Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jake's Friday Tapping Parties/Lincoln: Thunderhead and Modern Monks Collaborative 'Thundermonk' Belgian-style Dubbel /Omaha: Hop Ruiter

Friday (1/27) tapping parties for the Lincoln & Omaha Jake's

LINCOLN JAKE'S: It is rare you will see two Nebraska breweries team up for a collaboration, but the result sure is rewarding for us locals better beer drinkers. Thunderhead Brewing Company from Kearney and the Modern Monks from just down the street have teamed up to create a delicious Belgian-style Dubbel appropriately names 'Thundermonk'.

Deep brown in color with some wonderful notes of fruity esters, brown sugar, and spicy pepper. Get in here to enjoy this Nebraska rarity, and say hi to the Monks!

5:00 pm Jake's Lincoln (14th & P St.)

OMAHA JAKE'S: Friday be ready for an outstanding Belgian ale from the Schelde Brewery in Meer, Belgium. 'Hop Ruiter' is a classical marriage of Belgian yeast character and European hops.

"We love telling customers Hop Ruiter is imported from 1982—when I was a grad student in Belgium and strong golden ales were funky, malty and full of character!!! This 8% ABV bottle conditioned strong golden ale combines Belgian appreciation for aromatic esters with the American love of hops. But unlike American IPA’s and Belgian IPA wannabes, Hop Ruiter celebrates the finesse Belgians bring to using hops. Three different varieties (none American) are used; one in the boil and two in dry hopping.

The combination of type and technique gives Hop Ruiter a tannic, almost oaky hop acidity reminiscent of good white wines. If you’re expecting American piney, resiny hops that fur your tongue, Hop Ruiter will disappoint. But if you want to enjoy noble hop aroma and fine bitterness that perfectly marries with malt sweetness to make an exceptionally smooth, full-flavored beer, Hop Ruiter will delight." -Don Feinberg of Vanberg & DeWulf

5:30 pm Jake's Omaha (62nd & Maple)

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