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Wrath

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Don’t be fooled, Wrath is not your typical MMO fighter pale ale. True to an IPA brewed with strong hops, a bit bitter and with significant alcohol content, Wrath was also created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own. Swill this brew with your favorite cigar and experience a 7 Sins anticipated prize-winner.

For all you craft beer enthusiasts, here is an in-depth look at the 7 sins Brewery IPA.

IPA is almost synonymous with craft beer, with an infinite number of India Pale Ale beers in the market. With that in mind, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget our Wrath and created a unique brew – Wrath IPA has a high IBU (68) yet with lots of other flavors to round out the bitterness including hints of citrus, pine and carmel. Scents of citrus and carmel are also distinguishable. Wrath has a crisp finish – bringing all these qualities together to produce an ambrosial experience.

Finally, its color is ablaze – a rich copper, 14 on the SRM scale and has a light-to-medium body. And to be expected, the ABV is 7 %.

If you are obsessed with IPAs, here’s the minutiae:

  • Ale Yeast
  • Grains: 2 Row; Carapils; Carabrown; Crystal 40
  • Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Liberty
  • IBU: 68 -70 (high)
  • SRM: 14 (copper)
  • ABV: 7
  • Nose: citrus, carmel
  • Flavor: crisp hoppy orange/citrus, pine, carmel
  • Light/medium body
  • Average/slightly below average effervescence
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Winter Concert Series

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Hey fans, 7 Sins is hosting a legit opportunity for you and your crew to be a little sinful…. live music and beer specials!

Three weekends in a row, you can experience kickin’ jams and indulgent 7 Sins Brewery craft beer. All are welcome at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery from 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Music starts at 6:00 p.m. Gourmet pizza and pub pretzel munchies are on the house.

The series kicks off Friday, January 13, 2017 with Doug Phillips & Elly Vahey performing.

And so you know, Bear, Head brewer of 7 Sins Brewery has enjoyed the winter so far – so much so that he concocted fresh quality batches of our crafts. Beers on tap include Gluttony Stout, Wrath IPA, Envy Amber and Greed Brown! In addition to these sins, we will have two of our seasonal indiscretions – come on out and try them. Definitely worth being a little sinful.

Now back to the music, the first jam is with Doug Phillips and Elly Vahey. Click here and check out the Doug Phillips trio on YouTube and see a sample of Doug and Elly together. Both artists are from Erie with lots of local play. Doug sings, plays bass and guitar and is a producer who welcomes Elly to harmonize with him for the night. The duo will play classic rock covers from the 60s – 90s.

Phillips has performed in the Eastern Great Lakes Region for over 25 years. He is a 3-time RockErie Award finalist for Erie’s Favorite Acoustic Performer and winner of the 2014 RockErie Music Award for Bassist. Doug has organized and performed in tribute concerts to Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Band, Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Prince, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Woodstock and Jimmy Buffett.

Elly is also a well-known vocalist from Erie. In addition to the Doug Phillips trio she performs with Stiletto Erie.

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Chris & Joylene of the Honest Mistakes

On the 14th, The Honest Mistakes will take the stage. The duo joined us at our Grand Opening and Open Mics many times and have their fans wanting more! Check them out.

Let me say this again, you can join in on the fun over the next three weekends – Enjoy 7 Sins craft beer specials. Free live local music. Free munchies. Ripley-brewed craft beer specials. A free art exhibit from local artists. And Sensory cult wine. You won’t want to miss even one show!

And one last note, we are on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – when you want to find us quickly or give us props, use this tag: #ok2bsinful.

Craft Beer Boom

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Ever wonder why so many craft beer breweries are popping up?

Nationwide, I believe it is simply a part of Millenials demand for local fresh organic food and in a way supporting the We Are The 99% movement – sincerely hoping to give props to the little guy.

Meanwhile, New York’s Southern Tier and Northwestern Pennsylvania have a ton of new breweries. Perhaps it’s because the most popular microbrewery in the country is literally in our backyard.  Or it could be that New York State got to the party on time and since 2013 offers lax alcohol laws as well as tax breaks to microbreweries and especially farm breweries.

