Horny Goat Brewing Company Takes on Summer Classics

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Summer is here! And there isn’t a better time to develop your craft beer senses. I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than laying poolside with a cold one in my hand.

There are numerous colors, tastes shapes and sizes of craft beer, so let us be your insight into the industry. Here at Payless Liquors we have two great Horny Goat beers that are a MUST TRY for the summer season.

Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat

The first one is Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat, an American wheat beer with real watermelon juice added during fermentation. This is essential for any seasonal beer enthusiast. At first pour, the Watermelon Wheat is a hazy gold color with a frothy white foam. The sugars from the juice are converted into alcohol resulting in a crisper, dry take on a fruit beer – it is light and refreshing with subtle watermelon in the finish. Don’t let the watermelon name scare you—the taste is subtle enough to not overwhelm the appetizing sweet beer. The delicious taste is a must try for those who enjoy a sweet alcoholic beverage. Horny Goat Watermelon is 5.6% ABV and at Payless, we have a 6 pack of 12 oz. cans for $8.99 available!

Horny Goat Laka Laka Pineapple Hefewiezen

Let us take you to the nearest tropical island, because next up is Horny Goat Laka Laka Pineapple Hefewiezen. This craft beer is a unique take on a traditional German style wheat beer or Hefewiezen, with pineapple juice added after fermentation. This process adds a sweet, tropical fruit flavor to an otherwise dry style. Esters from the German yeast strain add aromas of banana and clove that pair nicely with the pineapple. This makes for a very refreshing brew. The beer goes down smooth which is just what you need this summer. The Laka Laka Pineapple Hefewiezen is 5,1% ABV. We have 6 packs of 12oz. cans for $8.99!

What’s even better about these beers is that they are now available in cans. This makes traveling easier without worrying about breaking the usual glass bottles. The aluminum cans are perfect to throw in the cooler and chill for later!

If you would love to be on a beach somewhere with a cold one, I suggest you check out our newest Horny Goat fruity flavors this summer at all Payless Liquors locations. We can provide you with the beer, but unfortunately not the beach.

If you have a favorite summer seasonal beer that you enjoy this time of year, let us know in the comments below!

Father’s Day Gifts Dad Won’t Hide in his Closet

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Want to get dad something he really wants for Father’s Day this year? Hint: It’s not a tie. We all have difficulty finding dad something he wants for Father’s Day without falling into cliché gift ideas. But this year, Payless Liquors has you in mind.

We’ll be offering three special editions of Jack Daniel’s this month:

  • Sinatra Select
  • Rested Tennessee Rye
  • Old #7 Black Label 86 Proof.

These rare Jack Daniel’s products will make perfect gifts for your dad this year!

Fly Me to the Moon

Our first Jack Daniel’s special edition celebrates one of the world’s biggest whiskey fans, none other than Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes could always be seen sippin’ on a glass of Jack. Some would even consider Jack Daniel’s to be his best friend. The sultry amber color of Sinatra Select resembles the familiar Old #7. Sinatra Select is bottled at 45% stronger and has been aged in Sinatra barrels. These barrels are grooved, which allows more an interaction between the wood and spirits. This also allows a deeper and more intense flavor for the whiskey. Sinatra Select then finishes with an incredibly smooth, vanilla taste. Dad will appreciate your thoughtfulness when you pick out this limited edition Jack Daniel’s bottle for him. Reserve a bottle today for $179.99.

Resting Rye

This whiskey has been “resting” for a few years in Jack Daniel’s warehouse. Now we’re inviting you to watch it mature. Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye is the result of a matured Unaged Rye, and is the brewery’s first barrel-matured rye offering. A pale gold color shows it has developed some color from its time resting. The barrels instill toasted oak and vanilla into the flavor of the whiskey. Dad will definitely appreciate the spiced character from the rye grain. There is also a surprising hint of dark cherry flavor. We certainly enjoyed how Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye was maturing. Get your bottle for $69.99!

86 Proof Rarity

Jack Daniel’s Old #7 Black Label 86 Proof has some controversy. Black Label bottles made currently register at 80 proof instead of the older 86 proof. Die-hard Jack Daniel’s Black Label fans feel betrayed by this newer 80 proof. Because of the controversy, Black Label 86 Proof is a little hard to find, but we have you covered at Payless Liquors. Rare 2005 Black Label bourbon is definitely a must for the collector in your family. Secure your own bottle for $39.99!

