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555. Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma

Hill Famstead Biere de NormaContinuing to dip into my cellar and open some of the many Hill Farmstead beers I have stockpiled. I got this one on my way to Vermont back in February. I was on my way to Burlington for a three day insurance seminar and was able to hit Hill Farmstead on the way out. This is my the first wax dipped bottle from Hill Farmstead and it was much easier to open than the Arboreal from Oxbow. This photo has to be one of my favorites from Hill Farmstead, the black and red label, red wax and color of the beer are just a perfect combo.

This beer was poured an intense red with a thick off white head. Aroma is an amazing mix of oak, sour funk and some grape almost wine-like character. Taste follows with a nice tart flavor and plenty of oak. There is also a nice sweetness that balances out the mild funk, truly excellent beer.

Not sure this one will come back but if it does make the trip and grab a bottle. I have another in the cellar and will sit on it for a while. 
Pros:
Slightly funky and excellent oak aroma and flavor
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Brewed on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and soured with our house spontaneous culture.

436. Blue Lobster Brewing Lobster Genome Project .1

Blue Lobster GenomeThis is the first beer from Blue Lobster that didn’t get a high rating from me. That may be more due to the style than the beer itself as Biere de Garde are not overly exciting. This was brewed as a base beer for a port barrel aged beer that should add a lot to the original brew.

This beer has a nice deep red color with a thin tan head. Not a lot of aroma but what is there is a light malt. Taste is simple with the same sweet light malts coming in and only a slight bitterness in the finish. Overall this is a fairly simple beer but should work well as the base for their port barrel aged experiment. Looking forward to that beer when it is available. 
Pros: 

Cons: Simple
Alcohol Content: 6.3% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Blue Lobster (Facebook  Page)
Brewers Description: Our interpretation of a traditional Biere De Garde. Brewed in collaboration with Paul Vaughn utilizing fresh ground Tennessee Grits. Clean, malty, and unassuming. This beer is also the base for Paul’s Boutique, our brett/bacteria port barrel Biere De Garde.