ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 18TH
ANDI’S BEER CORNER
The craft/micro -brew world is always changing. Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions.
Celebrate North Carolina Craft Beer month by taking 10% off any size single and 15% off make-your-own 6 packs for the entire month of April!
Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week:
Stone Brewing, Escondido CA
Tangerine Express IPA ABV 6.7%
Available in 22oz. Bombers $5.99
Stone, known for brewing big bold complex beers, dedicates most of their brew space to IPAs. if you’re familiar with their “Enjoy By” series, you probably know they’re committed to being really transparent about the freshness and quality of every beer they produce. This transparency is rooted in the ingredients they use while brewing. Their IPAs are often loaded with a crazy level of hops and sometimes contain fresh fruit. This particular release features whole tangerines and pineapple. Every part of the tangerine is employed including the bitter pith. Rather than excluding this part of the fruit, the guys at Stone built up the hop bill. Sterling, Citra, Centennial, Azacca, and Mosaic hops are used to transform the fruit and intensify the drinking experience. All of these hops contribute a floral aroma and some citrus. Expect a lot of tangerine, lemon, melon, and just pure tropical bliss. The Sterling and Mosaic hops add a layer of herbal spice that makes this IPA that much more complex. The pineapple lingers in the background and really grounds the tangerine, heightening the fruity tropical notes.
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens GA
Lucille Imperial Stout ABV 9.4%
Available in 500 mL bottle $12.99
If you’ve seen the latest seasons of The Walking Dead (or even read the comics) you have already met one of the most sinister villains that has tormented Rick and his crew. Infamous Negan wields a barbed wire covered baseball bat named “Lucille.” Terrapin brewed a beer inspired by her and packaged it in a baseball shape bottle. This imperial stout is brewed with blackstrap molasses and vanilla and aged on all the wood used to make baseball bats which includes white ash, hickory, and maple. Don’t mistake the molasses as adding a lot of sweetness. Blackstrap imparts a bold and strong flavor. Super buttery and less sweet, it’s more like toffee. This is complimented well by the vanilla which adds an extra layer of smoothness. The malt bill is crazy. it features flaked oats, flaked barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and roast malt. Expect a huge roasted and nutty flavor profile. This would be a great dessert beer paired with something sweet and chocolatey. Despite the booze, it’s very easy to drink. Don’t underestimate Lucille, she’s pretty intense weighing in at a 9.4%. We’ve already seen what kind of damage “Lucille” can do to a head and the beer is no different.
Anderson Valley Brewing, Boonville CA
Briney Melon Gose ABV 4.2%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
The explosion of beers featuring sour and tart flavor profiles has translated well to breweries making beers people want to experiment with. Anderson Valley is a great resource for anyone trying to break into sours. This is one of many Goses they havebrewed and they’re all fantastic. A Gose is a German style wheat beer brewed with at least 50% malted wheat. They are typically low in ABV and have a lemony and salty taste to them. Most often brewers showcase fruit in Goses because the style is already so refreshing that the fruit pairs well with them. Britney Melon features watermelon as its fruit substitute. It is also brewed with sea salt, adding to that already salty flavor profile Goses tend to have. Despite the watermelon being the star ingredient, it doesn’t impart any kind of candied or artificial flavors some might expect from a watermelon beer. Remember this is a Gose and the tartness is going to dominate any fruit. The biggest takeaway from the watermelon is the aroma which holds a lot of lemon, pine, and melon. There’s also a bit of spice on the nose probably from the Bravo hops which are super earthy. The watermelon also makes this beer very refreshing. It has a big “thirst-quencher” characteristic making this beer great for the beach.
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa FL
Jai Alai IPA ABV 7.5%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
Cigar City’s most popular beer, Jai Alai is now at Taylor’s and we are so excited! Named after the game native to the Basque region of Spain, there was a huge Jai Alai community in Florida. It still exists in the Miami region but Tampa once housed a very busy Jai Alai fronton, the building where the game is played. The fronton closed in the late 90’s but Cigar City still takes pride in that aspect of their hometown’s culture. This beer, like all of their others, is inspired by Tampa life and community. It won gold in the Best Florida Beer Championship in 2010 and silver in the same championship in 2011. Featuring 6 hop varietals including Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade, Motueka, Centennial, and CTZ, there’s a lot of intense flavors and aromas going on in this beer. Right away you get a huge floral aroma laced with citrus fruit especially oranges. There’s a lot of citrus flavors as well and you get the tangerine and orange peel notes again. Despite the lighter body, this IPA has a nice maltiness to it. There’s a subtle caramel flavor dancing in the background of the fruit. It’s a richness that’s really refreshing and makes this IPA pair well with food especially anything hot and spicy!