Beers of the World – Wit

BELGIUM Hoegaarden White Ale, Belgium – Most noted for its cloudy soft yellow color with white, high reaching head. The aroma is somewhat sweet with floral, Orange and Coriander mixing in a sophisticated bouquet. Almost juicy, sweet and tart, it opens with Coriander which quickly introduces Orange and other citric flavors. Hops remain appropriately low for this style. Body is medium as is the carbonation. It finishes sweet, citric and refreshing. For more on the Wit style visit the NABA Blog via the following link. https://northamericanbrewers.org/category/blog/ Beer Fest tickets available now

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Moroco

Flag Speciale Société des Brasseries du Maroc, Fez, Morocco – “Like an old work of Shakespeare we’re Moroccan bound” A Pale Lager pours clear and golden with a light orange hue topped by a thin white head (better to set a Fez upon). Aroma is of pale malt, low honey and a citric that almost seems a hint of soapiness. Flavor is of malt, grainy, straw-like. Body is thin. It finishes grassy, and somewhat bitter. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith –

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Beers of the World Greece

Crazy Donkey Ale Santorini Brewing, Sabtorinin, Greece – An American IPA brewed in Greece? Why not, craft brew continues to spread. Santorini’s ‘Crazy Donkey’ is a tribute of sorts to both a symbol of rural Greece and craft brewing. Amber Red with a touch of haze, Crazy Donkey sports a rocky head. Aroma is a hoppy, citric\spicy mix from Cascade and Nelson hops. Finishes appropriately bitter and dry. Please vote for the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest under best annual event and the NABA under best non-profit in the Post register’s

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Beers of the World

Ommegang Abbey Ale, Cooperstown, NY USA  (Parent Company Duvel) – Crafted in the image of Belgian Dubbel, the reddish brown hues are almost Mahogany-like. Sitting atop this ale is a long-lasting, creamy-white head which elegantly laces down the glass. Flavor is Belgianish with deep malty sweetness, hard candy, caramel\toffee, honey and a light, spicy character that suggests citrus, clove, and vanilla. It has medium body and carbonation, finishing sweet and nearly sticky. VOTE for the NABA as Best Non-Profit and the Beer Fest as Best Annual event in Post Register

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Romania

Ursus Black, Ursus Breweries, Cluj Napoca, Romania – Ursus, or Bear, thus it is named after a Black Bear. Dark, nearly opaque, it is topped with a creamy colored head. Aroma is of dark bread, dark malts, and dark sugars. It presents a dark almost burnt character, offset by an intense sweetness and punctuated with a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel is similar to a Schwartz beer and seems light compared to the intense sweetness. Bitterness makes an appearance in the finish. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow

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Beers of the World – Italy

Birrra Moretti La Rossa, Birra Moretti, Italy – It announces its arrival in the glass with an attractive, bright red\amber color topped with a lasting cream-tan head. Aroma is soft with equal amounts of dark bread and dark fruits which includes prunes, raisins and a bit of molasses. With all that the body is lighter than anticipated. With this beer emphasis is placed squarely on the malt and alcohol, hops are subtle and restrained. Finish is perfumey alcohol and a light spiciness. Beer Fest tickets available now at MBBF.org or

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Beers of the World – Portugal

Super Bock, UNICER União Cervejeira S.A., Portugal is the country’s best selling beer. Classifying its style can be difficult; marketed as a bock, it leans toward the American Pilsner style, bordering on malt liquor, yet retains some of the boozy traits of bock. As such, Super Bock pours light gold colored with a nose of low straw and a very faint floral scent. Flavors of malt sweetness and light lemon rind mingle in a light to medium body which finishes malty sweet, but short of cloying. Beer Fest tickets make

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NORWAY

Ringnes Bryggeri, Oslo – is Norway’s largest selling beer. It offers a deep straw color with hints of orange hue. A white head of moderate height may produce a bit of lacing along the walls of the glass. Aroma is of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. Flavor is of a slight bitterness as normal in the pilsner style and includes a bit of graininess within the malt. Body is light with moderate carbonation and clean light finish. Beer Fest General Admission tickets available now at MBBF.org or

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Beer of the Day: Kugalashae

Kugalashae, Tirana – The most popular beer in Albania and formulated under the pilsner style; pours a bright yellow\faint gold color with a quickly collapsing white head that stays out of your way. Aroma is of low caramel, sweet and perhaps a touch of diacetyl (butter). It presents a sweetness to the palate with some bittering and a balanced finish. Beer Fest VIP tickets available now at MBBF.org or follow this link https://myidahotix.com/events/2020-mountain-brewers-beer-fest-6-6-2020-58530 Copyright Gregg Smith – his latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon  

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Holiday

On this day in 1810 Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wed Princess Theresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The Prince was so pleased that he invited the entire kingdom to join in the reception. Embracing the party with wild enthusiasm, the celebration has continued each year since and is known as Oktoberfest.    June is the most popular month for weddings and it also hosts the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest next held on June 5, 2021; plan on attending.

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