We don’t think there is anything better than a classic bottle of bourbon. Celebrating dad and Jack Daniel’s go hand in hand. There is a limited supply on all of these bottles, so hurry in before Father’s Day! All products are available at select locations. We would not want you to miss out on this opportunity to purchase these limited Jack Daniel’s products, so reserve your bottles here!

Two Bourbon, No Scotch and No Beer

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Living legend George Thorogood said it best when he asked the bartender for one bourbon, one scotch and one beer in his famous song bearing a similar title. If you haven’t heard the song before, I pity you. Today we’ll be skipping the scotch and beer for two amazing bourbon offerings. These are Wild Turkey Forgiven and Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel exclusively bottled for Payless Liquors. Now onto the good stuff.

Let’s start with Wild Turkey Forgiven and its name. The title of this blended whiskey might make you think of a badass 90’s western or a Metallica song, but the name is actually based on how this bourbon came to be. Forgiven was never meant to exist. It was a slip up at the distillery that resulted in rye whiskey getting mixed with high proof bourbon. The mistake created an amazing whiskey that Master Distiller Eddie Russell loved in spite of its humble, accidental beginnings. Hence this bourbon was “Forgiven.”

Opening Forgiven is a bit of a test for new bourbon drinkers. The mix of oak and spices packs quite a kick for the nostrils, so you might want to let this one air for a bit. The flavor is complex, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and caramel. There is a strong blast of alcohol before you get to the final hints of oak, vanilla and pepper spices. Great straight up or on the rocks, Wild Turkey Forgiven will be available at Payless Liquors’ Bourbon Legends Dinner.

If you were free to visit Wild Turkey’s private warehouses and open any barrel you wished, wouldn’t you go for the best stuff in the room? Of course you would, and that’s just what Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell did when they created Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel. Taken from the best kept and aged barrels at the Wild Turkey headquarters, Russell’s Reserve is a dream come true for any bourbon lover.

Words like strong or explosive are batted around a lot in descriptions for liquor, but Russell’s Reserve has a seriously intense aroma. Bottled from a single barrel, this is the bourbon of bourbons, and 110 proof. The flavor is complex and hardcore, with hints of caramel, licorice, and vanilla. The only complaint you could have about Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel is that it might ruin other bourbons for you by being too intense and delicious. Payless Liquors will have this available for sampling at our Bourbon Legends Dinner as well.

Interested in getting your hands on these exclusive bourbons sooner rather than later? Come to our Bourbon Legends Dinner, enjoy a 4 course meal from Fireside Brewhouse and meet Master Distiller Jimmy Russell! Call 859-9505 or email amyfireside@yahoo.com to reserve a seat for Friday, June 6!

The May Beer Round-Up

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Beer and heavy metal go together like chocolate and peanut butter. One of my favorite things about heavy metal is the amazing lyrical content and album art. With its dark and intense attitude, I could just imagine Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti going on the front of some heavy metal album cover. Aged with cacao nibs and oak chips, this imperial stout’s hops are retarded just a bit to let in the flavors of chocolate and vanilla. The flavor of this beer will immediately remind you of a chocolate bar, but a dash of cayenne keeps the finish spicy and interesting. You can pick up a 22 oz right now for $11.99!

Our next two beers both come from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The first is Southern Hemisphere Harvest IPA. This ale gets its name from the location of its hops—New Zealand. Harvest season is dreadfully short if you want the full aroma and flavor of the hops. Sierra Nevada cheated the system by harvesting crops from the southern hemisphere as well, hence the name of their brew. With Southern Cross and Motueka varieties straight from New Zealand, this ale uses hops that are picked, dried and shipped to California within seven days. The process really brings out the floral and grassy flavors of these high alpha hops. Get a 22 oz for $5.99 today!

Our other Sierra Nevada brew is Hoptimum Imperial IPA. Hoptimum is the biggest, baddest and best IPA made by Sierra Nevada. It uses the huge additions of Magnum, Chinook, Simcoe and an experimental secret hop that is exclusive to the company. This all gives the ale a very hoppy, resinous aroma that you will remember. The whole cone hop process is a torpedo of ultra-intense, dry hopped flavor. A resinous and bitter beer from the start, Hoptimum has a big malty backbone to help balance the flavors. There are hints of grapefruit, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit in this beer that culminates in a dry and lasting finish. Get a four pack today for $11.99!

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these featured brews, just contact Payless Liquors! Heavy metal albums not included in the purchase of any beer.

