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Craft beer seasonal releases: Early February

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Here is a quick look at some of the seasonal and new release craft beers you can find locally in San Diego at your favorite bottle shop. Distribution is limited on some of these, so be sure to locate and buy them when you can. If you have had any of these beers, be sure to comment and share your thoughts.

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Stone Brewing Matt's Burning Rosids
Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison
ABV 10.5%; Around $7/220z

The cherrywood really shines in this brew, especially when the beer warms up just a bit. Alcohol is definitely present. Sweetness balances out the funk/Belgian yeasty-ness. A worthy example of the style, and being a tribute beer to a member of the Stone team who passed away is even more incentive to get your hands on this beer before its gone.
Side note: in the coming weeks, look for Old Guardian and session IPA releases from Stone (and a 4/20 Enjoy By.)

The Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale
Imperial Stout/Blend
ABV 12.5%; Around $16/375ml

A blend of bourbon barrel-aged Serpent’s Stout and brandy barrel-aged Angels Share, Deliverance is one that you should share with a friend, but probably wont want to. I dont have much else to say other than make sure to drink this beer.

Firestone §ucaba
Barley Wine
ABV 12.5%; Around $16/22oz

This Proprietor’s Series classic turns four years old with this release (two with the name change from Abacus to Sucaba). A true English Barley wine style with huge bourbon and American oak aromas chocolate undertones and all the cherry and caramel notes that you could ask for. BTCO (Buy two, cellar one).

Sierra Nevada
Ruthless Rye

ABV 6.6%; 12/ oz 6-pk and 12-pk

Rustic grains, refined flavor, ruthless character. Ruthless, a slightly spicy IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes balanced with the dry spiciness of the rye. Low ABV makes this very drinkable and pairs well with many dishes from the rye.

Bigfoot Barleywine
Barleywine Style Ale
ABV 9.5%; 12 oz. 4-pk
A true Classic. This beer is 30 years old since its introduction in 1983. Bigfoot is prized by beer collectors for its supreme cellarability. The barrel aged version they did last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary, with Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace, was just an amazing beer.

Green Flash Hop Odyssey Black IPA
Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale
7.2% ABV; Around $6/22oz

Classic West Coast IPA hop characteristics, pours black, finishes smooth. The subdued dark roasted malt flavor and aroma pops a little more when the beer warms up a tad.



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