment as well. I really hope to see you there!
Liberty Smash is the name of our new beer on tap today. This beer is made with “Single Malt And Single Hop” (SMASH), using only 2-row malted barley, and Liberty hops. This is a very simple beer, and was designed to be that way so that we can judge the character of the Liberty hops that we have been getting. The only regular beer that we use Liberty hops in is The American IPA, and we add Liberty hops mainly because it is in our name. This is a small batch made on the pilot system, so if you try it and you really like it, you may want to get your share before it is gone.
And bigger news is that the Punkin’ Pie Ale is now available for growler fills. I know, it doesn’t seem like big news to most of you, but if you are one of the dozens of customers asking for growlers of Punkin’ Pie and being turned down, then this is a big deal indeed! Our supply of this popular beer is being propped up with lots of extra brewing, so we expect to not run out any time soon.
And another quick tidbit of info on the new brewery; all of our bottling equipment has been brought in, and we are finalizing installation of several key elements (boiler, glycol chiller). Our license application is moving along as well as can be expected, and we hope to be doing practice (water only) brewing soon. There will be tours available after the brewery has been tested out and production is in full swing. We will keep you posted here, as well as on Facebook.
Speaking of using social media for communication, we now have a group page for people that are interested in helping at the brewery. Join here by following the group. I will only post here when we need help, so specifics of the help needed as well as dates and times will be posted, and replies to the post will be used to schedule helpers.