Hidden Gems at Payless

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We’re all looking for buried treasure. Whether it’s playing the lottery or binge watching Antiques Roadshow, everyone dreams of hitting the motherload and never working again. We can’t promise you expensive jewels or pricy coin collections at Payless Liquors, but we do have a few hidden gems we’d like to share with you!

In the next few months, we’d like to share a few rare products from our Payless vaults (yes, we have vaults; they’re hidden). At Payless Liquors, we want the customer to be king. That’s why we’re sharing 2005 George De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with you first!

George De Latour is unsurprisingly named after its founder, a Napa Valley original who started his Rutherford vineyards over a century ago. The same grapes are now sent to a state of the art winery, where Beaulieu Vineyard produces this company’s flagship wine.

The current run of these wines are quite good, but we think the 2005 George De Latour is a hidden treasure you will only open on a very special occasion. In a series of wine reviews, expert taster S.H. from Wine Enthusiast had this to say about 2005 George De Latour: “This is one for the cellar and will age for at least a decade and probably far longer.” But enough about history and ratings. Let’s get to the wine!

After popping open this bottle, you will get the strong scents of blackberry, plum and oak. The last is from the barrel aging of this wine. The body of George De Latour is medium-full bodied, and great for heavier meals. The coloring is that of black cherry and grapes, and the pour gives off hues of red and pink, hinting at the complexity here.

The first taste you will get from this vintage is that of blackberry, black cherry and mocha. There are more subtle hints of black licorice and vanilla, which come from the aging process. If you’re looking for a simpler wine, you will not want the 2005 George De Latour. This is a complex, concentrated wine with multiple layers. However, the vanilla and mocha compliment the fruity, strong blend quite well.

If you looking to pair this vintage with food, keep in mind the body and aroma as well as the taste of this wine. You’re looking for slightly heavier foods, because lighter fare will be overwhelmed. For a tasting I would suggest heavy, creamy cheeses like Brie. If you’re pairing this with a full meal, you cannot go wrong with filet mignon!

If you’re in the mood to go treasure hunting, I couldn’t suggest a better prize than the 2005 George De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Please contact us if you’re interested in reserving a bottle. The price is $103.99. I do not think they will last long!

Goose Island Knows India Pale Ales

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The India Pale Ale is one of the most popular beer styles on the market today. In fact, brewers sometimes struggle to keep up with the high demand for these typically dry, extra-hoppy ales. A common misconception is that the style was initially developed as a way to avoid beer spoilage during the long voyage to India and the hands of homesick, beer-thirsty British troops.

To learn more about the true history of the IPA, read this great article by Beer Church. To learn about great new IPAs available from Goose Island, continue reading!

“The Illinois” Imperial IPA was named in honor of the mile-high skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s also part of Goose Islands’ new series of Imperial beers. This hoppy ale incorporates Chinook, Cascade, Citra and Meridian hops to flavor a big, aromatic and boldly fruity brew that delivers what lupulin lovers crave. Weighing in at 9% ABV and 95 IBUs, this is not a beer to miss. 4NR

Endless IPA is Goose Island’s venture into the “session” IPA category. This Amarillo hopped IPA is bright and crisp. According to Goose Island’s website, it was brewed to be “easy drinking and endlessly refreshing, so you can enjoy every encore” during the long days and warm nights to come.

Ten Hills Pale Ale is technically not an IPA. However, this ale, that’s named after a well-known hop farm in Idaho, does pack a hoppy punch. It has been described as noticeably citrus with good malt presence and a medium-bitter finish. This old school ale is brewed with hops from the “first ten hills” of Elk Mountain Farms and is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 6NR

Stop by your nearest Payless store to pick up one of these new Goose Island ales. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you decide which of the three you should purchase first—or grab a 6-pack of each! They won’t be around forever.

Hop into Spring with Sierra Nevada and Payless Liquors

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The Spring season is a favorite time of year for many in the Hoosier state. Especially after such a brutally cold and snowy winter, the warmer and longer days of Spring can’t seem to get here fast enough!

Just as nature starts to transition in late March and early April, so do the palettes of many beer drinkers. Out go the winter warmers and stouts and in comes something new. Why not make it a hoppy, delicious IPA this year? Sierra Nevada has several great ones to choose from:

Harvest Single Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Single Hop IPA is the first beer to kick off its Harvest series. This IPA utilizes a new, yet to be named, hop #291. Harvest Single Hop offers a tropical and citrusy aroma. The taste is moderately bitter with tones of citrus and some sweetness. This 100 day IPA is made to drink fresh, and won’t last long. 24 oz bottles are $5.99 at Payless Liquors.

