For the last New Beer Friday of 2016 we not only have new beer but a new brewery has entered our market as well. Elysian Brewing out of Seattle quietly slipped in this week, we will hopefully be seeing some of their more infamous IPAs and other beers very soon. As for now I'm only aware of one. Here it is.
Elysian Bifrost - The nose has a faint hint of citrus with a bit of nutmeg and malt. The taste has a rich citrus and malt blend with assertive hoppiness. There is a slight alcohol kick as well. The finish has mostly citrus with a faint zesty pepper note to top it off. Through it all, this beer manages to retain it's pale ale character despite the added spices and higher than normal alcohol. 8.3% ABV @ Beer Bar, Beerhive
2 Row Oatmeal Stout - Big roast, some char with faint molasses dark, dark chocolate and liquorish. Very complex for an oatmeal stout. It has the body of an 8% beer but it's only 5.6%. Just bottled yesterday, it's at the brewery for now. Look for it we you normally enjoy 2 Row's brews next week.
Desert Edge American Amber - This is an unfiltered Amber Ale full of big caramel malt, citrusy and floral hop aroma. The toasty caramel malt and bright hop flavor is balanced by a medium bitterness for a complex but very drinkable beer. This is an unfiltered Amber Ale full of big caramel malt, citrusy and floral hop aroma. The toasty caramel malt and bright hop flavor is balanced by a medium bitterness for a complex but very drinkable beer. 4.0% ABV @ Desert Edge
Proper Ahern Nut Brown Ale - I haven't had a chance to try this one yet, I see it in my future this afternoon. 4.0% ABV @ Proper Brewing
Big Sky Pack Train DIPA - The nose is tropical with citrus and crackers. The taste follows with some mango, grapefruit up front. Vague citrus pith comes next with dry malts and a bit of booze towards the end. Fnishes hoppy and dry. 8.7% ABV. @ Bayou, DABC
Cheers and Have a Happy New Year!