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New arrivals: The Dark Woods (2015) Old Ale – Cigar City Brewing

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Just in! The Dark Woods (2015) Old Ale – Cigar City Brewing 10.8% ABV/ Enjoy here ot “To Go” and dark woods$1 off during Happy Hour.
The Dark Woods Series is a spooky exploration into the world of wood-aged beer. Last year’s version was an Imperial Porter aged on French Oak, White Oak and Maple.
This year’s version is a continuation of the popular series. Cigar City Brewing used a combination of four different toast levels of White Oak on this beer. The base beer is a dark old ale that is inspired by the end of the harvest and the beginning of Winter days to come.
The story behind the name of this beer has been debated for may years. Their Brewmaster Wayme Wambles explains it like this:
In the late 1800s, a traveler was making his way to Tampa. It was getting dark and he decided to take a shortcut through the woods in order to reach his hotel in the city before nightfall. As the sun set, he found himself in the middle of the dark woods. He camped for the evening and made a fire.
As he settled in, he noticed a light approaching from the depths of the forest. He took shelter to avoid being seen by potential thieves. A dark figure emerged from the woods carrying a large black cauldron and a heavy burlap sack. The figure placed the cauldron over the fire and added strange substances to the pot. Soon, an enticing chocolate aroma permeated the campsite and the hiding traveler became more intrigued but was still afraid to be seen.
Suddenly, the figure reached into the burlap sack and tossed mysterious pinecone-shaped vegetation into the cauldron, which began to froth excitedly, emitting aromas of molasses and blackberry. The figure leaned over the kettle and inhaled deeply, enjoying the boiling concoction. Finally, he raised his hands and uttered an other-wordly incantation in a disconnected language that the man could not identify.
Tree limbs levitated from the dark woods and into the pot, stirring and infusing with the dark liquid inside. Suddenly there was a brilliant flash of light and the traveler lost consciousness. He awoke as the sun was rising across the sky and small beams of light permeated the forest.
The dark figure was gone and all that was left was a strange urn resting by the campsite. The writing on the urn proclaimed, “THE DARK WOODS.”

Not Your Fathers Root Beer at Silver Cow!

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We’re so excited to announce that we will be serving Not Your Father’s Root Beer ON TAP by Small Town Not Your Fathers Root Beer FloatBrewery! You will see on our menu along with our Beer Floats, Not Your Fathers Root Beer Floats!

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This week at Silver Cow & The Annex

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5 little words I’m placing here – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. More details coming in just a bit!lumber jackies
Newsletter is about to go out but here’s what’s happening this week:
Tues we’re tapping 2012 The Beer Formerly Known as Blackout (Baltic Porter) Evil Twin Brewing. Retired and very limited and AYCE Taco Bar for $7!
Wed – Cards Against Humanity Night with Craft Beer Specials. Play and you could win craft beer or a bar tab!
Thurs – Bold City Brewery Night, 6 – 9 pm. Jennifer will be here leading the line dancing and handing out fun in a cup!
Fri – Lumber Jackies Pub Crawl. Visit Jax Beer Week for more details.
Sat – Jax By Jax Literary Festival. The Annex and Silver Cow are both on the map for readings along with several fine merchants in 5 Points and Riverside.
Sun – Bottomless Mimosa Bar $10

Latest Pour Decisions: Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad – Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Latest Pour Decisions: Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad – Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. 11% ABVkasteel barista

Brewer’s Notes:
Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad is the successor to Kasteel Winter, a seasonal beer that has been discontinued. Barista is a dark degustation beer that can be enjoyed all year long – on an outdoor terrace or in front of an open fire. It is also an ideal way to end your meal.

The use of several roast malts lends this beer its pronounced roasted character, with aromas and flavours of coffee and chocolate.

The Barista name comes from the coffee world, and it’s beautifully reflected in the beer’s dark colour and a delicate, cream-coloured layer of froth.

The ranks of Kasteel Donker, Kasteel Blond, Kasteel Tripel, Kasteel Hoppy, Kasteel Rouge and Cuvée du Château are enriched by the Kasteel Barista with its flavours and aromas from hot beverages and chocolate.

The warming alcohol takes this beer one step closer to the black gold.

