Thursday, August 23, 2012

Names, Names, What's in a Name?

One fun aspect of the growing craft beer popularity has to be the names of the various brews. I recall the first time I heard of "Arrogant Bastard" from Stone Brewing.... my reaction was, "huh?"
These days, that name seems tame. Here are some examples that I have come across in my crawls. And wait till you see my favorite (for the time being anyway)!

 First, from Grumpy Brewing in Mt. Horeb, WI, which by itself is a name that causes one to pause.
 I tasted their Hoppa Loppa (?) IPA, which was quite good, nicely hoppe flavors, dry finish and very refreshing. ABV 7.2%, 66 IBUs.

Then I found this:   
Ass Kisser Double IPA from Ft. Worth, TX...
 Found it at BevMo and didn't have a chance to try it, but with a name like that and considering there's a double IPA (7.5% ABV)  and a Smoked Porter (8% ABV, 36 IBU) I'm certain that they will be quite tasty and I will anticipate some reaction in the buttocks area!

 And then I found this:  Old Leghumper from Thirsty Dog Brewing, Akron, Ohio.

I belive their slogan is, "So Many Legs, So Little Time to Hump."  Something like that. Another one that I didn't get a chance to try, since we found this at Community Tap, Greenville, SC, as we were heading back to ATL to return home. Here's how the brewery describes it:
"A robust porter, dark brown in color and full bodied with a malty sweet taste. Deep roasted, yet silky smooth! Two types of roasted malts, including deep-roasted chocolate malt, are used to give this porter a rich, chocolaty taste. 24 IBUs."  My favorite name so far!!

While traveling in SC last week, visited the mountain town of Brevard, known for a wonderful music center, Kay and I stopped for a brew at the quaintly named Hobnob cafe, which was closed but they were happy to sell us a pint of Highland Brewing's Gaelic Ale. I call it a deep amber-colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. 5.6% ABV, 30 IBUs. Great way to end a day of exploring... not only for new adventures but weird names as well.
Also I learned that Oskar Blues is said to be opening a brewery here in Brevard. Music and beer, a winning combination. Just ask Lagunitas!

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