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The skeleton crew at Charleston Beer Exchange will be executing two rare beer events this week, featuring a pair of violent, deranged beers that must be consumed at your own risk.
Rare Beer Tuesday will see Brooklyn Brewery's Detonation Ale (10.2% ABV, A-, 97) hit the growler station at 5 p.m. This Double IPA is a member of Brooklyn's limited, draft-only Brewmaster's Reserve series. As a "big brother" to series favorite, Brooklyn BLAST!, you should expect a serious hopsplosion here. In the words of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver:
It’s a copper-colored pale ale with British malt character, American hop ebullience, Brooklyn attitude and disturbing drinkability. British caramel malts lend richness and depth, while a blend of American hops give the beer a minerally backbone and explosive aromatics (with a special guest appearance by our pal East Kent Golding as ‘The English Aristocrat’).
It's "hasta la vista" for your taste buds at 5 p.m. on Rare Bomber Thursday, when counter-pressure filled bombers of Smuttynose Brewing's Terminator G-Bock (9.5% ABV, B+, 84) go on sale. The fourth brew in Smuttynose's own limited, draft-only Short Batch series, this brew has all but disappeared from the face of the planet since being brewed in 2008 (this keg being cellared ever since). The humongous lager was dry-hopped with Saphir hops, a nigh unheard of German varietal with noble hop qualities (think earthy & spicy) and the least German sounding name ever.
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