My Blue Ridge Brewing Company brewing adventure update:
Back in June, I spent the day at BR while Brewmaster Dana Dickinson and
assistant Kat Kilpatrick brewed up a fresh batch of Bolt Cutter IPA on
their 10bbl system. Read the description of the day's activities in the June archives if you want to get the details.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of having my first pint of the finished
product, now on tap at the Main Street brewery. I am very pleased to
announce that the IPA is a fine testament to their skills; a west coast
style, with the hop presence one would expect and a strong malt backbone
to provide the body and the resulting abv (6.5%). Despite the large
grain bill, this drinks like a light bodied, youthful kind of beer. Dana
likes to describe it as "bright" tasting and I agree with that. It
scoots along the palate leaving a tasty malt trail as it heads for a
very satisfying dry, hoppy, modestly bitter finish.
I am proud to have been part of the process (see blog for details on my role). I recommend you try it asap to see if you agree.