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Mill Creek Brewing Company

The best credentials come in a can—or pint glass if you’re feeling fancy. We could go on all day about what makes Mill Creek Brewing Company brews shine but we’d much rather pour you one and let it speak for itself. After all, the only thing better than talking about great beer is drinking it.

Mill Creek Brewing Co. begins selling its beer in Kentucky on July 11 and Heidelberg Distributing is excited and proud to be its distributor of choice! Located just south of Nashville in Nolensville, Tennessee, Mill Creek has been selling its beer in two states: Tennessee and Alabama before deciding to head to Kentucky, one state north.

The brewery’s flagship beer is Lil Darlin, a citrus infused wheat beer brewed with orange peel and coriander. Mill Creek’s other beers include Landmark – a vintage lager, Silo – a Farmhouse Ale and Woodshed – an India Pale Ale.

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Summer Seasonals – Part I

There are all kinds of great beers to help you beat the heat this summer. Wheat beer, Kolsch, Gose, Pale Ale, IPA, Radler and even a Cider in the mix, there is a style for everyone to enjoy.  Light bodied and formulated for warm weather, these great tasting selections will quench your thirst and offer up plenty of great flavors and tastes.

 

LAGER HEADS WHITE WATER WITTE

A refreshing Belgian wheat ale with a zesty citrus body full of fruity flavors and a slight pepper finish from Lager Heads in Medina, Ohio.

 

MOERLEIN STRAWBERRY PIG CREAM ALE

Tempted by the acidity of the Flying Pig Cream Ale, Christian Moerlein decided to add a dash of summertime flavor. Eating a fresh strawberry is always a clear sign that summer is at hand. We couldn’t resist the temptation. Enjoy a refreshingly strawberried Pig with us.

 

 

MT. CARMEL HOPS & WHEAT ALE

Bright, citrusy, and hoppy, Mt. Carmel Brewing’s summertime ale salutes the flavor of the American hop and gives way to a smooth, refreshing finish.

 

 

RHINEGEIST PEACH DODO

This German Gose is bright and frisky, tart and saline, and dances on the palate with punches of peach. Thirst quenching beyond all imagination, Rhinegeist Peach Dodo is the finest of liquids for a beach picnic or for making history.

RHINEGEIST PUMA

Elegant and subtle, this hoppy pilsner balances bready malts with striking noble hops. Rhinegeist Puma pilsner pounces with golden brilliance as floral aromatics punctuate each sip.

 

 

SAM ADAMS SUMMER ALE

Samuel Adams Summer Ale is an American wheat ale. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon zest and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these flavors come together to create a thirst quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for those warm summer days.

 

 

SHINER STRAWBERRY BLONDE

Shiner’s newest Brewer’s Pride craft brew is now in season. Made with fresh, homegrown strawberries from Poteet, Texas, Strawberry Blonde combines pale and wheat malts for a refreshing taste and smooth finish. Summer just got sweeter.

 

 

SIERRA NEVADA SUMMERFEST LAGER

Sierra Nevada Summerfest is a delightfully refreshing example of a traditional style lager beer. While lighter in body than our ales, Summerfest displays significant hop aroma and a tangy hop bite. The long lagering period adds a smoothness that makes this beer a great summertime treat.

 

 

VICTORY CAGE RADLER

Victory’s spin on a German classic connects lemon freshness with crisp lager. Effervescent notes of lemonade, lemon zest, and a hint of graininess.
Light, dry, and extremely drinkable, this clean and crisp lager is perfectly balanced with the flavors and aromas of fresh lemon.

 

 

VICTORY KIRSCH GOSE

A bold and bright step outside the norm, Victory’s new twist on an old-world German brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing and satisfying cherry fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose.

 

 

VICTORY SUMMER LOVE ALE

Summer Love Ale is a golden ale made with pale malts, German hops and Brandywine River water. This specific style of beer was chosen by Victory because it has a broad appeal and will be accessible for casual beer drinkers, but will still retain exciting hop notes.

The brew has a vibrant and refreshing pale color derived from its lean and refreshing malt body. And the initially floral aroma of hops segues into a well integrated, refreshing hop dryness of European heritage.

 

 

Some great beer to choose from and this is only half of the list! Check out PART II of our quintessential list of the best summer seasonals out there!

