If you we not able to follow our Memorial Day tour Virginia Beer & Breweries, let the next series of reviews (and we have a bunch) be your guide to the summer beer & new releases of the season. We were able to get to Norfolk and Richmond for a two day excursion of 9 different stops, each with their own unique beer and story. This stop found us in….Harbor Park?!? Beer and sports go together like bribes and FIFA, but you tend to find a large amount of brewery/sports team collaborations centered around baseball. When we saw the outfield banner that O’Connor Brewing did a special beer in conjunction with the Norfolk Tides, VBR was there to review it.
Walk-Off Kolsch, O’Connor Brewing Co. (Norfolk, VA)
Kolsch, ABV: 5%
Presentation: Tap pour into plastic cup. This is a baseball game folks.
Appearance: Medium dark to golden yellow. Decent amount of white head that sat for a minute.
Aroma: Bready, grassy, faint hops and light fruit.
Taste: Clean and earthy grass in the front, slightly sweet bread middle through end, finishes bread with slight lemongrass.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: About as clean and crisp as a kolsch should be. ABV is right on for the style and the bread/lemongrass hides most of it well without coming off sharp. IBU was not disclosed but a number around 15-20 for balance would not surprise us.
Overall: This is was a very straight forward Kolsch and it is perfect for this venue. As the summer starts to heat up and people are at outside events more, it really limits your range of beer options. This beer is perfect for the May-September baseball time frame, especially in Virginia, which usually carries the heat and humidity straight through to late fall. And on a cooler evening in May, it was an excellent choice with baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us. Walt Whitman. You can look it up.