I have never been much of a beer drinker (a fact that led some to call into question my true German-ness). That changed this summer, as I finally succumbed to the unabashed enthusiasm of my friend Kristen Sykes, a self-admitted beer fanatic, BABES founder, and an occasional guest blogger for Wine Dine With Us, and had a palate-changing experience at the Hyper-Local Brewfest in June. The Brewfest was an unparalleled opportunity to sample the beers of dozens of local brewers in a range of styles and flavors, some outstanding, others not so much.
So as I have started to trade (some, not all) Pinot for pints, my favorite three of the fall have been:
Jack’s Abby Brewing Copper Legend (Octoberfest Lager) – Really well-rounded and easy drinking. A bit malty, a bit hoppy, a touch of sweetness, and a hint of bitterness.
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – I first tried this on tap at Sweet Cheeks Q and fell head over heels for it. Rich, vanilla, oak, smoke, and bourbon with a slightly sweet finish, this is just utterly delicious.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 – I love the nose on this beer. Made with a blend of hops from Germany, England, and the US, the aromas are floral and citrusy, complex and fresh.
Though I hate the dark, cold winter months, I am looking forward to trying what I discovered to be one of my favorite styles at the Brewfest: stout!