What’s Your Favorite Beer? Dan Reeve Edition
One of the longest running messageboard discussions here on Columbus Underground is about a popular topic that most everyone enjoys: beer. For over five years, our readers and regulars have been contributing their recommendations to the 50+ pages of favorite brews. That can be a lot of data to wade through, so we asked five of those regular readers to single out some of their favorite picks of the moment for Beer Week 2013.
Here’s Dan Reeve’s top three picks:
Duchesse de Bourgogne
I’ve been pretty much addicted to sour-style beers all summer. There is something about the funkiness of them that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve tried a lot of them, believe me – my wallet is hurting as they tend to be a bit pricey, but the one that still comes out on top for me is Duchesse de Bourgogne. Duchesse is a Belgian sour ale that is aged in oak barrels for 18 months after fermentation is complete. I’m sure that adds to the cost. The flavors I get from this beer are tart grape, vinegar, and champagne-like tastes, with a mouth-puckering sour finish. If you’re like me, this is a beer that when you first taste it, you’re like… “hmm, I don’t know about that”… but then a minute later, you’re craving more.
Resin by Sixpoint Brewing
The huge trend in craft beer is, and has been for a long time now, IPAs and Double IPAs. And that makes me happy because I do love them. My favorite in this category is a DIPA from Sixpoint Brewing out of Brooklyn, NY called Resin. This beer is hopped like crazy but manages to still be crisp and bitey, not sweet and surpy like many DIPAs. It comes in cans (another cool trend) that are about the size of a traditional Red Bull can, but don’t be discouraged by the smaller volume of beer you are getting for your buck. At 9.2% ABV, you don’t need a lot of this beer to get your buzz on.
Gumballhead by Three Floyds Brewing
Last May, I went to visit my business partner just outside of Chicago. Always in the plan for this trip was a expedition to what some craft beer lovers call the holy grail of breweries: Three Floyds Brewing. While there, I picked up my allowed cases of one of their signature brews, Gumballhead. Gumballhead is a American wheat ale that has to be one of the most refreshing warm weather beers around. Lots of flavors of grapefruit, peach, and other citrus tastes which are delicious and leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. Gumballhead (and all Three Floyds beers) are hard to come by in Columbus, but if you know the right people, or are lucky enough to be at a bottle shop on the right day, I highly suggest picking some up.
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