Fermented Strangeness: Weirdest Brews

Fremont glass

Beer drinkers have been embracing microbrews since small, independent brewers began creating their unique hoptastic flavors in the early ’80s. Now referred to as craft beers, microbrews no longer make up a tiny segment of the beer industry. By the end of 2016, craft beer makers accounted for 5,234 of the 5,301 breweries in the U.S. While this is great for beer connoisseurs, craft brewers find themselves in a very competitive landscape. This makes it difficult for brewers to come up with a truly unique beer, so many strive for a little weirdness to grab consumers’ attention. If you’re looking for a slightly crazy concoction, consider one of these strange fermented brews.

Rogue Brewing | Newport, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla
ABV: 7.5 percent

Part of Rogue’s line of doughnut-inspired beers, this ale was inspired by the Grape Ape doughnut by Voodoo Doughnut, which features vanilla frosting topped with purple sprinkles and grape dust. Their iconic bright pink bottle features a purple gorilla for this strange brew. Many beer raters agree it’s a good attempt at a jelly doughnut with a grape soda zing.
Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale
ABV: 5.3 percent

Another ale in Rogue’s line of doughnut-inspired beers, this one was inspired by Voodoo Doughnut’s Mango Tango doughnut — a creation filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and a tangy orange powder. The hot pink bottle sports a quirky, top hat-wearing astronaut.
Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout
ABV: 5.7 percent

Dubbed Rogue’s Rooster Sauce, this stout pairs perfectly with spicy food. One of the ingredients is Huy Fong original hot chili sauce to give it the kick you’d expect from a fiery brew. The bottle mimics the hot sauce marketing down to its distinctive rooster.

Fremont Brewing | Seattle, Washington

Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb
ABV: 14 percent

This B-Bomb is barrel-aged in American oak whiskey barrels and uses a blend of Winter Ale with Golding hops, coffee and cinnamon. Beer lovers enjoy a unique bourbon, oak, cacao, leather and dark coffee blend that brings a spicy chocolate coffee flavor and cinnamon whiskey aroma.

Coney Island Brewery | Brooklyn, New York

Kettle Corn Cream Ale
ABV: 5.5 percent

A combination of corn and honey malt gives it a biscuit and slightly spicy hop aroma. This craft is brewed with caramel syrup, so it finishes slightly sweet and is reminiscent of kettle corn, a popular boardwalk treat.
Cotton Candy Kölsch
ABV: 4.8 percent

Made of pureed strawberries, strawberry juice and Coney Island’s own cotton candy flavoring, the light golden beer has a pink tinge and finishes with an unmistakable cotton candy taste. This craft is also available in cans at the brewery.

Ballast Point | San Diego, California

Indra Kunindra – Curry Export Stout
ABV: 7 percent

This India-style Export Stout gives unique beer lovers an explosion of South Asian flavors that include a burst of Madras curry, Kaffir lime leaf, coconut, cumin and cayenne. Available in draft and 22-ounce bottles year-round in limited quantities.
Cinnamon Raisin Commodore
ABV: 6.5 percent

A stout with some spice, brewers combined cinnamon and raisins with their dark, bittersweet American stout to blend the perfect amount of sweet and spice that leaves you with a roasted malt flavor.

Many of these beers are a limited-edition release, so if one of these strange brews sounds tasty to you, better grab one quick before it disappears!

 


7 Ciders and Beers to Keep You Warm

While traditionalists will claim that distilled spirits are the only type of drink that can warm you, we beg to differ. In fact, we are firm believers in the “warming” value of ciders and beers. Here are eight of our favorites that prove the point:

  •  Maredsous Tripel – Brewed by Benedictine monks in Belgium, this light amber brew with a very foamy head sports a 10% alcohol content that is well hidden by its rich caramel taste and somewhat banana-like overtones. It is also guaranteed to warm your insides faster than a glass of Chardonnay or Burgundy.
  • Flatbed Cider – Made from the most flavorful apples in the world, Flatbed Cider combines a bright splash of initial flavor with a warm and glowing finish. In addition, this cider is produced with a true “green” sensibility as the apples are grown, fermented and bottled on the same local farm.
  • Coedo Brewery – Manufactured on the other side of the globe in a town just north of Tokyo, this beer is brewed as an American-style pale lager. Still, it has its differences – most notably that it opens with a nice citrus bite followed by sweet maltiness and ends with a bitter finish. All in all, a great way to experience the warming sensations of springtime while enduring the cold of winter.
  • RhubarbarianThrough one of the largest makers of hard cider in the Pacific Northwest, the artisan craft brewery known as 2 Towns is one of the most respected by aficionados because of its avid use of fruits other than apples such as pears and rhubarb in their ciders. This particular cider is not for the faint of heart and will put some rosiness in your cheeks.
  • Chimay Premiere– Another monkish brew this time from Trappist ones – This Chimay “red” is well regarded. It offers a dark-brown colored beer with a very strong flavor reminiscent of raisins, prunes and dates. It is quite filling as well as fortifying and will get you through a tailgate party better than any cup of cocoa.
  •  Blackthorn Cider – With its distinctive but decidedly bittersweet flavor, Blackthorn Cider provides a medium-bodied character through a synergistic combination of low acidity and high tannins. It will leave you intrigued by its flavor that you will barely notice the cocoa.

