What a better way to celebrate the first day of Summer but a beer tasting at Wine World
What a better way to celebrate the first day of Summer but a beer tasting at Wine World

W hat a great way to celebrate the first day of summer: a beer tasting at Wine World. Summer started at 1:04AM and this tasting started at 5pm.

One of the most commented brews was the Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider . This hard cider is way different. I could imagine this as a warm cider drink at Christmas. I think the whiskey cask aging really makes this an interesting hard cider.

I really liked the Reissdorf Koelsch because it wasn’t as sour as many of the American versions of Koelsch. To me the American versions are like sweet and sour chinese food. Tastes that can either balance out or fight each other. I think this brew has nice spicy flavors without being too sour.

The Wolters Pils is also a nice simple beer. Not pretentious. To call it an European Bud would be an insult.

I also liked the La Trappe Isid’or because this isn’t an in-your-face Trappist ale. I think brother Isidorus would be proud.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Friday, June 21, 2013, 5-8pm
Cost: $5 per person. $2 rebate with the purchase of 6 bottles of the featured brews.

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Here are the brews presented (click to see more):

  1. Wolters Pils
  2. Reissdorf Koelsch
  3. Saison DuPont Farmhouse Ale
  4. La Trappe Isid’or
  5. Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider
  6. Schneider Aventinus Weiszenstarkbier
  7. Butte Creek IPA
  8. St. Peter’s IPA
  9. San Miguel Negra
  10. St. Peter’s Old Style Porter

Here are the detailed brew notes:
Wolters Pils
Hofbrauhaus Wolters is a 380 year old brewery based out of Brunswick Germany, in Lowery Saxony. Following the German Purity Laws of 1516, Wolters produces six differnt brews including their Schwarzer Herzog and Prinzen Sud. Their beers are all natural and made with only the finest hops, barley malt, and yeast. Iron Horse Beverage is proud to introduce Wolters Pilsener Premium to the area and show consumers how a true German Pilsener tastes. Wolters’ distinctive Pilsener, with well balanced bitterness, is brewed with only four ingredients: water, barley malt, yeast, and select hops. Gold in color, fresh and very digestible.–From their Website
From: Germany
Brewery: Hofbrauhaus Wolters

Reissdorf Koelsch
REISSDORF KÖLSCH is the beer speciality from Cologne with a tradition starting 1894. A Kölsch with a pleasant, full-bodied, and uniquely light and sweet taste in premium quality, that is brewed for the adepts who prefer something special.–From their Website
From: Germany
Brewery: Reissdorf

Saison DuPont Farmhouse Ale
Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned. Brewed at one of Europe’s last farmhouse breweries, in Hainaut province, Saison Dupont is a 4-star, world classic example of the Belgian Saisons style. This increasingly rare specialty originated before the age of refrigeration as a beer to be brewed in winter for summer drinking. The style required a beer sturdy enough to age in the bottle but refreshing enough to be enjoyed in warm weather. Saison Dupont fits this description perfectly, it has a big, fruity bouquet, and dense head. The taste starts fruity but ends dry and very clean with a light, refreshing body.
From: Belgium
Brewery: Brasserie Dupont

La Trappe Isid’or
Named after brother Isidorus, Koningshoeven Abbey’s first brewer. Brewed to mark the occasion of the Trappist brewery’s 125th anniversary in 2009, Isid’or was so well received that it earned itself a permanent place in La Trappe’s line-up. Unfiltered, slightly sweet amber beer with caramel nuts, which continues to ferment after bottling and has a rich, slightly bitter flavour, and a fruity aftertaste.
Characteristics: Unfiltered, top-fermenting Trappist beer with symbolic value.
Alcohol content of 7.5%.–From their Website
From: Netherlands
Brewery: De Koningshoeven

Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider
Cider matured in whisky casks from Glenglassaugh Distillery in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire. We don’t like to rush our cider which is why we leave it to mature in the cask for six months; just enough time for the cider to absorb the distinctive tones of the oak and Highland Single malt. On first sip you’ll taste gentle whisky flavours followed by the full bodied honey flavour of the oak cask. Recognisably whisky but without the burn!–From their Website
From: Scotland
Brewery: Thistly Cross Cider

Schneider Aventinus Weiszenstarkbier
Deep and complex – for big and relaxing moments by the fire. Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish. The ideal companion for hearty roast meat, venison and also fruity chocolate desserts, “Kaiserschmarrn” (pancakes), “Elisenlebkuchen” (christmas cookies) or blue cheese. Oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria. Since 1907.–From their Website
From: Germany
Brewery: Schneider

You can see the pour ratio: The Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider  is the largest bottle so it's only got 1 cap (750ml), the Reissdorf Koelsch  is a bit smaller (about 22oz) and last is the Wolters Pils which is 12 oz.
You can see the pour ratio: The Thistly Cross Whiskey Cask Cider is the largest bottle so it’s only got 1 cap (750ml), the Reissdorf Koelsch is a bit smaller (about 22oz) and last is the Wolters Pils which is 12 oz.

Butte Creek IPA
Our IPA is full bodied with a mild caramel malt flavor and liberal hop presence. A delight for all hop-heads. It is 6.4% alcohol by volume.–From their Website
From: California
Brewery: Butte Creek

St. Peter’s IPA
India Pale Ale has a golden to copper colour with a medium maltiness and body.
From: England
Brewery: St. Peters Brewery

San Miguel Negra
Cerveza Negra has roasted malty notes which extends to its taste. It is full-flavored and full bodied. Bitterness is moderate but still smooth.–From their Website
From: Phillipines
Brewery: San Miguel Brewery

St. Peter’s Old Style Porter
England- English Porter- This fine beer is a blend of a mature Old Ale and a younger light beer – just as a true Porter should be. The marriage produces an extremely characterful brew that is dark in color and complex in taste
From: England
Brewery: St. Peters Brewery

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