I think I’m going to ignore the weather for this post, because I know that I’m not the only person that’s sick of hearing about it. Let’s get right to the part of this that my rapidly growing number of readers care about most.
And Now, the Brews
|Sierra Nevada Brewing Co | Pale Ale | American Pale Ale|
|Again, my biases come through in my beer picks. This is one of the first beers that I remember drinking and enjoying and is Sierra Nevada’s most popular beer. It is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.
It’s pretty cool that this beer can still excel in a market that some say is over-saturated with local craft brews. In my book, along with many others’, it will always be a staple.
|6 pk btl | 12 pk btl | 12 pk can | 5.6% ABV | 38 IBU’s|
|Crooked Stave | Sour Rosé | American Wild Ale|
|As soon as this beer arrived I became a fan of it. It’s a solid sour that showcases its effervescent, champagne-style character making it the perfect everyday beer for all seasons and occasions. If you look at other similar beers from Crooked Stave, or even other breweries, you may balk at the higher price point. However, the higher price point is justified by how much work and how many parts go into the beer. This kind of beer is typically found in a single bottle for around the same price as this 6 pack, which makes this specific brew even more appealing. After the primary fermentation with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, this sour treat undergoes secondary fermentation in large oak foeders of raspberries and blueberries. Unfiltered and naturally wild, each can is packaged with a small amount of yeast to maintain maximum freshness.|
|6 pk can | 4.5% ABV | 15 IBU’s|
|Fair State Brewing Cooperative | Strata | American IPA|
|Dude… whoa. This beer is definitely a crushable beer that should be sipped and enjoyed as opposed to “slammed.” This beer is exclusively hopped with the Strata hop, which is a newly cultivated hop by Indie Hops and The University of Oregon. During its inception, this hop was known as “x331”, but has quickly become known as one of the most sought after hops in the craft beer industry. Strata is best described as “passion fruit meets pot,” and with good reason. This beer gives off aromas of everything from mango to passion fruit to drifting cannabis. It is unique from other beers of the same style and hop profile in that it carries much less of the bitter bite and accentuates more of the funky dankness. A double dose of dry hopping gives this beer an exceptionally hoppy nose that gives way to a smooth finish with a small, dank, dry bite. This beer won’t be around for long, so make sure to snag some up before it’s gone!|
|4 pk can | 6.5% ABV | 25 IBU’s|