Archive for February, 2010

Malt Monday: Striking Gold

22 February 2010
By Richard Pliny
Malt Monday: Striking Gold

Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! White Gold Style:“Rustic Pale Wheat Ale” Color: Pale to Amber ABV: 8% Price Point: $10 for 750 mL Technical Notes: From the Ithaca Beer website: “A Belgo-American Ale brewed with domestic barley and French wheat malts, the finest Continental and U.S. grown hops, and fermented with Belgian, English and Wild...
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Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

20 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Chambourcin for my real friends, real boursin for my sham friends…?

Pinnacle Ridge Winery Chambourcin Reserve 2007 Appellation: Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) Grape: Chambourcin (pronounced sham-bor-SAN with that uppity French nasal “in” sound) ABV: not determined (labeled “table wine”), but given Brix at harvest, I would guess around 13% Price Point: $16 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: {Brix} at harvest: 23.5-24. pH: 3.95, TA 6 g/L...
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From out of the bleu

12 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
From out of the bleu

Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! Le Bleu Style: Wild American Ale with Blueberries Color: A translucent red stream leaps from the bottle, recalling a Lambic almost instantly. Pinkish foam forms with large bubbles and dissipates quickly. ABV: 5.0% Price Point: $17 (Note: this beer was very limited production. I am told that it is sold...
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Gewürztraminer? I barely know her!

12 February 2010
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Gewürztraminer?  I barely know her!

Sheldrake Point Gewürztraminer 2008 Appellation: Finger Lakes Grape: Gewürztraminer ABV:13.6% RS: 0.5% Price Point: $18 Closure: Natural cork Technical Notes: Tons of info, courtesy of the website. Bravo to Sheldrake for transparency and geek info! TA: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.53. Hand harvested at 23.2 Brix, 6.7 g/L Ta, 3.7 pH. “The fruit was destemmed,...
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Alphalpha dog

4 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Alphalpha dog

Note: This is the inaugural article from our beer writer, Richard Pliny! Ithaca Beer Company Excelsior! Alphalpha Style: Double Honey Bitter Color: Amber ABV: 8.5% Price Point: $11 Technical Notes: Brewed with local alfalfa honey and Cascade hops. Like the other Excelsior! Beers, this is bottle conditioned and the last pour includes a bit...
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Announcing our new beer writer!

3 February 2010
By Tom Mansell
Announcing our new beer writer!

Hey folks! I am proud to announce a new staff member here at Ithacork. From his first sip of beer, Richard Pliny was captured by the fizzy drink’s allure. Through years of research and experimentation he has sought to understand beer’s secrets, as indeed he still does. Now an amateur brewer and professional scientist,...
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