Beer of the Week: High Water Brewing Campfire Stout

After a one week hiatus, the Beer of the Week is back. With the summer in full swing, and the family prepping for a trip to Lassen, I thought something camping themed would be in order. What better than a beer that looks like a fire and tastes like a s’more? This week’s Beer of the Week is High Water Brewing’s Campfire Stout.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Campfire Stout evokes fond memories of wilderness and camping adventures. Notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow will leave you wanting s’more. Like any campfire experience, this beer is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends.

Campfire Stout starts off with a big sweet marshmallow nose. The aroma is unmistakable. When drinking in the opaque black beer, the mat washes over the tongue with notes of dry cocoa powder including the soft bitterness. Blueberry, chocolate and a bit of smoke come through in this well-rounded beer that’s slightly sweet but dry in the finish.

Campfire Stout evokes fond memories of wilderness and camping adventures. Notes of chocolate and graham cracker topped with a hint of marshmallow will leave you wanting s’more. Like any campfire experience, this beer is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends.
Campfire Stout starts off with a big sweet marshmallow nose. The aroma is unmistakable. When drinking in the opaque black beer, the mat washes over the tongue with notes of dry cocoa powder including the soft bitterness. Blueberry, chocolate and a bit of smoke come through in this well-rounded beer that’s slightly sweet but dry in the finish.

Click here to read the full article.

Beer Review: High Water Brewing’s Anniversary Doppelsticke

High Water Brewing recently celebrated its first birthday. In honor of the occasion, brewer Steve Altimari created the Anniversary Doppelsticke (pronounced “Dopple-shtick-uh”). It’s a beer style that some knowledgeable beer fans may not be familiar with.

Highwater-Doppelsticke

Here’s a little background about the style. A good starting point is the German Altbier, which is brown ale. A close cousin of the Altbier is the Sticke Alt, which is a stronger and darker seasonal version that is quite rare. The Doppelsticke is an Imperial version of the Sticke Alt.

High Water’s Anniversary Doppelsticke is a rich, dark copper-brown brew that when poured produces a finger of frothy off-white head. The head slowly fades and leaves behind some spotty lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. If you give the beer a good sniff, sweet toasted caramel malts and brown sugar notes fill the nose, with some noble hops and biscuit playing strong supporting roles. There is also just a touch of sweet dark fruits. I was really impressed with how full the aroma was without being too sharp and strong.

When sipped the beer hits the tongue in a very similar manner to how it struck the nose. There’s a wonderful balance of sweet lightly toasted caramel malts with some brown sugar sweetness and some citrus and noble hops coming through. Through the middle the complexity builds a bit with some biscuit and a touch of hop bitterness. The finish is a mix of toasted biscuit and toffee malts and a hint of dark fruit sweetness. The beer is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and is extremely smooth with a dry and slightly sweet finish.

I have high expectations when new High Water brews are released and this particular beer was even more surprising in quality and uniqueness. The balance of flavors are fantastic and the beer has an incredible (and almost dangerous) smoothness at 7.5% ABV. I definitely recommend seeking this one out and giving it a shot, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the style.

Click here to read the full article.

The Beers of Summer – Craft Beer’s Summer Seasonals – CraftBeer.com

By Meghan Storey

Although summer hasn’t officially arrived yet, America’s small and independent craft brewers have planned ahead and are currently busy bottling (and canning) craft beer summer seasonals that are sure to make all your summer sports, vacations and cookouts even better.

We asked Brewers Association member breweries to send us information on their latest summer seasonal releases, and here’s what they had to say:


 

High Water No Boundary IPA
San Leandro, CA

No Boundary IPA is a beer inspired by the diversity of ingredients available to brewers today. The summer 2012 release will feature yeast from the Ardennes region of Belgium, hops from Australia and New Zealand and Lemon Verbena from the California Central Valley, which provides not only a slight lemon nuance but a unique bittering component as well.

Availability: No Boundary will be sold throughout CA in both draft and 22 ounce bottles.

Click here to read the full article.

Rate Beer Best New Brewer’s of 2012 #4/1473 – RateBeer.com

These are the top brewers who started collecting their first ratings after December 31, 2010. Considering there were 1473 new world wide brewers registered in 2011 at RateBeer, these five are a very elite bunch. For comparison, the entire Great American Beer Festival — the next largest beer contest after RateBeer — hosted only 469 brewers in total. Congratulations all!

Click here to read the full article.