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The idea of this legislation is to promote economic growth (while still generating tax revenue for the state). It also promotes agriculture which is great for the local economy. For instance, farm breweries only have to serve finger foods instead of a more robust menu like other alcohol establishments – and if they use a significant percentage of New York state grown ingredients in their craft beer, are eligible for tax exemptions.

What great news, craft breweries will brew locally and use ingredients from local sources – sustainable! (Not to mention you the consumer get to imbibe in so many intense brews like Gluttony or Lust from 7 Sins!)

Sins on Tap for Grand Opening

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Here are the vices pouring, ready for you to imbibe Saturday:

Envy – an Amber Ale of which some say is the best craft amber around!

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Gluttony – a roasted, smoky American Stout with a hint of rye.

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Greed – an American Brown that has a low hop profile, with a slightly sweet roasted caramel flavor throughout and a hint of chocolate in the finish

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Lust, a typical (and robust) wheat infused with a mild sweet cherry.

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And, if you are really ready to be a little sinful, try our seasonal blood orange ale.

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Only $3 per pint when filling a growler – sinful indeed!

 

Grand Opening

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Here is your chance to be a little sinful – and I don’t mean going to Vegas to play the slots! I’m talking about a bash to celebrate 7 Sins Brewery craft beers respectfully named for the seven sins.

Our peeps at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery are co-hosting our Grand Opening, Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 5 – 9 p.m. There will be beer specials on all our crafts. You may also meet the Beer Demon, Bear, who keeps our brews tasting so sinfully good.

There will be a pig roast and live music to keep the party going – headlining the stage are The Mulligans from Erie at 7 p.m. The opening act will be Chris and Joylene a budding Erie duo who formerly performed with the Honest Mistakes in Baltimore.

As far as brews go, we will have an amber ale, blood orange ale, brown ale, cherry wheat and stout all on tap. So wrong, yet so right. See you on the 16th.

Local talent showcased at Open Mic nights

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Local talent is showcased at Open Mic nights co-hosted by 7 Sins Brewery and Sensory Winery & Art Gallery. Here is a snippet of what you could hear monthly, every third Thursday, at Sensory from musicians, Chris and Joylene and Linda Lewis. In addition to listening to the music, observe interviews with the artists introducing themselves and talking about why Sensory’s space is so unique and inviting.

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If you are interested in performing, please contact Sensory’s manager, Fergie. Performers get a drink on the house, a welcoming crowd along with a professional and inspiring host, Jim Cuneo. Check out previous blogs on Open Mic.

And remember while attending the event, it is ok to be a little sinful and indulge in the beers on tap. Right now we are featuring 5 of the 7 sins, including Envy – an Amber Ale of which some say is the best craft amber around! Also on tap are Gluttony – a roasted, smoky American Stout with a hint of rye; and Greed – an American Brown that has a low hop profile, with a slightly sweet roasted caramel flavor throughout and a hint of chocolate in the finish. Lust is a typical (and delicious) wheat infused with a mild sweet cherry while Wrath, is an IPA created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own.

Sinful indeed.

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7 Sins Brewery and Sensory Winery & Art Gallery Fired Up for Summer

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Envy, an amber ale has arrived – it sounds cruel but is certain to hit the spot upon sunset, after a long hot summer day. In honor of the unofficial kick-off of summer and Memorial Day, 7 Sins Brewery offers a growler special at Sensory Winery & Art Gallery, Friday through Sunday – get a $6 discount on the 64-ounce growler for any beer style (including Envy, Greed, Wrath, Gluttony and Lust). No doubt, your friends will be envious when you tell them you were the first to try the distinctly crafted 7 Sins amber ale, Envy!Screen Shot 2016-05-27 at 12.11.08 PM

Sensory Winery & Art Gallery is a proud sponsor of the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail this weekend.  When you come visit Sensory you can sip on one of our tantalizing cult wines and view the current show, A Natural World in Three Perspectives. John Ballard, Christine French and Carrie Tredo make up the talented trio displaying 3D driftwood assemblages, sculpture, artist enhanced prints, collage, mosaic beach glass panels and mixed media pieces.

