In honor of American Craft Beer Week I thought I’d share some highlights with you. These are my favorite brews out of all the new stuff I tried this week. Don’t let a silly “holiday” be your excuse though, go out and try something new! You might find your own new favorite.
SOUTHERN PROHIBITION CROWD CONTROL this is the second brew I’ve tried from Southern Prohibition & am equally pleased. Crowd Control is a dry-hopped imperial IPA with a strong malt presence. It’s a bit fruity & has a light, but substantial texture. This one sips so smooth, if I didn’t know before hand I wouldn’t have guessed that it was an imperial. If you haven’t tried anything from this brewery yet, do yourself a favor & go pick up a couple sixers. imperial ipa 8% abv
UNIBROUE A TOUT LE MONDE this collab with the band Megadeath really surprised me. I’m not usually a fan of saisons, but this one definitely had me singin’ a new tune. It’s a dry-hopped golden saison that’s bright, citrusy, a touch spiced, & delicately hoppy. If you can get your hands on one I highly recommend it. saison/farmhouse 4.5% abv
CREATURE COMFORTS DUENDE one of my favorite things about Creature Comforts is their other IPAs (you know, other than Tropicalia). This imperial is hazy, hoppy, dry & a bit citrusy without all the juice. This is definitely one to be excited about. imperial ipa 8% abv
THE BRUERY/FUNKY BUDDHA GUAVA LIBRE! talk about a surprise. I picked up this imperial cream ale collab because we can’t get Funky Buddha in Georgia & the guava piqued my interest. Along with guava this beer is brewed with vanilla & lactose. On first sip I was a little off-put: the lactose is very evident, the texture of the beer is a lot creamier than I was expecting. Add in the guava & vanilla & you get a bit of funk with the sweetness The more sips I tried though, the more I liked it. Supposedly the flavor combo is intended to remind the drinker of a Cuban guava pastry. I totally get it. I definitely recommend giving this beer a try, you might be surprised! imperial cream ale 7.5% abv
WICKED WEED FILLE DE FERME & CHOCOLATE COVERED BLACK ANGEL I have a love-hate relationship with Wicked Weed. Honestly, I’m as often disappointed by their brews as I am excited. When they hit a home-run though, it’s a grand-slam. This week I was lucky enough to try a few of their winners during our tap takeover at work & these two were my favorites. Fille de Ferme is a bretted honeysuckle saison with just a hint of sour. It’s bright & clean & barely floral sweet. The Chocolate Covered Black Angel is a wild ale with chocolate & cherry. It’s fruity & dark without being sweet while the chocolate flavor comes through like true cacao, nothing watered down. If you get a chance to try these, do it! And I’d do it before the domestic giant rears its ugly head. saison 4.1% abv / american wild ale 7.2% abv
BRASSERIE CANTILLON IRIS so I know this is American Craft Beer Week, but if you get a chance to drink a bottle of Cantillon, you gotta let people know. I happened to get so lucky (thanks to my new friend Jez & the Ticonderoga Club) the other night & damn. Sometimes breweries get all wrapped up in all kinds of hype & then disappoint at crunch time. This is not one of those breweries. The Iris lambic is aged in oak wine casks & dry-hopped. It’s bright & tart with just a hint of vinegar sour & floral notes. Seriously, delicious. If you dig sours you gotta get your hands on one of these. lambic 5% abv