In addition to a Superbowl Sunday filled with craft beer, this weekend also saw the third edition of Kiwi Beer Night and a parade of superlative craft beers from across the planet.
We’ll be posting more details about the beers of Kiwi Beer Night III, and the field of beers was as tasty as we’ve come to expect from the creative New Zealand brewers. Our favorite of the night was probably the black IPA collaboration from The Yeastie Boys (who never fail to deliver a memorable brew) and Liberty Brewing.
Yakima Raven has the big hop flavor that you expect in a black IPA but the roasted malt character really shines through giving the beer a great balance. The beer’s finish is especially enjoyable as distinct coffee notes penetrate the resinous hop bite. Fantastically flavorful and unexpectedly drinkable, it’s a shame we may never seen another bottle of this!
After all of the Kiwi beers were drained we turned to a few oddities brewed closer to home, and my favorite was Epic Brewing’s Brainless on Cherries. This strong golden ale aged in oak barrels with sour cherries pours a light ruby and fills the room with a spicy and tart aroma. The beer is tart without the bracing sourness of a kriek, and the cherry flavor is prominent but not overwhelming. Layers of flavors and scents mingle in the glass and hide the near-12%ABV almost too well. Just enough solvent bite lingers on the tongue to remind you to take it slow with this beer.
Sunday’s big game was filled with the session-y beers one would expect, but we still managed to pour the crowd-favorite Logsdon Seizoen Bretta. This fruity and funky farmhouse ale is quickly becoming my favorite brett-focused beer, and everyone I’ve poured it for has fallen in love. Once you try this beer, its earthy and funky twang takes root in the wrinkles of your brain, and you’ll soon be craving another glass.
What beer was the big hit at your Superbowl party?