Ever wonder what a Beer of the Month Club gift package looks like? Check out the November Beer Club from MonthlyClubs.com.
Two breweries are featured with two types of beer from each…
The River Horse Brewing Company (Ewing, New Jersey)
When it opened for business in 1996, River Horse Brewing Company was at the vanguard of New Jersey’s craft brewing renaissance. Founded by two homebrewing brothers in Lambertville, NJ, on the Delaware River, River Horse was named in reference to the hippopotamus, an animal whose name is derived from the Greek words for “horse of the river.” Thus, the hippo features whimsically in all of the brewery’s logos and beer label artwork.
Oatmeal Milk Stout
This winter seasonal beer pours an opaque black with a generous cap of brown foam. While there are plenty of black, roasty notes in the aroma, there’s a touch of sweet lactose which comes through to balance. On the palate, the malt core is well-constructed, delivering a nice amalgam of deep caramel, dark chocolate, and roasted malt, without the roast being too heavy-handed and veering off toward acrid astringency.
Pouring a very deep, rich, hazy, brownish-amber color, it’s quite dark for an amber ale and looks great topped by its robust head of lasting foam. On the nose, look for big notes of lush caramel malts, mild hay and toast, and a touch of graham cracker, all overlaid with earthy and floral hop overtones. In the flavor department, those toasty and slightly nutty caramel malts build a delicious core.
Argus Brewery (Chicago, IL)
Argus Brewery was founded in 2009 by long-time homebrewers – and father-son duo – Bob and Patrick Jensen. Located in Chicago’s Pullman District, the historical home of the Pullman train car manufacturing company, the brewery is situated inside a building that at one time served as a stable for the delivery horses and carriages of the Schlitz Brewing Company.
Argus’ IPA presents well in the glass: quite red in color with a head of tight-bubbled foam that drops lace as it recedes. As we expect from an IPA, there are a lot of fireworks on the nose. Luscious hops issue a delightfully fruity and floral aroma with some earthy undertones and unmistakable citrus notes. A robust caramel malt profile is apparent, lurking beneath. On the palate…wow, there’s a lot of hops going on here.
Clyde’s Ale ESB
Pouring a coppery amber hue capped with a good head of foam, Clyde’s Ale is quite bright on the nose with a good dose of grapefruit and lemon, along with a perfumed, floral character, all overlaying caramelized malts. There’s a lot of overlap and confusion among the various styles of English “bitters” and “pale ales”, with Extra Special Bitter (ESB) and English Pale Ale being interchangeable according to many English brewers.
A Beer of the Month Club makes a great gift this holiday. To purchase, visit the MonthlyClubs.com website.