The Tasting Panel magazine

July 2016

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40  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2016 Flavor rward Offerings that wi take your taste buds on a road trip worthy of the summer months. by Emily Coleman Surly Brewing Co.: Todd the Axe Man Named after Head Brewer Todd Haug and his other career as a metal guitarist, Todd the Axe Man (7.2% ABV) is a collabora- tion with Amager Brewery, located in Denmark. A West Coast IPA in style, this brew fea- tures Golden Promise malt from the U.K. and Citra and Mosaic hops. Freshly-cut grass, mango and citrus slip into bready malt and ends with grapefruit and lemon. Don't expect a thrasher; it's a nuanced sipper that will have your palate singing. Ballast Point confirmed plans to build a $48 million brewery in Botetourt County, Virginia—the third brewery from San Diego to open East Coast operations in the state. Brooklyn Brewery has announced plans to move its headquarters from Williamsburg to a 50,000-barrel brewery in Brooklyn Navy Yard by 2018. After adding Connecticut to its roster, New Belgium Brewing also launched distribution in Rhode Island at the end of June. It marks the 45th state to carry the brewery, which plans to sell in all 50 states by 2018. San Diego's Green Flash Brewing Co. has begun offering three year-round offer- ings—Jibe Session IPA, Passion Fruit Kicker and Sea to Sea Zwickel Lager—in 12 oz. cans, available in six packs. Brew News Sail Brewing Company: Blood Orange Wheat Ale A part of the Full Sail Pub Series, which selects the best of the brewery's drafts, Blood Orange Wheat Ale (5.2% ABV) starts with two-row Northwest pale, malted and unmalted wheat. The layers of citrus and berries shine against this malty backdrop, with hints of bitterness intermingling. It finishes slightly dry in a sweet-tangy medley—it will put wind in your sails. Sweet Water Brewing Company: Goin' Coastal Atlanta's largest brewery is taking a trip to the seaside with their limited edition Goin' Coastal (6.1% ABV). Herbal and bitter notes from the Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe and Goldings hops hit the palate before giving way to ripe pineapple, citrus and melon. You'll want to catch this wave quickly—it's only available through August. Surf's up! Boulevard Brewing Company: Love Child No. 7 The brewery's seventh release (8.2% ABV) in its blended sour ales series uses a house Belgian yeast strain to produce a Flanders-style red. Introduced to both lactobacillus and brettanomyces while aging in 48% red wine barrels, 30% whiskey barrels and 22% stainless tanks, this brew leads with sour cherries and tart apples before raspberries, funk and oak notes take over. A fair amount of tannins leave your palate slightly dry and asking for more—an offering that will have you falling in love by your second sip!

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