Into the wild

By LOU PAPINEAU  |  September 25, 2013

•  Some notable new brews: FoundersRed’s Rye PA is back (it’s now a seasonal release); absence has made the taste of this one even fonder. . . Southern Tier expands its 2X series with 2XRye , an uber-tasty double rye ale (8.1% ABV). . . Rogue has expanded its Voodoo Doughnut line (in the distinctive pink bottle). If you like the maple bacon ale, you may want to find the new blend with chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. . . Sierra Nevada ’s Flipside is a new Red IPA (6.2%), which is joining its seasonal rotation(replacing Tumbler, the autumn brown ale). . . Samuel Adams ’ latest Barrel Room Collection entry is Tetravis , a savory Belgian quad (10.2% ABV) bursting with fruity goodness (figgy, raisiny, yummy). . . and Take the Black Stout , the new Game of Thrones-themed release from Brewery Ommegang , is hitting stores any day now. It boasts the usual stouty layers of chocolate and caramel, but is made unique with the addition of star anise and licorice root. The first Game of Thrones brew, Iron Throne Ale, “was the largest volume limited-edition beer we’ve ever brewed and the fastest selling,” noted Simon Thorpe, pres/CEO of Duvel USA/Brewery Ommegang. They’ve upped the production on this batch, but it will still likely disappear fast.

• And I’m pretty happy to have Wachusett’s Larry in 12-ounce cans. The imperial IPA (8.5% ABV, formerly 7.5) has always been a treat in $6 bombers, but is an absolute delight in an $11 six-packs (do the math). Fresh, delicious, affordable — a win-win-win.

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