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Co-op Brew Corner Sips: In With New Brews

Cheers to 2016: in with new brews! Check out several of our new arrivals for January, with more on the way:

roguevoodooVoodoo Mango Astronaut Ale from Rogue Brewing of Portland, OR – 5.3% alcohol by volume / 20 IBUs. This beer is the latest in the “Collision of Crazies” series combining beer and doughnuts. Voodoo Mango Astronaut ale was inspired by Voodoo Doughnuts’ Mango Tango doughnut, and handcrafted at Rogue’s Newport, OR brewery by Brewmaster John Maier. This richly colored amber ale unleashes a powerful mango aroma and flavor. Mildly malty, this latest in the Voodoo series packs a punch of peach, apricot, and citrus flavors with vanilla undertones. It also comes in a collectible 750 ml bottle to save for later. Serve it alongside dessert, such as doughnuts, cakes, or pie. $13.99 per 750 ml.

greenslineIndia Pale Ale from Green’s Brewing of Belgium – 6% alcohol by volume / 60 IBUs. Green’s was one of the first producers of gluten free ales, and has received global recognition for their pioneering efforts. For over a decade, Green’s has been brewing gluten-free beers at the DeProef Brewery in Lochristi, Belgium. Inspired by strong European beer styles, Green’s began with more traditional Belgian flavor profiles, such as their Dark Dubbel and light-colored but hefty in alcohol Tripel Blonde. Each of Green’s gluten-free ales is made from 100% gluten-free, vegan ingredients: millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and rice — as well as hops, water, and yeast. Their simply titled India Pale Ale was just introduced in 2014 — it won the Gold Medal for Gluten free IPA at the World Beer Cup that year, as well — and is brewed for a bracing hoppiness, full body, crisp taste, and refreshing flavor. Herbal and piney aromas with a slightly nutty, caramel-like finish. Pair the bold hoppy flavors of this ale with spicy hot Asian, Mexican, or Indian cuisine. $6.49 per 16.9 oz.

dicks12pkDeath By Coconut Porter from Oskar Blues Brewing of Longmont, CO – 6.5% alcohol by volume / 25 IBUs. This limited-release coconut and chocolate-flavored Irish porter is loaded with dark chocolate and extra dark caramel malts. A whiff of Death By Coconut reveals the aromas of coconut creme pie filling and milk chocolate. Intense cacao flavors combine with the tropical nutty flavors of roasted coconut flakes. Made in the dry Irish porter style with a dark ruby colored body, this brew has a bit of extra malty sweetness that makes it a wonderful cooking beer. Add it to chilis and hearty meat stews, as well as chocolate and ice cream-based desserts. Get it while you can — this brew won’t be around for long. Death By Coconut is available for $11.49 per 4 pk or $2.99 per 12 oz.

Dick’s Brewing Variety 12 pk — variable alcohol content and IBUs. For over 30 years, Dick’s Brewing in Centralia, WA has been crafting a wide-range of beer styles to serve with their handmade sausages. Their new 12pks boast an impressive “minimum of 8 varieties of craft beer.” It’s sort of like a box of beer chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. Serve these brews at a party with an assortment of grilled chicken, burgers, nachos, and BBQ foods. Dick’s Brewing 12pk on sale for $15.99 each.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.