4-Way IPA Variety Pack

New for 2014, Sierra Nevada’s IPA variety pack has lots to offer hop lovers! It features three new India Pale Ales and their year-round IPA, Torpedo Extra. Here’s the scoop on each of these beers:

Snow Wit White IPA – A hopped up version of a Belgian Wit brewed with experimental Dwarf hops and a Belgian yeast strain. It received a “very good” score of 85 of BeerAdvocate.

Blindfold Black IPA – A new take on the Beer Camp Black IPA, Blindfold melds dark roasty malts and fruity American hops. It also received a “very good” score of 85 on BeerAdvocate

Nooner Session IPA – A lighter and less alcoholic take on the style, Nooner focuses on citrusy hop flavor and drinkability.

Torpedo Extra IPA – The year-round offering uses the “hop torpedo” method of dry-hopping to extract maximum hoppy aroma and flavors.

12-packs of this sampler pack are $14.99 at Payless Liquors.

Have you tried any of these offerings from Sierra Nevada? If so, we’d love to hear what you thought of them. Reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or our website and let us know what you thought! Until then, here’s to good beer and warmer weather!

February Beer Round-Up Part 2

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We had so many great beers to choose from this month, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to three!

After much nail-biting, your fearless author chose three brews, typed up a blog, and relaxed with a bottle. Of course, that bottle contained yet another beer that should have been discussed in our February Round-Up. Long story short, we’ve expanded our February round-up of beers to include three more. When you see the contenders, you won’t blame me for adding to the list!

Schlafly Beer American IPA: Brewed and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo, this golden beauty contains the best hops around. The aroma of this amber beer is bright with citric and floral hop notes. Flavors include hints of grapefruit rind and pine sap, with enough caramel malty sweetness to balance the taste perfectly. Seasonal availability, so stop in soon! You can get a case of six for $11.99 right now.

Sun King Brewing Company’s Ring of Dingle Dry Irish Stout: This Indy favorite is a mouthful in more ways than one. I was a tad worried they couldn’t get the whole title on the bottle. This is a traditional roasty Irish Stout named for a series of scenic roads in Ireland. This brew has a rich, full flavor that ends in a clean, dry finish. Ring of Dingle also won the Silver Medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup for Classic Irish-Dry Stout. Get this four can Olympian at Payless for $13.99.

Southern Tier Brewing Co.’s Creme Brulee (Imperial Milk Stout): This thick, creamy beer is brewed with lactose milk sugar. Custard, vanilla bean and brown sugar flavors dominate this beer for a flavor that really nails the elements of Creme Brulee. It’s best served as a dessert, or even over vanilla ice cream. You can pick-up this after-dinner treat for $9.99 at Payless.

Like all sequels, we hope you enjoyed our expanded story. What amazing new brews have you run into this February? Any big surprises or disappointments you’d like to share with us? We’re always happy to talk beer, friend. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, or at our winterwebsite.

The Victorious Night

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Superhero movies are very popular right now. These films make billions of dollars in the theaters and then proceed to make even more money from t-shirts, video games and toys. Why do these movies do so well? They’re fun of course, but how do they grab our imaginations and refuse to let go?

My theory is that people love a great dramatic performance. Whether it’s a heart-racing action movie or a flavorful beer (see where I’m going here?), we love the bright and the bold. If you want to see a good movie, I suggest you go rent Thor 2. If you want an amazing new brew, you need to keep reading.

First up we have Victory Brewing Company’s Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale. If nothing else, this beer at least tells the uninitiated what IPA stands for. Brewed with the newly popular Mosaic and Azzaca hops, Hop Ranch is brewed to celebrate the farmers dedicated to harvesting the high alpha varieties that popularize good IPAs. While the nose on this beer is big and tropical, the bold flavors reminded me of candied grapefruit, pine sap and caramel slathered toast. With seasonal availability, Hop Ranch is one IPA you need to try, and try fast.

We also recently got a hold of Two Brothers Brewing Company’s Night Cat. This dark, hoppy wheat beer got an 86% on Beer Advocate, and we can see why. Brewed with a Citra hops (of Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust fame!), Night Cat is a deliciously well balanced addition to the Two Brothers lineup. Its citrus and tropical fruity notes balance well with a strong, rich and roasted malt backbone that make for a really tasty seasonable beer. Come in and grab a case, because this one is going to fly off shelves.

