Monday, May 22, 2017

Love Them Lagers!

Being Monday, our thoughts naturally turn to lagers. Or more specifically, lagers I had Saturday at Hi-Wire Brewing's Lagerfest and Crawfest Boil. Full disclosure: I don't drink a lot of lagers anymore, being a card-carrying member of the Hophead Herd, so this opportunity to sample some of the new style offerings was irresistible. My good buddy and bottle share enthusiast, Bob Muller joined me on the trek up the hill to Asheville. As the beer lineup shows, there was a significant range of flavors offered within the style (and one porter ringer). With mostly ABVs in the low 5s and low 4s (Brown Truck had a 3.8% lager!) these beers were easy to drink and paired nicely with the enormous quantities of crawfish being consumed outside.
Some standouts for me were the Munich Dunkel from Brevard Brewing; rich flavors, light body but typical dark color.
The James Jack Pilsner from Olde Mecklenburg was a classic example of the style with a balanced profile and a crisp finish.
Hi-Wire and Holy City brewed a collab Black Rye Lager which was dark, roasty and spicy in the finish. Very drinkable.
Epic Brewing's (from Utah) Los Locos Mexican Style Lager with lime and sea salt was probably the best "lawnmower" beer there, very refreshing and balanced, definitely sessionable.
The oddest brew offered (imho) was the Holy City BB aged Pils. The light color gave no clue as to the flavor intensity from the barrels, but it was surprisingly balanced, remaining close to the style in drinkability.
This event showcased just how varied the lager style can be and just dismissing them offhand (which I have been guilty of) only serves to miss out on some excellent brews, never a good thing.
Some photos of the event, tho mostly about the beer, not being a big crawfish fan myself.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Yee-Haw Brewery Coming To Greenville

By now, a lot of you have read the Upstate Business Journal's story about Yee-Haw Brewery coming to town later this year. Since I was not familiar with Keys Village, I hustled on down to see the location for myself and to take a few snaps. Link to story below, too.…/yee-haw-brewing-co-op…/

Stay tuned for more brewery news from good ol' Greenville. Lots of beer news yet to come.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quest Brewing goes for the Tart

So, Thursday's come around again. What should I do to help celebrate? Oh, wait, there's this:
Note to folks who like tart and hoppy beers, this one could be the standard bearer. Described as a Golden Sour with SC Native Wild Yeasts (South Yeast Labs) and abundant Mosaic hop additions, this citrusy, flavorful brew from Quest Brewing Company finishes with just the right amount of tartness for me. To coin a technical term: Yum!

Find out for yourself this afternoon. Details below.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Swamp Rabbit Brewing 3rd Anniversary

Hmmm... a rainy morning. So, how to compensate for the lack of sunshine. Well, one way would be to revisit a time yesterday where there was no rain, just a lot of people enjoying the day and their beers. A lot of people.

That's exactly what happened yesterday during Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom's Third Anniversary Party. With a crowd that size, it was clear that there were no parking places left in Travelers Rest. A crowd that required 3 food trucks to supply the hungry hordes.... or at least those wanting to pair good food with their good beers. In between sips of a most excellent India Pale Lager, I managed to get a few snaps of the festivities.

Hope they brighten your day.

Now, it's just wait until the 4th Anniversary and do it all over again.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mitch Steele's New Job

To long time fans of Stone Brewing, the name Mitch Steele is reverential (he wrote a book on brewing IPAs) and now Georgia beer lovers will be able to enjoy his new incarnation as co-founder and brewmaster at the newly named New Realm Brewing. Anticipated to open in Fall of this year, the Atlanta Beltway will get another reason to hop on a bike (is that a pun??) and reward you with a beer-friendly rest stop. Torched Hop is already very near that Beltline (a former railroad track bed) so plenty of destinations to inspire one. More details below: