Here are the US beers and cider we served at NERAX November 2012.
Note that not all casks will be available at every session. To enhance your enjoyment, a beer will only be served when it has the correct clarity and carbonation level. Beers will drop bright at different rates due to a wide range of factors. Venting times to adjust the carbonation levels also vary. Thus some cask ales will be ready to serve before others and thus some casks as listed as being on the stillage will not served in some sessions.
As the festival goes on, we will try to indicate which beers will be available each session. However note that this information will usually be available just before the start of the session, as that is when the cellaring team decides whether a beer is in proper condition to be served. However beers listed as pouring were available at the previous session are expected to be available at the next session.
The following beer descriptions are based on information supplied by the breweries.
Brewed with beechwood smoked malts, this imperial stout is rich and hearty with a powerful smoky aroma and flavor, which adds an extra layer of complexity on top of the intense roasted malt and American hop flavors. This cask-only version of Porcine Unidragon at NERAX is one of only five casks that were not barrel aged.
|Brewery / Location||Beer||OG||ABV||IBU||Status||Description|
|Andrews Brewing Co.
|Established in 1992, Andrew's was the 5th craft brew operation to open in Maine.|
|English Pale Ale||1052||5.6||THU-ON||Has a moderate hop aroma with a medium malt aroma, often with a low to moderately strong caramel component and earthy tones. Medium low to medium high fruity esters. Deep copper in color with good to brilliant clarity and a low to moderate off-white head. Has a medium bitterness with supporting malt flavors evident. This ale has a medium-full body and finishes dry to medium-dry.|
|Back East Brewing Co.
|Launched in 2012, Back East was formed by Edward Fabrycki, Jr. and Tony Karlowicz, two cousins with a passion for great-tasting, high-quality beer. Back East brews several different styles of high-quality ales and lagers, which are distributed throughout the Greater Hartford area.|
|Back East Ale||4.2||FRI-ON||Back East Ale is our flagship amber ale. It is medium bodied and well balanced, made with a touch of dark crystal malt, Northern Brewer and Fuggle hops. This cask, made especially for NERAX, is dry hopped with an extra dose of whole leaf Fuggle.|
|Backlash Beer Co.
|A Boston company with a Boston attitude, brewing aggressive small batch beers since 2009.|
|Declaration||7.2||SAT-ON||Declaration is a Belgian Style IPA which packs a hop presence we’ve never seen in this style before. There is a massive hops profile from our heavy-handed dosing of American hops, yet still enough room for our Belgian yeast to make an appearance. Dark golden in color and light in body, Declaration will dry you out and make you want more with each sip.|
|Brays Brew Pub
|In a Victorian farmhouse, in the heart of the Lakes Region of Maine, Bray's Brew Pub & Eatery has been serving up the best food and hand-crafted ales in Naples since 1995.|
|Old Church Pale Ale||6.5||SAT-ON||A malty, copper colored, dry hopped American pale ale|
|Cape Cod Beer
|Cape Cod Beer started out in April of 2004. They currently brew on a fifteen barrel direct fired brewhouse.|
|Cape Cod Porter||15.5P||5.5||28||THU-ON||Dark and malty; a surprisingly drinkable dark beer with a chocolatey malt character. This firkin was dry hopped with Fuggles.|
|Clown Shoes Beer
|Founded in December 2009 by beer lovers trying to make work fun again, Clown Shoes produces beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy.|
|Porcine Unidragon||11.0%||THU-ON||Imperial stout brewed with beechwood smoked malts. One of only five casks which were not barrel-aged.|
|Brewing craft beer since 1986|
|Harpoon Dark||5.2||35||THU-ON||A blend of specialty malts gives our Dark a velvety mouthfeel with roasted notes and a hint of chocolate, balanced by a subtle hop aroma. This cask is dry hopped with home grown whole leaf cascade hops.|
|High & Mighty Beer Co.