No Boundary #11 Best Craft Beer – TheFullPint.com

2011 was no doubt a tasty year for new craft beers hitting the scene. While we anticipate this being a very tough decision for you to make, we are here to ask you, the loyal reader/follower of The Full Pint….what is the Best Craft Beer of 2011? We’ve comprised a poll of nearly 50 nominees that we feel meet our criteria for initial nomination. Simply, to be eligible, the beer must have been introduced to the public in 2011, and in most cases, made it’s bottled/canned debut in 2011.  A quick check on ratebeer.com can give you a good gauge on when a beer was born, piloted then introduced. Poll ends January 26, 2011 5PM PST THE RULES

  • You may vote once, by selecting one of the beers on the list.
  • Should the beer you want to vote for not be on the list, you may write it in IF..
  • The beer made its debut in 2011.
  • “Rallying the troops” is encouraged. Tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Please don’t cheat. If you are having troubles, please contact us.
  • Cheering on a beer doesn’t equal a vote. A complaint doesn’t equal a vote.
  • If a particular beer gets written in multiple times, we may add it to the list with tally.

Toad in the Hole hosts Brewer’s Night with High Water Brewing

Beer of the Week: High Water Brewing Hop Riot IPA

When you know how to make great beer, chances are you’ll find a way to make it. When Steve Altimari found himself without a brewery, it was only a matter of time until his hoppy brews were passing through our lips again. While it’s been a little more than a year since we last saw his beer on the market, Altimari and friends are back with High Water Brewing. With bottles finallky hitting the market this Friday at City Beer in San Francisco and Altimari making a visit at the Toad in the Hole this coming Tuesday, it only makes sense that this week’s Beer of the Week is High Water Brewing’s Hop Riot IPA.

Hop Riot IPA is out flagship beer. Brewed in the American IPA style with a definitive “Left Coast” attitude. We brew our IPA with an aggressive bitterning level which is complimented and balanced by a defined malt backbone. Our final signature is the dry hop step where fresh hops are immersed in the finished beer to provide the floral and citrus aromas of our IPA, a Hop Riot indeed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I first tried this beer at the San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala. I came in with high expectations and wasn’t disappointed. While Altimari was known for more than just hoppy beers in his previous venture, High Water’s offerings are focused on an IPA and double IPA for the time being. Part of this is due to the time it takes to brew and age the sour beers, another calling card of Altimari’s.

Hop Riot IPA is a nice blend of East and West Coast styling. West Coast fans will be lured in by the big hop aroma and flavor. Hop Riot brings notes of pine, tropical fruit and citrus that blend together into a unified chorus. For those from further East, the rich malt body will remind them of IPA from the Atlantic. Almost cake-like in impact, there’s sweetness, body and enough presence to match up to the hops of this IPA.

As one half of the initial push from High Water Brewing (along with Retribution Imperial IPA) Hop Riot is setting the stage for an impressive return o the Bay Area brewing scene for Steve Altimari. With a barleywine also schedule for release later in 2011, time will be the only factor before we start seeing things emerging from High Water’s barrels and really see where this brewery can go.

Firkin Friday and Highwater in San Francisco

High Water Brewing Announces Its First Bottle Release

Already available on tap in select pubs and restaurants, High Water Brewing goes retail with the bottling of its initial product offerings Hop Riot IPA and RetribÜtion Imperial IPA.

San Leandro, CA – High Water Brewing is excited to announce the release of its hoppy libations in bottles, allowing beer consumers to take these 22 oz. packages of “liquid hops” home with them.

The brewing company is celebrating the occasion with an open-to-the-public release party at City Beer Store in San Francisco on Friday May 20, 2011. Beginning at 4:00 PM, customers can, in the words of City Beer proprietors, Craig and Beth, “sip, sip, sip!” The bottled beers will be available for purchase at the event.

HWB-Hop-Riot  HWB-Retribution

Leveraging his successful 15 year brewing career, Brewmaster Steve Altimari has partnered with John Anthony, another seasoned veteran of the craft brewing industry, to start their own California Bay Area venture, High Water Brewing.

Inspired by the most creative brewing practices and styles across the world, Steve and John’s love of beer and unbridled passion for all things flavorful have led to a line of products that represent the very best of the best. Together they have combined their visions of creating unique, flavorful beers and distributing them to as many people as possible.

Partnering with award-winning Drake’s Brewing Company, Steve crafts High Water beers at Drake’s Brewhouse in San Leandro, CA.

About High Water Brewing: Based in San Leandro, CA, High Water Brewing is a corporation with principals Steve Altimari, John Anthony, Lane Anthony, Kevin Sweeney and Davin Abrahamian serving as company officers and on the board of directors. In order to meet the future demand for product, capital is being raised for a new manufacturing venture; the company web site has details on the most recent stock offering.

First Label Approval with Hop Riot IPA

HWB-22-oz-Label-Hop-Riot-Cola-1

New batch o’ labels…an extended non-fooling April Fools edition.

High Water Brewing: Steve Altimari’s new brewery gets its first approval with Hop Riot IPA. The brewery will put out beers in 22 oz. bottles. Altimari was previously with Valley Brewing. Note the use of a QR code.