We’re right in the middle of American Craft Beer Week, so we thought we’d bring you something special. After all, what’s the point of having an entire week dedicated to showcasing the efforts of our hard-working micro brewers without highlighting some of their best product?
Pint Night promotions have always been a terrific way of giving our guests an incentive to try a brewery they might have otherwise overlooked. Buy any one offering from the featured brewery and get a free pint glass from that company. All of your re-fills from that same brewery are $1.00 off for the rest of your visit. Tonight is Left Hand Brewing Company and Friday is Rivertown Brewing Company with all three Hopjacks locations participating.
I’ve invited our good friend Gary Yetter from Gary’s Home Brew Supply to stop by Hopjacks Filling Station this Saturday evening to give a demonstration on making beer at home. What better way of truly understanding beer’s complexities and nuances than learning how to create it one’s self? Once that Pandora’s Box has been opened, it’s tough to force that lid shut again. And if the bug bites you, Gary has everything in his shop to facilitate your new passion. He’ll be offering samples of his own beer, as well.
Sunday will be focusing on American breweries that do Belgian style beer. The main feature this day is the third release from Brewery Ommegang for the HBO series Game of Thrones. Now, I’ve only ever seen, like, two full episodes of this show. Check my nerd cred at the door, right? However, I do have a grasp on the plot and see the immediate appeal of George RR Martin’s highly-popular creation. A severe lack of clothing, hyper violence, infighting, deceit and fire-breathing reptiles… It’s like the Real Housewives meets Dungeons and Dragons. Heavy allegory on the dragons.
This version of Game of Thrones is called Fire and Blood. Inspired by the show’s dragons being born of fire, this red ale lays down a foundation of spice as its base. Flaked rye adds to the spice profile while spelt provides a sweet and nutty balance. Columbus hops impart resiny citrus and big bitterness, Tettnang keeps pushing the spice with a cinnamon hint and Styrian Golding is there for an earthy note. Ancho chili is de-seeded and added to the mix for an underlying fruity heat.
Fire and Blood possesses a nice clear-crimson hue with a vigorous rocky head and excellent lacing. Belgian yeast scents of fruity esters and a slight funk mingle with a little raw bread, clove, coriander and citrus. The chili presence is subtle with a savory, peppery flavor coming in from the rye. Complex and balanced, we find equal parts cherry, lemon zest, caramel and vanilla.
Pint Nights, brewing demonstrations, specialty ale… We’ve got a little something for everyone this week!