|High & Mighty Beer Company began in 2006 as an offshoot of Shelton Brothers beer importing company. Beer of the Gods was born at Paper City Brewery. The beer is still lovingly made there, but look for High & Mighty to open a brewery of its own in 2012.|
|Beer of the Gods||10.8P||4.5||35||THU-ON||Beer of the Gods is a refreshing German-style beer that could never happen in Germany – as easy to drink as the best Kölsch but as hoppy and satisfying as a supreme Altbier. And the best news? At only 4.5%, it won't keep you from doing the important things in life.|
|Ipswich Ale Brewery
|Located in historic Ipswich, Massachusetts, one of America's oldest towns. Proudly brewed since 1991.|
|5 Mile Hop Harvest IPA||17P||7.3%||20||THU-ON
|5 Mile Hop Harvest IPA is a local-ingredient sourced IPA with hops from Ipswich, MA and Malts from Essex, MA. The intensely hoppy floral aroma is followed by a big bouquet of cascade and other American hops with a finish that's sure to delight IPA lovers!|
|Jack's Abby Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery in Framingham, MA founded in January of 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler. Their goal is to create truly remarkable beer that combines the strict standards of traditional German brewing with the innovative approach of American craft brewers.|
|Framinghammer Baltic Porter||23.5P||10||5||THU-ON||Big, Bold, and Black. This unusual lager style has many similarities to Imperial Stouts. A lengthy conditioning period creates a silky smooth chocolatey mouth feel enhanced by the use of oats and brown sugar. Noticeable sweetness gets balanced by roasted malt and hop bitterness. At 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night.|
|Kennebunkport Brewing Co.
|Federal Jack's brewing company. A Brew with a View since '92!|
|Blackbeard IPA||1061||6.4||THU-ON||A black IPA made with debittered Black Malt. Exhibits herbal notes, with a long, dry finish.|
|A classic downtown Nashua hotspot! Serving lunch and dinner every day, offering upwards of 25 different brews year round.|
|Green Dragon IPA||1056||6.7||64||THU-ON||Citrus and passion fruit hop flavor up front with a toasted malt middle and a dry bitter finish. Loaded with Citra and crystal hops, dry hopped with whole leaf Simcoe.|
|Founded in 2007 by a tenth great grandson of John Alden, beer barrel cooper on board the Mayflower. Celebrating the history and legacy of the Pilgrims by creating unique, high-quality ales for the New England market.|
|Mayflower Porter||14P||5.5||33||THU-ON||Our darkest beer is a fine example of a full-bodied English Porter. We blend five distinct varieties of barley malt to create a rich array of flavors and aromas, including roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate from Brown and Chocolate barley malts and a hint of smoke from Peated barley malt. The hop profile is purposely subtle and adds a mild earthy quality.|
|Producing spirited and curious ales for greater Boston since 2011. Naturally conditioned beers in bottles and in kegs.|
|Descendant||16P / 1065||7||32||THU-ON||Porter brewed with molasses and fermented with our house saison yeast.|
|Notch American Session Ales are meticulously crafted to be flavorful, perfectly balanced, and always under 4.5% ABV. Founded in 2010 by independent brewer, Chris Lohring, and brewed at two locations, the Ipswich Ale Brewery (Bottles & Draft) and Kennebunkport Brewery (Cask).|
|Notch Session Ale||1044||4.5||30||THU-ON||American / British Pale Ale hybrid. Brewed with a portion of rye, hopped with Falconers Flight, fermented with Whitbread Ale yeast. For NERAX, dry hopped in the cask with Falconers Flight.|
|Oxbow Brewing Co.
|Oxbow is an American Farmhouse Brewery, specializing in traditional Belgian farmhouse beers with contemporary American influence since 2011.|
|Farmhouse Pale Ale||1050||6||SAT-ON||Our Farmhouse Pale Ale has a golden and unfiltered body, the spicy yeast notes of a Belgian saison-style ale, and the citrusy hop character of an American pale ale. This beer's creative merging of traditional styles embodies American farmhouse brewing at its finest.|
|Portico Brewing Co.
|Founded in 2011, Portico Brewing Company is based in Cambridge, MA and consists of three men with one mantra, 'put some design in your stein.'|
|Sett Seven||1074||7.7||28||THU-ON||This smooth Scotch Ale is boiled for 90 minutes, during which we add brown sugar into our direct-fire brew kettle to impart a toasted caramel flavor. A malt forward ale, Sett Seven is just lightly hopped with English varieties.|
|Rising Tide Brewing Co.
|Founded in 2010, Rising Tide Brewing Company is a small-scale, family-owned brewery with a focus on handcrafted artisanal ales that draw on traditions from around the world. Distributed throughout Maine. Available in Massachusetts beginning in September 2012.|
|Entrepot||7.5||THU-ON||Entrepot (oats) is the first of our "warehouse ales". Fermented with a blend of French and American ale yeasts, this edition of Entrepot features pilsner and hard red wheat malts with a healthy dose of oats. Orange in color and slightly hazy, this beer has notes of citrus and pepper and a luxuriant mouthfeel from the oats.|
|Sebago Brewing Co.
