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The Top 5 Beers at the Winter Beerfest: Allagash, Stone, Great Divide, Central Waters & Dogfish Head

allagash curieux 234x300 The Top 5 Beers at the Winter Beerfest: Allagash, Stone, Great Divide, Central Waters & Dogfish Head By Jeremy Thomson, Michelle Reynolds, Pat Smith and Matt Goldstein

The Philly Winter Beerfest at the Electric Factory came off pretty well after the original date and venue were tripped up by some licensing issues.  What’s with the government trying to put the kibosh on a beer fest?  Come on government, stop oppressing us.  There were a few big standouts that smashed the competition and our distinct panel of tasters bring you the top 5. 

1. Allagash Curieux Barrel Aged Tripel Ale:

Aged in Jim Beam Bourbon white oak barrels for 8 weeks, the Allagash Curieux was the clear stand out at the Winter Beer Fest. The barrel aging adds a bit of sweetness and vanilla to the ale with a sweet corn and bourbon flavor. This very complex tripel is an absolute must! The Curieux pairs well with crème brulee and cheesecakes. 11.0% ABV

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Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard 243x300 The Top 5 Beers at the Winter Beerfest: Allagash, Stone, Great Divide, Central Waters & Dogfish Head 2. Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard:

Available year round in bottles and draft, Stone refuses to tell the world how this magnum opus of beer is made. We believe it to be a barrel aged Arrogant Bastard because that’s what the label says, but hey, we’re at the mercy of these brewers and the information they provide us to provide to you. These guys seem like real arrogant bastards if you ask us. All we can tell you is that you must drink this beer! If we 7.2% ABV, Stone Brewing, California

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3.  Great Divide smoked Baltic Porter:

A porter that is actually considered a lager, the Smoked Baltic Porter is made with German Malts and Hops, specifically Hamberg Smoked Malts. It’s a medium bodied lager that is smooth, dark and smoky and a must try. Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter is available in draft and 22 oz bottles. 6.2% ABV

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4.  Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter:

The Mudpuppy Porter is a dark, thick, sweet and malty porter. The Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter flat out crushed some big dogs at the Winter Beerfest. Most Central 5.5% ABV

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dogfish head midas touch The Top 5 Beers at the Winter Beerfest: Allagash, Stone, Great Divide, Central Waters & Dogfish Head 5.  Dogfish Head Midas Touch:

As seen on the show Brewmasters, Dogfishead’s Sam Calagione traveled to the world and researched the ancient art of beer making. The Midas Touch might actually be the oldest known beer making recipe in the world. Based on an ancient Turkish recipe dating back to 2700 B.C., the ingredients were found in the drinking vessels in King Midas’ tomb. This Ale is sweet, light and very refreshing. Those ancient Turks sure knew how to make a beer. 9.0% ABV, 12 IBU

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2 comments to The Top 5 Beers at the Winter Beerfest: Allagash, Stone, Great Divide, Central Waters & Dogfish Head

  • Tim Rodgers

    That is interesting about the midas touch ale. 1 would think that the first recipe for making beer maybe a little crude and not that good. But I shall take your word and give it a whirl

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Well, I’m sure their using modern ingredients in the Midas Touch as well, not to mention they created the beer in a modern state of the art brewery. If I were to guess I would say that it is loosely based on what they believe an ancient recipe to be and that they added those ingredients to a modern beer making style. But yes, surprisingly it is a very drinkable beer. Light and refreshing…

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