Beer from one of the country’s most celebrated breweries is now available in Massachusetts.
Toppling Goliath, the Decorah, Iowa, brewery with seven beers on Beer Advocate’s list of the world’s top 100, has signed a deal with Atlantic Beverage Distributors that brings some of the company’s brews into Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the first time.
Beers available here will span much of Toppling Goliath’s core lineup, including Pseudo Sue Pale Ale, Dorothy’s New World Lager, Pompeii IPA, Golden Nugget IPA, and King Sue Double IPA.
I tried Pseudo Sue Pale Ale (No. 84 beer in the world on Beer Advocate) last week to get a sense of what the fuss was about. The beer pours bright orange from a can featuring a big purple Tyrannosaurus Rex and showcases the citra hop, which lends notes of mango, orange rind, and evergreen. It’s a mildly bitter, flavor-packed beer at 6.2 percent ABV, and a welcome addition to a state that has gotten quite good at making these kinds of beers of late.
Toppling Goliath hasn’t said whether we’ll be getting any of its highly-rated stouts (Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout is the No. 1 rated beer in the world on Beer Advocate, Mornin’ Delight No. 10), but if the current release process is any indication, it may be a longshot. An upcoming release of Assassin (No. 19), a “whiskey barrel aged killer imperial stout,’’ will be limited to 1,500 customers, who will each earn the right to purchase a two-pack of 22-ounce bottles for $100.
Toppling Goliath now distributes in 12 states.