Tag Archives: Craft Beer

St Paddy’s Day Beer Pick

IMG_1282-2Thinking of stocking your fridge with Guinness? Yes, yes, Guinness is a great choice for St. Paddy’s and no St. Paddy’s should be without a Guinness. HOWEVER, this year, it’s time to try something new, Strike Colossus Red Ale. This award winning best seller is fashioned after an Irish Red. A malt-forward ale, it has a touch of roasted character from a small addition of roasted grains.

Strike Brewing Company is located right in our backyard—San Jose, California. Treat yourself to a fresh, locally brewed, Irish style craft beer this St. Paddy’s Day.

Sláinte!

Kiley’s Oktoberfest & Fall Beer Picks

The leaves are turning and Oktoberfest is here! Kiley, our Craft Beer Expert, picked his three favorite beers to drink this Fall.

03-29-14_hofbrau-oktoberfest_original

Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus, Munich, Germany
6.3% ABV
This beer is brewed especially for the Munich, Germany Oktoberfest event each Fall. It’s a rich, full-bodied beer, brewed from pure water, the best quality malt and exquisite hops. It tastes clean with a crisp edge. Hofbräu imports the same beer, from the same batches that are made for its tent at the Oktoberfest. Continue reading

Craft Beer 101

August is Craft Beer Month here at Mollie Stone’s, and we carry hundreds of varieties for you to taste. From pilsners to lagers, have fun experimenting to find your favorites. Craft beer is a result of great attention to the details of the unique brewing process of each kind of beer to produce just-the-right taste. Read on to learn more about what goes into the creation of handcrafted beers.

Brewing Craft Beer

We all know beer comes from brewing, but what exactly happens? Brewing is the process of malting cereal grains (commonly barley and wheat), followed by the fermentation of the sugars produced. Most beer is flavored with hops, the female flowers of the hop plant, to add bitterness and act as a natural preservative. Herbs and fruit may also be included to add a unique flavor. Continue reading