Celebrating National Beer Day with the Craft Beer Guild’s newest beers.

Thursday at Bridge Liquors means it’s Craft Beer Guild day. April 7th means it’s National Beer Day, celebrating the end of Prohibition some 83 years ago.

Let’s see what’s arrived…

Maine Beer Company Beer III


Photo Credit: The Barley Blog

For those of your who don’t know, Maine Beer Co. is kind of a big deal in the craft beer world. If they were a car, they’d be the Mazda Miata (or perhaps, given their rarity, Alfa Romeo). The stats don’t say anything spectacular but they know how to put a smile on your face.

Beer III is is a 5.5% ABV black ale.

The concept for our third Hop Program beer, Beer III, was a hoppy black ale incorporating Citra, Lemondrop. Cascade, and Falconer’s Flight hops. While dark in appearance, Beer III presents with massive hop aroma and flavor. It finishes dry with a touch of chocolate and coffee lingering on the palate. We hope you enjoy our latest hoppy creating. Cheers!

Firestone Walker Parabola 2016

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This is a whale. A big, rare beer that, once you’ve become a beer enthusiast, you have to hunt down so that when you sit down with other beer geeks and someone asks “Have you had Firestone Walker’s Parabola?”, you can say “But of course.”

As barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts go, this is as rich and flavorful as you’re going to get.

Parabola is a beer of darkness and immensity, a barrel-­aged beast that is routinely ranked as one of the top beers in the world.  This Russian imperial oatmeal stout is aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace, developing flavors of rich, chewy roasted malts, charred oak and bourbony vanilla. Parabola bares its teeth with its impenetrable black hue and soaring alcohol, yet its bite remains refined with a silky, balanced finish.

At 13.1% abv, this is kind of the opposite of the Beer III above. It’s got an amount of flavor that knocks the socks off a newbie. There’s a lot of complexity here, but nothing anyone would describe as delicate.

We should also mention that this is a “Super Limited Edition, if you still see it when you come in you better buy it because it’ll be gone the next time” beer.

Lagunitas The Waldo’s Special Ale

Lagunitas Waldo's Special Craft Beer Newport RI Bridge LiquorsAnother BIG beer, this one’s an Imperial IPA with a massive (for IPAs) 10.2% ABV. Last year’s batch came in at an even 100 IBUs, and, if we remember rightly, was like getting hit in the face by a ton of hops…tightly wrapped inside a speeding 18-wheeler.

Kind of brutal, really.

White Birch Double IPA

WBB_DIPA_Label-03-2014A 9.2% double IPA, which, after the last couple beers listed above may sound pretty tame…but it’s really not. White Birch is a small New Hampshire brewery which continues to grow and impress. Here’s this IPA’s description from their site.

Double IPA started out as a growler only release at the brewery. When word got out that we were brewing a balanced, hop forward big IPA requests for a keg or bottle came in from all corners

Pungent aromas of citrus and fruit with a smooth hop bitterness and finish balanced with a soft malt body. This deceptively smooth beer has a hop flavor that grows over the course of a glass. It’s almost too easy to enjoy. This is the beer that makes me a hop fan. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Best when fresh, this dry hopped, unfiltered beauty is not a beer for extended aging. Cheers, Bill

It’s got a solid 85 on Beer Advocate, so it’s not going to be a drain pour.