Sensory  offers extended summer hours starting in June – doors will be open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. And most exciting, the outdoor space will be enhanced – a beer garden also opens in June! The garden space will have seating and a fire pit for all to enjoy. Select 7 Sins Brewery pint specials will be offered to celebrate the expansion from 5 – 9 Saturdays.

Ahhhh, I cannot wait to sit back, contemplate the big sky, catch the boom of the bullfrogs, get a drag of the smoky fire and swill a cold and tasty craft – Sensory Winery & Art Gallery and 7 Sins Brewery sure know how to engage all your senses.

7 Sins Brewery Secrets to Brewing

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In case you care, here’s how Bear, the beer demon, creates our bad-ass brews. To start, he has taken his original recipes and modified them to be brewed on a larger scale. Running grain through the grist mill kicks of the process. It is here that the mill cracks the grain.

The milled grain then goes into the mash tun for an hour or so where the grain and water mysteriously meld to make the sinful mash. What really happens is: first, warm water is added to extract sugar; next, water is pulled out from the bottom of the mash tun and put back on top to make a cleaner beer; last, fresh water is poured on top, filtering the grain bed and picking up the sugars headed toward the boil kettle. The liquid sugar becomes the wort (that’s wort, not wart!).

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The next step is to run the wort into the boil kettle – don’t worry the kettle is only for beer-making and not warlock brew. Hops are added in this step of the process, all in all taking about 60 – 90 minutes. The wort is then sent to the Fermentor where yeast is added. The fermentation process is when the beer is crafted from the wort and the alcohol content is calibrated. A hydrometer is used to gauge how much how much soluble sugar is in the wort, the yeast is added accordingly and the beer is made. After fermentation the hydrometer is used again to calculate the potency.

By the way, it is the variety of grain and hops and type of yeast that determines what style of beer is concocted. The temperature at fermentation contributes to the definition and nuances of the beer styles as well. And for some of the 7 Sins brews, the addition of natural flavors infuses an extra kick.

From the Fermentor, the brews go to the brite tank for a couple of days where it is carbonated and then kegged using CO2. 7 Sins Beer is kegged in stainless steel and stays below 38 degrees for maximum sinfulness – I mean freshness!

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Each batch yields about 7 barrels of sinfulness – yeah-ah.

7 Sins Brewery Unleashes Its First Four Crafts.

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Looking for a brew that will satisfy your demons? 7 Sins is on fire, tirelessly perfecting their brews and pounding the streets. Four beer styles are kegged and tapped AND sales to restaurants, bars and pubs throughout WNY just started!

Let us brush you up on four of the 7 sins:

Gluttony is an American Stout – and that means it is back alley black. Gluttony stays true to its name, overindulgent – thick, rich and full – formulated with 10 unique grains and 5 distinct hops. Gluttony punches like a roasted, smoky stout with a hint of rye making it a perfect brew to finish your day.

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Greed – an insatiable desire to acquire more than one needs… our American brown ale will have you craving more. Greed keeps a low hop profile with a slightly sweet, roasted brown and a mild caramel flavor throughout. It has a hint of chocolate in the finish which shouts, gimme one more pint, now!

Lust is our devilish cherry wheat– as it should be, it is a traditional wheat, infused with a mild sweet cherry. This brew lavishes the lips and is perfect for the hot summer days we all lust for.

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Wrath, to be overcome with anger – 7 Sins Wrath is an IPA, but don’t be fooled, it’s not your typical MMO fighter pale ale. True to an IPA, brewed with strong hops, a bit bitter and with significant alcohol content, Wrath was also created with a smooth malty backbone and a crisp orange hop flavor, placing it in a league of its own. Swill this brew with your favorite cigar and experience a 7 Sins anticipated prize-winner.

Give us a holler if you’d like to have 7 Sins on tap at your favorite haunt. Or slug a pint and claim your very own growler at Sensory Winery and Art Gallery in Ripley.