Like Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine, Stone's Imperial Russian Stout is a beer that almost defines its genre. The style is loved among beer geeks for the holy trinity of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and espresso beans, and this particular example has more hops behind it than most.
It is an annual spring release and it has apparently just happened this year. Worden's Market has the beer in quantity at $5.29 a bottle.
According to a story in the Missoula Independent, Bayern Brewing needs about 50,000 of your used beer bottles a week in order to make its $400,000 investment in a German bottle washing machine pay off.
According to Bayern Brewing's owner, Jurgen Knoller, an estimated 2.5 million Bayern beer bottles end up in Missoula's landfill each year. This, with the fact that a beer bottle can be reused by a brewery 8-10 times, compounded yet again by the fact that Missoula does not offer many opportunities to recycle/reuse glass (aside from taking them to Target to be trucked to Washington), prompted Knoller to make this happen.
Here's how it works. Craft beer drinkers in and around Missoula buy a Bayern Ecopack, a waxed cardboard box that holds 25 beer bottles in their six-pack holders, and once filled they bring it back to the brewery for an empty Ecopak. Bayern pays you $.05/bottle and $.10/carrier (for a total of $1.60). The beer bottles that can't be used are ones with designs or logos on the beer bottles themselves. For example, a Rogue beer bottle (most are 22 oz. anyway) with the logo silkscreened on or a New Belgium beer bottle with a raised logo on the bottleneck. Also, the six-pack holders Bayern needs are Bayern ones, not ones from another brewery. Logical, right.
On Wednesday April 11, Montana's Senior U.S. Senator, Max Baucus, stopped by Draught Works Brewery to chat with representatives of the Montana Brewers Association, the Brewers Association and two local beer bloggers (myself, on left, and Alan McCormick from Growler Fills). Read the full story at MakeItMissoula.com.
Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria is credited with
producing one of the world's rarest specialty lagers: Samichlaus Bier. It's
brewed only once a year on December 6th. After that, it's lagered for 18 months,
increasing depth and complexity as well as providing a fuller body. It's a
seriously big beer, coming in at 14% ABV. Now is your chance to get your hands
on a bottle or two of this great beer at Worden's. Mark said that he got two
cases in, and 750's are going for $16.95/bottle. Not cheap, but it's not
every day that you get a chance to grab a beer like this. Buy a couple. Put them
in the cellar. Be patient. In time, you will have some truly spectacular beer.