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.
As the occasional wobbly wheels on this sidecar of the web have indicated over the course of the past week or so, we recently returned from a sojourn to the north, staying in the luxurious paradise known as Indiana. Though our destination was a matter of geographic convenience rather than desire, we thankfully had some friends who knew exactly how we could make the best out of a stay in the Hoosier State. Specifically, they told us to get our hands on as many offerings from Munster’s Three Floyds Brewing Company as possible. A purposefully small craft brewer with at least one brilliant promotional endeavor to their credit, liquid goodness from Three Floyds was indeed difficult to come by, until we found our way to The Keg Liquors in Clarksville, Indiana. A hearty supply secured, we brought the bottles back (ever so carefully) to Asheville, planning to share them with the fine folks who called our attention to the brewer in the first place. We absolutely weren’t disappointed. My favorite of the bunch was Apocalypse Cow, a double IPA that gets its name (presumably) from the inclusion of lactose milk sugar. It could be the suggestibility of my taste buds, but the special ingredient did seem to give the beer a touch of creaminess that tempered the intensity of the hops. The beer still had the flavorful quality of an IPA but less of the hoppy punch that can sometimes reach endurance test levels as different brewers try to out-hop each other. It’s a good thing we go through Indiana at least once per year.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
—ABA Hoppy Saison
—Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager