What’s Your Favorite Beer? Lauren Wilson 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 Lauren Wilson’s top three picks:
Green Flash Brewing Co. — West Coast IPA (San Diego, CA)
I love beer. I love many styles of beer. I am, however, first and foremost an IPA devotee. In recent years, I’ve become really fond of West Coast style American IPAs. And, as the name suggests, this tasty brew is a killer representation of the style. West Coast IPAs tend to be hoppier than their eastern brethren, and are chock-full o’ citrusy, piney goodness. This beer is no exception. It’s a hop bomb with the piney bitterness you’d expect from a beer containing Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus, AND Centennial hops, but it’s a smooth drinker and really well-balanced with citrus and even some hints of tropical fruit flavors. It’s not a session beer at around 7% ABV, but if I had to pick one IPA to drink for the remainder of forever, this would be it.
Brouwerij Rodenbach — Rodenbach Grand Cru (Belgium)
I only stepped into the realm of Belgian style beers a couple years ago, but they’ve become some of my favorites. I’ve especially come to love sours. I can’t say that I understand the science of sour beer making inside and out, but it has something to do with introducing wild yeasts into the fermentation process, and delicious magic happens somewhere between there and my mouth. I love everything in the sour spectrum from really acidic, funky, barnyard-y geuze to sweeter fruit lambics. I find though that Rodenbach Grand Cru is easy-drinking and falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. It’s got the characteristic sour taste that a beer of its style should have, but it’s offset by a bit of a sweet cherry flavor and nice carbonation. And it has a cork, so your friends will think you’re fancy.
Rogue Brewing Co. — Hazelnut Brown Nectar (Oregon)
It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I don’t want an IPA or a Belgian. In those circumstances, I usually go for a stout or perhaps a porter. I rarely order brown ales. I don’t like most of them. They’re usually sweet and syrupy in a way I don’t really care for. Rogue, however, nailed this one. It’s malty, sure, but it’s also chocolate-y and nutty and, to my taste buds, a wee bit coffee-ish. It’s delicious. It’s a grown up milkshake. It’s milkbooze. It’s a booozeshake. You could put ice cream in it. I have put ice cream in it. It makes a great beer float with Jeni’s salty caramel. It’s a winner.
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