For further information on these and other artisan ciders, craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages, visit us at Columbia Distributing. We can be found online at ColDist.com or reached directly at 800-949-5997 to make a beverage order.

 

 


The important relationship between drinks and snacks

Drinks and snacks at bar

Many times when people hear the word “pairing” they think of snobbery and a stuffy aristocrat picking a cheese for his wine. The truth is that we all pair our food and drinks, perhaps without even realizing it. We pick the best snacks for drinks all the time. Think about it, when you go to the movies, you carefully select your drink and your snacks so you get maximum enjoyment.

Food plays a role in the flavor of a drink, it can enhance or inhibit.

Finding the perfect drink to go with your favorite snack may not be easy and it may take several tries before your find the best relationship, but don’t give up because when you do finally find the right match your snack or mealtime will be forever improved.

Here’s what to consider when searching for the best snack and drink combination:

  • Consider how the drink enhances your snack flavor. Your beverage can pair nicely by contrasting with the flavor of your snack or by being a flavor twin and mirroring the flavor of your snack. A great example of this is with hard cider. A hard cider from Flatbed Cider could pair well with a pork chop or kale chips or both.
  • Consider the drink characteristics. Important characteristics to consider are the impact, body and alcohol content of your beverage. Keep in mind that if you are eating light you’ll want to pair your snack with a beverage with lower alcohol content. For instance a premium soda from Jones Soda Co. could pair well with Kettle Chips or a light sandwich.
  • Consider the acidity of both. For fatty foods an acidic drink will help clear your palate. If your snack is more acidic or spicy, you may want a drink that is neither acidic or spicy.
  • Consider carbonation. With some snacks the fizz from an ice cold drink can enhance your snack or mealtime experience. There are some snacks though that may not pair well with a fizzy drink. Alcoholic beverages will be more acidic and soda will be fizzy, so a good option is Snapple Tea., available in many flavors.
  • Consider sweet and bitter. While a contrasting flavor in your snack and drink can sometimes work to complement each other, remember that a super sweet treat and a bitter drink will most likely not pair well together. Keep in mind that any drink with tannins will increase the spiciness of food, so if you are not part of the some who like it hot crowd, steer clear of tannin-rich drinks when you’re having a spicy snack.
  • Have fun. Remember that snacks and drinks should be fun. Don’t let the idea of having the perfect drink-and-snack combo keep you from enjoying either one. Remember that what tastes great together to you may not taste great for your friend. Finding the right drink and snack fit is personal and subjective.

By remembering the four aspects of making a great food and snack fit and having fun while eating and drinking you are sure to come across a perfect combination. Get started today and check out the flavor profiles of our beverages. You never know when one might be the best match for your favorite snack.

 


Pairing BBQ And Craft Beer For A Meal To Remember!

barbecue-party

Americans have a love of barbecue that is legendary. Whether it’s brats or burgers, Memphis style ribs, or pork shoulder mopped with traditional Eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce, there’s a cooking style to meet every taste.

Like barbecue, craft beers aren’t pigeon-holed into any one style or location. Craft beers pair with a variety of foods from grilled meats to desserts. Choosing the right beer for barbecue is an art. Eating delicious barbecue while sipping the perfect beer can make any meal memorable.

Let’s look at four outstanding craft beer and barbecue pairings that can take your next barbecue to a new level of deliciousness!

1.    Memphis BBQ paired with Santa Monica Brewery Surf Ninja Imperial Stout

Memphis barbecue is big on pork and piles on the dry rub which is typically sweet with just a little heat. “Memphis-style” sauces are usually thin, tomato-based, tangy and sweet

American stouts such as Santa Monica Brewery’s Surf Ninja Imperial Stout are the perfect beer for Memphis-style barbecue. They offer a malt-laden flavor that can clear the sugary tang and pair beautifully with the smokiness.

