We are back with an ultra fresh set of offerings from our pals over at InsideTheCellar.com. If there is one thing InsideTheCellar is known for, it’s they are big stickler when it comes to freshness. They will be headed down to the bottling line at Smog City where they will pluck the bottles right off the line, pack them up and ship them to your door. These guys are not messing around. Anyway, check out these gems from the best online craft beer retailer around.
Smog City Amarilla Gorilla – This Freshies product will be bottled on 2/16/16. Any order containing this beer will be shipped on bottling date. This IPA is definitely from the jungle! With notes of mango, papaya, apricot, and a touch of citrus and pine in the nose, this is one big, beautifully hoppy IPA. Enough malt balance and restrained bitterness keeps it very drinkable. ABV 7.1%
Amager/Crooked Stave – King of The Wild Yeasts – After long years of the beer community discussing hops to exhaustion, yeast is finally getting a glimpse of the spotlight following what seemed to be a lengthy Batman-like existence: outcast, living in the shadows, not getting enough credit for his work. However, the importance of fermentation is no news to Chad from Crooked Stave, a.k.a. the king of Hipsters, who has been fondling with various fermenting agents for longer than most people have been drinking. So it was that on a beautiful – yet excruciatingly hungover – Wednesday Mr Yakobsen came to Amager to bombard us simpletons with his knowledge on all things yeasty, and especially, bretty. Due to stubbornness from our end, we still insisted the brew carried a motherf#&@ of hops, despite intents of a brett forward beer. The answer to what ingredient won the battle lies within this bottle. But in our opinion, we are all winners. ABV 5% IBU 41
Hop Freshener: Dank and Sticky – Our inaugural release boasts aromas of citrus, and dank, resinous pine. As the flavor opens, huge notes of stonefruit and dank resin give way to a juicy malt backbone and drying hop bitterness on the finish. ABV 8.5%