Monday, July 27, 2015

Anchorage Mosaic Saison and Anadromous Black Sour Ale

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Anchorage Mosaic Saison...$12.99 / 750ml
Rated 99/100 RateBeer"Sameness is easy, predictable, accepted. Different, however, poses a challenge, gives way to debate, stimulates thought. The ancient art form of Mosaic is founded on the idea of creating splendor utilizing contrasting elements: jagged edges situated (un)comfortably next to rounded perfection, darkness clarifying the light, hammered down broken glass. It is these contradictory, different processes that create beauty.

So I invite you to open your mind to contrast, engage in the experience, be perplexed, question the intricacies, and revel in this liquid Mosaic that is staking its claim to be different.

Consider the unapologetic bitterness of Old Man Hop as he extends his gnarled fingers, taking a frictional grasp of your tongue. Flirtatiously nudging him aside, in bounces the charming singsong of his Hoppy Mistress greeting her guests with a fresh-cut platter of aromatic tropical fruity sweetness. Don't mind if I do.

Bring your awareness to the approach of the rustic, shady Saison Yeast Character, whose strands hang low over his downcast eyes, as he shyly mumbles "'Sup Dude."

Contemplate the tapping of your feet, and allow a serious boogie down session with the jazzed up Effervescent Chap as he's high flying, and break dancing on your taste buds.

Observe as the militant invasion of the feared Brettanomyces troupe files in, offering proud salute to the sensory shape shifting that will slowly escort you to the artful transcendence of its Mosaic mission. Go ahead, drink in the scenic route through this fluid medley of colorful characters. Delight in different.

Anchorage Anadromous Black Sour Ale...$14.99

Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Brewed with Summit Hops. Aged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels with Kodiak Salmon Berries and brettanomyces. Triple Fermented.

"The cycle of life can be harsh or rewarding.  Born in fresh water, the might anadromous Alaska Salmon struggle in their migration from our pristine, roaring streams to the coean and back, traveling thousands of miles while avoiding  many perils, simply to instinctively spawn and die, and often become a source of food in our own life cycle.
Sour beers have a distinct life cycle as well in their journey from the oak to the bottle, and ultimately add a rewarding contribution to our own path through life.  Rather than slumber in the oak where Anchorage Brewing Company's Anadromous is born, the beer matures for a year and a half while instinctively avoiding the sometimes offsetting perils of fermentation and souring in the deep, dark underworld of the oak.
Unseen to mortals, the beer fights its way to maturity, avoiding attacking bacteria, the alcohol itself and other hidden dangers that might curtail the beer's noble journey to our goblets.  
Anadromous is Anchorage Brewing Company's tribute to our rewards and struggles in life.  Over 40 different Pinot Noir oak barrels of sour beer were blended to capture the unique contribution of each.  Bottle conditioning and time add additional complexity and sourness to the noble brew along its path from the brewery to your glass.

Pull the cork on this mighty species and add a unique experience to your cycle of life.  Anadromous is alive and enriching, so enjoy it while celebrating all things good.

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