Toolbox Brewing Company Saison Rustique Framboise
What the brewers say
“Our Rustic Saison base containing barley, spelt, rye, and oats fermented for six months in French oak red wine and chardonnay barrels with fresh, whole California raspberries added. Bottle conditioned for an additional four months.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Juicy raspberries without being overly sweet, but the color threw me for a loop since it’s not red or pink at all. Lemon citrus, shortbread, slight herbal, and some acidic notes.”
Flavor: “Screams raspberry with low-to-moderate sweetness that quickly transitions into high acidity. Huge tart raspberry esters pull everything together. Some nice bready notes and subtle funkiness provide support to balance things out.”
Overall: “Lots of raspberry with a bit of bready malt behind it. While the strong acidity isn’t my favorite for this style, the fruit is well blended with the sourness. For those who like raspberry sours, this is the one for you.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
Two pillars of brew- ing history come together to release a beer that represents the origin and the evolution of brewing. Braupakt is deliciously drinkable, showcasing both Weihenstephan’s brewing prowess through their signature yeast and Sierra Nevada’s proclivity for big hops flavor. The initial impression on the palate is of a bouquet of aromas, including subtle touches of banana plus refreshing grapefruit from the American Chinook hops.
A flavorful craft beer that’s uniquely easy to drink? It’s true. Introducing Firestone Lager. While Firestone Lager may not be your father’s lager, it is just as drinkable—which is ultimately the point. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “Firestone Lager is all about enjoying a good, clean beer.”
New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Tröegs Nimble Giant
We had no idea that a little experiment with Mosaic hops would set us on a year-long path to a new double IPA. But seven small-batch Scratch beers later, we found the Giant. Nimble Giant—brewed with Mosaic, Azacca, and Simcoe—gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple, and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor.