This amber beer really grew on us. Princeton is shown here bravely standing on the trail up to the peak with his same name, but in reality he'd probably have a heart attack if he ever had to set paw outside.
The Blue Blur
This was an amazingly delicious pale beer, delicately flavored with blueberry extract. The taste combinations were beyond words! The beer got its name from Meeker (aka Blue), the small bluish-tinted rat who would zip around the room with lightning speed.
Frosted Snout Cranberry Stout (3)
This version was an attempt to win a local "creative stout" contest. But there was a massive snow storm and we weren't able to rack it on time (get the beer off of the fruit, which started to rot a bit). It didn't win, but we didn't complain about having to drink the yummy beer ourselves.
Ths brew marked a milestone. While the brewery was only created in 1993, its founders were created long before that. The strong blond beer filled the sinuses and left the lingering taste of honey. The photo on the label is completely computer generated.
Sheridan's Highland Heather
Using heather tips and sweet gale to recreate the delicious style of beer brewed in the Scottish highlands, this sweet floral beverage was more akin to a cider than a beer. Sheridan, the rat on the label, had both the wild fur and untamed personality appropriate to the Celtic meaning of his name... wild and untamed.
Reminiscing about their days of youth along the California coast, the founders attempted to capture the fresh hoppy taste of the area's typical pale ale. Cooper is technically looking out over the waters of Kauai, but hey, at least it's the same ocean.
Wit & Wisdom
In a twist on the Belgian-style Wit beer, aromatic sage was used instead of traditional corriander. The result was a unique, refreshing flavor. The label is a play on words, with "Wit" refering to both the Belgian beer style and the cleverness of the rat (an attribute frequently assigned to the rodent in Eastern cultures), and "Wisdom" which plays on the word 'sage' (which is both the herb and a wise man) as well as as refers to Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom. The artwork is hand-painted from India.
Rat de Province
This beer was brewed in the style of the old country beers of France, only not quite as strong. The rat on the label is ET, a hairless male rat. He was a guest with Vermin Brewing for a couple weeks and agreed to pose as stylish French rodentia.
This treat was meant to be a delictable combination of chocolate, vanilla and beer. Basically it turned out as just chocolate. But that's ok, because Taz (the rat on the label) would have still found it delicious had he been allowed to try some.
This was a German Helles style beer brewed as a steam beer (a lager beer made with ale yeast). It had a wonderful fruity taste. The cave and background pictures were both taken in Iceland. The rats peeking out are Pike (left) and Sherman.
This dry brown ale was flavored with hazelnut extract. It started out WAY too nutty but eventually mellowed to a very nice beer. The squirrel thugs are about to hassel Slick. This is his baby picture. He eventually got to the size where he could easily take on a squirrel... or two!
This was a remarkable imitation of a Germany style wheat beer (or hefeweizen). The angelic rats (with bat wings) are named after two adjacent cities in the Netherlands that just sounded like good rat names (Rosmalen and Berlicum). The checkered blue-white background pattern (called Weiss-blau) is very common in Bavaria, the southernmost province in Germany.
Darby's Winter Warmer
This was a very dark brown beer flavored with pumpkin pie spice. Due to some brewing difficulties, it ended up hoppier than planned, but still quite delicious. Darby, the rat on the label, shows us how one should spend the cold winter days.... curled up in a warm cozy cup.