When the mini pulls the mighty – as we can say in the world of beer, tides have turned. It is an especially wonderful time to be a beer drinker but avast ye before the surly sea swallows ya. One may have to sail way outside the mapped territory to discover the treasure in simplicity and the virtues of restraint. As far off shore as we have buoyed, many astute craft beer drinkers have reconnected with their native tongues. Before there were so many exotic ingredients available to landlubbers, there was a small, seaworthy, and valiant vessel of a beer. American lager in all it’s unpretentious glory has found safe harbor in the craft beer canon while the titanics sink under the mass of shrewd industry. We are excited to see the community reconnect craft to the essentials and tug some of these bloated boats out of the murk.
Picture this- A sunny beach, light breeze, waves rhythmically crashing on glistening sand. The familiar pop and hiss of a fresh opened beer, a sip brings you to your paradise. Swimsuits, palm trees and a cold brew. Now turn off the TV and grab ahold of real refreshment. Inspired by a style honed in the old country, reimagined south of the border and the perfect sip for your own endless summer. This is a beer without a multi million dollar ad campaign, without bikinis and target markets. Just a simple, crisp and easy drinking beer brewed w pilsner malt, maize and hints of a certain citrus fruit provided by Motueka hops. Save a lime, drink a frisbee. 5% abv
For your entertainment – a crisp and refreshing Saison brewed with malted rye and conditioned on heaps of organic lemon, orange, and white grapefruit zest. Marmalade on shortbread, lemon bar, and candied grapefruit volley upon grassy grain. Perfect for a sunny day on the tennis court in our subsidized times. 6.3% abv
This take on a Belgian summer classic is the color of the rising moon. Gently spiced with toasted coriander and
orange peel along with a kiss of chamomile. Aromas of orange cream, sugar cookies, lavender and ginger cradle a soft and cuddly mouthfeel to a lightly tart and snappy finish. Like its namesake, sugar and spice and everything nice. Over the moon to welcome baby Luna to the world. 5.2% abv.
Having an Uncle Bert is good. Reliable and strong, Uncle Bert is a man of few words. He lets his rich notes of vanilla, caramel, and creme brulee do the talking. Good old sturdy Bert with a smooth port like character upon which his tart cherry and plum fruitiness are perched. Complex indeed, yet somehow still very approachable. First to arrive and last to leave but never wearing out his welcome. Having an Uncle Bert is fun and fun is good. Have you an Uncle Bert? You should. 7.7% abv
A yokel, a country bumpkin. Rustic w/ his own refined dignity. Bold yet balanced, audacious but approachable. Malt and hops in harmonious heft. Sweet caramel and spicy rye balanced by an assertive, candied grapefruit bitterness in this easy drinking red ale. Inspired by the classic cocktail, the Rube is your mid-day Manhattan. 7.5% abv.
Brewed to a calculated 55 ibus and 5.5% abv or double nickels on the dime. Angular notes of ruby red grapefruit, sweet orange, and pine strum upon a groovy bassline of light honey and vanilla in a compact yet satisfying little ditty. A liquid tribute to a group of cats from San Pedro who jam econo – or fitting a lot into a little. “Punk was whatever we made it to be” a quote from late lead singer/guitarist D Boon inspires every recipe Ive ever brewed. Listen to the Minutemen, their band could be your life.
A silver medal winner in the 2018 World Beer Cup for American Pale Ale!
Inspired by the titular garnish on a Mai Tai. An approachable beer with sunny notes of mango, guava, and pineapple lounge upon just enough bitterness to call it an IPA. This tropical fruity brew is crafted to drink in a hammock on the sand. An all day beach blanket beer at 5.7% abv.
The perfect course companion. On the green with hoppy notes of tropical fruits and candied citrus. Wheat malt tees a subtle tart snap and caddies a medium bodied, easy swinger. An ace, or at least close enough amongst friends, now gimme another! 7.2% abv
Call it a south west bitter cloudy for all I care. I call it delicious, and a nice retreat from the tedious grind of figuring out what style fits where. Duke Ellington once said, “there are two kinds of music – good music, and that other kind” Nelson, El Dorado, and Pilsner malt join hands and sang ultra-harmonic notes of pineapple, orange, and guava – Treat, retreat, repeat. 6.8% abv
When a meteorite from Venus crashes onto Monster Island one can only hope it is not actually an egg. Geedorah is hatched with intent to raze and ravage the planet. This golden dragon comprised of three heads of the most assertive, fire-breathing hops known – Mosaic, Nelson, and Amarillo – to make a worthy adversary of even the great Godzilla, king of the monsters. A smooth bodied, well disguised 8.1% monster of a brew. You can help defeat this beast glass by glass until he is sent back to space from whence he came, saving humanity and leaving our own Earthly monsters to business as usual. The End… or is it?
Yes indeed, here we are… with the unmitigated audacity to brew a substantial, slightly smoked porter and then proceed to add copious amounts of organic maple syrup straight from the short forests of Vermont! A pancake breakfast right here in your glass! With a circular motion hitherto unknown in this region, stir up wafts of scrumptious flapjacks so light and fluffy brown, the finest in the town. This elixir of eskimo legend will keep you cozy while trudging across the tundra searching for a certain holy-man’s pancake parish. Dominus Vobiscum! 9.8% abv
Musically speaking, the second note of the diatonic scale, or one step above Tonic. In our terms, a more potent elixir than the original. Infused with more flavors of milk chocolate, more roast, more mouthfeel, and most important – more coffee. Whoever said there can be too much of a good thing never had a chance to try this here beer. A wiser man once said – everything in moderation, especially moderation. Cheers to that, and you! 8.2% abv
Greet a glass full of dark chocolate, graham cracker, dried cherry, and espresso in this rich and complex imperial stout. A fireside storyteller of a beer, Grandpappy’s tale unfolds with each sniff and sip. 9.5% abv.
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Remember how you felt as a kid knowing a field trip was on the horizon? It meant fun, adventure, and trying something new. It also meant an exciting break from the norm.
We’ve done our fair share of learning over the course of the last five years. Like any journey, we had a lot to see, taste, and experience to get to this point. Now we see that our history of field trips has created a place for you to take your own.
Consider our brewery your new favorite field trip, a place made for firsthand observation and learning.
Choose any of our beers and take it to-go. Our 1 Qt. Crowler cans are poured fresh and canned when you order. Drink cold, and let the adventure begin.
Show us where you take yours. Tag us at #DocentFieldTrip