2.    Kansas City BBQ and Garage Project Ayinger Dunkle Weisse

Kansas City barbecue is cooked low and slow over hickory. The sauce is famous for “sticking to the ribs of both animal and man.” Tomato-based with brown sugar or molasses, Kansas City sauce is a complex layering of sweet and sometimes spicy flavor.

The beer for Kansas City-style barbecue is a strong roasted malt brew like Garage Project Ayinger Dunkle Weisse. It offers a nice balance between malt sweetness, complementing the molasses, and hop character which emphasizes the spice.

3.    Eastern NC Style BBQ and Waddell’s Scottish Ale

Famous for slow pit cooked whole hogs that spend a day over the coals, Eastern North Carolina barbecue uses a vinegar based sauce that lathers the hog, from first heat until it’s finished. This all day low-and-slow basting gives the meat a deep rich tanginess with layer after layer of earthy spice.

Scottish ales like Wadell’s are the perfect beer for barbecue cooked with a vinegar based mop sauce. It works great with slow-cooked proteins and offers a malty sweetness that pairs well with the sour tang of a vinegar-based sauce.

4.    The “Great American Burger” and New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk

Who doesn’t love a burger? It’s a grilling staple! A properly dressed burger gives you four of the five basic tastes: salt (cheese) sour (pickles) sweet (ketchup) and umami (meat). The taste that’s missing is bitterness and that’s where the beer comes in!

New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk is a dark stout that features a roasty malt bitterness that mingles with deep vanilla tones. Because it’s fermented in bourbon barrels, it also has a delicious oaky taste that compliments any burger.

As a basic rule, contracting flavors work exceptionally well to enhance each other. Much like wine, darker, more robust beers like stouts, porters and IPAs work well with grilled meats. Seafood or chicken often pairs well with light and crisp flavors like wheat or fruit beers.

No matter what grilled goody is your favorite, you can’t go wrong pairing it with a delicious craft beer!

 

 


All About Pumpkin Beers

Pumpkin ale
Every year in October, people who love beer celebrate the fall season with festivals, food and fun centered around their favorite beverage.

Pumpkin is the flavor of the autumn season. The bright orange fruit finds its way into pies, coffees and a variety of other foods. Breweries are applying the trend to beer flavorings. When high-profile producers like Rogue and Samuel Adams join the movement, people start to take notice.

But what is pumpkin beer? Where did it come from, and what can a first-time drinker expect?

Modern Taste from Historical Inspiration

Pumpkin-flavored beers are not a new invention. The pilgrims who came to colonize New England traditionally used barley malt in their brews. Unfortunately, they couldn’t grow barley in the soils of their new land. Importing the malt from England was expensive. Settlers turned to the pumpkin, a strange new fruit unknown to them before crossing the ocean, in the fermentation process. Using persimmons and maple sugar, a plain yet potent pumpkin ale was produced.

The industrious pilgrims soon found a way to grow hops and barley malt efficiently in the new world. Pumpkin ales quickly fell from memory and remained forgotten for much of the country’s history.

In the late 1980s, Buffalo Bill’s Brewery brought pumpkin ale back with one a brew inspired by one of George Washington’s favorite recipes. The original version used spices like nutmeg and cinnamon to mimic the flavors in of a pumpkin pie.

The New Breed of Pumpkin Beers

Today, manufacturers are using modern techniques to produce an updated version of this historical party staple. Different ingredients and brewing materials yield rich, flavorful drinks that can be enjoyed at a bonfire on the beach or in front of the fireplace with close friends.

Like the Buffalo Bill’s Brewery recipe that relaunched America’s interest in pumpkin beer, many manufacturers rely on spices and added flavors to produce a sweet drink that is reminiscent of dessert. Some of these recipes use very little, if any, actual pumpkin in the mix. Some brews, like the Dogfish Head version of this seasonal drink, do use real pumpkins in their process for a more authentic flavor. These mixtures tend to be slightly more bitter but with a richer, deeper taste.

Recommendations

Are you looking for a new favorite drink for the fall season? Pick up a few six-packs and have some friends help you evaluate these suggestions.

  • Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Ale has been widely available since 1995. This medium-bodied brew uses real pumpkins for a deep, dark experience.
  • Coney Island Brewing Company’s Freaktoberfest Pumpkin Ale evokes the smells of fall with roasted undertones, allspice and just the right amount of bitterness.
  • Ballast Point Brewing contributes the Pumpkin Down to the season’s collection. This Scottish-style ale blends real pumpkins with allspice for a thick, full-bodied drink.
  • Samuel Adams guarantees 30 pounds of pumpkin puree in each barrel of its Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale. Malt is added during the process to undercut the natural sweetness of the squash.

Columbia Distributing offers more than 300 brands of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. With such a large list, we are sure to have just the right thing for your retail space. Take advantage of the seasonal trends. Let Columbia Distributing stock your shelves with a pumpkin beer that will keep your customers coming back for more.

 


Craft Beer Ingredients by Season

seasonal craft beer by Columbia Distributing

 

In the past few years, the rise of craft beer has been startling — in fact, the total number of breweries in the States rose by almost 20% from 2013 to 2014; signaling the growing popularity of the many types of flavor profiles. The market has been trying to meet the demand, and so marketing your craft brew has been easier if you do it by season.

What Does the Season Matter?

The reasoning is actually somewhat similar to the wines you should drink with different kinds of meat and chocolate; some tastes simply complement others better. As examples, it is generally acknowledged that you want to save your darker, more involved beers for the cold wintertime crowd, and your lighter beers for the spring and summer. Incorporating this into your plan will have a distinct difference in results when marketing your craft brew.

Summertime Examples

If you’ve been in business for an length of time, then you’ve probably already got a solid plan in place for marketing your craft brew; something that incorporates search marketing in your local region and even paid advertisements. The next step is to tailor the flavors such that the seasonal ones dominate. In spring and leading into the summer, you should opt for fruit beers because of the lightness they confer to the cocktail. A cool shandy — lemonade and beer mix — goes a long way on a warm summer day.

Wheat, classic pilsner and pale and hoppy beers also work for summer evenings. You’ll appreciate the citrus flavor and fleeting spiciness at a summer barbecue, for example. Make the correct measurements for the additives, though, because you do not want a heavy brew this season.

Fall Brews

The gathering clouds and markedly cooler days make way for pumpkin, maple and amber brews. Autumn is the perfect time for nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice cocktails to liven up the spirits (pun intended). The lightness of summer is gone, and American renditions of the great German beer festival known as Oktoberfest crop up in towns everywhere. Consider adding appropriately colored banners when marketing your craft brew in the online space — they will attract more attention because of the season.

Winter Brews

The season of the heavy beer, as it were. Winter is the right time to brew those thick Imperials and Stouts and Porters that were much too heavy as summertime fare. These beers are like the Old Norse meads from the time of Thor and the Asgardians — they WILL leave you full and warm — and drunk, if you have as many glasses of this as you did of the classic Pilsners last summer.

An American favorite is eggnog-inspired spirits, which are more of a dessert beer. Lastly, Winter is also a great time for bourbon and chocolate/coffee mixtures to your liquor. Market these variously-flavored brews at the right time and you should see your bottom line go up.


Need an Energy Boost? Try These Energy Drinks

Columbia Dist Energy Drinks

 

A lot of people depend on their morning fix of caffeine to get the day started. For most, this comes in the form of a cup of coffee. In fact, many people may drink coffee throughout the day or even at night as a way to maintain their energy levels so that they can stay productive while at work.

However, coffee isn’t your only option. You can get the energy boost you need by enjoying wellness drinks or energy drinks, many of which also contain caffeine, the essential ingredient to an energy boost. The following are a few examples of wellness drinks and energy drinks that will have the same effect as coffee:

  • Red Bull – Red Bull is one of the most well-known energy drinks out there. It’s also the original energy drink. Studies have shown that Red Bull energy drinks not only provide a boost of energy but that they also improve mental capacity, which makes them a great alternative to coffee if you’re working late into the night. While Red Bulls contain a number of ingredients that are said to help improve energy levels, it’s the caffeine that really does the trick. A single eight-ounce can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine.
  • Wired Energy Drinks – Wired Energy Drinks produces a whole line of different energy drinks. One particularly unique offering is their Wired X B-12 Rush. Not only does one of these cans contain 100 milligrams of caffeine, it also provides 3,000 percent of your B12 daily value and 500 percent of your B6 daily value. This allows for an energy boost that’s more sustained than a lot of other options on the market.
  • Vita Coco – Coconut water is a great way to stay hydrated, but if you’re looking for an energy boost, then consider the Vita Coco Cafe drink. An 11.1-ounce carton of Vita Coco Cafe contains 120 milligrams of caffeine. It also happens to be a delicious blend of coconut water and coffee. There are several different variations available, including Original Latte, Vanilla Latte and Mocha Latte, the last of which actually has a bit more caffeine due to the cocoa powder in it.
  • Bai Drinks – If you’re looking for natural drinks that can provide a caffeine boost but that don’t contain food coloring, chemical compounds or potentially unhealthy additives, then Bai Drinks are a fantastic option. Although they do contain caffeine, they don’t contain nearly as much as most energy drinks do. Each Bai Antioxidant Infusion drink, for example, offers 35 milligrams of caffeine – about as much as a cup of green tea, which is generally enough for a small boost of energy.

