Catawba Brewing Co
Peach Grisette Ale
Peach season in Georgia is here in full force with this brew! The peach flavor is very light, not overpowering and makes this beer very session-able. It is brewed with flaked wheat, which after a quick google search showed me that brewing with flaked wheat makes it a softer, crisper flavor. This beer is a Grisette, which is a lower ABV, saison-like, wheat beer. It does a great job of capturing the fresh, juicy peach flavor without being too sweet and is perfect for summer in the South!
Terrapin Beer Company
4.5% ABV | 7 IBU | 2.3 SRM
Label descriptors: Coriander, grapefruit peel, sea salt
When I sat down to start this beer review I scoured the label for information and this is, admittedly, my first time seeing SRM on a label. I actually had no idea what it was. We’re all about learning here at Bitch Beer HQ so I thought I’d pass that info along to you! According to BrewWiki, SRM stands for Standard Reference Method “the color system used by brewers to specify finished beer and malt color” and breaks down like this:
1.0 – 3.0 SRM – Pale yellow color
3.0 – 4.5 SRM – Medium yellow
4.5 – 7.5 SRM – Gold
7.5 – 9.0 SRM – Amber
9.0 – 11.0 SRM – Copper
11.0 – 14.0 SRM – Red/Brown
14.0 – 19.0 SRM – Brown
20.0 SRM – Black
So according to this list, Good to Gose sits right in the middle of that pale yellow descriptor. Now on to the beer review!
In the age of trying to make the most sour beer on the market, this is delightfully simple. Ben and I always try every new brew Terrapin puts out and when this hit the shelves, we had to throw it in our cart. I have been on a sour kick lately which couldn’t be further away from my usual hopcentric go-tos. My first of the six pack was enjoyed in a Reformation koozie under the unrelenting Georgia sun installing a new battery into my car (okay, so Ben installed it but I’m an excellent observer). Before I knew it, the can was empty! It really does go down that smooth. The tart hits you right at the front with a hint of salt then gives way as the flavor of grapefruit peel lingers. I agree with the can description, it does distinctly taste like the peel rather than the flesh of the grapefruit due to a slight bitterness. However, I don’t actually taste much coriander but that’s okay with me. If you haven’t found a gose that’s brought you aboard the sour beer train I suggest giving this a shot. The tartness is just that, tart, and brief, in and out. Add a koozie and some sunshine and you’ve got yourself a nice afternoon. (I didn’t include the battery repair, I wouldn’t do that to you.) Cheers! -Ashley
Monday Night Brewing
Dry Irish Stout
At first I though I was crazy for craving a stout in the middle of the summer, but it has been raining like crazy for a while and when I saw it in the fridge, I had to open this baby up. Monday Night Brewing partnered with Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters for this brew as their take on a classic coffee stout. The coffee taste is very prominent yet not overpowering. I was even catching hints of vanilla, chocolate and possibly hazelnuts? I couldn’t quite place it. This was delicious and I definitely finished the entire glass. This is a perfect end of a rainy day beer to enjoy while watching those crazy Real housewives.
WAFFLE CONES FOREVER! WAFFLE FANS RISE UP! But seriously we all thought Ash was crazy when she said she tasted waffle cones until about 5 minutes later when I exhaled deeply in the middle of a conversation and immediately screamed like a 12 year old when I actually tasted the waffle cones! This Hefeweizen is light, crisp, refreshing, great for year- round type of brew. It has a light, gold color, slightly hazy, gorgeous cloud-like head when poured, The addition of Sorachi Ace hops and real lemongrass adds a citrus zest and tartness that makes this beer perfect for summer.
5.3% ABV / 27 IBU
The can shares that this beer is inspired by one of their founders. As the can also boasts, this is very fall in flavor, pecan on the nose and front with a smoky, mild-malty finish while not being too sweet. I agree that this is definitely an autumn brew but could also be great around a bonfire this summer.
“An easy drinking, year round brew that’s light in body and crisp in finish.” This is the copy that I’m presented with on the back side of the can. I’ll be upfront, I’ve never had a kölsch that I liked. I know this is just a preference thing, but I really haven’t. That is until today. Call me crazy, but I get a POPS cereal flavor from this at the finish that I love. It’s smooth, slightly creamy, and very refreshing.
I’ve had it so many times before, but I’ll still talk about it because if you love wheat beer and haven’t tried it, you will love it. This beer is perfect for Blue Moon drinkers, but with an added zest of lemongrass and a hint of ginger. It is the ultimate patio drinking beer and goes amazingly with Thai food (go figure) I am addicted to Green curry and I have to make sure my Thai wheat is in the fridge before I order my curry. It’s easy drinking, not too filling and it tastes like heaven!
Oh wow, this was surprising! This is a Belgian and it has a gorgeous deep, almost amber color. The first sip was divine! It tasted like a fresh baked tart with hints of dark fruits. Weird right? But beer is culinary and everyone will get different tastes sometimes. I was even getting hint of coconut and spices, like cloves and other yummy baking spices. I can see this going really well with dessert, like a piece of Pecan Pie, I’m sure it will go great with other food, but this was my first thought. This was a great brew, I will definitely try this again.
Earl Grey Sour Ale
Whhhoooooo-eeeee nice and sour! This beer was brewed as a collaboration with Three Taverns and The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points, ATL. It is a true sour that has flavors of earl grey tea, lavender and citrus. The first sip was pretty tart, but a few sips in I loved it more and more. I didn’t realize this was a collaboration with Porter Beer bar, I LOVE that place! The Porter Beer Bar is perfect if you want to try new, local beers. They also have a great food menu with beer pairings! Yum! Definitely give Lord Grey a try, it’s a great summer/ patio beer.