Have you guys seen that trailer for 2016? The one that was made in to a horror film? Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen it you can find it here; anyways, I think it’s safe to say that this year is welcome to GTFO.
As I see everyone reflecting on their years on Facebook, I can’t help but do the same. We’ve had a lot of up and downs, but can we also just take a moment to appreciate all the amazing beer we got out of it? From my discovery of Belgian/sour beers, to my distaste of them and BACK to liking them, it’s clearly been one hell of a rollercoaster this year!
After having a cucumber sour from 10 Barrel Brewing, I knew that snagging this raspberry sour would be anything but a mistake.
Now can I get a high five for branching out and jump-starting my own love affair with sour beer? Becoming an adult might have been the best thing (only when it comes to my taste.. everything else like bills and responsibilities can suck it).
Just like it’s brother, this beer had a great balance of raspberry and sour (unlike this unbalanced year, amiright??) and was damn delicious. The pour was a light red that was pretty dang pretty and had a light pink head that dissipated quickly. The smell literally hits you with raspberries and I want all of it 100% of the time. The taste hits you a bit with tartness and melts into that sweet raspberry without being too sweet, a bit of some hops and a nice level of malt. Honestly, 10 Barrel does some crazy good things with their sours and I want pretty much any flavor. Give me them! The drinkability of this one could be really dangerous, and at a sneaky 6.2% I’m not even upset! The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation wasn’t too much. Seriously, if you see this beer around, grab every last one of them. I made the mistake of only grabbing two and they sold out like nobodies business.
On a more serious note, this year has brought so many beer adventures, great beer friends and really ignited my own passion for beer, writing and photography. I couldn’t have made it this far without my beautiful friends and family- and obviously my impeccable taste. Beer inspiration is real, people, and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer!
May your New Year’s celebration be safe, fun, hoppy & delicious.
Have a very, very hoppy year!