Monday is here, and it’s time to start another week. Pick of the Weekend is our weekly post where we recap our favorite brews of the weekend past…
We hope you had a festive Cinco de Mayo, and it wasn’t all Corona and American Light Lager-styles cervezas. Mexican craft beer is difficult to come by though, so at our fiesta we concentrated on craft lagers and lighter wheat beers. New Belgium’s 16oz cans of Shift were not well received, and the consensus was it tasted like a slightly hopper Coors. Not a glowing recommendation. The Maui Brewing Co Bikini Blonde helles was popular on the warm afternoon, and the slightly sweet maltiness makes it super refreshing. The other lager that was a hit was the Victory Prima Pils. We’ve talked about this beer before, and sitting on the patio at the Beer of Tomorrow HQ yesterday with the sun pouring down and the birds chirping we had a very nice beer moment with this crisp and spicy Pilsner.
While doing some research for the next in the “Mixing Beer” series we attempted to create a black and tan Stone Brewing’s Imperial Russian Stout and their Ruination double IPA. Unfortunately, the beers would not layer no matter what method of pour we employed. Thankfully the mixture was delicious so it was not a total loss!
The other big hit of the weekend was Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker double IPA. This beer is a big, bad, and bitter west coast-style imperial IPA that uses a huge amount (6lbs per barrel) of hops. The result is a true assault on your face, with pungent and dank hop-aroma and an oily body that coats your tongue. The lingering finish is potently bitter but never harsh. This beer can stand up against the best double IPAs out there, and if you are a west-coast IPA fan it is a definite must-try. Palate Wrecker is available in 22oz bombers and 12oz bottles, and we recommend the 12ers as a little of this beer goes a long ways!
What was your favorite brew from the weekend?