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More unicorns: Great beers to try at HC Royal Oak's Wood & Wild
Jay Poljanac, HopCat Royal Oak Beer Program Manager | October 17, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

The Wood & Wild Festival is so close we can almost taste it. The event - happening Sunday, Oct. 22 at all HopCats - puts a spotlight on barrel-aged and sour beers. The lists can be daunting, so we're checking with our beer experts at each location about the can't-miss beers that will be tapped throughout the day. Below are some suggestions from Jay Poljanac, beer program manager at HopCat Royal Oak, whose full tap list is available here.

Arbor Brewing's Lil' Sour Puss - Super excited to have this exclusive sour on that a number of our Michigan BPM's had the opportunity to blend with Arbor themselves. Meticulous planning and about a dozen different blends later, I think we came up with the perfect match. 

Central Waters' Brewers Reserve: BA Stout - Central Waters just recently broke into Michigan distribution and I couldn't be happier about this, as I had the opportunity to drink lots of CW while spending time at our Madison location. Central Waters has a highly regarded barrel aging program that I think Michigan has only gotten a small taste of. This one, in my opinion, is the highlight of their Brewers Reserve Series. [More info via Untappd]

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve: S'mores - Because who doesn't love a beer that reminds you of your summer campfire fun when fall rolls around? This beer has plenty of flavor to go around, and happens to be one of my favorite Dragon's Milk Reserve variants. [More info via Untappd]

Perrin No Rules (2016/2017) - This beer obviously speaks for itself, but having a vertical of two years is even better. Its a rare offering to get these beers normally, but to have both to be able to compare to each other and showcase what can happen with further aging a barrel aged beer is something I really enjoy. [More info via Untappd: 2016 | 2017]

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Unicorns, continued -- Check out these amazing beers at HopCat Lexington's Wood & Wild fest
Ciaran Fitzpatrick, HopCat Lexington Beer Program Manager | October 16, 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 Lexington's Ciaran Fitzpatrick suggests a few "unicorns" (beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension) that will be featured at Lexington's W&W event:

Two beers that jump out to me from our lineup are Brasserie Saint Germain’s Armagnac Barrel Aged Barleywine and Cognac Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Armagnac and Cognac barrels for these big beers will be fantastic! Plus, central Kentucky doesn’t get much beer from northern France.

I love Sour Red Ales so I’m super excited for Country Boy’s Living Proof Series: Balaton Cherry Wild and The Bruery’s Oude Tart. Both breweries run such awesome sour programs, they never disappoint!

One more can't-miss beer: Saugatuck Brewing Company's Café Brown, a bourbon barrel aged American brown ale with coffee and vanilla. Are you kidding me? Sounds like Saugatuck came up with a killer!

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Unicorns Pt. 2 - Epic beers not to miss at the HopCat Indianapolis Wood & Wild Fest
Eric Duvall, Beer Program Manager for HopCat Broad Ripple | October 13, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrels

We're counting down the days, hours and minutes until the Wood & Wild Festival, taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat location. In anticipation, we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about beers to try at each of our restaurants. Here, HopCat Broad Ripple's Eric Duvall recommends a few "unicorns" (beers so legendary they defy comprehension) that will be featured at the Broad Ripple (Indianapolis) event:

Round Town - BBA Round Town Lager

Why I'm excited about it: First barrel aged beer available from Round Town and it's their flagship. Widely consumed style so I think this is the perfect entry level beer for someone looking to explore barrel aging. I specifically came to them and asked if they'd be doing a barrel aged variant of their lager because I thought it was such a great fit.

Avery - Nuttiest Professor

Why I'm excited about it: I love stouts and I love peanut butter. Besides the obvious bourbon from barrel aging, I'm sure the chocolate and coffee malt flavor will pair amazingly with peanut butter.

Central State - A Well Forged Sword

Why I'm excited about it: Farmhouse stout with orange. Central State are the premier funky brewery in Indiana. Focusing on brett, and using it in styles you don't expect. Lots of heat due to high ABV, little bit of brett funk, and orange flavor grows on the back end to finish this beer.

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