New Brew Saturday, Waynesville, part 1.
This time the Brew Crew
headed for Waynesville, NC, an 1:45 hour drive to visit three breweries
for the first time. First stop, Tipping Point Brewing
and Tavern. The group consensus was that all their beers we tasted were
consistently good. Stand outs for me were the TKO Chili Pepper Ale, a
Strong Ale, with habanero, serano and jalapeno peppers. Tons of fresh
pepper flavors, very little heat - well balanced. I left with a crowler
The Punch in the Face IPA, a
gold medal winner, certainly made an impression; full of IPA good things
but restrained abv. Had we had more time I'd still be drinking it.
Another fave of the group was the Pale of the Dragon, with a citrusy and
very clean finish. A crowler of that also made the journey home.
were fortunate that Jon Bowman, owner and brewer was there to give us a
tour of the brewery's cellar site (a 3.5bbl system) and he was generous
enough to pour us a "direct from the brite tank" sample of his newest, a
Peach Berlinerweise; refreshing balance of fruit and tart. This one is
gonna be real popular when it's released later this week.
also mention the delicious Crispy Brussel Sprouts appetizer, a favorite
bar food of mine and these were exceptional. Were reluctant to leave but
we did have to move on, lunch and Boojum were waiting.