Circus penguin is the first release from the Two Brothers Brewer’s Choice artisan line where the brewing team creates everything from the recipe to the name and even the package design. Circus Penguin is a 5.9% pale ale brewed with organic beets and blood oranges.
This 22 ounce beer pours an orange-tinted medium gold with immediate aromas of earthy beets, oranges, and citric hops. The beets lend a sweet earthy flavor up front and transforms into a dry finish mingled with grapefruit and lemon citrus notes from the fruit and hops with a lingering earthiness. A medium to full body with restrained carbonation makes for a smooth body.
Bell’s Best Brown Ale is our latest craft feature at Kryptonite. A clear, light brown colored beer with sweet malt and bready aromas, Best Brown has a smooth, rich, caramel flavor with light hops. This brown ale is very malty without being too heavy.
Do you homebrew or are interested in homebrewing but not sure how to get started?
Come down to Kryptonite tonight from 7 to 9 pm for a meet and greet with Rockford’s homebrewing club Forest City Brewers. You’ll be able to meet other homebrewers, talk to members about the benefits of joining the club, and sample some of their beers. A pair of tickets to this year’s Day Of The Living Ales at Goose Island in Chicago will be given away courtesy of LaMonica Beverages, and some great beer specials will be featured including free glassware from Finch’s, Bell’s, and Stone!
Tres is the third in a series of five stouts that Dark Horse Brewing releases throughout the winter season - a series that has become a favorite among many Midwestern stout drinkers.
Tres is a hefty, full-bodied stout brewed with blueberries. The blueberry has garnered a pretty flighty reputation in the brewing community, with its use relegated to light, wheat-based styles where the blueberry character tends to be overly sweet and artificial. Dark Horse’s use of blueberry against a roasty, smooth stout base proves for an incredible balance of fruity tartness, mild-roasted coffee beans, and a spattering of vanilla and chocolate undertones. For those of you that tend to shy away from fruit-infused beers, I suggest you give this one a shot - you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Dark Horse’s winter stout range varies slightly in character and alcohol percentage year to year. 2011’s Tres seems to have a more subdued, smooth blueberry profile, while, if I remember correctly, 2010’s had a bit more tartness that cut through the rich stout flavor.
The Black Water Series of beers from Southern Tier Brewing Co is a hands down favorite of the Kryptonite Staff. This series features a group of imperial stouts brewed with a variety of chocolates, coffees, vanilla beans, and grains resulting in a lineup of brews with namesakes like Jah-Va, Mokah, Creme Brulee, Oat, and Choklat. Choklat is a chocolaty imperial stout brewed with bittersweet Belgian chocolate ringing in at 10% ABV.
December 5th marks National Repeal Day, the day when the 21st Amendment was ratified marking a return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation, the legitimacy of the American bartender as a contributor to the culinary arts, and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a sacred social custom!
Celebrate National Repeal Day at Kryptonite with drink specials all week long!!
Smuttynose S’muttonator is one of our latest additions to our craft beer selection. Read more about S’muttonator!
Last week saw the introduction of Smuttynose S’muttonator at Kryptonite. S’muttonator is a part of Smuttynose Brewing Co’s BIG BEER series that comprises of higher-strength beer styles in 22 ounce bottle formats. Other Smuttynose Big Beer series beers that we’ve carried at Kryptonite in the past include Maibock, Gravitation (Belgian Quad <- still in stock)
S’muttonator is a German-style Doppelbock, or Double Bock. A Doppelbock is a German lager that is traditionally of a dark color and strong alcohol content. Smuttynose S’muttonator is a deep copper-colored beer ringing in at about 10% ABV. While strong, the beer is still smooth with a very full, syrupy body and sweet, caramel-like malt flavor. Because S’muttonator is a lager it still finishes cleaner than an ale at equal strength (Russian Imperial Stout, Barleywine). Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures with bottom-fermenting yeast. This creates a cleaner tasting beer as opposed to ales, which are fermented at warmer temps with top-fermenting yeast. Ales typically have fruitier, complex flavors.
German-style Doppelbock | Limited release | about 10% abv
Aroma: light toasted malt, subtle alcohol
Appearance: Depp copper with thin foam
Body: Very full, thick, syrupy
Flavor: light caramel sweetness, fruity malt character, alcohol, lightly hopped but clean finish, very smooth.
Last year Dark Horse’s winter stout series was a big hit here at Kryptonite. We’ve been waiting patiently for the return of Too Cream Stout and we think it’s even better than last year. Cream (or milk) stouts are named for the addition of milk sugar (or lactose) in the brewing process. This addition creates a really smooth and creamy body for the beer. If you love stouts, then this one might land on your list of favorites.
Dark Horse Brewing Co - Marshall, MI
Cream/Milk Stout | Winter Seasonal | around 7% abv (they never really tell us)
Aroma: Robust aroma of dark roasted coffee beans and espresso
Appearance: pours jet black and syrupy with coffee brown foam
Body: Very full, smooth, and creamy with low carbonation
Flavor: Insanely smooth layers of roasted coffee beans, malty sweetness, and dark chocolate bitterness.
Smuttynose happens to be one of our favorite breweries here at Kryptonite. Winter Ale is their fall/winter seasonal that we’re seeing for the first time. Winter Ale is based on a Belgian Dubbel which are traditionally dark and sweet with notes of figs, raisins, and dark fruits. Smuttynose fermented Winter Ale with a Belgian Trappist yeast strain that gives the beer a light complexity.
Belgian-style dubbel | seasonal | 5.1% abv
Aroma: Very aromatic with notes of milk chocolate and vanilla - slight hop aroma
Appearance: Deep reddish brown in color with tan foam
Body: Full, rich, and very smooth
Flavor: Very malty and chocolatey, light yeast complexity, slight hop presence in finish helps prevent the beer from getting too sweet.