Featured Brews – Beer Club February 2017

Tommyknocker Brewery – Pick Axe IPA

tommyknocker-brewery-pick-axe-ipa-imageHave you ever tasted a beer and thought, “Now that’s a true American IPA?” If not, you haven’t tried Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery. With an ABV just over six percent and a flavor that confidently pronounces the presence of Summit, Bravo, Chinook, and Nugget hops, this is an American IPA that holds true to its roots. The foam bubbles up to the top of your glass and continues to linger in the form of lace as you sip your way to the bottom of the mug. The aroma bites of fruit and flowers with just a hint of caramel malts, and the flavor follows suit with tons
of bitter and just a smudge of sweet.

Tommyknocker Brewery – Maple Nut Brown

tommyknocker-brewery-maple-nut-brown-imageThe star ingredient in this American Brown Ale is high-quality maple syrup. It makes an appearance in the complex aroma and the double-hitting flavor, but it doesn’t make the beer overly sweet. The Brewers at Tommyknocker Brewery knew what they were doing when they combined this star ingredient with Willamette and Perle hops and a blend of Chocolate, Crystal 75, Pale, Crystal 150 and Munich malts. This creates an intense color that has a reddish tint
in the right lighting, so Maple Nut Brown looks just as good in a glass as it tastes on your tongue. If your favorite things start sweet and finish bitter, you’re going to adore this nutty brown ale.

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – Over-The-Rhine Ale

christian-moerlein-brewing-over-the-rhine-ale-imageWhen you have a bad day and contemplate spiking your juice at lunch, fill your glass with Over-the-Rhine Ale. This English Pale Ale pours into your glass a soft, crystal-clear amber and is quite juicy when it first hits your nose. This juice will touch your taste buds with a blend of apples, pears, and brown sugar, but the fruit gives way to grassy citrus as the Galena and Fuggle hops take control of the finish. What starts out sweet must always mellow out in the world of well-balanced craft beer.

 

Christian Moerlein Brewing Company – Friend of an Irishman

christian-moerlein-brewing-friend-of-an-irishman-imageWith an ABV of 4.5 percent and a simple recipe that calls for one variety of hops, this Irish Dry Stout is heavy on flavor and light on intoxication. Pour it into a mug or pint glass, and your mouth may water at the coffee-soaked aroma. It offers a promise of chocolate to come, and the flavor delivers just that. You may think that you’re drinking a crisp cup of roasted coffee at first, but every sip finishes with notes of bold chocolate. This flavor profile comes from the combination of Galena hops with 2-Row Pale, Roasted Barley, Chocolate and Wheat malts. Who doesn’t want to befriend an Irishman?

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