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Monday, July 26, 2010

Fullsteam launches at Tyler's Taproom, this Thursday!

For those familiar with this blog, you know that I've been following the progress of Durham's Fullsteam as they've worked to become North Carolina's newest brewery. If you haven't yet, check out my review of pre-production samples of Hogwash! and Sweet Potato Ale.

Since I know you've been patiently wondering when you can enjoy Fullsteam beers for yourself, you'll be excited to hear that the wait is finally over! Tyler's Taproom in Durham will be serving five Fullsteam beers at the launch party on Thursday.

On tap that night:
  • El Toro cream ale
  • Rocket Science IPA
  • Carver sweet potato beer
  • Summer basil farmhouse ale
  • Hogwash hickory-smoked porter
Festivities kick off at 6:00. I plan to attend. You should, too.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Orange Blossom Pilsner - OBP Squared

Bio 
This is a homebrew, all grown up. Orange Blossom Pilsner started in Tom Moench's garage in Orlando.OBP Squared is essentially the concentrated version, made with half as much water in the recipe, for a bolder, richer flavor. 

Both OBP2 and OBP are brewed under contract by Greenville, SC's Thomas Creek Brewery. Available in the Southeast... Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

11% ABV

Appearance 
Certainly a nice-looking brew. Jewel clarity and a warm, deep honey-amber color give it an attractive appearance. The viscosity seems to be on the thick side. A steady stream of small bubbles slowly rises to meet a foamy cream head.

Aroma 
The aroma is fairly simple. Sweet and malty with honey and golden raisins most prominent. It's also slightly floral.

Taste & Feel
Rich, sweet malt leads off, followed by a slightly citrus that, paired with a burst of carbonation, gives it a fresh, fizzy mouthfeel. The medium body is a bit spicy, with a warm, somewhat boozy finish.

Verdict
A bit heavy-hitting to be part of my regular rotation, but it has a good, rich flavor that seems to work even at colder temperatures. I'd recommend having one or two.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lancaster Brewing Co. - Strawberry Wheat

Bio 

A strawberry flavored wheat lager, part of Lancaster's year-round selection.

4.7% ABV

Appearance 
It has a clear, brassy color. Well-carbonated, large bubbles feed a thin cream head.

Aroma 
Surprisingly, it has a very faint fruit aroma.
 
Taste & Feel
This beer has a crisp flavor. Most noticeable is the light, bready malt followed by a tart strawberry flavor. It has a thin body, heavily carbonated mouthfeel and a tart finish.

Verdict
Not exceptional, but still a decent brew for a hot summer night. I'd give it a B-.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Lancaster Brewing Co. - Milk Stout

What better way to wind down a hot 4th of July weekend than with a thick, hearty stout? No, seriously. Typically, that might be a bit out of place, but tonight it's cooled off significantly from the 90-plus day we had and I'm sitting out on the deck with a fan going to keep the bugs down. That's cool enough for a stout in my book!

Bio
This is another BOTM surprise. I searched their website, but wasn't able to find out much about where the Lancaster, PA-brewed beer is available, beyond "the Mid-Atlantic region". I did learn that they've been around since 2001, after taking over a 6-year-old operation that was struggling to survive.


5.3% ABV

Appearance 
This beer is a thick, black color. It appears to have a light viscosity. The dense mocha head left a heavy coat as it thinned.

Aroma 
The strong roasted malt has a somewhat charred, woody smokiness to it. Dark, coffee aroma is secondary, with black cherries hidden deep in the aroma.

Taste & Feel 
A bit of a bite up front, loaded with a robust, roasted malt flavor. Beyond the initial bite, the body is exceptionally light and smooth. The soft, creamy mouthfeel and smoky flavor remind me of the melted marshmallow in s'mores. Well into the sip, it's still rather toasty, with some caramel and fruit sweetness starting to appear. The finish is soft and creamy, and leaves a dry, nutty aftertaste.

Verdict
A solid "A" beer. The body was light enough to enjoy on a cool summer evening, with a hearty flavor that will be reliable well into the depths of winter. 

Natty Greene's Brewing Co. - Smoky Mountain Porter

I guess I've been kind of a beer slacker lately, considering that this is one that I enjoyed a few weeks ago. We visited Natty Greene's Brewing Co. (the Raleigh location) and I took notes in my phone, where they've sat until today.

Bio
Pretty simple, this is a beech smoked robust porter.
5.8% ABV

Appearance
The Smoky Mountain Porter was an opaque brown-black color. It had a thin tan head, which quickly dissipated but a modest swirl brought it right back.

Aroma
The aroma was both simple and enjoyable. The malt had a smoky, chocolate character. A light sourness was detectable.

Taste & Feel
Full body, thick creamy mouthfeel. Rich, roasty malt flavor underlined with smooth chocolate notes. Very tingly carbonation... perhaps too much. Dry smoky finish. Lingering bittersweet chocolate taste.

Verdict
Aggressive carbonation, but otherwise a very good beer. I had it with the El Toro burger, which it complemented nicely.