Happy Thursday, Beer League! We hope this finds you well after a long week of craft beer activities. We certainly had fun stopping in at some of the events. One thing we noticed was that there was a volume of different events (tastings, pairings, specials, keg tappings, etc) across a spectrum of different businesses and locations – and there was always something going on that we were interested in attending. So good job, STL Craft Beer Week. We love you, and we miss you, but in our world, every week is TWR Craft Beer Week – and this week is no exception!
This week’s beer is Long Table Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium Brewing and straight from the New Belgium website, here’s their take:
“The longer the table, the more room for friends. This season, our new Long Table Farmhouse Ale is the best excuse to pull up a chair with your closest companions for a few rounds. An ode to the bucolic, table-friendly Belgian saison, we’ve added a delightfully new hoppy spin to the style, creating a sip that whisks a taste of the tropics into the Old World. Traditional grains of Munich, pale malt and rye lend a wash of toasty, spicy bread, while exotic Nelson Sauvin and citrusy Chinook hops buoy the juicy fruit flavors of our Belgian yeast. So gather around and get ready to hoist this spritz complex farmhouse ale amongst the company of friends.”
Well right off the bat at Beer Advocate, some guy named Brewskilove gave it a 5/5 and said, “This beer blew me away with the complexity of it without overpowering it with the ABV. The yeast and esters are on point plus the Nelson hops add an incredible citrus juicy flavor. I drank 3 bottles to try and figure out what my mouth was comprehending.”
Counter to that is TX-Badger who was only 3/5 a fan of this beer and said, “Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head. Bread, grains, a slight yeasty note, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a typical farmhouse flavor profile.”
Bringing Rate Beer into the equation, and the 3.5 average for this beer – we have the top review from poisioneddwarf who says, “12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Super 1 in CDA, ID. Aroma is peppery, earthy, banana, chalky, doughy, biscuity, cheesy, dusty. Pours clear golden with a medium white head with good retention; laces a little. Taste is dry, earthy, peppery, clove, cheese, dust; kind of numbing, like Vicks. Body is medium, mouthfeel creamy. I like it.”
So let’s get together tonight, push all the picnic tables together out back and make our own long table out of ’em.
Oh hey, you’re still here. That’s good, because I wanted to tell you something.
THE WAITING ROOM IS CELEBRATING ITS 7TH YEAR OF AWESOME!
Yep, TWR celebrates 7 years this month, and we’re having a party on August 17th to commemorate the occasion. The usual spreads of booze and beers will be had, and DJ Airtight Willie will be in full effect, bringing the funk to you. We can’t wait to see you!