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Sep 18/13

Five (More) Southern Craft Brews We’re Drinking Posted by: Dan | 0 Comments

It’s that special time of the year when beer goes through a transitional period. All the sweet, light, refreshing summer beers get phased out as dark, heavier fall and winter brews move in. As excited as we are about wrapping up in a sweater on the porch with a big ole pumpkin stout, let’s be honest — it’s still September, and it’s still hotter than the hinges of hell.

While the rest of the states cozy up with cool weather beers, we’re still grasping at the dwindling strawberry saisons and citrusy summer ales. Before the heat wave officially breaks, you’ll find us sipping these Southern craft brews and sweating our asses off.

 

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (Lexington, KY):
Beans and cornbread, chocolate and peanut butter, Bert and Ernie … life is full of perfect pairings, but bourbon and beer is our favorite. This bold, barrel-aged ale is brewed in the heart of Bourbon Country using the freshest bourbon barrels, which lend the beer familiar hints of vanilla and oak. Recommended for treating yourself, even if you haven’t been good.

Blue Pants Brewery’s Slip Rose Strawberry Saison (Madison, Ala.):
The strawberry flavor is strong with this one, and it makes us sad to see strawberry season go. The berries give this saison-style beer a fruitiness that combines uniquely with its tart, wheaty flavor. Coriander adds a cool, crisp touch. Recommended for cooling your jets when you’re fed up with triple-digit temperatures.

Cathedral Square Brewery’s Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA (St. Louis, Mo.):
Cathedral Square is an IPA man’s — or woman’s — IPA. Four malts, three hop varieties and Belgian Trappist yeast produce a beer that’s highly hoppy and mildly bitter with a hint of citrus from the hops. It’s a substantial, full-bodied beer. Recommended for sipping while you plan your next brave adventure.

Core Imperial Red IPA (Springdale, Ark.):
If you are lucky enough to encounter this rare beer, you should probably buy as much of it as possible and stockpile it. It’s not hoarding if it’s beer. This robust, aromatic, hoppy but not too hoppy, malty but not too malty, perfectly balanced beer is like velvet in your mouth. Recommended for amassing a large pile of it and diving in like Scrooge McDuck.

BottleTree Belgian Blonde (Tyron, NC):
This luminous, golden brew is refreshing, easy to drink and we imagine it’s even enjoyable to drinkers who aren’t big fans of beer. The Belgian yeast gives it a mild bready flavor that’s accented by subtle hints of fruit. It’s a smooth, comfortable go-to beer. Recommended for pairing with a legendary meal you’ve sweated and slaved over the stove all day to make.

 


Willa Dean considers her arrangement at Bourbon & Boots a symbiotic relationship with readers. With each new beer she reviews, she gets closer to her goal of trying all the beers in the world, and readers have an easier time finding new favorite brews. Email her at willadeanwriter@gmail.com.


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