Liberty Street Winery (Tom) made a Sherry style of dessert wine and bottled it in 375 mL bottles known as a ‘split’. As a special touch for Mothers Day, we had the bottles dipped in milk chocolate from DeLECKtables Chocolates in Plymouth. They are very nicely decorated in a transparent cellophane bag – a thin black ribbon is pulled to break the chocolate off the bottle which can then be enjoyed with the wine.
For Fathers Day, we did a similar thing, but we used Gold Medal Winner MAJESTY and dipped it in dark chocolate. I can tell you from experience that this is an amazing pairing.
First, the awards – Liberty Street won more medals this year at The World Expo of Beer commercial competition. Steamy Windows took the gold medal in American Hybrid category, and Majesty took the gold in Smoke/Wood category. But perhaps more impressive is that Exquisite took a silver medal in Regular Mead category – I guess waiting two years to release it was a good idea?
Tomorrow is Easter, it is also April 20th, the day we traditionally release 42nd Parallel. This is a double IPA style that is one of the few recipes that we dry hop. It is a specific strain of hop that is known for it’s aroma.
One of our more popular double IPA recipes will be released today. Twice Baked is made with baked potatoes and toasted hemp seeds, for a nutty character that is just barely noticeable behind the hop bitterness. It is a large batch, so expect growler availability next week.
Another new beer being released today on St. Patrick’s Day – of course it has to be a stout. Morning Constitutional is our version of a coffee stout, made with chocolate and black malt, this beer already has a nice roast character. Adding the coffee posed no real challenge, but using it properly took experimentation. We ended up doing a cold press with (very) fresh roasted beans from Joe’s Home Java in Livonia. If you happen to be out and about today getting your Irish on, stop in and try this beer before it is gone – it is a small batch and won’t be around long. We open at 3pm today.
It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve had to answer a lot of requests, but Tart Cherry Porter is finally back on tap at Liberty Street Brewing Company. When we make this beer, there is a stir around the brewery for several months, and plenty of sleep is lost. It all starts innocent enough with a terrific Robust Porter recipe using a normal ale yeast fermentation – then we introduce a bacteria that infects the beer with specific wild yeast cultures to further ferment and sour the beer. I know what you’re thinking, but it already tastes better than you’d expect – but then we make it even better by blending in just a slight amount of Michigan tart cherries to take the edge off the sour character.
This beer won us our first gold medal in competition, and later won another award on it’s own, plus two additional awards for the base porter recipe. However biased I may be, there are plenty of others that agree, so come and get some if you love sour beers, and at least try it if you don’t.
Majesty is now available in bottles at the brewery. Supplies will not last very long because there is no limit per person for these rare bottles of delicious goodness. For those not familiar, Majesty is our popular Emperor Norton Imperial Stout aged for more than three months in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. The draft version went extremely fast in the tasting room, and I expect these bottles to disappear fast.
That’s right, we brought back Punkin’ Pie Ale for an encore because I love it so much. PPA has been our most requested beer since it’s release more than 5 years ago – and this is the first ‘late season release’. As we anticipate spring, let’s enjoy this lightly spiced ale and look to the promise of better weather.
Also, tomorrow we will have the bottled version of Majesty available in the tasting room. More on that tomorrow.
8 Ball IPA
The bottom of a table leg in the tasting room at Liberty Street Brewing.
has been on tap for several days – sorry for the late notice, but we’ve been busy with the Winter Beer Festival this past weekend in Grand Rapids. This ‘Black IPA’ (or Cascadian Dark Ale) has a very nice spicy, citrus like hop flavor with a lack of the roast character you would expect when looking at it. It looks like a stout, but drinks like an IPA.
After much questioning for the bourbon barrel aged version of Emperor Norton, I am so happy to say it will be on tap this Wednesday the 12th when we open. This batch was brewed before the one that is currently on tap because it had spent more than three months in those barrels until we felt it was ready to be fully appreciated. This barrel aged version will be bottled and labeled under the brand name Majesty.
Also coming to tap this week will be the release of a couple other well anticipated offerings. Friday we celebrate Valentine’s Day with our usual release of Red Velvet and our first mead produced right here at the brewery. First the beer, Red Velvet was an idea from our first Valentine’s Day when I blended chocolate with our Red Glare Amber Ale – it was a huge hit, and we make it every year now.
The mead, named “Exquisite”, was made from locally harvested honey more than two years ago and then blended with Madagascar vanilla beans and sweetened with raspberry blossom honey. It has a very high alcohol level but you won’t be able to tell until you try to order more and can’t pronounce it. I plan to name all of our meads with names that are fun to say when sober, but hard to say when you’ve had too many.
We have released our Imperial Stout earlier this week, and it is getting great reviews. Emperor Norton is a very robust stout made with six different malts including two kinds of chocolate malt. This huge malt bill lends to a higher alcohol beer with lots of different characters. A second batch of Emperor Norton was brewed and placed in bourbon barrels for additional aging and will be released soon under the name Majesty.