 

Summer Seasonals – Part II

There are all kinds of great beers to help you beat the heat this summer. Wheat beer, Kolsch, Gose, Pale Ale, IPA, Radler and even a Cider in the mix.  There is a style for everyone to enjoy!  Light bodied and formulated for warm weather, these great tasting selections will quench your thirst and offer up plenty of great flavors and tastes. Here’s Part II of our Summer Seasonals list!

 

21ST AMENDMENT HELL OR HIGH WATERMELON

This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—summer in a can. 21st Amendment starts by brewing a classic American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon. A straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor.

 

 

ALASKAN SUMMER ALE

Based on the traditional Kölsch style of brewed in Cologne, Germany, Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.

 

 

ANCHOR SUMMER WHEAT

Crisp and cool as a San Francisco summer. First brewed in the summer of 1984, Anchor Brewing Co. Summer Wheat is the first American wheat beer in modern times. Anchor Summer Wheat is intended to be a lighter beer for those who don’t want to sacrifice historic tradition or character. Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer Wheat is an all-malt craft beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat.

 

 

ANDERSON VALLEY SUMMER SOLSTICE

Summer Solstice from Anderson Valley is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish.  With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior drinkability make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.

 

BLAKE’S THE TONIC

As the first flushes of green awaken the new year, invigorate your senses with freshly picked ginger root and cool cucumber combined together to create Blake’s Hard Cider’s crisp, light elixir; The Tonic.

 

 

BROOKLYN SUMMER ALE

Brooklyn Brewery’s Summer Ale is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale made to accompany you on all your warm weather adventures. 100% British 2-row barley brings its famed bready flavors, capped off with German and American hops to provide a snappy, clean bitterness and a bright, floral aroma. It’s a sunny pale ale, Brooklyn style.

 

 

DESCHUTES HOP SLICE

Floral and citrus hop notes meet smooth caramel maltiness in this refreshingly-balanced golden ale from Deschutes. This year’s batch includes Lemondrop Hops! Grab a slice of summer in a glass…

 

 

DUCLAW MORGAZM

Morgazm is a refreshing, citrusy twist on one of Duclaw’s most popular brews of all time. The medium body, mild hop character, light fruity taste, and smooth drinkability of Bare Ass Blonde Ale is infused with grapefruit zest and dry hopped with Citra hops to add notes of lemon, grapefruit, and an overall tart character to the beer. The result is a highly drinkable, highly refreshing Blonde Ale with big citrus flavors and aromas that will leave your palate in ecstasy… but wanting more.

 

 

GREAT LAKES STEADY ROLLIN’

Steady Rollin’ Session IPA is inspired by the lush, vibrant landscape of the Great Lakes region, Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s all-hours, year-round outdoor playground. Steady Rollin’s tropical fruit flavors, balance, and light body make it a perfect companion for cutting a new trail or rowing to a secluded bank with friends to kick back and watch the afternoon fade away. Steady Rollin’ is brewed for those days when you can only guess what time it is based on where the sun sits in the sky.

 

 

ITHACA CUYAGA CRUISER

Cayuga Cruiser is Ithaca Beer Co.’s slightly tart and exceptionally refreshing Berliner-Weisse style ale. Mildly hazy in appearance and light in body, this beer delivers the perfect combination of elements resulting in supreme and satisfying drinkability. Whether you’re on a boat or in your backyard, this beer is the quintessential summer refresher.

 

 

ITHACA HOPKIST

Ithaca Beer Co.’s delightful mid-summer seasonal, Hopkist is an easy drinking and refreshing citrus IPA. With a mild ABV of 4.75%, this IPA is wonderfully “sessionable” for the hot summer months. The combination of Honey Malt and Citra hops in both brewing and dry hopping along with a healthy zip of citrus zest makes Hopkist the perfect summer brew.

 

 

 

Royal Docks Brewing Company

Founded in 2015, ROYAL DOCKS BREWING COMPANY fuses the craft beer renaissance with old-world pub culture in a contemporary, American style. They produce big beer in small batches and offer them on draught and now in cans all around Northeast and Central Ohio!

Royal Docks has launched distribution of its portfolio of core and seasonal products on draught and packaged in 12 oz. cans throughout Northeast and Central Ohio through Rampant Brands. This is the first time that a lineup of Royal Docks’ products will be available in single-serve packages and widely available throughout the regions in kegs. This is also the first time ever – pre or post-prohibition – that a Stark County brewery has released beer in can.

The proprietors of Royal Docks, John and Adriana Bikis, are Canton natives that were lucky to call Britain home for a couple of years. Although their time there was brief, it didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the pub – a decidedly British concept that they are excited to bring back and share with you.

