Boston’s Harpoon Brewery will being introducing the Harpoon Leviathan Series, a limited edition line of specialty beers. The Leviathan Series is an exploration in brewing big beers for adventurous palates.
First up in the series is, Leviathan Triticus. Latin for “wheat,” Triticus is a strong and dark wheat wine-style ale that boasts 14.3% alcohol-by-volume (yummy!). The blend of 50% wheat malts, including caramel and chocolate, provides color and depth of flavor. Complex hopping and dry-hopping lends a delicate spiciness and just enough balance to complement its strength. Once brewed, the Triticus was transferred to 50-gallon bourbon barrels and aged at the brewery for over 2 months.
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WashingtonPost.com‘s “Beer Madness” has entered its second week as the original 32 brews have been whittled down to the sweet 16. The second round features some interesting matchups:
Brooklyn Lager vs. Flying Dog Old Scratch
Penn Pilsner vs. Raven Lager
Stone Pale Ale vs. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
Harpoon IPA vs. Troegs HopBack Amber Ale
Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat vs. Ommegan Hennepin
Oxford Rasberry Wheat vs. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
Abita Turbodog vs. Sam Adams Honey Porter
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale vs. Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown
Voting ends March 23rd, so be sure to make your voice heard. My money’s still on Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat. It’s too good to lose out this early and, with the currently popularity of wheat beer, it has to be the odds-on favorite.