Not to get all sappy on ya, but we missed you all. Having guests back at our taproom, even if it looks a little different than before, has been amazing. To top things off, we have the perfect beer to celebrate with: While You Were Away IPA.
As the name would suggest, we created this beer during the shutdown. It’s the classic hoppy IPA flavor you know and love with a fresh perspective. Just in time for summer! Here’s what Justin and Brian have to say about it.
Where does the name While You Were Away IPA come from?
Justin: Well, if you haven’t been following the news, there was this disease called COVID-19 and we all had to close our businesses and lives down for awhile. During the shutdown, we had a couple beers that we had to scrap brewing and ended up with some un-needed malts and hops. We took the challenge upon ourselves and came up with this recipe for a new IPA we wanted to release once things reopened. Well, here we are and here’s the beer. The name was obvious after that.
Brian: I blame COVID-19 and Carol Baskin.
Describe this style of beer:
Justin: A straightforward American IPA. Hops are key with a decently strong enough malt bill so it’s not like you’re drinking hop juice. This one is a gold in color with no caramel malts. The hops focus a little more on flavor over bitterness, but it does blend together well.
Brian: ‘Merican IPA. It’s a beer with hops.
Describe its unique flavor:
Justin: The aroma on this particular beer trends heavily towards the dank spectrum from Kohatu hops. The flavor has a solid herbal/spicy note from the Idaho 7 that blends well with the other addition of Azacca hops. All-in-all, this is one of my favorite hop combinations just for the way it blends together. Other beers may have a more pronounced flavor but the complementary nature of these hops just make this beer extremely complex and work so well from start to finish.
Brian: You ever take some hops and jam them into your mouth and then shotgun a beer? Me either. That’s probably what this tastes like. In all seriousness, I’m a huge fan of the hop blend on this one. Idaho 7, Kohatu and Azacca.
Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?
Justin: Nothing jumps out, but the malt profile is basically our “Milkshake” kettle sour IPA without the souring or lactose. Completely different hops too, but it is kind an interesting connection.
Brian: This was batch was slated to be another batch of milkshake, but we went a different direction. We wanted t try some new hop blends. So here you go, fair reader. Doth thine drinking cap and boots and roll 20 for flavor.
If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?
Justin: IPAs generally compliment spicy food well, but this one in particular with it’s dry hop character and fruity/dank aroma go excellent with most spicy and flavorful Asian or Asian-fusion dishes.
Brian: I’m on a health kick, so I pair this with NOTHING!! I’m kidding, This is an IPA, so I’d pair it with he Hangar Steak BOL from Lolo. I think it would cut the bit of heat involved in that dish and would make a nice cyclical flavor blast.