The name Royal Docks is unique because the founders lived it. While living in the United Kingdom, they spent over a year in the Docklands area of London. Situated along the Thames river, it was originally the Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock. Its commercial success was very important to the city during the first half of the 20th century.

The area has been going through redevelopment since the early 1980s with improved local transport, new residential buildings and commercial developments. With London City Airport connecting London to the rest of Europe and Crossrail project near completion, the Royal Docks area is one that will continue to evolve.

With a history of progression, hard work and strong local tradition the name Royal Docks brings a lot of meaning to their story. While living in the area, John and Adriana were able to get a glimpse of history and felt it was only fitting that the name live on.

Craft beer fans in Northeast and Central Ohio can expect to find Royal Docks’ flagship Tanglefoot IPA and two summer seasonal beers; Pendragon Welsh Rarewit and Yardarm IPA in 12 oz. cans.

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Odd Side Ales

Odd Side Ales began in 2010 in Grand Haven, Michigan. Opening a brewery was a dream of Chris Michner, a home brewer, who figured it would be more fun making beer full time than sitting in his cubical at the accounting firm where he was working. Seven years after opening the brewery, Odd Sales Ales has expanded distribution to Ohio.

It turns out that accounting’s loss was craft beer’s gain. After renovating a space and opening a microbrewery in an old Story & Clark Piano Factory in downtown Grand Haven, Odd Side began brewing beer and opened its doors to the public. The brewery found its niche and did enough business to expand to a larger brewing facility in 2015, growing from 5,000 to 22,000 square feet.

Odd Side expanded into its second state, Illinois in 2016, moving into the Chicago market.  The brewery expanded again and is now currently housed in a 44,000 square foot facility with a 450-barrel capacity. In the spring of 2017, Odd Side began selling their great beers in Ohio. Which is where we come in. We are proud to be partnering  Odd Side Ales in the Cleveland, Lorain, Toledo and Youngstown markets.

The starting lineup for Odd Side’s entrance into Ohio includes Citra Pale Ale, Bean Flicker, Hop Gobbler and Passion Juice.

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Welcome DuClaw!

This fall, we were thrilled to welcome yet another outstanding brewery to our ever expanding portfolio of world-class beer. DuClaw Brewery, the pride of Maryland, is committed to not only brewing fantastic, creative beers, but making the craft beer world just a little bit cooler as they do. Obviously, they’re a perfect fit with Rampant!

Like many other worthwhile endeavors, DuClaw Brewery started as a way for a guy to meet girls. Dave Benfield began homebrewing in college as a way to supply his buddies with beer and the female admirers he imagined would come with it. At least half of his plan was a raging success (reports vary on the other half of the plan) and he quickly discovered he had a knack for brewing.

After college, Dave took a job in the family business but continued to hone his ninja-like brewing skills in secret. He parents quickly figured him out, though, as he frequently smelled of spent grain, and mumbled incessantly about “carboys” and “original gravities” in his sleep. He finally admitted to them that he wanted to quit the family business and start his own, completely original, one-of-a-kind business: a restaurant with a small brewery inside that served its own original craft beer. An Alta Vista search (hey, it was the ‘90s!) revealed that this was neither an original idea nor a one-of-a-kind business, but that didn’t dissuade him because he had a fool-proof business plan to make his brewpub, as he learned they were called, stand out: He was going to make it cool.

In 1996, DuClaw Brewing Company opened its doors in Bel Air, Maryland for the very first time. Dave’s commitment to making it cool paid off as just a year later it was declared “Bel Air’s hippest establishment” by the local paper.

Since then, DuClaw has stuck to this central pillar of coolness through constant innovation and testing of new recipes, combinations, and ingredients. The results? More than 35 unique beers and countless variations and blends. Here in Ohio and Kentucky, craft beer lovers can enjoy three cool brews from DuClaw: Sweet Baby Jesus, Dirty Little Freak, and Neon Gypsy.

Sweet Baby Jesus! (Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter)

DuClaw’s flagship beer, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% ABV. Sweet Baby Jesus! finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

Dirty Little Freak (Brown Ale)

Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% ABV Brown Ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.

Neon Gypsy (IPA)

This IPA, first brewed in 2014, is medium-bodied and clear with a thin white head and crisp mouthfeel. A vagabond blend of 7 different hops dominates with grapefruit and citrus flavors and aromas, accented by notes of pine, that continue to roam your palate long after its clean, hoppy finish. Disconnect, and you will find your way.

