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.
Meet Andi Thurston, our Craft Beer Manager.
Andi loves craft beer and brings that love to Taylor’s Wine Shop to share with you! Every week Andi will be featuring new arrivals, special release brews, along with her favorite craft beers, so make sure to visit often and see whats brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner. Every month, Andi will also be featuring a specific craft beer, brewery or type every month and mark these items on sale all month. To make sure you get the best experience, she will also feature a brewery every month and host a free beer tasting to give you the opportunity to taste great new beers and meet the local breweries too! Make sure you say hello to Andi next time you visit us!
Cool Off with July’s Craft Beer Sale!
Now through July 31st, all Craft IPA’s will be an Additional 20% Off!
JULY IS ALL ABOUT HOPS AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP!
The craft beer industry is saturated with hops! The most popular and representative style in American craft beer, the India Pale Ale is something that keeps craft drinkers coming back for more. Most breweries in the US offer at least one year round IPA. There are even breweries so dedicated to the style that they offer a variety of IPAs suited for every beer drinker. It’s important to note that while IPAs are known for their fruity and floral flavor profile as well as their biting bitterness, not all IPAs are like this! IPAs are much more versatile than a lot of beer lovers think! There’s truly an IPA for everyone.
IPAs derive their versatility from the core ingredient used in making them… hops! Hops are the flower that impart flavoring and aroma to an IPA. Because many hop varieties have bittering properties, they are used to balance out malt sweetness in other beers as well. Hops also have microbial and preservative properties which is one of the reasons why the style exists today. In the 1700s, Britain was exporting beer to different parts of the world to accommodate troops, emigrants, and anyone else with ties to the British Empire. A common place that the British exported beer to was India which meant the beer had to travel about six months. This meant the pale ales that were being shipped were at risk of spoiling on the trip or shortly after arriving to India. And beer could not be brewed in India because of the hot climate. A way to combat these issues was to add even more of those naturally preservative hops to their pale ales to ensure they would last the long voyage and stay fresher for longer!
Despite the IPA having “India” in its name, at the time the style was brewed exclusively in Britain. The IPA has since gained recognition in other parts of the world particularly in the United States. The style is always changing but for the most part an IPA can be fit into four major categories: English, American, Imperial, and Session.
Here is what’s brewing in Andi’s Beer Corner this week at Taylor’s.
This is the last week you have to take an extra 20% off IPAs! Stock up for the upcoming weekend! You can view our full list of IPAs on our Untappd page as well as Facebook. This menu is a live update of our craft inventory so check back often for new arrivals! Here are a couple new and limited IPAs you definitely don’t want to miss:
Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego CA
Unfiltered Sculpin IPA ABV 7%
Available in 6 pack bottles $16.99
Another version of Ballast Point’s award winning Sculpin is now available at Taylor’s! Following the “haze craze,” this version of Sculpin is a style often called the “New England IPA” due to its area of origin. Many people think this is a new trend, but cloudy IPAs have been created by breweries for a long time now, especially ones up north. Other brewers are experimenting with the style leading it to spread to other parts of the country. The biggest difference between this and a traditional IPA is the filtering of extra proteins and oils produced in the brewing process. This filtering extends an IPA’s shelf life and gives it that clear appearance. IPAs that are unfiltered or “hazy” have a thicker mouthfeel and can sometimes be a little creamy. They also showcase hops even more by giving off more aromas and providing bigger flavors than a traditional style. Unfiltered Sculpin is much juicier than the original and still maintains those west coast IPA characteristics. Expect a lot of fruit-forward aroma: citrus (especially lemon), mango, and peach. The flavor profile is dominated by juicy hops and leaves no bitterness. A delicious juice bomb of an IPA.
