Peace Pipe Porter (Worthy Brewing)

We’ve been fortunate to review Bend, Oregon’s own Worthy Brewing a number of times over the last few years, and have been uniformly impressed by their offerings. We received a few bottles of their Peace Pipe Porter and loved the fact that the beer was able to have a middle of the road ABV (5.4%) while packing every sip with a tremendously deep set of flavors. Continue reading “Peace Pipe Porter (Worthy Brewing)”

Backwoods Bastard (Founders, 2017)

Over the last few years, finding Backwoods Bastard has been a difficult feat to the point that the 2017 edition is the first time we’ve been able to procure a bottle. Backwoods Bastard is Founders’ Dirty Bastard (a Scotch ale) that has been placed into oak barrels for a year. The time spent in these barrels boosts the overall ABV from 8.5% to 11.2%. Backwoods Bastard pours with a rich, deep mahogany and leaves only a small amount of off-white head. Continue reading “Backwoods Bastard (Founders, 2017)”

City to Shore (Cape May Brewing Company)

One of the most memorable times that we have had on the road was when we visited Cape May, New Jersey. We did not know about Cape May Brewing Company at that point, but in the last few years we’ve had the chance to review the brewery’s Devil’s Reach to get another chance to experience the area. The brewery is able to build upon their already great reputation with their double India Pale Ale, City to Shore.  Continue reading “City to Shore (Cape May Brewing Company)”

Stir Crazy (Indeed)

Indeed has reformulated their winter ale Stir Crazy for 2017, and we were able to check out a can of it. The beer itself has a dark coloration and a fair amount of tannish head. From the initial sip, one will experience good amounts of toasted malts, a bit of sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness that is able to provide further depth for the beer. Stir Crazy is able to remain strong in its overall constellation of flavors well after the beer begins to warm to room temperatures. A hint of smokiness and wheat are able to peak through at points. Where a great many winter ales and porters have a single note that the effort continually hits imbibers over the head with, Stir Crazy has enough twists and turns to keep individuals interested from their first sip all the way out to their final pull from the bottle.  Continue reading “Stir Crazy (Indeed)”

Rye Saison (Libertine)

The overall constellation of Saisons is sufficiently broad that beyond a bit of wheat and hay, there is little indication precisely what one is going to get when they taste an offering from the style. The beer pours with a yellow to light brown color and a whitish head that speckles its way down a glass. One will have to pour the Rye Saison fairly slowly, as there is a tendency for the head to accumulate to a pretty considerable size. Continue reading “Rye Saison (Libertine)”

Haze County (Double IPA)

We have been fortunate to receive a few brews from Austin, TX’s Hops & Grain Brewery over the last few years. In fact, their Porter Culture is bar none a world-class porter and represents one of the reasons we’d drive the eight hours to Austin. The brewery has just released their Haze County, a double IPA that rivals in quality the aforementioned PC. The beer pours with a orange-brown color and possesses a fair amount of off-white head that laces itself down a glass. The titular quality ensures that the beer is a bit murky; the initial sip indicates that the flavors here are as clear and crisp. Continue reading “Haze County (Double IPA)”

Breakfast Stout (Founders)

The one drawback to a number of the high-octane stouts we receive in NeuFutur is how much the alcoholic bite shines through. Sometimes, you just want an easy drinking stout that still possesses a good punch. We were able to find one that masterfully matches a higher than average alcohol content with a smoothness and complexity that will have us coming back for more. Founders’ seasonally-offered Breakfast Stout fits the bill. The beer pours with a dark brown coloration and an off-white to tan head that is slow to dissipate. Continue reading “Breakfast Stout (Founders)”

Saison Au Genièvre (Left Hand)

Saison Au Genièvre, Left Hand Brewing’s current seasonal offering, is a smooth-drinking effort that possesses a tremendous amount of flavors. The beer pours with a yellow to gold coloration with a decent amount of fluffy white head that rapidly dissipates. There is little in the way of lacing here; the initial nose of Saison Au Genièvre has a good amount of yeast and a bit of booziness. The first time that one delves into the beer they will be greeted with hints of pears and apples and a bit of crackers. The sweetness does marvelously in keeping away the considerable dryness that is a part of the saison style. I feel that Left Hand’s latest saison is a tremendous shake up to a somewhat stale style. Continue reading “Saison Au Genièvre (Left Hand)”

Exile on Broad Street (Libertine)

Libertine has given their Biere de Garde a bit of time in brandy barrels, which gives the brew a bit of a bite that has a tendency to take one’s breath away. The beer pours with a light brown to dark tan coloration ad a fair amount of off-white head that is fairly slow to dissipate. The beer’s nose has hints of a farmhouse and hay funk, while the initial sip of Exile on Broad Street has an immediate sweetness from the peaches. The tart twang comes forth pretty immediately after that, which is a bit reminiscent of sweet tarts. There are enough twists and turns to Exile on Broad Street that become more and less prevalent as the beer continues to reach room temperature.  Continue reading “Exile on Broad Street (Libertine)”

Stopping by Flying Heart Brewery (Bossier, LA)

We just settled down in the Ark-La-Tex a few weeks ago, and have stopped by a few Bossier/Shreveport breweries. Flying Heart was particularly popping on the weekend, and we decided to settle in and try a few of their efforts. While they had just cashed their Milk Maid Stout, we had a chance to try our their porter, Barrel 52. Pouring with a dark brown to nearly-blackish coloration and little in the way of a head, Barrel 52 was formidable, full of flavor, and stood up to crazy hot temperatures like a champ. Barrel 52 possessed hints of chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of toasted malt; while there was a bit of sweetness to this brew, it was moderated nicely by the bit of bitterness present. By pegging Barrel 52 at a 7.4% ABV, Flying Heart has ensured that the beer has a bit more complex of a flavor profile than many of the 5-6% ABV porters we’ve had over the years. Continue reading “Stopping by Flying Heart Brewery (Bossier, LA)”