Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cherry City Music Beer Stimulus

Turns out the music festival was pouring Seven Brides at a couple different venues. I tried Lils Pils. The draft arrangements were less than ideal, so it's not fair to draw conclusions about the beer. The price was right, though: $3!

Also some Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout and Ft. George Vortex IPA. The IPA was too bitter for me, but over at Beervana, Jeff Alworth swirls praise around it:
The hops are far too nuanced to come on that strong [97 IBU strong!]--the aroma is succulent and the green hop flavors are layered without going to the extremes of bitterness. It's deceptive because it's so approachable--the hops are in harmony with the sweet, gentle malt...
My friend agreed with him, and thought it was balanced & yummy. My favorite beer of the weekend was the Ninkasi. Still, the stout was a pinch too sweet, and what I really wanted was a flavorful lager - hence the Lils Pils. Something more like the Full Sail LTD bottlings.

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