For Pete’s Sake (Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter)

For Pete’s Sake! Coming in December, an Imperial version of Sweet Baby Jesus, raises the bar again with its silky, full body, big roasted malt flavor and aroma dominated by rich notes of peanut butter and chocolate, subtle fruit and coffee notes, and a strong, warming 9% ABV. For Pete’s Sake!: It’s a whole new level of Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter!

 

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Your Guide to Winter Seasonals

There’s always some variation within beer styles, but there’s generally a distinctive taste profile that separates one style from the next. An IPA from any brewery, for example, will always have a hoppy, bitter taste that could never be mistaken for, say, a Wheat beer. This is not the case with anything carrying the Holiday, Christmas, or Winter moniker. Unlike most beer styles, these beers were made to be released during the same season but not necessarily to taste the same.

But this variety in taste makes the Winter Seasonal release one of the more exciting times on the craft beer calendar! Below, you’ll find the perfect list of stocking stuffers from Winter Warmers, to IPAs, to Red Ales, and everything in between. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses which were equal parts kick in the butt and hug, 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. It’s brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

Anchor Christmas Ale

This is the forty-first annual Christmas Ale from the iconic Anchor Brewing. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. The tree for 2015 is the Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara), better known as the California Christmas Tree. As for the recipe … well, that’s Top Secret.

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s take on the classic Winter Warmer. Boasting a deep amber hue and rich mouthfeel, its creamy finish will lift your spirits. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tease the senses making this the perfect ale to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.

Deschutes Jubelale

Warm spiciness and tradition grace this bold winter ale from Oregon-brewer Deschutes. Intriguing, layered flavors unfold to reveal chicory, dried fruit and toffee notes with a hoppy kick to finish. The deep garnet color pairs perfectly with any and all holiday celebrations.

Lager Heads Winter Mischief

Warm up the holidays with this spiced ale from Ohio brewer Lager Heads! The smooth malty canvas showcases the flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and local honey. Not only is this beer big on taste, but at 8% ABV it’s also big on alcohol so please, enjoying responsibly.

Mt. Carmel Winter Ale

This festive ale from Cincinnati brewer Mt. Carmel calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger, mingling with flavors of orange-spiced bread. It perfectly complementing a frosty evening spent before a roaring fire.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

This double-hopped Red Ale from Oregon brewer Rogue Ales is appropriately reddish in color with a roasty, malty flavor and a well-balanced spruce finish. We have it on good authority that this is what the big guy is drinking the 364 days of the year he’s not guiding his reindeer on the world’s most epic road trip.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Another offering from the master brewers at Rogue Ales, this IPA is pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate and finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness. This is the one time you can ignore your mom’s advice about avoiding the yellow snow.

Samuel Smith Winter Welcome

This winter classic comes from our friends across the pond at Samuel Smith’s in Yorkshire, England. Honey-amber colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma, and delicious caramel malt flavor with great finesse, Winter Welcome has a fine hop aroma finish and a fruity note from fermentation in open-topped stone “Yorkshire Squares.”

Schlafly Christmas Ale

This Christmas Ale from St. Louis brewer Schlafly is a warming Winter Ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt.  Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness.  Honey is used in the fermentation process, raising the ABV to 8% without producing too much heat from the alcohol content.

Shiner Holiday Cheer

This holiday Dunkelweizen from Texas brewer Shiner practically unwraps itself with hints of Texas peaches and pecans. Caramelized malts give it a uniquely rich, malt body that’s perfect for the holidays whether it’s spent in the Lonestar State or the Buckeye State.

Smuttynose Winter Ale

This Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow, and pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas

This regional favorite from Akron-based Thirsty Dog Brewing is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. It’s the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

Uinta Yard Sale

This full-flavored amber lager from Utah brewer Uinta delivers a complex, toasted malt body and Noble hop character. With honey and caramel undercurrents and vanilla accents this lager is malty with light and hoppy notes that finishes dry. Yard Sale pairs well with earthy mushroom bisque, grilled lamb or pork, and even mussels and clams so plan your holiday meals accordingly.

Victory Winter Cheers

Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation! Hoisted high in its golden glory, Victory Brewing’s Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, this celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.

Hoptober – Part IV

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I or Part II? Check out Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here.

 

Deschutes Hop Trip

Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, they hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. The reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage. 