Latest Pour Decisions: Midas Touch – Dogfish Head Brewery

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Latest Pour Decisions: Midas Touch (Herbed/ Spiced Beer) – Dogfish Head Brewery 9% ABVmidas touch

Brewer’s Notes:
This was the first beer in our Ancient Ales series.

This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between beer, wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

For years, Dogfish Head has worked with biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern to bring Ancient Ales to life. For more on Midas Touch and the experience of Penn Museum excavators as they uncovered the tomb of the legendary King Midas, read this essay from Dr. Pat. More at:

Book your next event with us!

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The Holiday Season is just around the corner and you certainly want to have the perfect setting to gather together with your friends, family and coworkers to celebrate the holidays with your closest friends, to share a special time with loved ones and to celebrate what you all have accomplished as a team at work in 2015!

Silver Cow and The Annex are here to assist in creating the perfect Holiday Parties for all three celebrations! We have something for all of your Holiday needs from intimate to boisterous, from Charcuterie and Fromage Plates to Corn Dogs with  Beer Cheese Sauce, from Ski Bowl to Cards Against Humanity, Silver Cow and The Annex can provide just the right setting for each of your holiday get-togethers!

We are available for your hosted party from 6 to 100 folks! With prior arrangements, even special menu requests can possibly be accommodated.

Contact Regina at and discuss what can be created for you and your friends … for you and your family … for you and your staff.

Bold City Brewery Night – Thursday, Nov 12

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BCB Night Nov 12

Join us as we celebrate Jax Beer Week and all local brews including a night with Bold City Brewery on Thursday, November 12, 6 to 9 pm. A rep from Bold City will be with us sharing stories and Bold City swag! Special taps along with a few familiar favorites!

Latest Pour Decision: Foret Noir Sour Cherry Imperial Stout – Brasserie Trois Dames

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Latest Pour Decision: Foret Noir Sour Cherry Imperial Stout – Brasserie Trois Dames 6.8% ABVForetNoireNEW

Brewer’s Notes:
La Forêt Noire is a reddish-black ale brewed with a mixture of malts (Carafa, Special B) which give it real body and depth – a color and texture reminiscent of chocolate torte. The beer is then blended with cherry wine and fermented cherries, resulting in a dark, roasty beer balanced by the fruity tartness of cherry. A perfect after dinner drink. The beer was named after the famous Black Forest cake: a combination of chocoolate cake and candied cherry. Cheers!

Latest Pour Decision: Founders Breakfast Imperial Coffee Stout – Founders Brewing Co.

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Latest Pour Decision: Founders Breakfast Imperial Coffee Stout – Founders Brewing Company 8.3% founders breakfastABV

Brewer’s Notes:
The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.

Latest Pour Decision: Panil Barriquée Oak Aged Flanders Sour – Birrificio Torrechiara Panil

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Latest Pour Decision: Panil Barriquée Oak Aged Flanders Sour – Birrificio Torrechiara Panil 8% ABVPANIL-Bariquee-web

Brewer’s Notes:
Save the wild yeasts! From senseless abuse and pasteurization.
Suddenly beer-lovers here in the States are all a-titter over dark, sour, wood-aged ales. These complex, fruity-tasting beers, native to the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders, represent one of the oldest beer styles in the world. In their traditional form, these Sour Reds – also known as ‘Flemish Red’ or ‘Oud Bruin’ beers – are related to real lambic beers: a touch of wild yeast and bacteria coming from the wood give acidity, both lactic (sour) and acetic (vinegar).
Trouble is, it’s become nearly impossible to find a true, traditional Sour Red, even in the place where the style was born. The spate of Sour Reds turning up here now leaves most drinkers crying in their beer. They’re too damned sweet! Crass commercialization has brought even the generally recognized ‘classics’ of the style to their knees. They’re pasteurized, and sometimes laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them appealing to the less-discerning beer drinker. The traditional complexity, character, and dryness are missing in action.
But now comes Panil Barriquée, and not a minute too soon.
Barriquée is the only all-natural, traditionally-made example you will find today, and it comes from, of all places, Italy. This masterpiece is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation is in stainless steel. The deep earthy, sour character results from three months of maturation in cognac barrels from Bordeaux, followed by re-fermentation and further aging in the bottle. Barriquée is not pasteurized or filtered, and no sweeteners are added, so it is uncompromisingly dry and complex, and endlessly interesting.