Lonerider Brewing, Raleigh NC
Magnificent 77 IPA ABV 7.77%
Available in 4 pack cans $13.99
Lonerider breaks a beer record with their creation of Magnificent 77. Although Lonerider has released this beer in the past, each year’s version is new and fresh. The accessibility of hops and availability of resources changes and with that many hop varieties, Lonerider has had to rework the formula in the past. Despite the change to the exact varieties, each batch is brewed with 77 different varieties producing a flavor profile never before experienced in an IPA. These hops from this year’s version are from 7 countries including UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovenia. If you have a hard time wrapping your head around all of those hops, you can trust that Lonerider selected each variety to complement each other and deliver a pleasant experience to your palate. This beer is really dynamic so it should be experienced in a glass. Tropical aromas of citrus and sweet fruit fill the nose. The aroma is fresh and clean, dominated by hops. The taste maintains the fruity profile backed by a sweet caramel malt bill to support the hop intensity. Floral, piney, earthy, spicy flavors interact with that tropical
fruit to create a complex and surprisingly drinkable IPA.
July is all about the hops at Taylor’s Wine Shop! We’re taking an additional 20% off all IPA’s through July 31st!
British/English Style IPA
British/English style IPAs are light and smooth. Hops are of the earthy and floral variety while imparting bitterness. Despite this, they have a balanced character that is perfect for someone who doesn’t like a very hop forward beer. A good example of this style currently in stock: Railhouse Brewery, Aberdeen NC : FCA IPA ABV 7.5% available in 6 pack bottles $10.99
American Style IPA
American style IPAs are much more hop forward with a more pronounced bitterness in the finish. Hops are of the tropical and piney variety. Although not as balanced and easy to drink as an English style IPA, hops are intense leading to really complex and innovative big beer. A good example of this style currently in stock: New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins CO : Citradelic Tangerine IPA ABV 6% available in 6 pack bottles $11.99
Imperial IPAs are another variation of the American IPA through their origin and popularity. Taking inspiration from the Russian Imperial Stout, the Imperial IPA is bigger, better, and much more intense that a standard IPA. Malts are higher to balance the high level of hops that are used. Bitterness is very high as well as the ABV. Basally, IPA squared. A good example of this style currently in stock: Destihl Brewery, Normal IL : DeadHead Imperial Red IPA ABV 9.4% available in 500mL bottle $5.99
Session IPAs are 5% or lower in ABV (so you can drink more than one in a single “session”) and have a much more balanced character than a standard American IPA. Hops are still dominant but this style is meant to be easy to drink. A good example of this style currently in stock: Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard NC : Pinner Session IPA ABV 4.9% available in 6 pack cans $10.99
LAST WEEK IN ANDI’S BEER CORNER
Southern Pines Brewing, Southern Pines NC
Texas Rig Imperial IPA ABV 8.5%
Available in 4 pack cans $15.99
Expect aromas of tropical fruit and citrus combined with an earthy spice that entices you to take a sip. Texas Rig goes down smooth and will quench your thirst. With its big and bold juicy flavor and aroma, this is a perfect Summer beer.
Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg MI
Quinannan Falls Special Lager ABV 6.3%
Available in 6 pack cans $12.99
Q Falls is a lager that thinks and acts like an IPA. The lager is dry hopped with Simcoe hops producing big bold aromas of earth and pine that would probably be pretty similar to the forests surrounding Q Falls. The hops are balanced with sweet honey malts you can expect from a traditional lager.
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego CA
IPA ABV 7.25%
Available in 6 pack cans $15.99
It’s a great example of a true west coast IPA featuring a variety of American hops that give off piney and citrus aromas. Nice sweet malts linger in the background of the nose. The flavor is big tropical hops. Tons of grapefruit and tons of resin giving this IPA a medium body. The finish is bitter and resiny and lingers on the tongue.
Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada MI
Flannel Mouth Cider ABV 6.5%
Available in 6 pack cans $11.99
Big aromas of honey and sweet apple fill the nose and those aromas are translated into the taste very well. Tart apple skins, vanilla, and honey dominate the taste profile. Although it’s on the sweeter end, the sugars are naturally pulled from those apples so you don’t taste any extra sugar or back sweetener. Very much a clean and crisp cider with a nice dry finish.
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