Ready to slip on your body armor and drive the Batmobile down to get these beers? We understand. Or maybe you’re not a fan of fruity beers? Please feel free to talk to our knowledgeable staff. They’re always happy to help you find the perfect flavor. You can also reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or our website. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Hop Ranch, Night Cat or both.

February Beer Round Up

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We are all creatures of habit. We tend to get the same pizza delivere and see the same rock bands when they come to town. Not only is familiarity comforting, but it’s also risk-free. You know what you’re getting when you get the same thing over and over again.

But where’s the fun in that? Variety is the spice of life, as they say. The problem with adding something new to your drinking palette is that there are so many choices. How the heck can you pick out a new beer when Payless Liquors has so many to choose from?

That’s where the February Beer Round-Up comes in. We want to provide you with some new choices from beers we love at the store. While these brews may not be as safe as your old favorites, they will spice up your routine.

Bell’s Hopslam: Brewed with six different high alpha hops and then dry-hopped with Simcoe, this IPA bruiser is in high demand around Indy. A massive malt and honey flavor adds plenty of heft and balance to this 10% ABV hop bomb. In stock now, but there is limited availability and high demand! Get a case of 6 for $18.99.

Founders Imperial Stout: This fan favorite is brewed with ten different roasted malts and plenty of hops for heavy dose of 90 IBU’s. Weighing in at 10.5% ABV, this dark masterpiece is dangerously drinkable. A stout cut above the rest, Beer Advocate gives it a world-class score of 97%. Only $12.99 for a pack of 4.

Humboldt Brewing Company’s Black Xantus: This Imperial Stout is infused with fair-trade, organic coffee from local California roaster Jobella. Then this 11% ABV beer is aged for 6 months in bourbon, retired Firestone Union and wine barrels. Black Xantus is deliciously complex, and sure to keep you warm on a winter day. In stock for a limited time. Our 22 oz bottle is only $14.99.

As you can see, we love new beers here at Payless Liquors. In fact, we love to geek out at the counter about it. What new brews have you tried in the New Year? Did you discover any new favorites? We’d love to hear from you on Twitter, Facebook or at our website. Cheers!

Wild Turkey: The Spirit of America Lives On

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Did you know that in 1964, bourbon was declared America’s “Native Spirit?” In fact, bourbon is one of the few spirits the U.S. can claim as their own. That’s why the U.S. Congress declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month” in 2007. The bill was sponsored by a Kentucky senator, and passed without opposition.

Less than a year later, another awesome thing occurred. Wild Turkey released American Spirit. This rare alcohol is a 15 Year Old Bourbon produced in 2008 as a limited run by Wild Turkey. Only 24,000 bottles were produced world-wide to celebrate National Bourbon Month. To commemorate the release, the bottles were designed with a unique shape, and shipped in beautiful wooden box with an insert explaining the history of the spirit. Every bottle comes with a 100% wood stopper, and a limited edition coin affixed to the bottle. A strip stamp seal on the bottle was added for additional authenticity.

American Spirit is 100 Proof bourbon that’s a nod to the history of bourbon making. This is considered a Straight Whiskey, with no additional flavorings added. But enough history. What can you expect when you open the bottle up?

Nose: American Spirit has a very alcoholic smell, so let it aerate for a moment. Afterwards you should expect strong elements of leather, vanilla and nuts. There are lesser hints of rye, maple syrup and citrus. Overall, the head is robust. It will probably run off any drinkers that expect this bourbon to be mixed with cola.

Taste: American Spirit starts off smooth and sweet. It’s almost surprising how light the initial flavor is. After that, you can expect a spicy middle flavor. The burn is nice without being painful. Overall the taste is very smooth and rich. Again, American Spirit isn’t for the rookie bourbon drinker.

Finish: This is a strong finish, but not overpowering or even complex. The finish is smooth and dry, with hints of almonds, oak and vanilla. Don’t expect any fireworks—this is a slow, refined finale.

Overall: If you’re expecting a giant, obvious flavor like 101 or Maker’s Mark, you’re looking at the wrong bottle. This is a strong, rich bourbon with a smooth flavor. The finish isn’t as strong as some like, but many will enjoy the simple subtlety of American Spirit.

