Laughter – Octoberfest/Festbier – 5.9% abv
Did you hear the one about… I couldn’t hear anymore of the joke, but the party erupted into laughter. With that little joke it turned into a festival and everyone was smiling – “forget about your worries, and enjoy the Fest,” they said. A touch more malty than a pilsner, a beer intended for when the nights become longer, one to keep the festival going!
Electric Fiesta – IPA 6.6% abv
Plug in. The sensations become ever nearer, beating, pulsating, elevating, it becomes too much, everything is too much – the horror of our heart beat – it’s all too real! Oh yes, the shock of electricity can tend to overwhelm us, even turn into delusional madness. Electricity though, when brought under control, illuminates a million light bulbs. You will take drink and these hops will create their own sensations for each unique person, perhaps reminiscent of tropical fruits or citrus grooves, maybe even remind you of your up in smoke daze… Dry hopped: Citrus and Idaho 7
Mochila – Italian Pilsner – 5.3% abv
She said grab your “mochila” in her Spanish accent. I tossed in my Eurorail pass, some clothes, and a copy of Rick Steve’s European guidebook, and off we went! Sometimes, that’s all you need, a backpack with your lover (or as she called it, “una mochila”), filled with European dreams, crisscrossing through borders, and crowded into hostel rooms with new found amigos. Ah to be young and backpacking! Until then, I’ll be sipping on “Mochila,” exploring it’s various malts from Germany and Italy, while taking in its flowery dry-hop delights from German and Slovenian hops.
Wawaka Pils – German-style unfiltered Pilsner – 4.9%
Glitter blinds my eyes! So give me something outside of that ephemeral city life, give something that ain’t no trend, give me something that I can feel in my fingers. Maybe it ain’t that fancy, no big ole lines awaiting – but I want to taste the crisp flowery elegance that only can be found outside of the glitter. Give me a pilsner in small town America, surrounded by the farms that keep it running!
Joyful Smile Machine – IPA 7.2% abv
Machines are everywhere in many different forms. Can you feel them constantly at work? Rubbing against your skin, tingling your tongue and exciting your eyes. Connecting to other machines. Each machine producing its own effects and being affected by the Spinozian universe at large. Cars and their intense speed, computers and the atomic explosion in your mind, lips encountering other lips and their lustful kisses of ooh wee down to my knees. Connect to this IPA machine and explore the sensory connections produced by hops. Dry Hopped: Mosaic
Santa Diabla – Barrel Aged Raspberry/Blackberry – 5.9% abv
Is she a saint or a devil? Am I in love or is it merely infatuation? Does it matter? We will never really know the intention of the other. To live is to roll the dice, risk being burnt by the flames of hell or fly into the glorious saintly delights of the sky. Whether you find a devil or saint, maybe both, in this drink I do not know… Santa Diabla was aged for over two years in oak with a host of microbes and then re-fermented on top of blackberries and raspberries.
Dark Terrain – Dunkel – 5.3% abv
Shadows stretch across the field, slowly consuming the last particles of light. When your eyes can see no more and the ground finally falls out from below your feet, you must go on. Step into the darkness and rediscover it all without sight. Be guided by voices! What will you find in this dark terrain? Dark Terrain is a smooth dark lager for those that love malt forward beers, but want to enjoy more than one.
Do you Dream in Color? – Coffee Stout 6.3% abv
How do we interrupt a dream? Is it an unconscious desire, a process of memory development, or something more bizarre? Do insects dream, and if they dream, can we even begin to imagine it? And yes Phil, I also wonder do androids dream of electric sheep? If only I could ask the right question, but my slumber has passed, an aroma far too delightful has awoken me from my colorless dream. A room filled with freshly brewed coffee, the subtle notes of fruits from Ethiopia, enhanced by Turning Point’s artisan roast which admirably combines with the intense notes of chocolate and maltiness found in its dark base.