This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
My place of residence may have recently ceded the title of Beer City in the very poll that first conferred it, but that hasn’t exactly erased the clear sense of identity that winning (or co-winning) four years in row established. And the community is currently in the midst of the second annual Asheville Beer Week celebration, which brings a ridiculous number of special events to various locales around town. As upstanding local citizens, the residents of my household are trying to do our part, including a trip to Green Man Brewery (which I will forever refer to as Dirty Jack’s) for a couple pints of ABA Hoppy Saison, billed as a collaboration between twenty-two different area breweries, including a couple that are still working their way towards establishing new East Coast outposts. As for the Hoppy Saison, I can confirm that it lives up to it’s name: clearly a brisk, bright saison, but with a unique blast of unexpected hoppy goodness giving it an especially flavorful quality. Others can probably detect added subtleties–identifying oddball flavors that slip gently across the tongue with every sip–but I simply know that it was refreshing and delicious, absolutely perfect for a warm day at the cusp of summer.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red