This Friday, March 4th, brings a new beer to the QCB lineup. Old Monty is an English-style Barleywine made from a double-mash of four British malts and generous additions of East Kent Goldings hops. Fermentation with a classic English strong ale yeast has produced intriguing stone fruit and madeira notes, and aging in oak Chardonnay barrels has created a truly satisfying sipping ale.
It looks like winter is finally here! Join us at the brewery this weekend for the release of our latest seasonal offering: Winter’s Bock. This “winter warmer” is a smooth, copper lager produced from the finest German malts. Modeled after the classic celebration beers of Bavaria, Winter’s Bock has a gentle, understated hop character that just balances its distinctive toasted malt profile. (ABV 7.0% IBU 28)
Have you checked out Queen City Brewery’s bottle offerings at your local store? We now have nine of our European-inspired ales and lagers available: Landlady ESB, Yorkshire Porter, Gregarious Scotch Ale, Barge Canal Oatmeal Extra Stout, Munich Dunkel, South End Lager (German Helles), Hefeweizen, Rauchbier (Smoked Amber Lager), and our classic Steinbier. They are also available at the brewery – stop by for a taste!
Join us Halloween weekend for the release of our new seasonal beer, Queen City Dunkelweizen. This dark wheat beer has many of the characteristics of our popular Hefeweizen, such as its creamy, long-lasting head, and yeast-derived banana and clove notes in both the aroma and flavor. The addition of several dark malts provides pleasant toasty and chocolate-like notes (ABV 5.8%, IBU 25). Click here to view our Facebook event page.
Here at Queen City Brewery, we have a couple of new classic European styles nearly ready for release. These will be available on tap at the brewery (with growlers and bumpers to go) and in 22 oz. “bombers” at QCB and your favorite Vermont craft beer stores. Look for both styles later this month.
Gregarious: Unabashedly malty and rich, Queen City’s Scotch ale is made from the finest Scottish malts. Kettle caramelization of the malt sugars combined with cool fermentation temperatures produces a smooth, full-bodied strong ale. (ABV 7.5% IBU 26)
Barge Canal Oatmeal Extra Stout: Made from Scottish and English malts with a generous proportion of oats and flaked barley, Queen City’s Extra Stout is silky-smooth and rich, with a coffee-like roastiness, hints of toffee and dark fruit, and a warming alcohol finish. (ABV 6.8% IBU 24)
And to top things off, our annual Oktoberfest lager will be released in mid-September. It’s just delicious…and it too will be available in 22 oz. bottles.
Queen City Oktoberfest: Full-bodied, yet refreshing, Queen City Oktoberfest is a traditional German Märzen-style lager, with a complex, toasty malt profile. (5.5% abv, 30 IBU)
Back in 1990 or so, a six-episode series called “The Beer Hunter” was broadcast on the Discovery Channel. In one episode, author Michael Jackson visited what was then the only steinbier-producing brewery in the world, Rauchenfels Brewery in Franconia (see the 17:09 mark of this link).
Just a few years later, we began to recreate this unique beer in small batches (20-50 gallons). Here’s our old friend Rich Evans (aka the Monk of Underhill) dunking some hot rocks back in ’98 during our fifth or sixth Steinbier brew session.
Now, at Queen City Brewery, we hope to bring our Steinbier to you in a somewhat regular way, perhaps 3-4 times each year. We are pleased to note that the latest batch is ready, and it is delicious! Please join us this weekend for a taste, a pint, or a growler to go. It will go quickly, and the next batch won’t be available until October or November.