Monday, August 24, 2009
I was recently out in Chicago to visit Mark and he sent me home with a couple of treats. Along with the 2 cases of Three Floyds (to be reviewed in an upcoming installment series). He introduced me to Founders brewing while I was there and I have to agree with him that this is one of the best breweries going. All there offerings are solid and Their Kentucky Breakfast Stout is something special whether you have it for breakfast or not. Mark sent me home with their double IPA. The Founders double IPA starts with a heady hop nose typical of the style. When you pour it there is just a thin head to let you know it’s carbonated and if you look closely it’s not cloudy but has sediment in suspension. It’s unique. It has a layered taste that’s also unique. It starts off tart, then malty in the middle to cut the tartness, and finishes long with a strong hops ending. It’s methodical in the way the flavors walk you through the taste from the opening hit of carbonation to the final hops finish. Like a tour guide at the art museum slowly moving you from room to room, pointing out each of the pieces and one or two special things to pick out. I’ve tasted many other Founders offerings and while this is good if I had access I think I would get some of their other offerings such as Breakfast stout, or Old Curmudgeon.
-Methodical sensibility that walks you through every flavor in the taste
-Hard to find in the Northwest and if I could find Founders I would get something else by them
-A great solid double IPA but not the favorite son of the Founders
We had friends over for a special beer tasting series and Josh brought over a special bottle that, coincidentally, Mark had also been raving about. So luckily I got to try it and post up a review. Brooklyn Brewing brings us a special brew made by and made for their union brethren. It’s know as Local 1 and it’s reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale but with a unique brown ale type of malty sweetness. Its bottle fermented so it’s cloudy with light carbonation but still effervescent. The head has big fluffy bubbles, more than you'd expect from bottle carbonation. The union definitely has quality control under control. It has a malty nose with hints of brandy. Just like back in the old days where everything was made right under one roof there’s no outsourcing of flavor or carbonation. It all happens in the bottle.
-Union Made and Union Approved all in one bottle.
-Bottle fermenting means you’ll have to wait until everyone is good and ready to finish before you can drink it. So it may take a little longer than a non-union beer before it’s ready to drink.
-American beer made for today’s working man