I highly recommend Wild Turkey American Spirit for both the bourbon fan and collector. For those that love to drink bourbon, this is a smooth ride that you can appreciate. For the collector, you’re purchasing a beautiful product from a rare, limited collection. Interested in buying? Wild Turkey American Spirit is $130.00 a bottle at Payless Liquors. Stop in now before they’re all gone!

The Rockies Come to Visit the Mid-West

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It’s always a special occasion when friends come to visit for the holidays, especially when they’ve traveled pretty far. Oskar Blues Brewery comes to Payless Liquors all the way from Lyons, Colorado. Oskar Blues has a rich history that you can read more about here. Suffice it to say, they were the first US craft brewer to can their own beer, and they’ve grown quite a bit since they started creating beers in the basement of their brewpub.

But history was never our strongest subject in school. Here, in no particular order, are a few of the Oskar Blues beers that you can now pick up at Payless Liquors:

Dale’s Pale Ale is the flagship beer of Oskar Blue Brewery and the first to be canned. Described as an ale with “a hoppy nose,” this beer delivers a strong but balanced taste from beginning to end. We have it available in 6 packs and 19 oz cans.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a pale lager that Beer Advocate describes as “malty and grainy.” With so much focus on hops in the current market, it’s good to see a lager getting so much attention. Available in 6 packs of cans.

Ten Fidy was created in 2007. It’s a viscous stout with flavors of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Weighing in at 10.5% ABV, Paste Magazine offers that “you don’t want to swig these bad boys.” With such amazing flavor, why would you want to? We’ve got these heavy weights in 4 packs of cans.

Old Chub is a Scottish ale that comes in at an agreeable 8% ABV. Old Chub won Oskar Blues GOLD at the 2008 World Beer Championships. Rate Beer gave this Scottish brew a 97%. We couldn’t agree more. Also available in 6 packs at Payless Liquors.

Deviant Dale’s IPA is Oskar Blues Brewery’s latest creation, and their first can to come in the 16 oz variety. With aromas of citrus, grapefruit and pine, this IPA has a beautiful copper color and amazing finish that will leave you wanting more. We carry them in  4 packs.

As you can see, Oskar Blues Brewery produces top quality beer. That might be why they’ve been steadily expanding into new states and facilities for over 10 years. Payless Liquors is only too happy to help with that expansion. Don’t miss the boat—come visit our new Colorado friends!

Green Bullet Triple IPA: Tropical and Bitter

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Green Bullet Triple IPA was produced by Green Flash Brewing in San Diego, CA. Green Flash is an award-winning brewer that was founded in 2002. The beer was named after its New Zealand high alpha hop. The beer was initially brewed to celebrate Green Flash’s ninth anniversary in 2011, but the popularity of the Triple IPA has made it a seasonal regular. The beer is brewed with Green Bullet hops as well as Pacific Gem, and is heavily dried. Both hops are quite strong and very sweet. After the hops are dried pine sap, caramel, and tropical hops are added for flavoring.

But enough history—let’s move on to the good stuff. This beer pours a medium-dark orange with hints of yellow. The colors swirl as you pour, catching the light. The head is thick and white, and will overtake the glass if you aren’t careful. It dissipates quickly, leaving very little residue on the glass. The aroma is quite complex. There are hints of tropical fruit like pineapple, but you also get a very grassy smell. The mint and caramel are also present too, but those are less potent.

Green Bullet is one of the first beers I’ve ever had that tasted almost exactly like it smelled. There is an earthy, grassy taste with floral hints at first. The middle taste has that exact same mint and maple combination. The end taste is a pretty strong bitter alcohol flavor. That might be one of the few things about this beer that will run some people off.

The overall feel of the beer is medium thickness, with nice notes of sweet and bitter. The ABV on this beer comes in at a whopping 10.1%. Be careful with this one. Green Bullet has a really nice carbonation that even the uninitiated will enjoy. A great beer for a cold night.

This is a very well balanced and beautiful beer; I would recommend it to my friends just starting on their hops journey. Other than the bitterness and strong alcohol content, this is a perfect beer that stands up to other IPAs nicely. Green Flash Brewmaster Chuck Silva says of the beer: “Green Bullet is an extremely well-rounded and quaffable triple IPA.” I couldn’t agree more. Green Bullet Triple IPA is available at select Payless Liquors for a limited time. Stop in and grab one, because I don’t expect them to last ($12.99).

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