We've had the pleasure of enjoying Rogue Ales & Spirits as they have a number of interesting ingredients that they bring together for the perfect pint. This fall, they released the anticipated Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale, brewed with fresh pumpkins grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
Pumpkin Patch Ale can only be brewed when Mother Nature deems Rogue Farms Dream Pumpkins ripe. One acre of Dream Pumpkins was planted in late spring alongside the Rogue Farms hops, jalapeños, marionberries and buzzing honey bees. This means the small orange gourds are deep orange in color and their sweetness has peaked from the warm Oregon summer.
As soon as they were picked, the pumpkins were driven to the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon just 77 miles away. The pumpkins were hand-chopped and seeded, roasted in pizza ovens, and pitched fresh into the brew kettle along with vanilla bean, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and Rogue Farms Independent hops to create Pumpkin Patch Ale.
“It takes time to plant, grow, harvest, roast and brew with our own pumpkins, but real pumpkin beer is worth the wait,” said Rogue Brewmaster John Maier.
Pumpkin Patch Ale is now available nationwide in 750 Ml bottles and on draft.
About Rogue Farms:
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America's first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,700 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapenos, pumpkins and marionberries one acre at a time by growing their own.
A few years ago, our Style Director stumbled upon, Hitachino Nest, because of the owl logo while shopping at Whole Foods. With a number of blends such as Red Rice Ale, White Ale, Espresso Stout and more - it's a beer worth knowing and including within your mix.
This Japanese brewery is so focused on their craft and inspired commitment to flavorful ingredients, you will not find a lot of marketing around this brand but those who know know that "Nest is Best".
About Hitachino Nest:
Hitachino Nest Beer is brewed by KIUCHI BREWERY which has been brewing Japanese Sake since 1823, and now the family is in its 8th generation.
Sakaide ("Spring-out sake") is the place close to the facility which is believed to be the place where sake sprand out of the well.
Hitachino is the name of the province in ancient Japan which covers the area of their brewery and was famous for its fertile soil, making the land perfect for brewing.
Although the malts and hops (in 2014, they began growing their own hops at the brewery site which is a new challenge for better sustainability) are imported from the West, Hitachino Nest is not simply imitating the Western way of brewing, it is still a Japanese beer. The combinations of mixing the malts and hops are infinite. As these are natural plants, flavors and aromas of these ingredients change slightly depending on the crop season. The subtle differences are detected by those who are involved in the process and not the machines. The brewery focuses on matching and balancing the character of each ingredient to create a refined synergy to create the perfect brew.
The "Nest is Best" is distributed to over 30 countries, including the US, Great Britain, Thailand and Australia.
CONEY ISLAND BREWING CO
Each of Coney Island Brewery’s beers are inspired by the seaside boardwalk neighborhood of Coney Island and the surrounding Brooklyn borough. As an active brewery, they encourage guests to visit them on Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn! With a number of beers with a following, you can enjoy a pint, take a scheduled tour, shop and purchase growlers to go!
Guests can enjoy 8 house-brewed beers on tap that rotate regularly to offer you something different each time. Depending on the time of year, guests can experience some of our extremely limited, specialty Freak Beer styles, like Kettle Corn Cream Ale and Cotton Candy Kolsch. In addition, you can have your own party there as well as attend an event.
We recommend making your way to this institution (which sits next door to Brooklyn's own minor league baseball team, Brooklyn Cyclones).
About Coney Island Brewery Co.:
The mission of Coney Island Brewing is to brew craft beer that captures the spirit, flavor and romance that is Coney Island. Coney Island Brewing Company is an A&S Brewing Collaborative brand, a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company.