Shawn pours at the second table
Shawn pours at the second table

I t was a very hoppy night… so to speak. Many of brews Friday night were on the hoppy side but not necessarily on the bitter side. The first brew up was athe Lagunitas Daytime IPA, a new brew to the area according to Brett Williams, rep for Beverage South. “We expect it to do well.” This brew starts off with a nice dry hoppy flavor then the grapefruit flavors emerge then shifts to a slight bitter finish. It has a fairly light mouthfeel.
Horny Goat was represented with 2 brews. The Hornycopia Pumpkin Ale tastes like a pumpkin pie, or at least the spices that usually spice up pumpkin pie but this one is a very dry pumpkin pie. It is not as malty and smooth as many pumpkin brews that abound this time of year.
The second brew is Wiscon-Zin. Horny Goat is from Wisconsin thus the play on the name. This brew has some zinfandel grapes in it. I can’t say that the zin jumps out because this one tastes alot like a IPA. Nice little brew. This might be a good session brew.
Williams added that 2 brews tonight hitting the market and doing real well. “Liquid Bliss is on fire.” Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss is a Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Hmmm. There’s a new category for you. This is like drinking a roasty, toasty toffee porter… just alter that toffee flavor to peanut butter. Not much difference between the two. Actually teh finish is more toffee like. The mouthfeel to me was a lot lighter and dry that I expected with a porter like this. I expected something a bit smoother. But it is a nice little brew to try.
The other brew is Sweetwater’s Hop Hash IPA. Now don’t think that this has anything tied to the hemp brews. According to their website hash is leftover byproduct. “We scraped all the hash out of the Yakima hop pelletizers we could get our sticky fingers on to concoct the dankest double IPA out there. The pure hop lupulin, aka “hash” (the resiny stuff), meshes seamlessly with the 2-row, pilsner and wheat malts, allowing it to deliver a pungent punch to the palate.”
This brew has 100 IBUs which is fairly high. This is not as bitter as I expected but still crisp. If you want a malty smooth brew this just the opposite.
For my palate my 2 favorties where the Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple IPA. This Triple IPA has a smoothness like a Belgian ale but it still has 125 IBUs. At 10% ABV I would treat this one as a session brew. Slightly sweeter than a straight IPA.
And as usual, a brew I’ve enjoyed many times, the Highland Oatmeal porter. Nice smooth but still has a slight edge to it. The roasty flavors make for a nice sipping.
All and all a very nice tasting.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, October 17, 2014, 5-8pm
Cost: $5 per person. You get a $2 rebate with the purchase of 6 bottles of the featured brews.
Here are the brews presented (click to see more):

  1. Lagunitas Daytime IPA
  2. Horny Goat Hornycopia Pumpkin Ale
  3. Horny Goat Wiscon-Zin IPA
  4. SweetWater Hop Hash
  5. Brooklyn Blast Double IPA
  6. Lagunitas Shutdown Undercover Strong Ale
  7. Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA
  8. Highland Oatmeal Porter
  9. Terrapin Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
  10. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Sally Benjamin pouring some Lagunitas Daytime IPA, a new brew in the area.
Sally Benjamin pouring some Lagunitas Daytime IPA, a new brew in the area.

Here are the detailed brew notes:
Lagunitas Daytime IPA | California
Sometimes you want a beer, then you realize how much crap you need to do before you call it a day. This is it. Nicely dosed with Big, Round Hop Flavors and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. Yup.
AVAILABILITY: SUPER LIMITED. ABV: 4.65. –From their Website
Brewery website: Lagunitas
Horny Goat Hornycopia Pumpkin Ale | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
We mash in pumpkins with 2 row, Vienna and Caramel malts for a hearty ale with just the right amount of body. Spices added to the boil create a complex yet deliciously harmonious flavor. We used pumpkin and spice to yield a brew we proudly describe as “Pumpkin Pie in a Bottle”ABV: 5.7. –From their Website
Brewery website: Horny Goat Brewing
Horny Goat Wiscon-Zin IPA | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This big IPA has a medium backbone and is generously hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops.  We add the juice of real Zinfandel grapes to the fermenter which adds some heavy notes of blackberry, raspberry, and pepper. ABV: 7.1% 70 IBUs, –From their Website
=Brewery website: Horny Goat Brewing
SweetWater Hop Hash | Atlanta-USA
We scraped all the hash out of the Yakima hop pelletizers we could get our sticky fingers on to concoct the dankest double IPA out there. The pure hop lupulin, aka “hash” (the resiny stuff), meshes seamlessly with the 2-row, pilsner and wheat malts, allowing it to deliver a pungent punch to the palate. Specs: Available year round in 6-packs of 12 oz bottles, 1/2 bbl kegs and 1/6 torpedo kegs. Malt bill: 2-row, Pilsner, Wheat. Hops: Centennial and hash “blend”. Yeast: House. ABV: 7.8% IBUs: 100. –From their Website
Brewery website: SweetWater Brewery
Beverage South's Brett Williams
Beverage South’s Brett Williams

Brooklyn Blast Double IPA | Brooklyn, New York
We brew our beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England. So we use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in the rambunctious IPA we call BLAST! British Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts lends solidity, balance and bready flavors to brace up a beer that’s beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable and oddly compelling. Minerally hop bitterness is followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you.–From their Website ABV: 8.4%
Brewery website: Brooklyn Brewery
Lagunitas Shutdown Undercover Strong Ale| Petaluma, Californina
We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” We did the crime. We did the time. We got the bragging rights. AVAILABILITY: FEBRUARY / APRIL. ABV: 9.75%.–From their Website
Brewery website: Lagunitas
Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA | Athens, Georgia
Rye beers have been a part of our brewing arsenal from day one. “Rye”, “Rye Squared” and now “Rye Cubed” Triple IPA completes this trilogy of brewing excellence. ABV: 10.7%. IBU: 125. O.G.: 22.7. HOPS: Magnum, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, Cascade, Amarillo. MALTS: 2-row pale, Munich, Victory, Honey. –From their Website
Brewery website: Terrapin Brewing
Highland Oatmeal Porter | Asheville, North Carolina
A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character. This style was born on the docks of the Thames of London where dock workers or porters delighted in the strong dark ales brewed by the local pubs with roasted malts. This gave rise to the name by which this style is still known. A porter was traditionally served with oysters, the least expensive food available to the dock workers. Highland Brewing has taken this style a step farther with the addition of a judicious amount of flaked oatmeal which helps attain the smooth silky character of our porter. ABV: 5.9%. –From their Website
Brewery website: Highland Brewing
Terrapin Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter | Athens, Georgia
“Brewed with Peace of mind.“ Unlock your inner Zen and delve into the Yin and Yang of two decadent flavors. Focus on the harmonic togetherness of chocolate and peanut butter as it takes you to a place that you never thought possible… a “Liquid Bliss.” ABV: 6.0%.–From their Website
Brewery website: Terrapin Brewing
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn, New York
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon “Russian Imperial Stout” became the toast of the Russian aristocracy.
Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and months of aging. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces. ABV: 10%.–From their Website
Brewery website: Brooklyn Brewery101714WineWorldBeer02


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