Beer Release (Short's Brew): Beard of Zeus

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by HopHeadHerman, May 8, 2013.

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  1. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (269) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Good Evening!

    Well, I gotta say, I've been posting these beer release threads for over a year now and it is my absolute pleasure to announce this next one. You see, I have a personal "holy trilogy" of Short's brews. I'm sure yours may differ from mine, but they include Huma, Spruce Pilsner, and..........BEARD OF ZEUS.

    Beard of Zeus is essentially a super hoppy American pale lager or to put it simply, India Pale Lager (IPL), brewed exclusively with high alpha (good for imparting bitterness) Zeus hops. This is the first time Beard of Zeus has ever been bottled.

    • The first batch of Beard of Zeus was brewed only 9 months ago on 7/27/2012, as a new experimental beer used only on draft at the pub and for a few select beer festivals. I'll never forget the U.P. Beer Fest last year--it seemed like everytime I poured a sample I ended up pouring one for myself. Folks were really enjoying it.
    • The inaugural batch of the Beard of Zeus was created from the final runnings from last year's production batch of Peaches and Creme that was brewed in Elk Rapids. Approximately 200 gallons of the Peaches and Creme final runnings were salvaged and efficiently used to create the Beard of Zeus
    • To offset the prominent bitterness of the Zeus hops and compliment many of it's American hop attributes, dried bitter orange rind was added to the beer. Today's batches in Elk Rapids have over 2.3 grams of dried bitter orange rind for every gallon of beer produced!

    To put it simply, I love this beer--and I hope you do too!

    Cheers!

    Beard of Zeus: A super hopped American pale lager brewed exclusively with Zeus hops. The wet green dank aroma of the Zeus hops pour out of this beer with sweet hints of orange. Pleasant resiny hop essence dominate the flavor profile transitioning quickly to a bold bitterness that seems amplified due to the light clean lager finish.[​IMG]
    4.5% ABV
    70 IBU
    [​IMG]
     
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  2. tommyz

    tommyz Devotee (421) May 28, 2007 Michigan
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    ooooooooooooooh :eek:....would be nice if it made its way to ashleys this saturday for the throwdown..lol
     
  3. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (1,841) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan
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    Can't wait!
     
  4. bierenutz

    bierenutz Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2010 Michigan
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    When is this planned to hit the stores?
     
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  5. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (506) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Stoked for this one. Loved it last year.
     
  6. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (483) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Awwww yeah super excited!
     
  7. MSEGUIN

    MSEGUIN Aspirant (266) Apr 6, 2011 Michigan
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  8. jacob4999

    jacob4999 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2008 Michigan

    Gotta love a beer named after a reference to a line in the movie Anchorman!
     
  9. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Talked to a few stores downriver, nobody had heard anything about this one yet... Hopefully that changes very soon! :)
     
  10. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (269) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    I saw it at our distributor's warehouse this past week so.....very soon!
     
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  11. northernbrews

    northernbrews Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2006 Michigan
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    My cousin brought me by a bottle last night...another homerun from Short's. This would be my go to session beer if it was available year round. Definitely going to grab as much as I can!!
     
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  12. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Ahh U.P. Fall Beer fest, that was the first time I dipped my beak into the full luscious facial pubes of Zeus, and I enjoyed all three to four ounces of it. It was amazing, and I knew, from that moment, I must have him! Cheers! Awesome brew.
     
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  13. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    Can't wait for this one. I'll repeat myself....Shorts is really stepping up their game. I'm very happy with the stuff they are putting out every couple of weeks.
     
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  14. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (506) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    Exactly what I told Joe at the anniversary bash. The lineup is sick... but one of my favorites they make is coming up next: Dan's Pink Skirt. SUPER DUPER STOKED for that one.
     
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  15. whatsleftofyou

    whatsleftofyou Aspirant (226) Mar 12, 2006 Michigan

    I had that at Wild Rover the night before the MBG Fest. Good stuff! One of the Short's reps, maybe it was HopheadHerman, insisted that I try it. Then they bought it for me because I had given one of them a ride to the Rover earlier due to one of their vehicles breaking down on the way. That made it taste even better!
     
  16. Holiday1072

    Holiday1072 Initiate (158) Nov 18, 2008 Michigan

    Still waiting on Beach Wheat, I think they are planning to release in order o' the schedule....well kind of
     
  17. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    http://ow.ly/i/24F0i
     
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  18. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (269) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Allocations were sent out to distributor reps earlier. May be this week BOZ will hit stores.
     
  19. BeRanger

    BeRanger Devotee (433) Dec 11, 2011 Michigan
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    nom nom nom
     
  20. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Good thing, I was beginning to think this stuff didn't exist... No stores I called have heard of it yet ;)
     
  21. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (269) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    Oh it exists my friend. It exists.:cool:
     
  22. Holiday1072

    Holiday1072 Initiate (158) Nov 18, 2008 Michigan

    This week it is...
     
  23. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Aspirant (211) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    Calling on it now! Awesome!
     
  24. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Hoping to try this... love some Short's.
     
  25. jb123

    jb123 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan
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    Worth grabbing 12?? Never had Zeus hops.

    Cheers.
     
  26. HopHeadHerman

    HopHeadHerman Aspirant (269) Feb 9, 2009 Michigan

    I'm up to 13 at the moment.:D
     
  27. jb123

    jb123 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan
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    So that's a yea. Lol
     
  28. jb123

    jb123 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan
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    12 waiting for me.
     
  29. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (483) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan
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    Just grabbed a sixer tonight, first time i've tried it, and i must say being a huge shorts fan....i loved it, another great drinkable shorts release. This year has been insane with great limited releases. Just hope shorts decides to bottle key lime pie:)
     
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  30. tonyseleski

    tonyseleski Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2011 Michigan

    You'll find this in Berrien County on the lakeshore Wednesday. I'm pumped! Short's has been slayin it lately.
     
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  31. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Aspirant (211) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    No more key lime
     
  32. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    IIRC, I remember seeing bottles of this last year sometime.
     
  33. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (506) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    They've said alot in posts and on their schedule, not getting bottled this year.
     
  34. alfie

    alfie Aspirant (225) Apr 16, 2013 Michigan
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    Picking a sixer up after work today!
     
  35. kfhene

    kfhene Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 Michigan

    Just grabbed a 6 pack today and broke into the first one...

    I'd have to say this is a very good beer. Very drinkable and I'm glad that the orange zest isn't overdone at all. This is definitely a session beer that is perfect for a hot summer day

    4/5
     
  36. Brianw508

    Brianw508 Aspirant (211) Apr 29, 2013 Michigan

    I ordered a 1/4 barrel of it, and I'll have it tomorrow
     
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  37. steebo777

    steebo777 Zealot (506) Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

    I had a really stressful day but got to leave work a little early. I scored two sixers of Beard of Zeus, went home for a bike ride, did a ton of yard and finally got to sit to relax with a Zeus and a spicy kabob. Absolutely perfect evening for it and the beer was spot on. EXACTLY what I needed.

    Yet another damn fine brew from the Shorts crew!

    PS That label is SICK.
     
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  38. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Finally got some of my own. Phew!
     
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  39. singingninkasi

    singingninkasi Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Michigan

    Why did I trade most of this and leave myself with one bottle!
     
  40. sploofer

    sploofer Initiate (28) Apr 19, 2013 Illinois
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    Can't wait to grab this tomorrow!
     
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