Captain Lawrence's Golden Delicious Brandy Barrel-Aged American Trippel Beer: Oh, Mama
OK, so you might have to haul yourself all the way to Pleasantville to find a bottle, but Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.'s Golden Delicious American Trippel beer, aged in apple brandy barrels, is worth it.
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Upon initial release, you could truck your growler over to the brewery for a fill, but the beer is now pretty much only available in 750-millileter bottles and usually retails at $15. (If you're lucky, you can find it at Mas Farmhouse, Blind Tiger, and Whole Foods Bowery.) Made with the brewery's Xtra Gold Dry Hopped American-style Trippel Ale, it's aged in Laird's Applejack barrels. Redolent of apples, the effect is sweet and sour in the mouth, with a bite like cognac. And with about 10 percent alcohol by volume, that kick is for realsies. So, you might want to go ahead and share that big bottle.
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