Our lives are filled with many unanswered questions. Where does the sky end and space begin? Will humans ever be able to travel through time? Why does the Munich Oktoberfest take place mostly in September? All of these are perplexing issues, we know, but don’t tax your brain too much pondering them. Instead, head to Peaks and Pints and celebrate German Beer Day with our special German beer flight. Afterward, grab these four beers that arrived in our cooler today.
BARREL-AGED VANILLA BEAN STOUT — A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout. 10.5%
New Belgium Brewing
PASSION FRUIT KOLSCH — It hits the nose with aromas of passion fruit, guava, and tropical punch. This medium-bodied beer is moderately sweet throughout, weaving in a slightly tart middle before finishing with a flash of bitterness. Brewed with passion fruit juice, this is a crushable, refreshing fruit-forward beer. 4.3%
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
CUVEE DES JACOBINS ROUGE — Flemish sour ale aged in a foeder for 18 months for cherry sweetness meets uber-tart pucker, all wrapped together in a barrel-aged package. If soda could taste this good, we’d drink soda for breakfast. 5.5%
WEIHENSTEPHANER VITUS — Weihenstephan’s Bavarian wheat beer, Weihenstephaner Vitus, has a castle full of awards, including three 2011 World Beer Awards: “World’s Best Wheat Beer,” “World’s Best Strong Wheat Beer” and “Europe’s Best Strong Wheat Beer.” While certainly it doesn’t hurt having a cold storage in the brewery’s monastery cellars, the beer receives all the awards for its medium body, creamy texture, banana, clove and wheat aromas combined with intriguing fruity bubblegum and spicy qualities, floral and citrus notes on the palate, and a long finish. 7.7%