Thursday, January 8, 2009

Liquor Store Looky Loo

Over the next couple of weeks you should be checking your local liquor stores for a couple of new offerings. First off, Boulevard Irish Ale will be hitting stores next week and is probably the finest and most popular of Boulevard's seasonal offerings. It is so popular it gets really hard to find after St. Patrick's day. Irish Ale will also be on tap everywhere Boulevard's seasonals are usually on tap.

Then around the 15th of January, Sierra Nevada is releasing a new beer to their year round lineup, the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. From Sierra Nevada:
In the forthcoming Torpedo package, we are not only using the new Hop Torpedo method, but also debuting a new variety of hop. We are using a new varietal called the Citra hop. Sierra Nevada ( and two other breweries) funded the research and development of this variety and we own most of the acreage available in the world, (which is something like 3 acres). This hop has a crazy strange flavor profile, leaning toward pineapple, mango, papaya and other tropical fruit flavors and aromas. As always, we use only whole cone hops.

The Beer:
Torpedo is in a grey area, somewhere between an IPA and a Double IPA...We are calling it Extra IPA...
7.4% ABV
IBU's in the high 70's to 80's

Bittering hops: with Magnum
Finishing hops: Magnum, Crystal, Chinook.
Torpedo: Magnum, Chinook, Citra.

As regular readers of this site know, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is one of my favorite everyday beers and I very much am looking forward to their Torpedo. You may want to take matters into your own hands and call your local liquor store and request that they get Torpedo, it should be available in the area.

Update:Irish Ale is available right now at Gomer's in Lenexa, you may want to check with your favorite store to find out availability.

Update 2: Sierra Nevada Torpedo won't be available in KS and MO until March.


  1. Yes!!! Gomer's in Lenexa has a boatload of Irish Ale. I'm anxiously awaiting the Torpedo, though. "Pineapple, mango, papaya" in an IPA?! And 7.4% ABV to boot...this is almost scary.

  2. Thanks for the tip LC, the Bull E. Vard mansion is now stocked with Irish Ale.

  3. The Boulevard Imperial Stout is supposed to come out the week of the 19th as well. Also look for new beers from Schlafly, a Tripel and Grand Cru.

  4. I do love the Irish Ale but Nutcracker could also make a run at best seasonal.

  5. I'm softly weeping at the passing of Nutcracker season.

  6. And if everyone sees any leftover Frambozen, dear god please post here. I still haven't had the pleasure.

  7. To anyone missing out on Frambozen, the New Belgium distributor in KC didn't want to carry it because of the short window it is made available for sale. Unless you pressure your local stores to carry it, the d-bag distributor is just going to keep it off your shelves.

  8. Irish Ale day is like Christmas for me. Only I don't get as drunk.

  9. wow!!! it will really feel awesome when you buy your favorite drink from any liquor you have a lot of option to choose in large varieties. I am big fan of drinking different flavors of liquors and keep researching on them. In all liquors Rose Champagne is my favorite...