Broadminded Beers

We Beer Chicks were lucky enough to be invited on the Sirius XM radio show Broadminded this past Friday!  We talked about beers for Father's Day, and beers for gifting in general.  We've received many requests for more information on the beers that we discussed during the segment, so here they are – for your reading and drinking pleasure.

If you're a fan of Bourbon, you can't go wrong with a finely crafted beer aged in a Bourbon barrel.  We love Allagash Curieux, from Allagash Brewery in Portland, Maine.  Aged in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels, this is a complex, high-octane Belgian beer with notes of wood, and vanilla from the barrel.  Comes in a lovely 750ml bottle.

Sweet & Sour:
Rodenbach Grand Cru
, from Flanders, Belgium, is arguably the most famous Flemish Red Ale.  Flemish Reds have the complexity of a Barolo with a sour bite of ripe cherries and complex Balsamic Vinegar.  Aged in Oak vats, Rodenbach is a mixture of 1/3 new ale and 2/3 aged ale.  This is a great beer for someone who loves craft beer already, but hasn't ventured in to the more esoteric sour ales. 

If you are a Scotch man (or woman), Ola Dubh Special Reserve 30 from Harviestoun Brewery in Scotland is an ale aged in Highland Park's 30 year old Single Malt Scotch.  Think engine oil (in a good way) with aromas of Heather, Honey and Smoke, flavors of Vanilla, Espresso, Juniper, and Chocolate.

Bitter Old Man:
For the bitter lover, we recommend a delicious Pliny the Elder Double IPA, a famous and sought-after ale from Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California.  Lots of Pine, Grapefruit, and a bitter Resiny bite. Big, but well-balanced.

Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: 
This is for the person who has been loyal to one beer and one beer only for their entire life… and it happens to be that Macro brewed light fizzy yellow water.  Try giving this tough customer a beer that will more align with the style that they are used to (it's called baby steps).  One of our favorite Pilsner style lagers is Victory Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, PA.  Crisp, bright and delicious.

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