Grimm Artisanal Ales, Grimm Magnetic Tape a world before cars drove themselves...

Grimm Magnetic Tape

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Tasting: May 24, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #:1,061
ABV: 6.4%

Grimm Magnetic Tape

As a child, I couldn’t fathom growing up in my parent’s generation. Life with no television? My kids probably think the same way. Life with no iPads? They’ll wonder how we survived without having instant gratification at our fingertips. Carrying the generational divide progression one step further, I think my grandchildren might someday wonder why we had to physically drive cars?

This progression doesn’t stop us from being nostalgic for what seems like simpler times. My parents longingly reminisced about their families gathered around the radio. In the same way, there are certain iconic things that serve as reminders of my own generational divide. One thing that comes to mind is spindle adapters. You know, those things you put in the holes of your 45 rpm records? This label makes me reminisce about music and the days when you could own your music in an individual physical form like a cassette tape. As a precursor to playlists, cassettes could be recorded and played in the car (wow, that was mind blowing 70’s moment).

A serendipitous beer blog moment, magnetic tape or the recordable medium in cassettes was invented in 1928 by German, Fritz Pfleumer.

Grimm Magnetic Tape details from the brewers:

Magnetic Tape is the cousin of the beloved Magnetic Compass. Both are oat single IPA’s pairing Mosaic with an interesting hop from New Zealand. Where Compass uses Rakau hops, Tape uses Motueka. This beer is all about big, fresh, radiant tropical fruit character from these two matchless hop varietals. There are no rough edges, just full and round aromas of melon, mango, and citrus. High drinkability quotient.

My thoughts

Grimm Magnetic tape is full and round. Remind a lot of that syrupy mouthfeel from fellow New York brewer, Other Half. I get massive orange zest bitterness at first but once my taste buds become accustomed, I pick up that melon sweetness. Really enjoyable, 93 points.

The Grimm details

Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. The Grimm’s story mimics many others that have turned their passion for home brewing into the reality of commercially making beer for the masses (at least the nearby masses). Their story has a bit of a wrinkle in that they are nomadic brewers. Like notable nomadic brewer’s Evil Twin and Mikkeller, Grimm produces their beer by contracting with established facilities to bring their recipes to fruition. It’s an interesting model in that they certainly avoided the massive start-up costs and they don’t have to deal with rents, labor, and equipment. This particular beer was brewed at Beltway Brewing, Sterling Virginia

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Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout A Pennsylvania Treat?

Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout by Spring House Brewing Company

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Tasting: May 21, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,059
ABV: 8.3%

Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout

I’m fresh off the discussion of what defines an adjunct in beer. As a quick refresher, there are some that in order for it to be called an adjunct, it needs to be fermentable (yeast food). Things like honey or corn syrup come to mind. Others say adjuncts are simply any additives to beer outside the primary ingredients. Think things like peanut butter. It doesn’t lend to fermentation, yet it is an ingredient. I didn’t pick a side last time, but if push came to shove, I’d call any additive outside the primary ingredients an adjunct.

This peanut butter stout comes from Pennsylvania brewer, Spring House. Originally from Conestoga, Pennsylvania, the brewery relocated to downtown Lancaster in July of 2015. The name of the brewery relates to a freshwater spring located in the basement of the brewer’s house.

Big Gruesome Label

Wish I had more information on the label art because I really dig the simplistic, retro, sci-fi comic book style. Seems like a recurring theme as even the interior of the brewery is painted to match. See painting story by Two Dudes. A company called Hand Carved Graphics seems to have some work with the brewery and a few labels. But no information on this particular label. Anyway, If I only had some time. And it’s beer time.

Tasting Big Gruesome

The brewery describes Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Stout as being intense with roasted flavors from chocolate malt and cacao nibs. Spring House Brewing then ages this American double stout on vanilla beans and more raw cacao nibs. Peanut butter is also added throughout the entire brewing process.

