Saturday, March 31, 2012

Osiris Egyptian-style ale on tap now

Greetings beer lovers,
My friend and famous beer scribe, Horst Dornbusch, has been researching a recipe for an Egyptian ale and came to me and asked if I would be interested in collaborating with him on Osiris . I always jump at the opportunity to brew a new beer. This reddish ale is quite similar to a gruit in that is has almost no hops and was spiced with herbs. In the case of Osiris we used some ginger along with dates and honey. The malt used was some floor malted pis as well as some floor malted wheat and some malted spelt. The colored malts used were some crystal malt as well as some dark malts namely some chocolate spelt and some high temp kilned dark crystal de-husked malts. The beer drinks incredibly cleanly like no other beer I have had! It has a touch of malt up front but is not sweet and then finishes remarkably dry. It is as if one is drinking an iced tea like drink but it is in fact a beer at 4.8% abv. What did the Pharos say "To Life" Cheers! Todm

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hey All, '07 Smuttynose Maibock in town for #11

Greetings beer lovers,
You all ( Y'all -hello JT) know what I mean by #11, right? So, on Sundays these past few weeks/months we've been running a log of whatever we can get our hands as an additional beer to our regular 10 beer line-up on and sometimes we get really lucky and find things like Le Freak from Green Flash or some random Smuttynose aged beer. This week we snagged a logs of '07 Maibock from Smuttynose's vintage vaults! Thank you Peter, Dave, Greg, Kevin and Bill. I guess I could thank all of the Smuttynose community for leaving the vaults alone but I won't! So, come on down and have a tulip of some fine vintage Maibock. Prosit! and Cheers! Todm

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Le Freak for Sundays 11th beer!

Greetings beer lovers,
Here is a unique offering that combines the best of two of our favorite styles.... a Belgian style Tripel and a West coast double IPA, voila: Le Freak. Here is what Green Flash B/C has to say about Le Freak: "An ‘out of the box’ modern ale crafted by converging two beer styles, Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA. Dry-Hopped and Bottle-Conditioned – it’s a zesty brew with enticing American hop and fruity Belgian yeast aromatics.

ALC. BY VOL. 9.2% | IBUS: 101"

So there you have it. Hopefully you can come by and enjoy a chalice of Le Freak this Sunday. Cheers! Todm

Monday, March 19, 2012

Flander makes it's return

Greetings beer lovers,
After much love and attention , and getting the carbonation almost perfect, the Flanders has made it back onto the beer list. It is magnificent in its fruity aromatics (of pineapple and kiwi fruits) and then slaps your masticator right in the jowls without too much pain!! This years version also had the addition of Montmorency cherry juice into the fermentor for an extra tart character that was balanced by a touch of lactose. The result is this delicious version of our Flanders style sour red ale. Cheers! Todm

2012 Portsmouth Restaurant Week Starts Thursday!

     Chef Todd and his team are ready for 2012's Restaurant Week season.  Portsmouth Restaurant Week starts this Thursday, March 22 and lasts through the end of the month.  Chef's three course menu is posted above.  

We are proud to highlight that the flounder comes from the Gulf of Maine and winter catch limits have just been raised.  That means the flounder tastes delicious and it's responsibly sourced.

     If you're not familiar with restaurant weeks, they are a great way to highlight area restaurants.  Participating restaurants offer specially-priced and specially-designed menus for the duration of the promotion, allowing diners to explore new restaurants or enjoy something different at their favorite places.

    Next up for Chef: New Hampshire Restaurant Week.  This will be his first turn as a celebrity chef and we think it's not a minute too soon!

See you at the pub!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

And then there were 9.....

Hey all,
Sorry about this but I am having a hell of a time carbonating the Flanders Red. It seems to have a mind of its and it would rather not carbonate!! So, I have decided to pull the Flanders off for the night, I plan on ramping up the head pressure tonight and carbonating tomorrow morning. The red will be on tomorrow for he "opening bell". I am truly sorry to disappoint anyone who had their heart set on having a glass of the "sour" today. Let's see what tomorrow brings...... hopefully happiness! Cheers! Todm
PS There is some of the Really Old Brown Dog, which in my humble opinion, is tasting quite delicious with the vanilla and port wood coming on strong to balance the big bold flavors of the old ale. Enjoy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

White Birch here for Sunday's treat

Greetings beer lovers,
It has been a while since my last post and I am sorry I have been so tardy. I am happy to report that we will be serving White Birch's Hookset ale for our Sunday offering. Accoring to the folks at White Birch Hookset ale is "inspired by our love of Belgian ales and hoppy West Coast ales. We bring Cascade and Columbus hops together with our house yeast for a smooth Belgian style hopfest". This should be a nice addition to our line up including our Belgian-style Abbey ale which took the place of our Grand Cru. The Abbey (7% abv, 28 IBU's) is a golden ale brewed with mostly pale malts from Europe along with some Belgian specialty malts to give this beer its color and texture. It is not as strong as the Grand Cru and has a touch of sweetness up-front with a very fruity aromatic (of peaches and pineapple) followed by a distinct clove-like flavor that finishes long but not sweet. This fine ale is the last in our four-part Belgian series which incorporated the use of a distinct Belgian Abbey yeast strain. The series started with the Dubbel, the Tripel followed by the Grand Cru and finishing with the Abbey. The yeast strain is the binding force behind all four beers. We hope you liked them. Cheers! Todm

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Greetings All Beer Lovers,
I want to throw a few million thanks out to everyone who attended today's release of Kate the Great. I want to thank Peter and Joanne for all of their efforts to make Kate's release so incredibly easy. I would also like to thank our incredible staff for their attention to detail and taking care of business, and lastly I'd like to throw a big thank you to Brennen R who made it all work. Wow, what an incredible day! I can only hope that everyone had as great a day as they expected. Cheers! and here is to KtG 2013. Todm

Friday, March 2, 2012

KtG come to town on Monday

Greetings beer lovers,
I guess the cat is out of the bag and Kate comes to town on Monday! I am looking forward to a great end of Portsmouth Craft beer Week. There have been some great events and I would like to extend a whole hearted thanks to all those that have helped promote what we strive for everyday.... the knowledge about great beer and what we do in and around the US to make great beer!! Have a great weekend and an even better Monday!! Cheers! Todm