Last night I found myself looking at three breweries, musing about which category and blogpost they might fit in. Then I realized, wait! these beers and breweries make their own post! They stand apart, whether it is by geography or originality, and it is with great pleasure I bring them to you....
BEER & BREWERY #91
Maui CoConut Porter, 5.7% ABV: Mmm! It sounds delicious and it is. I am a certified coconut fanatic. Coconut cake and pie, on my acai bowls, in peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwiches, you name it, I want it. I've been looking forward to trying this beer for awhile, but somehow it always evaded me. So I made it one of my missions to taste it at GABF, and I tell you I wasn't disappointed. EXACTLY what you would think and hope it to be. Sweet vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, and chocolate on the nose and palate. Smooth, rounded, rich, and luscious. Admittedly, I couldn't drink alot of this beer, but it was definitely a taste sensation and a pleasure to drink.
Another member of the Craft beer in a can movement, Maui makes four popular brews, including their Bikini Blonde Lager, Mana Wheat, and the Big Swell IPA. Began in 2005, the brewery was founded by Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley. By 2009, they doubled in production and opened a tasting room and retail store. Bravo to these guys, who lead the charge along with Oskar Blues to bring canned beer to new heights!
BEER & BREWERY #90
Uinta Brewing Labryinyth Black Ale, 13.2% ABV: Oooh. I really like this one! Lots of licorice, oak, and chocolate. Tons of burnt caramel, charred wood, dark, bitter chocolate. This beer is NOT kidding around. I stood there wishing I could take this back to San Diego for a beer tasting. This is one I definitely want to drink again. I just better make sure there is a couch nearby, with that ABV. Fantastic label.
Located in the heart of Mormon country, Uinta is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 1993, Uinta They also produce a line entitles Four+ beers, where the finest of four main ingredients are used: hops, water, yeast, and barley. With their eyecatching and sharply designed labels, look for these beers in your market before long. I really enjoyed the clean and balanced Wyld Organic Extra Pale Ale at GABF.
BEER & BREWERY #89
Grand Teton Lost Continent Double IPA, 8% ABV: I originally was going to review their award-winning Sweetgrass Pale Ale, which was a pleasant and easy-drinking beer. But when I tasted this one after, I knew this was the winner in their GABF lineup. Wonderful piney resin and citrus on the nose, this beer just has hoppiness bouncing all around the room. I love to just stick my nose in beers like this and sniff away. It makes me happy. Heavily hopped in the kettle, then dry-hopped during conditioning, this brew shows a variety of qualities, which gives the beer nice complexity. Would love to drink this beer again someday!
Originally the Otto Brothers' Brewing Company, Grand Teton was founded in 1988 by Charlie and Ernie Otto. Started in Wyoming, the brothers brought back the growler in 1989, rallied and formed a grassroots organization for beer distribution in the state, and by 1998, opened a new brewery in Idaho. With a lineup of 9 beers and 4 sodas, Grand Teton makes the beer lovers of Idaho quite content.
Until next time,
Don't be afraid to find breweries that stand apart from the crowd. You might just find your new favorite. And always drink Craft beer!