Buckeye Hippie IPA

The Hippie I.P.A. continues to be the best selling beer for Cleveland-based Buckeye Brewing Company. First brewed in the summer of ’98, the “Hippie” was an instant hit and has since become a Cleveland classic among hop lovers. Reminiscent of ales brewed on the Pacific west coast, the Hippie I.P.A. is big, rich in malt and, of course, chock full of hops.

Uinta Detour Double IPA

A scenic tour of hops, this Double IPA from Uinta Brewing is bright and bold with lively hop character. With four varieties of hops combining to step up the flavor profile, Detour is a hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character, venture to pair it with other spirited flavors such as those found in spicy ethnic foods.

Smuttynose Big A IPA

Brewed in very small quantities, this classic from Smuttynose Brewing has also been one of the harder to find world-class IPAs out there. Until now. That’s right, beginning in October 2015, Big A IPA is a year-round, full-time beer! Smuttynose will still be brewing it in smaller batch sizes to keep it as fresh as possible, but they’ll be making those batches year round. Big A IPA has everything you’d want in a double India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt and more flavor.

Anderson Valley Heech O Hops

Brewed with a heelch (that’s Boontling for “whole lot”) of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, this Double IPA from Anderson Valley has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation.  With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish.

Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

Beer begins in the dirt. In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, Rogue Ales grows seven varieties of aroma hops at the brewery’s own farm in Oregon. They also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln, and cool them. Brewmaster John Maier had seven varieties available, but rather than picking from among them, he chose all seven to create a proprietary palate for 7 Hop IPA.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales brings you yet another world-class IPA from the Oregon coast with this pale golden ale with a hoppy, fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate, Yellow Snow finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

Hoptober – Part III

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I or Part II? Check out Part I here and Part II here.

Arcadia Hopmouth

This remarkably balanced brew from Arcadia Brewing has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.

21st Amendment Back in Black

Inspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, 21st Amendment Brewery rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. This Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character of a standard IPA but with a smooth, mellow finish.

Anchor Liberty Ale

First introduced in 1975, this classic from Anchor Brewing is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water. The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever.

Mt. Carmel Snapshot Imperial Ale

The color of something picked from a Georgia peach tree, Cincinnati-based Mt. Carmel Brewing’s Imperial IPA’s sticky aroma of citrus and tropical fruit gives way to a complex malt body of Pale, Pilsner, and Caramel malts all forming a natural bridge to a fresh hop, orange grove, tropical euphoria.

Rogue XS Imperial I2PA

Above and beyond your run of the mill IPA, Rogue Ales’ XS Imperial I2PA is radically hopped with an intense aroma and hop bitterness. Unfiltered and aged for 9 months before it leaves the brewery, this beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunt

This IPA from craft beer powerhouse Sierra Nevada harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Sierra Nevada’s custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle, makes for an incredible IPA experience.

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops in this Black IPA from Salt Lake City brewer Uinta. Dubhe is comprised of five hop varieties, a hop profile bold enough to shine through the roasted, dark malt character of this beer. Smooth from start to finish, its layered flavor profile emerges with rich and rounded toasted malt flavors, and is followed by a lively hop bitterness.

Hoptober – Part II

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

Missed Part I? Catch up here!

Victory HopDevil

The mythical Hop Devil resides in the lore of farmers but Victory’s HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious, it’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of the Eastern Pennsylvania hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.

Lost Coast Indica

A hoppy, full-bodied ale, this IPA from California brewer Lost Coast has a higher than average alcohol content balanced by radical bittering from Columbus hops. It’s then dry hopped with generous amounts of Willamette and Centennial hop flowers to give it a delightful floral hop aroma.

Deschutes Pinedrops IPA

This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. The brewers at Deschutes were inspired by the aromas and silence they experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from their brewhouse in Bend, Oregon.

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’

This IPA from California brewery Anderson Valley is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade hops. Hop Ottin’ is a showcase of bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.

Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies

Like fresh powder, this unique beer is a seize-the-moment thing. This year’s edition the team at Deschutes chased down Lemondrop hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. At harvest, they rushed the hops from the vine to their kettles in Oregon to ensure they captured the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.

Rogue Brutal IPA

This non-traditional IPA from the team at Rogue Ales has big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal, this staple of the Oregon brewery is the official beer of the Rogue Nation. Enjoy!

Smuttynose Finestkind IPA

A physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower, this IPA from New Hampshire brewer Smuttynose is definitely not a training-wheels IPA. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams hops is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as it’s bottled unfiltered. At 73.5 IBU’s, Finestkind is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that’s not easy to find. 

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