Beer

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer.  Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. – Dave Barry

We love to talk about beer!

The Caboose carries more than 100 labels of fine domestic and imported beers.  We contend that beer should be enjoyed with the seasons.    The winter season calls for hearty darker ales and stouts which can warm you up on cold nights.  The summer season calls for wheat beers and lagers to refresh you on those hot, humid summer nights in Virginia. Don't like commitment?  Are you microbrew newbie?  We offer a Mix and Match Six Pack deal.  Sometimes you just want to taste different beers without having to purchase an entire six pack.

Ian's Beer of the Moment

One of the great things about this job is how much different stuff we are exposed to whether it be wine, cheese or beer, but it's easy to forget sometimes how good some things are. Every weekend I always try to grab a couple of bottles off the "Make Your Own Six-Pack" to revisit that I've maybe forgotten or neglected. The beers are always fun as I find my tastes change with the seasons not to mention the slew of limited releases and seasonal releases that always seem to be creeping in that demand attention. This section is dedicated to those recently rediscovered personal favorites.
Left Hand Good Juju "The beer pours a clear, golden color with a rather thick white head. The ginger makes itself known in the nose right from the start, allowing a fresh and clean beginning to this most refreshing beer. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, with the flavors going straight down the middle of your tongue. Incredibly light-bodied,  with a bit of sweetness from the malt backbone, Good Juju finishes very mellow - the perfect thirst quencher for a wicked hot day. " - Brewer notes.  Previously known simply as "Juju Ginger" Left Hand Brewing Company has repackaged and re-released this beer under the new mantra of "Good Juju" and now ships it in the more convenient 6-pack format vs. the former 22-ounce bottle size. I had this one a couple of times recently through a few of these hot spells we've had and it's been quite refreshing. The ginger is there, no doubt, as the smell jumps immediatley from the glass,but they do a good job of not making it over powering and it plays more of a background role in the over all flavor of the beer. Brewed only for the spring and summer, this is sure to be a go to for the upcoming hot weather and a new favorite of ours.

New Brew Arrivals

August 26th, 2010 | Beer Arrivals

 

Anchor Humming Ale Anchor’s newest seasonal release since 2005. Humming Ale is classified as an American style Pale Ale.  The use of hops is not over the top and the result is a medium bodied, crisp and refreshing ale. The bitterness is low and the hops throw off a nice citrus note. A welcome change to the normal typical releases for Fall seasonals. Arrived 8/25/2010.

Anchor Small Beer “We believe you will find Anchor Small Beer delicious–similar to what modern brewers call a “bitter”–and we hope you will also enjoy the idea of reviving an ancient brewing tradition, which is something of great importance. We make our Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale from the rich first runnings of an all-malt mash, and Anchor Small Beer is our attempt to duplicate the “small beers” of old by sparging that same mash: sprinkling warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first wort has run off, thereby creating a second, lighter brew from the resulting thinner wort. ” Arrived 8/25/2010

Bell’s Octoberfest A coppery amber lager that showcases a full bodied, malty flavor that is balanced by a refreshing bitterness derived from fine noble hops. 6pk 12oz. bottles. Arrived 8/19/2010

Legend Belgian White The Belgian White or Wit was brewed on an authentic Belgian yeast strain (the same one used for our Tripel). Plenty of spicy yeast flavor blends nicely with actual spices added during the boil. We dosed this brew with a healthy amount of crushed coriander as well as dried orange peel for a distinct, refreshing aroma and flavor. One half of the malt bill is made up of wheat, which gives this beer a crisp, slightly tart flavor. Legend White Ale was brewed with 2-row malted barley, ground wheat, and flaked wheat. The hopping is minimal, consisting of German Hallertau and Czech Saaz. Bitterness comes from a combination of the hops and spices, aroma from the yeast and spices. 22 oz. bottles. Arrived 8/9/10

New Holland Beerhive Tripel Little John’s local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish. 8.5% Alcohol. 22 oz. bottles. Arrived 8/5/10Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s Ale “Black Barleywine”  The third of four releases celebrating Sierra Nevada’s 30 years of brewing. This beer is brewed in collaboration with Jack McAuliffe, America’s first “micro” brewer. Jack and Ken’s Ale is something of a hybrid – part Imperial Porter, part American Barleywine. It is dark brown in color with a rich malt aroma layered with aromatic hops. The complex flavors dart back and forth between a smooth, slightly sweet roasted malt flavor and a bold hop-forward finish from the use of American hops. 10.2% alcohol. 25.4 oz. cork-finished bottles. Sold Out.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down. 5.5% Alcohol. 12pk 12oz. bottles. Sold Out.

Southern Tier Imperial Crème Brûlée Stout Ah, nothing says summer like a nice glass of rich, sticky, dark, chewy Stout. At least that’s what the folks at Southern Tier think with the latest release in the annual BlackWater Series. Dark as night and clocking in at a potent 10% alcohol this is probably the last beer you want to be sitting on the beach sipping on. Despite it’s seasonal timing however this is one brew worth trying…and yes it does taste like crème brûlée. 22oz. bottles. Most recent arrival 7/26/2010

Terrapin Side Project 11 “Boom Shakalager” “Volume 11 in our Side Project Series of beers is The Terrapin Boom Shakalager! This out of the box Imperial Lager weighs in at a hefty 9.0% ABV. Handcrafted with all German malts, hops and yeast it has an aggressive flavor that will wind most anyone’s Cuckoo clock. This amber elixir has an aggressive balance of sweetness and bitterness that is complemented by a bombardment of citrus from dry hopping with German Tettnanger hops.” 22 oz bottles.

 

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. Palo Santo means “holy tree” and it’s wood has been used in South American wine-making communities. This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the Palo Santo wood. 4-pk. 12 oz. bottles.

Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA Back again for another round! Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley – fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence. Be aware that The Maharaja is a limited release only available for the summer. Welcome to his kingdom! 22oz. bottles. Most recent arrival 8/19/2010