A nice selection of 10 brews
A nice selection of 10 brews

W hat’s October without a Beer Tasting. Keeping in the spirit of Octoberfest Wine World had their quarterly Beer Tasting Friday night featuring a nice selection of beers. The evening was more hoppy than malty for sure.

My favorites for the evening where the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, which is made in Europe’s oldest brewery, Morland Old Speckled Hen and Duck Rabbit Milk Stout. One taster, Karen, told me she really like the Foothills Torch Pilsner, which is brewed in North Carolina.

Although I mentioned by favorites that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the others. It was a nice selection. I’m looking forward to the next beer tasting which will most likely be in February.

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

When: Friday, October 26, 2012, 5-8pm
Cost: $5 per person. You get a $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. Ballast Point Pale Ale
  2. Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
  3. Foothills Torch Pilsner
  4. Morland Old Speckled Hen
  5. Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale
  6. Founders Centennial IPA
  7. Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny Black IPA
  8. Founders Red’s Rye Ale
  9. Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
  10. North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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Here are the detailed brew notes:
Ballast Point Pale Ale
There’s no wonder why our Pale Ale is so popular—it is skillfully crafted in the style of the Kolsch beers of Cologne, Germany.  We’ve chosen German hops for aroma, and rounded out the recipe with a blend of American and German malts.
While it is very much like a Pilsner, our Pale Ale is fermented at ale temperatures, giving it a subdued fruitiness—a perfect compliment to the crispness of the wheat and maltiness of the Munich malt. If you like a lighter brew but also like the complexity of craft beers, then our Pale Ale is for you. Available year round. 23 IBUs.–From their Website
From: California
Brewery: Ballast Point

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
IBU 14, Alc 5.4%. Nothing refreshes more than this naturally cloudy weissbeer with its wonderfully rich yeasty taste. Goes very well with light meals, whicha re not too strongly flavored – veal sausage in particular. –From their Website
From: Germany
Brewery: Weihenstephaner

Foothills Torch Pilsner
A well-structured, Czech style pilsner. TORCH is strung in alcohol with a rich, full finish. Good mouth feel and well-balanced Czech Saaz hops ensure that TORCH is not your typical pilsner. IBU 35. Alc. 5.3%.–From their Website
From: North Carolina
Brewery: Foothills Brewing

Morland Old Speckled Hen
Old Speckled Hen has a full, smooth flavour and is very easy to drink. Its rich amber colour and superb fruity aromas are complemented by a delicious blend of malty tastes. Toffee and malt combine with bitterness on the back of the tongue to give a balanced sweetness, followed by a refreshingly dry finish. First brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and affectionately named after an old MG car used as a factory runaround “ ‘the owld speckled un.” This turned into “Old Speckled Hen™” when the beer was unveiled.–From their Website
From: England
Brewery: Morland

Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale
Inspired by traditional English ESBs, our Calico Amber Ale is as American as it could be.  A rich complexity comes from four types of malt—but it’s those distinct American hops that offer a crisp bitterness and unique floral aroma. To round out our traditional-English-yet-very-American Amber Ale, we use a proprietary yeast to develop a fruity, Madeira-like richness.  Try one today, and find out what a gold medal beer tastes like! 
Available year-round. 45 IBUs. Alc. 5.5 %.–From their Website
From: California
Brewery: Ballast Point

Founders Centennial IPA
Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter. Alc: 7.2. IBUs: 65. Available year-round.–From their Website
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Brewery: Founders Brewing

Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny Black IPA
Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny ABA pours to a jet black color with a truly towering head of rocky tan foam and a simply incredible nose of chocolate, licorice, ad fresh piny hops. Taking a sip, the beer has a medium body and a subtle silkiness in texture. Dark malty notes abound: bittersweet chocolate, potent licorice, astringent espresso: all kinds of dark malty delights can be detected. Perhaps a touch of fruity prune, as well. Did I mention the hops? They emerge early and struggle at first with the roasty bitterness, but quickly add a bright citrusy note, resiny pitch, and eventually a sharp hop bitterness in the finish that partners with the roasted bitterness to leave an incredibly dry sensation. (Review by BruGuru.com. Click here for the full review)
From: Farmville, North Carolina
Brewery: Duck-Rabbit Brewery

Founders Red’s Rye Ale
Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish. Alc: 6.6%. IBUs: 70. Available year-round. –From their Website (You know that Mark had to have picked this one with a 70 IBU).
From: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Brewery: Founders Brewing

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black color.–From their Website
From: Farmville, North Carolina
Brewery: Duck-Rabbit Brewery

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.
How hard it is to make and keep a good friend.–”Jericho,” Joni Mitchell.
The color is black with alc of 9% and 75 IBUs.–From their Website
From: Fort Bragg, California
Brewery: North Coast Brewing

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