At OLBC, we understand the sacred oath between brewer and enthusiastic beer connoisseurs the world over. The connection begins with a quality product, it grows through the experience, and it endures through a relationship created in that oath.
Our beer selection is a mix of some of our favorite standards as well as an innovative rotation of flavors that you'll be able to connect with, from grain to glass. That includes the three year rounds highlighted below along with an innovative line up and exclusive brewery releases over time. Farther below you can catch the latest we'll have to offer!
Shoreline Series - Seasonal & Experimental Brews - Winter 2016/2017
FIRELANDS SMOKED CHERRY PORTER Firelands is a smoked cherry porter. Deep brown with a hint of red, this beer smells of ripe cherries and autumn afternoons. Tart cherries and a hint of smoke become immediately apparent upon the first sip, but this delightful brew gives way to cocoa powder on the back end. It's a complex beer reminiscent of chocolate-coated cherry cobbler. ABV: 5.6%; IBUs: 20; SRM: 40; Hops: East Kent Goldings, Perle
Malts: Maris Otter, Munich, Chocolate Wheat, Crystal, Flaked Oats, Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Blackprinz
ELECTRIC BOATMAN IMPERIAL RED ALE Lonesome Boatman Red Ale has a big brother. His name is Electric Boatman Imperial Red Ale, and he's visiting for the first time in...well, Lonesome Boatman can't remember when. What exactly will happen when Electric Boatman arrives? I guess you'll have to let us know. We took the Lonesome Boatman recipe and "imperialized" it. Same malts, same hops, same lovable Lonesome Boatman flavor...except Electric Boatman weighs in at 8% ABV and is boldly dry hopped with Simcoe hops. Simcoe brightens up the Boatman family, so we wish your experience with family and friends is every bit as wonderful as this new brew. ABV: 8%; IBUs: 30; SRM: 13; Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, East Kent Golding, Magnum; Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Vienna, Caramel, Victory, Oats
OUT COLD BIERE DE GARDE Collaboration beers give breweries the opportunity to brew something wildly different from their usual offerings. They come about from a mutual admiration for each other's products and skill. Brewers love to do them, when time and tank space permits. In November, Cold Creek Brewery's head brewer, Sean Piel, came down from Ellington, CT, to brew something unique to both of our breweries: a blonde Bière de Garde aptly dubbed Out Cold.
The Bière de Garde style originated hundreds of years ago in northern France. The style leaves itself open to interpretation: filtered or unfiltered, blonde or amber or brown, malty sweet or some noticeable hop flavor, fruity or with a lager-like crispness. Traditionally brewed in the winter and lagered (aged) until the spring, the Bière de Garde has been a staple in Europe while underappreciated in the USA. Outer Light and Cold Creek decided to put their own twist on this old style by brewing a blonde Bière de Garde with Pinot Grigio grapes. We then enhanced the wine character by adding Hallertau Blanc hops, which impart a grape-like sweetness comparable to Nelson Sauvin hops. Then we dry hopped it with just a touch of Citra for an even juicier finish. The malt bill is unique as well. It contains 16% spelt, which is a species of wheat that imparts a slightly nutty flavor. The result is Out Cold Blonde Bière de Garde, a beer unlike any other that we've released. And at 8.6%, it'll help you chase away those winter blues. ABV: 8.6%; IBUs: 16; SRM: 5; Hops: Hallertau Blanc, Citra; Malts: Pilsen, Spelt, Vienna, Aromatic, Acidulated\
SO HELLES PITTED If you’re unfamiliar with a Helles lager, here’s a quick primer. The German word “Helles” translates to “light” or “bright.” But “light” doesn’t mean “flavorless” or “low alcohol.” It refers to the color, which is pale straw. A Helles lager typically clocks in at 4.7-5.4% ABV, and it is the ultimate exercise in balance. The idea is to showcase the delicate Pilsen malt flavor while still allowing the subtle, herbal German hops to shine through. It can’t be too sweet or too bitter. The beer must be medium-bodied, not too watery and not at all thick. It must be translucent, never cloudy. And it must not exhibit any off flavors. It is the embodiment of perfection, the measure by which German brewers judge each other. It is, simply, the most difficult beer for any brewer to brew. So yeah, we’re totally showing off here. And we hope you get it. Because a Helles-style lager is one of the most beautiful beers in the known universe, and to do one well is a brewer’s wet dream. The Helles lager is the epitome of German beer. And ours? It’s So Helles Pitted, man. ABV: 5.5%; IBUs: 14; SRM: 2; Hop: Hallertauer Mittelfrueh; Malts: Light Pilsen, Carapils
TRES PALMS TRIPLE IPA Legend has it that the man who invented the double IPA did so accidentally. While brewing his usual IPA, something happened and he realized that he was going to blow right by his intended starting gravity. He had extracted more sugars from the grain than usual and he was going to have a much bigger beer than planned. Maybe he crushed the grain too fine, maybe he had an extra vigorous boil, maybe Ninkasi felt frisky. Whatever the case, he was looking at a potential 8 or 9% ABV beer. Something had to be done, and quickly! He added more hops. The Imperial IPA was born.
In a completely unrelated note (we said, as we whistled nervously), Outer Light would like to announce the release of Tres Palms Triple IPA. Named after a big wave surfing spot in Puerto Rico, Tres Palms washes wave after wave of hops over your titillated tongue. We know our market and we’re happy to give you what you want – high ABV and more hops. How many hops? Over nine pounds per barrel. For the sake of comparison, our year-round (and delicious) Subduction IPA contains 2.5 pounds per barrel. How much alcohol? A daunting 11.5% ABV. We can hear your gasp through our computer screen. What does nine pounds of hops per barrel of beer taste like? Come and see for yourself. ABV: 11.5%; IBUs: Count ‘em; SRM: 5; Hops: Citra, Meridian, Amarillo, El Dorado, Hallertau Blanc, Magnum; Malts: Pilsen, Oats, Acidulated
F&A INDIA PALE LAGER F&A IPL brings the hop bite to pair with that traditional crisp, clean lager finish. Brewed with Centennial and Azacca hops, and dry hopped with Azacca and Hallertauer Mittelfruh, this Shoreline Series addition blends citrus and floral flavors. F&A is as sharp as the coming winter but leaves you with a welcome warmth inside. ABV: 6.3%; IBUs: Enough; SRM: 4.5; Hops: Azacca, Centennial, Hallertauer Mittelfruh; Malts: Pils, Vienna, Carapils, Crystal
TRAIL MAGIC EL DORADO IPA Trail Magic Session IPA is an offshoot of our Shoreline Series, with each batch featuring a different hop. This single-hop brew will be re-imagined and re-released intermittently throughout the year. Single-hop beers are a great way to get to know and recognize a specific hop variety. We brewers especially like them, because they help us understand how to best use a hop in future batches. On this trip down the magical hop trail, we decided to isolate one of the dominant flavor hops in SUBduction IPA - El Dorado. Hailing from Moxee Valley, part of the famed Yakima Valley in Washington state, El Dorado hit the hop market in 2010. Brewers celebrate El Dorado for its distinctive flavors - apricot and citrus. Drinking a beer with El Dorado is like biting into a dried apricot fruit roll up, or sucking on a Jolly Rancher candy. Once you try this beer, you'll be able to recognize El Dorado in any beer which uses it, including our own SUBduction IPA. Trail Magic - El Dorado is a light, easy drinking, apricot-forward session IPA that we double dry hopped for additional taste and aroma. ABV: 4.4%; IBUs: Huh?; SRM: 5; Hop: El Dorado; Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Oat