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Half-Way Championship Beers & Info

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Half-Way Championship Beers & Info

Ryan Cooper

Beer:

Hello, CBGLers! It's mid-season championship week, so best of luck to everyone in their respective matchups!

Our pin prize from Moran’s this week is The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery, out of Bend, Oregon. This is their flagship Imperial Stout, and ranks as one of the top 100 beers in the world on beeradvocate.com, with a rating of 99. It's a remarkably complex stout with flavors of coffee, molasses, and licorice at the forefront. They age this for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and pinot noir barrels. Deschutes usually releases these beers with a "best after" date on them, as they frequently benefit from some aging in the bottles. This batch came out last December, so there is already half a year of aging. This beer will continue to age fantastically over the next few years, should you decide to hold on to it for a special occasion.

Our featured beer for the Rare Beer Dinner Check-in Sweepstakes is Darkness from Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company. This is the flagship Russian Imperial Stout from the brewery. It's very highly sought in craft beer circles, along with its barrel aged counterpart. It has a world-class rating of 98 on beeradvocate.com. This is another very complex and heavy stout. You'll find flavors of chocolate, dark cherry, vanilla, and molasses, among others. Surly has only been available in Lincoln for a short time, and this is one of the beers that the beer nerds among us were chomping at the bit for. If you are interested in grabbing a bottle or two the next time it's released, start emailing your favorite bottle shops to get on the waiting list.

For the Highlands league this week, K&Z will have some goodies from Lagunitas Brewing, out of California. You'll find their IPA on tap in the clubhouse. On the beer cart, you'll be able to get some pours of 12th of Never Ale, an American pale ale; and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, an American pale wheat ale.

At the Holmes league, Quality Brands has us set up with some fine selections from Omaha’s own Nebraska Brewing Company. They've got a keg of Gimme S'More, a brown ale with vanilla, and cans of EOS Hefeweizen and Cardinal Pale Ale.

As always, make sure to check in on the GolfStatus app for your chance at winning a seat at one of our Rare Beer Dinners.

Championship Info:

As a reminder, no subs are allowed this week.  If you are playing as a single, you can hit two balls until you are inside of 100 yards (i.e. you play a single-man scramble until you are inside of 100 yards).  A league catered dinner, prizes, glassware and payouts will be awarded after the round, so be sure to stick around.