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We hope you all celebrated Father’s Day with your family–safely and with plenty of beer, of course. We celebrated with our respective fathers from afar but made sure to share some great beer with pops.
In other news, tickets are live for our virtual craft beer festival with Oozlefinch Beers & Blending! FML Fest 2020 is going on August 15th and attendees will experience a full day of virtual events. Plus, we will be shipping an exclusive VIP Beer Box, with eighteen 16 oz. cans from some of the best breweries in the country, straight to your door. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot before tickets close on July 1st.
As we’ve been planning for the fest, we’ve enjoyed some delicious beer here at Hop Culture. Below you’ll find the best beer we enjoyed from June 15th through the 22nd.
Many of the breweries below are shipping beer–both locally and nationally. Check TapRm or Drizly to see if they’re providing local delivery and check out one of our favorite delivery services – Tavour – to see if their beer is available nationally.
Homage Brewing — Pomona, CA
Unblended Wild Ale — This was really something special. Je M’appelle from Homage Brewing is simple in concept—a single barrel, unblended Wild Ale. But, in practice, it’s beautifully complex with an earthiness, citrus tartness, and elegant funky flavors. It achieves exactly what founder Lauren and Matt Garcia hope to achieve in their beers: restrained acidity couple with an evocative flavor profile. This 2017 edition has held up delightfully and is easily the best beer we’ve had this year.
Rhythm Brewing Co. — New Haven, CT
Lager — New Haven, Connecticut’s Rhythm Brewing Co. succeeds at crafting the ideal the weekend beverage. Unfiltered Lager, as its name suggests, is a cool, crisp, unfiltered lager. It’s an unfussy, delicious, summertime cookout-worthy beer. Pair it with some burgers fresh off the grill for the ultimate warm weather vibes.
Tree House Brewing Co. — Charlton, MA
New England IPA — It’s always a treat when we get to enjoy the offerings from Tree House Brewing Co., the unimpeachable kings of hazy IPAs. Though The Alchemist may have birthed what has become known as the New England IPA, Tree House proved experts in turbidity. Alter Ego starts as Tree House’s stalwart Julius but receives an additional hopping of Mosaic and Amarillo. As a result, the freshly-squeezed orange juice flavors are ramped up with a bit of hop spice heat and some gentle bitterness cutting through. It’s a delicious beer and a friendly reminder that Tree House is still doing what it does best.
The Future Is Full of Parties
Outer Range Brewing Co. — Frisco, CO
New England IPA — As we mentioned last week, Outer Range is one of the many breweries that popped up over the last few years giving more established breweries (like Tree House) a run for their money in the hazy IPA game. The Future Is Full of Parties is an example of what Outer Range is capable of. Bursting with big fruit juice flavors–owing to a generous hop bill of Nelson, Strata, and Galaxy–this beer does not hold back. It delivers explosive goodness with each sip.
Red Clover Brewing Co. — Brandon, VT
New England IPA — On the flip side, Red Clover brings some restraint into the mix. Red Clover nails the new-school hazy IPA in the best way. Balanced, reserved, yet still juicy, American Redstart proves that the Brandon, VT brewery is at the top of its game. Assisted by a gorgeous can design, this beer is the full package.
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