It can be difficult to get through the day – or to even get the day started on the right foot – without the help of a little energy boost. Fortunately, coffee is not your only option. These are some of the excellent energy drinks and wellness drinks we offer here at Columbia Distributing.


Understanding The Origin of Tea and Tea Benefits

Green Tea in a Cup.

Nothing refreshes and soothes like tea — the second most popular beverage in the world, after water. From organic, to ready-to-drink varieties — tea’s benefits are far-reaching. All tea, except the herbal varieties, are derived from the camellia sinensis plant. Its five categories include white, green, oolong, herbal and black tea. Its history is intermingled with different cultures and global leaders. A look at tea’s history and benefits:

The Origin of Tea

Did you know that tea was first brewed over 5,000 years ago by the Chinese emperor and scientist Shen Nung? However, as delightful as this discovery was, it Tea was too costly to be enjoyed by ordinary citizens, but all that changed in the 14th century, with the decline of the Mongolian empire.

Europe got its first taste of this beverage when the Portuguese began trading with China in the late 16th becoming more popular than ale in Great Britain.

A Buddhist monk first introduced tea to Japan. In the 19th century, the English Duchess of Belford popularized the concept of afternoon tea. The Dutch introduced tea to Americans, who started selling it in the late 1600s.

Tea Benefits

This wonder beverage is rich in antioxidants and several vitamins, making it beneficial for healing, and preventing several ailments. The high volume of antioxidants in organic tea flushes out harmful toxins. Green tea benefits include preventing dental caries, slowing down the aging process, and combating stress.

This tea blocks cancer-causing polyphenois compounds, and may lower hypertension, and elevated cholesterol levels. Sipping on a cup of green tea may also help increase your good fats. It’s ideal for stimulating your metabolism, alleviating body aches and tiredness, cleansing your bladder and kidneys, and detoxifying.

Oolong tea has a high volume of flavonoids, and helps lower hypertension. You can boost your immune system with black tea. This tea may also prevent cavities and cancer. It helps ease and expand your arteries, so blood flows easier to your heart. This decreases your stroke risk. Or try white tea to combat bacterial infections.

Herbal teas or infusions act as sedatives and stimulants. Brew a cup of red or rooibos tea to alleviate insomnia, irritability, or depression. This tea contains no caffeine, making it ideal for relieving nervous tension. Say goodbye to yeast infections and mouth ulcers with Echinacea tea. It’s also used to treat varicose ulcers, herpes, and skin problems. Use peppermint tea to alleviate menstrual pain and flatulence. It’s also great to use for the flu, or to relieve motion sickness. You can also eliminate gallstones with this tea.

Chamomile tea is well known for its calming effect. It’s also great for easing menstrual cramps and treating mouth ulcers. Many suffering with gastrointestinal issues have also turned to this marvel for relief. It alleviates heartburn, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Use ginger tea for colds and flu and asthma. Eradicate migraines, motion and morning sickness, too. Ginger tea also serves as a mild laxative, and can treat heart disease. Our kombucha tea is also perfect for fighting candida, and improving your mood. It serves as a probiotic, which improves your digestion.

Sift through our range of organic, kombucha, and ready-to-drink teas here.

 

 


The Best Alcoholic Ice Cream Treats

alcoholic ice cream treat

We all know that an ice cold beer is one of the best ways to cool down on a hot summer day (or night). However, sometimes you might be in the mood for a delicious ice cream treat as well. If this is the case, why not combine the two and enjoy an alcoholic ice cream treat?

