Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern  Now that we can put the frightening antics of Halloween behind us we can focus on the upcoming holiday and winter season. Even though I am not a fan of the inevitable snow storms that come along with living in the Northeast, I am a fan of the seasonal flavors breweries put out for the holiday and winter season. This November we have a spectacular preview of winter flavors put out by a variety of different brewers. We are happy to welcome the Chatham Brewery, a local favorite out of Columbia County! They will be featuring their brew Farmer’s Daughter during their Growler Station debut. Farmer’s Daughter is a Rye India Pale Ale featuring rye malts from Hillrock Farm Distillery. Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter is a locally brewed beer from start to finish! chatham brewingTry Chatham Brewery’s Farmer’s Daughter: Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz is an Imperial Schwarzbier featuring chocolate and coffee flavors, balanced off with cherries. The various flavors present in this brew, makes it perfect for the holiday season! Try Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Cherry Doppelschwarz:big eddy Our friends at Magic Hat are at it again with their Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout. The name of this brew dates back to Medieval Times and the celebration of the winter solsticemagic hat feast of fools. The seasonal brews of the past may be long gone, but the Feast of Fools is an ode to a time where you couldn’t just switch on a light. The Raspberry Stout reflects the long winter nights and the sweetness of the holiday season. Try Magic Hat’s Feast of Fools Raspberry Stout: Thanks to Samuel Adams we have a special early release of the Grapefruit Rebel IPA this November! You will be able to try a growler of the newest release from Samuel Adams before it’s available in bottled packs! Samuel Adams Grapefruit Rebel IPA is brewed with real grapefruit that only compliments the citrus notes from the hops. On tap just in time to bring a growler home to share with family and friends this Thanksgiving! rebelgrapefruittaplg--en--6a0409e2-9510-4b4e-82a5-79b7d18950acTry Samuel Adams Grapefruit Rebel IPA: The next selection for the month is Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout. An imperial stout aged in a bourbon barrel, it features chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors. This incredibly flavorful stout is perfect for the holiday season! Try Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout:goose-island-logo-2014 Let us know what your favorite brews were from this month’s tasting schedule and as always please enjoy responsibly! Written by: Kevin Schulke, Senior Category Manager Beer & Wine You know it is something special when you get your own T-H-E proceeding the name and the people at Goose Island Brewing knew this was a very special beer when they named it “The Ogden.” After all this Belgian Tripel was named after William B. Ogden and not only was he the 1st to open a Brewery in Chicago, he became their 1st Mayor. He also served as a Trustee to the Chicago Land Company which sliced a channel creating an Island in the Chicago River later named Goose Island and the namesake of the of the now well know Brewery. the ogdenWilliam was not done after a stint in business and public service, he went into the Railroad Business and led a campaign to connect the East and West Coasts with a Railroad Line this effort was completed in 1869 in a town called Ogden Flats Utah and that is where they drove the “Golden Spike” on May 10th . It was the culmination of of a long and difficult project. The name Belgian Tripel refers to the use of up to 3 times the malt of the standard Trappist brewing style. This Belgian style Tripel is gold in color with a dense creamy head. The aromas and flavors are of Tropical Fruits with banana characteristics, there is a sweetness from the hops and higher alcohol, true to the Tripel standard of 9 percent alcohol. We will have a very limited supply of THE OGDEN at our Growler Stations beginning at 10 am on August 8th, please don’t wait too long for when our barrels are poured, it is gone. This is beer is truly fitting to be a reward after a long or difficult personal effort whether it is after a hard day working in the yard or after you just drove your own “golden spike”. Join us on August 8th from 10 AM-Noon at the following locations to taste The Ogden and don’t forget to bring your growler to take home this special brew! Locations with Growler Stations: Market 32, Clifton Park, NY (Shoppers World) Market Bistro, Latham, NY Bethlehem (Slingerlands), NY Malta, NY Route 50 (Saratoga, NY) Market 32, Wilton, NY