When my parents drove cross-country recently, I asked for what seemed a logical souvenir – beer from all points west of Virginia. They obliged, coming back to Virginia with a couple cases of beer I’d never tried before. First one to be reviewed is Stevens Point Brewery Cascade Pale Ale, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin (which according to Google is roughly in-between Green Bay, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota). Apparently Stevens Point Brewery has quite a bit of history and is the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the US and was founded in 1857, with name and ownership changes over the years.
“Let’s just go tonight,” Neighbor chirped over the phone.
I cringed. This was totally against my plans to be an old lady. It was Friday afternoon and I had just gotten home from work. I was thinking sweatpants, some light cross stitching, a glass of wine, and a geeky sci fi show that I don’t like to admit that I watch. Neighbor’s plans were for the two of us to quickly pack up my Subaru with a tent and sleeping bags, make a pit stop for gas and Cheez-its and drive to Nelson County for the first ever Festy Experience, a two day music and beer concert at Devil’s Backbone Brewery.
This was my second review in one evening and I was a tad underwhelmed. I had sampled WR’s Black Radish recently and LOVED it. It was so unexpected and subtle for a dark brew, which frankly, usually scare me. If I had to blindly guess, I would have pegged myself for a Gold girl any day. Seems more my style. On with the review: This lager in no way warrants any particular criticism. It’s a solid brew. Molasses and malt rule the palate and the nose-there may have been a bit of dark honey there too. I think I was just looking for a little more. I don’t really have a ton to say about the character. It was pretty standard-not too hoppy. Not too yeasty. Not too malty. It was nice but nothing was jumping out at me. Would I drink it again? Absolutely. I might not go out of my way, but it was definitely pleasant. I guess I could chalk this up to the fact that fall is here and I’m a sucker for seasonal anything. I’m willing to bet that if I had sampled this earlier in the summer by the grill with some burgers and picnic fixins that it would have been right-on.
Weeping Radish is brewed in Jarvisburg, NC. You’ve probably seen the place if you ever vacation in the Outer Banks. I have, and the next time I make it down that way, I’m going to make a point to stop in and say hi. The folks there were more than kind in providing a few samples of their wares for ‘Chicks Love Beer’ review. They are a small farm brewery and they are making some solid brews. Some I’ve loved, and some I’ve liked-all of them worth a taste.
Corolla Gold was poured from a 22oz bottle and has 5% alcohol. Not sure of the price point on this one either…