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Two Great Additions

January 17, 2012

The Crown and Hammer Pub in Collinsville recently added three great beers to their selection, and while it meant that one of my favorite IPAs had to go, it was a welcomed change.

For months, one of the managers there kept talking about wanting to add a Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. There are only a few places around the area that offer the beer, and fewer that offer it on draft. I didn’t believe it until I actually saw the red shark tap and promptly ordered a pint.

This beer is big, bold, and potent. Like a traditional IPA it is hoppy, offering a citrus nose and a bitterness to it. The beer is hopped longer, 30 minutes to be precise, than its little brother, the 60 minute IPA, and this extra. The beer is the first continuously hopped offering from the company and is described as” An imperial IPA best savored from a snifter, 90 Minute has a great malt backbone that stands up to the extreme hopping rate. 90 Minute IPA was the first beer we continuously hopped, allowing for a pungent — but not crushing — hop flavor.”

The other newest addition is a favorite of mine, and a local brew. Berkshire Brewing Company’s Steel Rail is a classic pale ale that drinks clean and tastes great. The beer is about 5.5 percent alcohol, but won’t burn you out. It pairs well with pizza’s burgers and wings, but can be delicious by itself.

That’s all for this week, I will try to keep at this more in 2012.





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