Fresh and Hoppy Beers!
Thursday, March 9th, 2017 / 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
As our brutal winter starts to warm into an argumentative spring, many beer lovers start to turn back toward lighter malt roasts and sharper flavor profiles to start the season. Tonight we feature beers that are not meant for aging: hoppy, very fresh, and best consumed that way.
Three Notch'd Minute Man IPA (Virginia / Charlottesville) $13.99 / 6-Pack – This interesting little beer from western Virginia aims to reinterpret IPA, and pulls it off remarkably well. With perhaps the lowest IBU on our shelves, Minute Man relies on heavy use of dry hopping to impart the herbaceous aromas and textures of a much more bitter beer. With lower amount of early addition bittering hops, the flavor structure of the beer is more defined by the citrus fruits and malts.
Manor Hill Taylor's Row IPA (Maryland / Ellicott City) $11.99 / 6-Pack - Connecting with local history is very important to the folks at Manor Hill. To show support for the revival of the historic “Taylor’s Row” section of Old Ellicott City and commemorate the opening of Manor Hill Tavern, this re-release of last year's Hidden Hopyard Series #2 features locally sourced rye malts from Copper Fox Distillery, and is aggressively hopped with Simcoe, Centennial and CTZ. Boasting a big grapefruit aroma followed by a juicy mouthfeel and resiny finish, this balance won't last long.
Foothills Jade IPA (North Carolina) $14.99 / 6-Pack – A longtime shop favorite in the West Coast category makes its return to our shelves! Made exclusively with Jade hops, a proprietary strain only available from one grower in New Zealand, this is also the only production beer in the world to use Jade as the only other people he will sell them to are homebrewers. Light bodied, grassy, sharp, and heavy on the alpha-acids, the Jade is truly a unique creation.
Wicked Weed Freak of Nature (North Carolina) $6.99 / 500ml - A San Francisco-inspired hoppy monster showcases absurd amounts of West Coast hops to give this beer it’s citrusy, weedy nose and big, dank hop flavor. Like stuffing your face into a bag of fresh hops while eating a tangerine. Dry hopped with 48lbs per batch (over 3 lbs per barrel). In following with the classic style of the West Coast, double sugar plays a big part in creating this dry and minimally bitter double IPA.
Alpine Windows Up (California / Alpine) $14.99 / 6-Pack – The hop maniacs at Alpine have done it again. Their Duet is a shop favorite crafted to showcase the particular way that Amarillo and Simcoe hops play together very well to make an eminently balanced and delicious IPA. The Windows Up is the exact same beer underneath, but uses Citra and Mosaic to show why you see these hops used together so frequently.
Green Flash Palate Wrecker (California / San Diego) $16.99 / 6-pack – If I really need to explain this one, and why it is at the end of the tasting rather than the beginning, then I should probably retire. 149 IBU's, brewed with 6 lbs of Columbus and Centennial per barrel – if you can still taste anything, you should probably take another sip.