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Frou Frou
STYLE: IPA brewed with Galaxy hops, oats, and rye
ABV: 7.1%
BITTERNESS: medium plus
COLOR: hazy, opaque gold

Frou Frou is a juicy, draft-only delight featuring the fruitiest hop in the game: Australian Galaxy. Oh you fancy, huh?

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Grimm cans crushed once again in Paste Magazine’s annual blind tasting of IPA’s! This is a huge deal to us as the competition was a massive list of legendary beers including some of our personal favorite IPA producers. The best tasting is always a BLIND tasting that clears the air of hype and lets the liquid stand on its own merits. Props to Prison City, Brew Gentleman, Treehouse, Trillium, and The Alchemist (who inspired us to get into the IPA game in the first place).

In other news, Double Negative 2016 comes out this week. We’ve medaled at GABF two years running with Double Negative, and this year’s vintage stands among our best.

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CUBE: CUVEE #1
Style: blended barrel aged sour ale
ABV: 6.5%
SRM: 14 (red/amber)
Acidity: Medium+

Cube Cuvée #1 represents the first in a new series of beers for us. Two years ago, we began stashing beers away in barrels to use in the production of blended sour beers that would include significant aging character. We finally have enough of these old barrels that we can begin to include them in blends. For this first release, we have selected barrels of 16 month old brown sour ale and 4 month old golden sour. Something in the ballpark of a Flemish Red, CC1 is refermented in the keg for a soft carb, and shows beautifully balanced dried fruit notes and a complex, oaky tartness. Draft only, for now.

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Catch Wave
STYLE: Single IPA brewed with oats
ABV: 6.4%
BITTERNESS: medium
COLOR: hazy, opaque gold

Bright, hazy, and delicious. Hoppy notes of candied orange rind, strawberry, and passionfruit.

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Roll can to suspend hop particles!  What’s up with the new message on the side of our cans?  When we add big doses of high-oil hops to our beer, the hops and grains in the beer produce polyphenol complexes known as “chill haze.”  The particles that produce chill haze are heavier than the rest of the beer, so they will fall to the bottom of the can over time — eventually producing a clear beer with a silty layer on the bottom.  These polyphenols are not only good for your health, they’re also flavor active.  We recommend rolling the can gently to re-suspend the chill haze evenly throughout the beer.  This is a recommendation based more on flavor than appearance — in the old days, folks didn’t realize that chill haze carries hop flavor, but now we know better.  Taste the difference yourself — after a couple of weeks in cold storage, taste a rolled can vs a carefully decanted can.

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Magnetic Compass
STYLE: Single IPA brewed with oats
ABV: 6.4%
BITTERNESS: medium
COLOR: hazy, opaque gold

We continue to explore our lower-abv side for the summer months. Magnetic Compass prominently features NZ Rakau hops, bringing a unique mix of candied orchard fruit, stone fruit, and tropical aromas with some light dank elements. Background notes of Citra, Mosaic, and Columbus. Very hazy and juicy. Roll your can to suspend hop particles and enjoy.

RainbowDome

Rainbow Dome batch 2 is here! The new batch has beautiful apricot character, complex hoppy aromas, and a gentle tartness.

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Rubus Rebus
STYLE: mixed fermentation sour ale with raspberries
ABV: 5.7
Acidity: High
SRM: pink

Stainless steel mixed fermentation with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and saccharomyces. A bright, funky golden sour base beer dosed with an unseemly quantity of raspberries. Explosive berry flavors backed with complex acidity.