We have had an amazing time here at the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference from our trip to Raleigh on Thursday touring several breweries, to Friday night’s insane event at Sierra Nevada, to Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium, giving the keynote address a little earlier today. All of that we will wrap up later on, but for now we are ready to engage in a little bit of live blogging. I know that things on this website aren’t really coming through ‘live’, but this was posted the second this event ended.
The North Carolina Brewers Guild brought a bunch of beer (shocker for this conference, right?) and conducted a ‘speed dating’ round robin beer tasting. So the following descriptions of beers we JUST finished tasting. Cheers!
1. Innovation Brewing (Silva, NC)
Beet and Basil Pale Ale
Super beet flavor with basil and hops balancing out the tartness. Amazing beet color.
Super dark malts, hops kick in towards the middle and ride it out.
2. Highland Brewing Company (Ashville, NC)
King MacAlpin Double IPA
Solid west coast, pine front and very hoppy.
3. Full Steam (Durham, NC)
Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale
Basil heavy nose and up front, finishes musty like a farmhouse.
4. Front Street Brewery (Wilmington, NC)
Absurdity Belgian IPA
Good balance between the two styles but finishes more Belgian. Very drinkable, but 9.1% ABV will end a night unexpectedly.
5. Duck-Rabbit (Farmville, NC)
Always amazing. Super chocolate and lactic flavor.
6. Big Boss (Raleigh, NC)
Hell’s Bells Belgian Style Ale
Very musty, Belgian yeast, spicy, fruity. Strong.
7. NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC)
Hop, Drop, and Roll IPA
Super pine and citrus flavor for a straight up IPA.
8. White Street Brewing (Raleigh, NC)
Super fun, clean, bready.
Decent malts. Caramel
Hops are nice, not super heavy.
9. Olde Mecklenburg Brewing (Mecklenburg, NC)
Copper Amber Ale
Bready caramel malts. Grows on you.
Capt Jack Pilsner
Sweeter malt, clean, bready. North German Pils. Breaking away from the norm.
10. Trophy Brewing (Raleigh, NC)
Trophy Wife American Pale Ale
Super citrus nose, citrus heavy nose with pine.
Salted Caramel Stout. Great use of salt up front, caramel pushes through end.
11. Lonerider (Raleigh, NC)
Tripel aged in oak barrels.
Red Spur Red Ale
Different red, but very enjoyable.
Sweet Josie Brown Ale
Super sweet caramel flavors. Always one of my favorites.
Best Traditional Beer: (tie) Trophy Wife American Pale Ale, Trophy Brewing (Raleigh, NC) & Kolsch, White Street Brewing Company (Raleigh, NC)
Best Unique Beer: (tie) Beet and Basil Ale, Innovation Brewing (Silva, NC) & Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale, Full Steam (Durham, NC)