It’s an extended weekend for most as we honor all of the fine folks who have fallen fighting for our country. More courageous people than I could ever be! Without those brave individuals, this country wouldn’t be nearly as great as it is. This weekend, crack open a cold one share it with any active or retired military veteran. Have a great beer and an even better conversation over a grill and enjoy every second.
Cheers to all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom!
And Now, the Brews
|Firestone Walker | Union Jack | West Coast style IPA|
|Sharing a beer? With the popularity of IPAs, it’s a pretty safe bet that an IPA will be an easy grab. And, if that person is an important individual, why not bestow upon them one of the best IPAs in the country? Union Jack is a nod to the origins of the IPA, our counterparts across the sea, Britain. This classic fragrance of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, caramel, and solid notes of malt are everything you want in an IPA. Now, I’m talking real IPA, not those hazy, juicy, fruited, milk shaken beers, a real freakin’ IPA. That which pleases the palate, oh so pleasing, boasts sweet pine, kiwi, pineapple, mango, grapefruit flesh/zest, and a strong malty backbone to support the rest of this heavy hitter. A nice subtle soft mouthfeel makes for an easy drinking, sudsy beer! A classic take on the style that would hold its own against any single trendy beer out there.|
|6 pk Cans | 7% ABV | 60 IBUs|
|Firestone Walker | Pivo | Hoppy Pilsner|
|The mark of a good brewery is their Pilsner. It’s one of the most straight-forward beers a person can make. Clean and crisp, there is nothing to hide behind. Firestone Walker kicks up this classic style with some west coast-style dry hopping. I could give you a brief history on Pilsners, but you don’t have the time to sit and read about it, especially since Firestone already has it covered: The History of Pilsner (https://www.firestonebeer.com/images/web_pivohistory.jpg). With several medals in-tow, Pivo has a fantastic nose thanks to some floral hops. Sweet and crisp notes of lemongrass, spice, grains, bread, and herbs lift from the glass. Well balanced on the tongue, the flavor exhibits a very similar set of flavors with pine also getting into the mix. With a fairly bitter dry finish not fully typical of the style, it makes for an approachable Pilsner that any hop head would be able to appreciate. Yeah, I see you, only drinking IPAs. I dare… nay, double dog… scratch that, TRIPLE dog dare you to try Pivo!|
|6 pk Cans | 5.3% ABV | 40 IBU|
|Firestone Walker | Nitro Merlin | Milk Stout|
|Nowadays, nitro beers aren’t too difficult to find, albeit, most often you’ll either find them on draft at a brewery or restaurant, but rarely in cans/bottles. There are a few who do it, Left Hand, Northgate (RIP), and a handful of others. Supposedly, it’s a tricky endeavor to master, hence the lack of widespread nitro beers flooding the market. A secret kept creates a truly magical experience that is one you should definitely try. Pop open the can, and against your better judgment, turn that can upside down and pour it straight into the bottom of the glass. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT drink a nitro beer out of the can. You’ll be disappointed, to say the least. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, the cascading gradient steadily dissipating, giving way to a brilliant clarity in the glass and a frothy head. A light nose of milk chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla, and oats luring you closer, begging for a drink. Leading with characteristics of chocolate, it’s accompanied by roasted malts, toast, vanilla, and a creamy milk. One of the better production nitro beers out there! Light, smooth, and great all year round!|
|6 pk Cans | 5.5% ABV | 27 IBU|