Join us on Monday 1/13 from 4pm to 6pm as we celebrate the release of a new beer!  Starting a new tradition at CCB… a little shindig the last two hours of release day… where the CCB brew crew will join the fun by bringing to the table some beer related snacks to celebrate the newest release. So far we know about Albatross brownies…truffles..maybe cupcakes and some bar sized pizza made with spent grain from this particular beer’s mash…and of course popcorn! Beers will be available by the pint..and of course you can get your growler refills as well. This is all pretty join us for a beer or two..

About the beer:

Availability:  January 13th 2014 – til its gone!  Growlers at the brewery and selected TAP accounts (use beer finder)
Description: Our Imperial Stout is a monster of a beer. Pours Opaque, with a light brown head. A combination of roasted malts makes the flavor intense, yet rich and complex. Perfect for a cold night. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit give way to just a hint of hop character. Our lead brewer, Jeff Rowe has been making this recipe in small batches for years, handing out the bottles as gifts . We’re more than happy share this gift with you.

OG: 22  ABV: 9.4%  IBU’s: 61
Malts: Pale, Roasted Barley, Crystal 65, Chocolate and Black
Hops: Chinook ( Bittering ) and Willamette ( Aroma )
Pairing: Can be paired with savory, cheese-centric dishes, as well as dessert. Think Tiramisu.

About the name…Albatross was suggested by Lead Brewer Jeff Rowe and after some research we determined that the albatross has a long legend in maritime history due to its role in the poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which is the longest major poem by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner relates the experiences of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage. The Mariner stops a man who is on the way to a wedding ceremony and begins to narrate a story. The Wedding-Guest’s reaction turns from bemusement to impatience to fear to fascination as the Mariner’s story progresses, as can be seen in the language style: Coleridge uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create a sense of danger, the supernatural, or serenity, depending on the mood in different parts of the poem.

While most don’t necessarily remember the poem – heads nod when quoting one of the most famous sections:

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.