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Beer, Beer, & Better Beer

Here's why your beer glass is shaped that way
By Troy Reimink, BarFly/HopCat Webmaster | October 26, 2017
Glasses

If you’re a relative newcomer to craft beer, you might have wondered why some kinds of beers come in “normal”-looking pint glasses, and others are…different. Snifters. Tulips. Mini snifters. Flutes. Vases. And so forth.

 Our beer menus contain an infographic which type of beer is served in each different glass. But our servers will occasionally get confused looks when a sour or extra-hoppy beer is delivered in a tulip.  We’re not passing judgement on you in any sense by implying that you should drink out of a fancy-looking chalice or goblet. It’s just that not every beer belongs in the same container. 

The knowledgeable people at CraftBeer.com have put together a set of graphics that offer a useful primer in glassware for the craft beer drinker. [Click here to read.]

A few takeaways: 

- The shape of the glass is important for the containment of foam and concentration of the various aromas and flavors that vary by the style of beer.

- Ideally, the only craft beer you should be drinking out of a “regular” pint glass – a.k.a. a Nonic pint – is something dark (a stout or porter) or something bitter and hoppy (pale ale or IPA).

- The tulip is great anything tart, sour, hoppy or fruity – it signals a bold flavor, pretty much.

- If your glass is cold, something is wrong. Beer glasses of any shape should be stored at room temperature. Anything colder will negatively impact the flavor – no matter what the bartender pulling mass-produced beer into a frosted mug tells you.

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Unicorn beers to try at HopCat Detroit's Wood & Wild
Justin Hamilton, HopCat Detroit Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild

Unicorn: a beer so rare, the only ones to try it are your “friend of a friend…of a friend…who knew a guy who tried it once." Now all those beers are here under one roof as we gear up . Taste the legend this weekend at Wood & Wild 2017 - HCD (all day Sun., Oct. 22). Here are a few highlights hand-selected by HopCat Detroit's Beer Program Manager, Justin Hamilton:

• Perrin Brewing Company Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter - Perrin hasn't released it in several years and it’s one of their most revered beers, scoring a 4.4 on Beer Advocate. I'm also a big fan of Whoppers (the candy…but also the sandwich), so if this tastes as much like the candy as they say it does, then the wait has been worth it.

• Odd Side Ales Nightman Leaveth - Who can resist a great "It's Always Sunny..." reference? Coupled with the fact that it’s an Imperial Rye Milk Stout aged in Rye Whiskey barrels with Vanilla Beans, I’m dying to get this one pouring. It’s 11% though, so be careful. Savor it.

 
 
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Unicorn beers to try at HopCat Kzoo's Wood & Wild Fest
Craig Stage, HopCat Kalamazoo Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

As we continue the countdown to our Wood & Wild Festival -- taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat location -- we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about beers to try at each of our restaurants. Here, HopCat Kalamazoo's Craig Stage suggests a few "unicorns" (beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension) that will be featured at Wood & Wild - HCKZ:

Greyline Brewing Co. - Shugga Milk:
At under 10% it isn't the world's strongest Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Stout, but sometimes that's in your best interest. Silky vanilla, chocolate, a full body from a dose of oats, and some bourbony vanilla goodness, and you've got a new favorite beer.

Odd Side Ales - Sweet Potato Souffle Rye Ale:
This bad boy won Gold at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. Picture eating a nice, cinnamony pumpkin bisque with a dusting of nutmeg and a nice hint of rye. Top it off with a big ol' dollop of whipped cream. Now make that a beer.

One Well Brewing - Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard Potion:
One of Kalamazoo's brightest breweries is in the house! Clocking in at 12%, Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Wizard Potion has everything we love about barrel-aged beers; a touch of booze, plenty of chocolate, some vanilla, some coffee…I’m in heaven.

Brewery Vivant - Escoffier:
Originally released in 2012 as a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing, expect everything you love about sour beer - some sharp tartness that tapers and dries away, with plenty of funk, some citrus, and fruit flavor.

Clown Shoes Beer - Bluegrass Billionaire:
Life in liquid form. A monster 12.5% Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Barleywine, Bluegrass Billionaire has dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and a healthy dose of bourbon to cover your mouth like eating a little spoonful of molasses.

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