Tipple’s Rare Beer Tasting – November 17th 2014


Join us at Tipple’s on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for a rare beer tasting.  For this evening we will be featuring rare, limited, and one-off beers.  The tasting will be done in class format and guided by Andy Bielecki, the Bearded Taster at Swamp Head.

Admission is $45 and must be made in advance in person at Tipple’s or by phone (352) 672-6303. In addition to the featured beers your admission includes a souvenir beer glass, hors oeuvres provided by Strega Nona’s Oven, and 10% off most items in the store. Sorry, no refunds or cancellations, please make sure you can attend before signing up! Please arrange for a safe ride home.

The Tasting List:

Swamp Head Catherine’s Passion

  • Florida – Imperial Stout – 10.5%
  • A delicious imperial stout that has been infused with organic cocoa nibs and fair trade coffee to create a sensual stout with an extra kick.

The Bruery Tart of Darkness

  • California – Sour Ale – 7.2%
  • The Bruery took a stout and put it into barrels that previously housed their Black Tuesday and various other strong ales; they then added their special blend of souring bacteria and wild yeasts. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark sour stout.

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break

  • Denmark – Imperial Porter – 11.5%
  • Evil Twin topped off their already decadent Imperial Biscotti Break with an insane amount of doughnuts for a rich, doughnut-y imperial porter.

Cigar City Big Sound

  • Florida – Wee Heavy – 8.5%
  • Brown in color, Big Sound has huge notes of dark sweet toffee with underlying mild notes of coffee in the aroma. The flavor starts with a slight note of cherry and then opens into Goliath malt character with notes of dark sweet toffee, slight hints of coffee, and mild notes of toasted bread in the finish.

Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Sound

  • Florida – Wee Heavy – 8.5%
  • Cigar City’s Big Sound that has been aged in bourbon barrels. Expect to find additional flavors of rich vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and dark fruit.

Cantillon Iris

  • Belgium – Lambic – 5%
  • Cantillon’s Iris is made with only pale ale malts to conserve the complex aroma and vinous flavor of spontaneous fermentation. The hops used are 50% dried and 50% fresh as opposed to the traditional 100% dried hops.  The fresh hops give Iris more acidity. After spending two years in the barrel Iris is then hopped for an additional two weeks with fresh hops.

Sierra Nevada & Boulevard Terra Incognita

  • California – Wild Ale – 9.8%
  • Belgian yeasts are used to accentuate this blend of ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels. Tart fruit, earthy, sweet malts, and Aurora hops create a truly unique beer that is as complex as it is refreshing.

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov

  • Florida – Imperial Stout – 11%
  • Opaque black in color, Marshal Zhukov has notes of espresso, chocolate, dark, sweet toffee, with hints of black strap molasses. The flavor begins with unsweetened chocolate supported by notes of herbal dryness from English hop varietals. It then moves into dark toffee sweetness and closes with a slap of espresso.

Tilquin Oude Quetsche

  • Belgium – Lambic – 6.4%
  • Quetsche is barreled with de-stoned plums in a blend of one and two year lambics for four months. It tastes slightly tart but still fruity with a slight dryness from the plum skins. On the nose there are hints of plum brandy perfume.

Boulevard Love Child No. 4

  • Missouri – Wild Ale – 9%
  • Oak barrels were used to age the majority of beer used for Love Child No. 4 — with beer aged from 16 months to nearly six years. Another portion of the beer spent 11 months in stainless tanks, souring on Lactobacillus. While very tart, the sourness is short-lived and the beer finishes dry with hints of oak.

Bell’s Mars

  • Michigan – Double IPA – 10.1%
  • A double IPA with a complex hop character and a malty backbone. Notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, lemon, lime and pineapple are all present in both the aroma and flavor.

A bonus beer!

  • A bonus 12th beer…we don’t know what it will be yet, but it will be delicious!

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