Beers I Have Known: Ale Asylum Velveteen Habit

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 I’ve noted previously, I’ve got a whole new world of beers to become acquainted with now that I’ve moved back to my native land of Madison, Wisconsin. The state may have been one of the renowned homes to breweries for ages, but we’re talking about historical offerings on the Blatz and Schlitz tier. In the time I’ve been away, America’s Dairyland has experience the same boom of craft brewing as just about everyplace else, leading to a slew of beverage artisans I’ve largely known only by reputation. Thus, I need to take advantage of learning opportunities when they come along, making it especially lucky that I currently reside just around the corner from a dandy little liquor store that routinely offers free tastings. A few weeks ago, local heroes Ale Asylum took up their corner of the counter, generously pouring sippers of several offerings. Among the bottles they’d brought along was an IPA right on the cusp of its annual winter release: Velveteen Habit. With a distinct but balanced hoppiness, the beer is brisk and beautifully flavorful, delivering just the sort of lingering tingle that characterizes the strongest IPAs without resorting to the soapy taste bud pummeling that can sully even the most revered examples of the style. I haunted the liquor stores for the next few days, longing for the bottles to actually hit shelves for purchase, and it’s been my automatic order whenever I’ve found it on tap around town. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but these are going to be splendid lessons.

Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
Labatt Blue
Smuttynose Winter Ale
Point Beyond the Pale IPA
Capital Brewery Supper Club
Highland Brewing 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale
Central Waters Brewing Company Sixteen
Pisgah Pale Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company Pumpkin Pie Lust
Asheville Brewing Company Rocket Girl
Sierra Nevada Blindfold Black IPA
21st Amendment Brewery Down to Earth
Point Bock
3 Sheeps Hello, My Name is Joe
One Barrel Brewing Company Bilbo Baggins Black IPA
Green Man ESB
3 Floyds Gumballhead

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