Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saluda Wet Hopped IPA Released by Quest Brewing


Here's the star of the show (Saluda Wet Hop), in a taster size. I liked it, a crisp, dry IPA, not quite the hop bomb you might expect with Cascade hops (hello, Sierra Nevada!), good balance and the yeast from SouthYeast Labs adds a bit of flavor too. Good job for a first timer. 
Two other cask versions are available tonight as well, one with blueberries and one with peppers. I liked the pepper one best, but I'm always a fan of pepper/IPA combinations. These cask versions are the only ones in existence. Don Richardson, Quest Brewmaster, tells me that one or both might be reproduced in the future. Sort of depends on the publics response. 
I know what mine is!

Two other cask versions are available tonight as well, one with blueberries and one with peppers. I liked the pepper one best, but I'm always a fan of pepper/IPA combinations.



Cheers!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quest Cucumber Jalapeno Rye Saison

Last night at Quest Brewing Company. Fabulous beer, great music (Tonight's Noise w/ Darby Wilcox sitting in). 

Here's a sampling line up; (l to r) Kaldi, Ponce Cucumber Jalapeno Rye Saison, Ellida IPA, Kaldi Bourbon Barrel Aged.



 Pick of the evening: the Saison. Heat, cool, body, all fit together to make this a very refreshing and change of pace brew. I'm thinking this would be a growler full of fun at a party or outdoor concert. Hmmm....

Cheers!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bacon "M&M's" - Really?

Not to worry about "melting in your hand," these things are gonna go fast!! Genius!


Photo: Bacon Bros.


http://www.baconbrospublichouse.com/#

New IPA From Founders On The Way!

 Being a longtime Founders Brewing fan, I got very excited about this upcoming release (October, probably):


http://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/dark-penance/

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting Lucky in Omaha

Some ol' Air Force buddies are gathering in Omaha, NE for a reunion and one sent me this
photo of a beer they were trying. Totally new to me of course, but when I read the description from their website, the love set in.
"After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before it's really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops."


http://www.luckybucketbrewing.com/beer/india-pale-ale/ 


Cheers and thanks to Don Baker for thinking of me!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 Pack: First Sample

Finally tried the Chico King Beer Camp Pale Ale. This is quite a pale ale... medium body
that's almost viscous on the palate; plenty of malt backbone, but all the hops keep it under control. Very drinkable. Well made; lacing from lingering head is proof. I would certainly order this if I came across it on tap.

Congrats to 3 Floyds and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for coming up with this one! 

Now, only eleven more to try!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Holy City at the Greenville Growler Station

Big Jon Richards hosted a rare tasting on Holy City beers (they're from Charleston) couple nights ago. All three beers were new to me, and two were new to him.













Washout Wheat, slight variation of the style, no orange or coriander flavors.


 Chucktown Follicle Brown was a complete surprise. Very leafy flavors jumped out at the beginning, changed, with less intensity as it warmed. Unusually hoppy for a brown was my overall reaction.






Pluff Mud Porter had an unusual acid sourness in the finish. Light to medium body, roasted flavors not over-powering, but I was puzzled by the sour.... why?

All well made  beers, but only the Wheat stands a chance of being ordered again.

And thanks to the Greenville Growler Station for the tasting opportunity.