Alcoholic ice cream treats have become all the rage in recent years, especially following the sudden burst of interest in craft beer and artisanal ice creams over the past decade. The following are just a few of the alcoholic ice cream treats that are available all over the country that you should try out this summer if given the chance:

BuzzBar Ice Cream Bars

Buzzbar is a family-owned ice cream maker out of Vermont that combines all-natural dairy ice cream with various spirits to create some absolutely unique alcoholic ice cream bars. Some of their alcoholic ice cream bars include their Vanilla Daze, which combines vanilla ice cream with cognac, their Bourbon St. Chocolate, which combines chocolate ice cream with whiskey, and their Majestic Mango, which combines mango and lime sorbet along with silver tequila.

Additionally, their ice cream offerings are a lot healthier than many traditional non-alcoholic ice creams since they don’t use any chemical preservatives or high fructose corn syrup (and they are GMO-free to boot!).

Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream

The combination of ice cream and beer or ice cream and liquor is probably something that you’ve heard of before. However, it’s less likely that you’ve ever heard of wine ice cream, or have ever even considered combining the two. Somehow, Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream has managed to do so with delicious results.

Mercer’s has ice cream offerings for all types of wine, including sparkling wine, white wine and red wine. Some examples of their ice cream flavors include Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Strawberry Sparkling, Chocolate Cabernet and Cherry Merlot, just to name a few.

SnöBar Ice Pops

SnöBar offers both alcohol-infused ice cream and alcohol-infused ice pops. Their motto is “a full cocktail in every serving,” which means you know exactly what to expect! While they have several delicious ice cream flavors, it’s their ice-pops that steal the show. Each one of their ice pops is based on a well-known cocktail. They offer Margarita ice pops, Mojito ice pops and Cosmopolitan ice pops.

 

These are just a few of the alcohol-infused ice cream treats that we highly recommend you try out this summer if you get the chance. You can always make your own alcohol ice cream treats as well. Even if you don’t want to go through the trouble of making an alcohol-infused ice cream, it doesn’t take that much effort to make a delicious beer float!

Of course, there’s no substitute for an ice cold beer, which is why you should be sure to check out some of summer seasonals that we carry here at Columbia Distributing as well.


Five Great Craft Brews with Outstanding Flavor – Columbia Distributing

Glasses of beer and ale barrel on the wooden table. Craft brewery.

Over the past decade or so, there has been a surge in the numbers of craft beer created by smaller independent breweries. Located in almost every corner of the United States, they have created a veritable paradise of beer flavors for the discerning connoisseur. While we hesitate at Columbia Distributing to name any one particular brand as the very best, we do recognize true quality when we see – and taste – it. Here are five of our favorites:

  • Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb – This strong ale was rated both the “Best Beer” in Washington state and the “Best Beer in the World in 2015. For an extra kick of flavor, the brew masters at the family-owned and -operated Fremont Brewery age this ale in whiskey barrels for up to 2 years. Try it with venison, lamb, duck or any food with a pronounced flavor.
  • North Coast Stellar IPA – It is rare to find a pale ale that really distinguishes itself from its peers but North Coast has a created a masterpiece with their Stellar IPA. It is not only mild on the bitterness scale – rated as a 59 IBUs – but also includes more than a hint of the pine flavors reminiscent of its roots amidst the forests of Northern California. We love it with seafood.
  • Lost Dune Summer Ale – The creator of this summer ale, the New Holland Brewing, has been “pouring its heart out” for over a century. This particular brew combines a variety of citrus notes overladen with a strong taste of coriander. It pairs well with tangier foods such as jalapeno jack cheese or Peking Duck.
  • Easy Day Kolsch Inspired by traditional German ales, this light but crisp brew is perfect on a hot summer day. It melds a toasty malt background with a spicy hop finish. There is a hint of orange that makes this beer perfect for mild dishes such as Chicken Paillard or mildly seasoned prime rib.
  • Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout – This thick and creamy stout from the Rogue Brewery has it all – a roasted malt background accentuated with a strong dose of hops as well as sweet overtones of vanilla, coconut and cherry. This beer pairs well with anything off the grill including smoked sausage or pulled pork.
  • BONUS !!! – Woodchuck Hard Cider – We know this is not technically a beer but it still is a great all-around great adult beverage. With a medium body and a fresh apple-infused finish, this cider is perfect when paired any strong cheese or chocolate-flavored dessert.

These five beers are just a small sampling of what is available our Portland, OR and Kent, WA distribution hubs. We stock over a thousand brands of domestic and imported beers. For more information on these particular brands and on dozens of other flavored craft brews, please contact us at Columbia Distributing. We can be found online at ColDist.com or reached directly at 800.949.5997.