Expected some chalky phony peanut butter flavoring but Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout is really authentic and well-balanced. Smooth creamy milk chocolate and nutty. Slightly on the sweet side. I don’t get the advertised intense roasted flavors but frankly, I’m glad. In conclusion, I’ll put Big Gruesome at 91 points.

on Peanut Butter Stout and Spring House Brewing

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Contractual Obligation Magnify Brewing And some Headaches to go with that.

Contractual Obligation by Magnify Brewing and Headaches Double IPA by Magnify Brewing

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Tasting: May 5, 2017
Style: Double IPA
Beer #: 1,057
ABV: 8.5%

Contractual Obligation Magnify Brewing

Purchasing hops as a start-up brewery is a tricky proposition. The explosion in craft breweries has led to short supplies and the pick of the crop is committed to breweries that are (you guessed it), contractually obligated for the purchase of hops. New breweries are somewhat at the mercy of what’s available and have to work with what they can acquire. Think of owning a new restaurant that can only buy only certain ingredients or certain grade meats. While demand remains high, even a hop contract doesn’t guarantee you what you want, but it’s the best you are going to get when demand outpaces supply.

I’ll note that both of these offerings were released previously. The first release of Contractual Obligation commemorated Magnify Brewing’s own hop contract more than a year ago. The brewery’s popularity seemed to skyrocket shortly thereafter and the lines have seemingly grown with each subsequent release.

Contractual Obligation Magnify Brewing pours an opaque orange color. Really looks like orange juice. I’ll mention that this beer has grapefruit and mango added. You can really pick up some fresh grapefruit flavor. Maybe a bit too much throat burn to make it a classic but still a really nice beer, 91 points.

Tasting: May 6, 2017
Style: Double IPA
Beer #: 1,058
ABV: 8.2%

Headaches Magnify Brewing

Not as turbid as Contractual Obligation Magnify. Starts off with some minor dank smokiness but has a predominant tangy grapefruit in the mid-palate. Some minor pineapple and mango. I think Contractual Obligation wins the day by default Magnify Brewing Headaches is a very respectable and likable beer, 88 points.

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E Pluribus Lupulin no. 1 & no. 4 Gun Hill Brewing

e pluribus lupulin (I - Silvis & IV Citrea) by Gun Hill Brewing

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E Pluribus Unum is Latin for “out of many, one.” There are a number of interpretations, but many believe it connects the 13 colonies becoming one nation. Others point to the melting pot concept of one nation created from the people of many nations.

Most notably, you’ve seen this expression as part of the United States Great Seal and American coins. Did you know that this motto was “lifted” from a popular periodical from 1776 called, The Gentleman’s Magazine ? Who knows maybe it was the Playboy of the era. “Yea, I read it for the articles, not for the drawings of the girls in the corsets.”

From what I read, the magazine was an aggregator of stories “lifted from other sources” and in every issue, they used the E Pluribus Unum slogan. In their case it meant we make one periodical from the work of many. I guess we didn’t have copyright laws in 1776. Either that or it was our nation’s first backroom deal. We borrow your motto and then we don’t say anything about you lifting someone else’s content.

Tasting: May 12, 2017
Style: American Double IPA
Beer #: 1,055
ABV: 9.3%

Citrea

Citrea is Latin for citrus and it is the fourth version in the E Pluribus Unum series from Gun Hill. Or should I say release IV since we are on the Latin theme? Massively boozy. Some underlying lime, green pineapple, and firm caramel sweet base. Strong and clunky bitterness. An okay effort, 87 points.

Tasting: May 13, 2017
Style: American Double IPA
Beer #: 1,056
ABV: 8.5%

Silvis

Silvis meaning forest or woods. I assume a pine reference here since pine is typically referenced as a hop flavor descriptor. Has a pine like quality but I’ll call it minimal. Syrupy, non-descript bitterness possibly grapefruit, a tad astringent boozy. Once again, an okay effort, 87 points.

Here’s a better choice from Gun Hill Brewing: Gun Hill Brewing Roll Call EC3 – 94 points

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