|Established in 1998, Sebago Brewing Company offers a full line of year round craft beers, five seasonal beers, and several highly-anticipated limited edition “Single Batch Series” beers throughout the year|
|Slick Nick||15P||6||38.8||FRI-ON||Slick Nick Winter Ale is our most popular seasonal ale. The caramel and black malts we use to brew Slick Nick give it the deep amber color. The beer exhibits a slight hoppiness balanced by malt and caramel sweetness. This firkin was dry hopped with Kent Goldings hops.|
|Smuttynose Brewing Co.
|The Granite State’s leading craft brewery, Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries|
|Big A IPA||21P||9.7||120||FRI-ON||A grape-fruity, piney, double IPA that is initially dry-hopped with Nugget, CTZ, Cascade, and Sterling hops. Then dry-hopped again with Cluster hops directly in the cask to give it an old school finish.|
|Tap Brewing Co.
|Effective 10/1/12 The Haverhill Brewery and The Tap Brewpub became unified as The Tap Brewing Company! Creating world class craft beer and outstanding pub food in a laid back atmosphere since 2003.|
|Sassy Rabbit Rye Ale||1.056||5.6||31.4||THU-ON||Rye Ale Dry-hopped with Chinook hops.|
|The Prodigal Brewery
|Founded in 2008, The Prodigal Brewery is an environmentally conscious farm brewery specializing in German-Style beers using their own spring water site in the Effingham Tops.|
|Ramble On Rye Ale||1046||5||26||On the Stillage||Our Ramble On Rye is a German-style Roggenbier which blends Rye, Wheat and Munich malts with noble hops and a German Hefeweizen yeast strain for a bready, spicy well-rounded harvest ale. Prost!|
|Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.
|Thomas Hooker makes hand-crafted beers from the finest malts, hops and essential ingredients — and painstakingly true to style.|
|Hooker Blonde Ale||11.3P||5||13||FRI-ON||Thomas Hooker Blonde is our most easily drinkable brew. It's a brilliant gold, clean cream ale with a smooth flavor. Fermented at cooler temperatures, the flavor is accentuated by a subtle malt sweetness and a delicate crispness from American and Czech hops.
This cask is dry-hopped with Czech Celia hops for a noble finish.
|Urban Farm Fermentory
|A community-driven, experimental micro Urban Farm, locally-sourced Fermentation Factory, and skills-sharing Facility. Founded in 2010.|
|Take Two Dry Cider||6.8||FRI-ON||CIDER - Raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized blend of fresh pressed Maine apples (Cortland, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold), fermented with naturally occurring yeast until bone dry and tart, reactivated in the cask with a light touch of raw Maine wildflower honey.|
|Watch City Brewing Co.
|Watch City features five flagship beers and four specialty/seasonal products including a cask-conditioned ale. Head Brewer Aaron Mateychuk expertly crafts his recipes in the brewhouse that is visible from Moody Street.|
|Titan NW Hoppy Ale||6.1||52||THU-ON||Our reddish brown ale with a Pacific Northwest attitude; nutty, medium malt — with a nice hop bite!|
|Mount Shasta Brewing Company and CT – Based Weed Company partner to bring unique California Craft recipes back east.
Mount Shasta Brewing Company (MSBC) is nestled in the foot hills of the Cascade Mountains in the small town of Weed, California. Vaune Dillman, founder of MSBC and Weed Ales and Lagers engineered the construction of the arch that appears on our labels as a symbol of friendship – A friend in Weed is a friend Indeed!
|Weed Amber Ale||12.5P||5.5||42||FRI-ON||Brewed locally in Bloomfield, CT, our beautiful Amber is dedicated to California State Senator, Abner Weed, founder of Weed, California, where we first crafted our delicious brews. The red colored ale has a stable, tan head, and an aroma of mild hops with overtones of caramel and roasted malt. This rich ale starts sweet and malty and progresses to a light bitter finish.|
|White Birch Brewing
|Founded in 2009, White Birch is a seven barrel micro brewery located in Hooksett NH. Releasing finely crafted small batch ales through an artisan approach to brewing.|
|Oax Sennex Torva Saison||12.5P||5.5||42||SAT-ON||This is a second use Pinot Noir oak barrel aged saison. The beer had an extended aging with brettanomyces. Beautiful, vinous and tart. Enjoy.|
|Willimantic Brewing Co.
|The Willimantic Brewing Co. is a living landmark restaurant and pub brewery, housed in an historic granite and limestone 1909 U.S. Post Office Building.|
|Edge of Darkness||1069||6.7||55||THU-ON||A wet hopped brown ale brewed with seven malts and hopped with fresh centennials, crystals and other local hops. A Sierra Nevada beer camp #12 beer recreated each year. Hoppy, dark, and extremely drinkable!|