This is not a subtle fruit beer. It is all blood orange up front. 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die Blood Orange IPA doesn’t have a vaguely citrus flavor. It is distinctly blood orange. The huge blood orange flavor is blended expertly with the bitter citrus hops. More and more I’m of the opinion that if you’re adding fruit to your beer you should go big, and this beer just confirms that. 21st Amendment just released this new IPA and it’s worth seeking out this unique brew.
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Anthony is from Boise, Idaho and is @Palefin_Brews on Instagram. He posts great photos of amazing beers from all over the country, and occasionally his adorable dogs Doc and Bowser. Anthony was kind enough to answer a few of our questions about himself and his instagram account.
What’s the coolest thing to happen to you because of your Instagram account?
I got to meet @Barleythebrewpup!
What was your first beer?
Keystone Light [☹]
What are your top 3 favorite breweries?
Have you met a celebrity?
I met Bill Nye the Science guy at a Seattle parade when I was 12
What’s your favorite beer label?
PsuedoSue from Toppling Goliath
What job would you like in the craft beer industry?
Social Media and Marketing manager for a local craft beer bottle shop.
A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true. – Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder, The Lost Abbey
Maui Brewing contributed the locally raised lemongrass. The lemongrass is prevalent in the aroma, but is more subtle in the flavor. It’s a bit overwhelmed by the clove and other Belgian Style Saison spice flavors. The lemongrass sneaks back in on the finish. These two fantastic breweries did a good job on this unique collaboration that plays to both of their strengths.
Style: Saison, brewed with locally raised lemongrass
Packaging: 6-pack 12 oz cans, Draft
I appreciate the endless innovation of craft beer. Craft brewers continuously test boundaries and bend rules, coming up with new versions of classic styles all the time. If there’s one area where this has gotten a bit out of hand though, it’s IPA. As of this week there are approximately 63,000 IPA styles. It’s a world gone mad when classic West Coast IPAs like Stone IPA are overlooked, and English IPAs are considered malt bombs. 21st Amendment‘s Blah Blah Blah IPA is a reaction to this trend. It hearkens back to classic west coast double IPAs, and it does a damn good job of it.
Blah Blah Blah IPA pours a deep gold with a thin white head. Citrus hops dominate the aroma, with some tropical fruit. The flavor also has lots of citrus hops, with a piney finish. It has enough clean malt flavor for a bit of balance. It is very smooth drinking for a double IPA, giving little hint that it weighs in at 8% ABV.
The joking continues on the label with the overly precise 63.3015 IBU measurement and a nonsensical .0528 “Wetness Factor.” IPAs have fueled the growth of craft beer the past couple decades. To try to destinguish themselves breweries have started throwing some crazy stuff into their hoppy brews. You won’t find any fruit, vegetables, or black malts in Blah Blah Blah IPA. You will find a flavorful beer and a dose of tongue in cheek humor. I enjoy the humor and I could drink this great IPA any time!
Aaron Inkrott is a brewer for Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston, Texas. He told us a little about his path to professional brewing, why you should use a funnel, and which Houston breweries you should check out.
What’s special about your brewery?
Not only are we passionate about making a consistent, high quality product, but equally so giving back to our community who’s supported us for so long. Developing community through craft beer.
How did you get started brewing professionally?
Volunteering at breweries while obsessively home brewing.
I recently tried Saint Arnold’s Boiler Room. Did you make that? How did you make it so awesome?
That was developed by our Operations Manager, Stephen Rawlings. It was his baby, I just helped raise it and help grow the bacteria that makes it so delicious.
What is your favorite part of the brew day?
Too many to count! But working with fellow brewers who are just as passionate as I is very fulfilling.
What was the biggest mess you’ve made making a beer?
Trying to fill barrels with fruit puree without a funnel. We use a funnel now.
What’s your favorite beer festival?
Oktoberfest in Munich
Have you shared, or are you willing to share, a homebrew clone recipe for any of your beers?
Willing to share.
What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve added to a beer?
Probably cascara…the fruit around a coffee bean.
What was your happiest moment as a brewer?
Seeing BB12 released after 21 months of barrel aging, and how much everyone enjoyed it.
Who do you admire in the brewing industry?
So many…Brock Wagner, Vinnie Cilurzo, Tomme Arthur, Jason Perkins, Dan Carey, John Palmer. I could go on.
What breweries should I check out if I visit Houston?
Other than us, check out Eureka Heights, Brash, 8th Wonder, Southern Star, Galveston Island.
What beer should be served at your funeral?
Orval and Five O’Clock Pils
Snow Pilot is the first beer I’ve tried from Stevens Point Brewery. This Wisconsin brewery has an extensive lineup, but they don’t make it out to California very often. So far I’m impressed, and I look forward to trying more of their brews.
Snow Pilot is a straight forward brown ale with a nutty twist. This new winter seasonal is an English-style mild brown ale with crushed pistachios added. Snow Pilot pours a ruby brown with a small off-white head. It didn’t retain much head as I drank it, possibly due to some pistachio oil. The aroma has a nutty maltiness.
The first thing I noticed when tasting Snow Pilot was caramel maltiness, reminiscent of classic brown ales like Newcastle or Samuel Smith. That gives way to a unique pistachio nuttiness. It has much more pistachio nut flavor than the nose implied. The nuts give it a bit of sweetness, almost like an almond roca. There are hints of raisin which compliment the pistachio flavor.
Snow Pilot is a perfect beer for a fall evening. It’s a classic brown ale with the unique addition of pistachio. I haven’t had pistachio in a beer before. It works well here. Snow Pilot’s pistachio flavor is not subtle, but it enhances the brown ale characteristics rather than overpowering them.
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