I’ve been around the beer industry a very long time. I’ve seen breweries start and breweries end and I’ve tasted their wares in the in between time when they were still making beer. I entered the industry even before I was legally allowed to drink the beer that I was making.
That is all to say that when a childhood friend of mine, Chris Perry, started the process of opening his own brewery a bunch of years ago I wished him luck with the most whole-hearted sincerity and waited. Not that my opinion or my “luck” mean that much in the universe but I knew that the day would come where Chris “made it.” He’s too talented and too driven not to. Along with his business partner, Andrew Puchalik (who also grew up in the same area that Chris and I did and is just as determined and talented), they’ve grinded and worked hard to make their brand, Upper Pass Brewing Company (as well as a coffee company and a whole array of other things these guys do) a success.
It is an absolute pleasure to be able to have them on tap and next Thursday, the 8th of December, we’re going to throw down with them to show you what these guys can do.
We will have 4 (four!) offerings from Upper Pass including a pin (a smaller version of a cask but a cask nonetheless) of the one that you’re all coming to love since it’s been on tap for a while now, the First Drop American Pale Ale dry hopped with Azacca hops. Here’s what we’ll have in addition to the aforementioned cask of phenomenal dry hopped Pale Ale:
- Cloud Drop Double IPA: expect all of the things you’ve come to expect from a double IPA made in Vermont. It’s going to be amazing.
- Yuzu Buckwheat Saison: the base of the beer is the sun that shines through the use of Saison yeast but there’s going to be a spicy character from the buckwheat and a citrusy aspect from the yuzu (it’s a citrus fruit after all).
- Moove On Up Coffee Milk Stout: NITRO!
It’s going to be a great great day. We’ll have them all on all day and probably tap the cask closer to 3 o’clock in the post meridian, which is completely different than the prime meridian, let me tell you.
For this week we’ll have all the hits:
- Multiple different versions of Hill Farmstead’s series Society and Solitude. We have THREE, NINE and FOUR in house and you’ll see them all soon.
- We’re going to go through another round of Idletyme’s Bohemia Pilsner! I love the fact that Vermont has so many great examples of the classic style to choose from. We will always have one on tap and we like to show you what these great breweries are putting out there, so we rotate them. Idletyme’s is a little softer and more floral than the others, which is awesome and good.
- Oxbow Loretta is on tap and the description “Rustic Blonde” is under the name on the chalk board. What it should say is “Grisette,” but since that term is not as well known as “rustic” and “blonde” we went with the other one. Grisette translates to “little grey” and it was originally made for the miners of southern Belgium, specifically the Hainaut province. The term was said to have come about because of the aprons worn by the people doling out the beer, which were grey because of the ore and dust being mined. It’s lower in alcohol and made with spelt, giving the saison aspect a slight crispness.
That’s what I got for you this week.
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