Here’s To Beer: A Weekly Beer Blog Part 49!

Here’s To Beer: A Weekly Beer Blog Part 49!

The story of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock is pretty well known historic fact. However, the reason behind their decision to put ashore here is a bit less known. In fact, they did not continue on to Virginia because they were running out of beer. Priorities.

O'Dells Myrcenary Double IPA

My family went to Wilbo’s Burgers, Brats and Beers this week, as we’ve never been and had heard MANY great things.

Great menu and a wide range of how you can build your own burger as well as gourmet hot dogs and brats.

The beer menu is almost as good! They do not have any on tap, as they opted for the shake machine instead. That works in their favor as the shakes and malts are nice and thick, and the adult ice cream beverages (Grasshopper, Mudslides and Brandy Alexanders – John Lennon’s favorite) are delicious..

I had a Double IPA from O’Dell Brewing Company in Colorado. A Double IPA is usually a higher alcohol content and much more hop bitter. O’Dell’s Myrcenary (9.3% ABV)  is named for the Myrcene, part of the essential oils from the hop flower. This is pumped up by their process so that the mouthfeel is more smooth. You will definitely get the oily residue feel, leftover on your tongue. If that’s not your thing, stay away from this beer. But, if you are an IPA lover, I suggest you try this. It pours a light golden color with a thick and bubbly head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass that sticks, all the way down to the finish. A sign of a well-crafted beer.

Grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose and that is the lead flavor on the palate. Very bitter and slightly dry (70 IBU), but a smooth oily mouthfeel that makes this an easy drinker. But ONLY if IPAs are your thing. Light malt taste as the hop bitter evens out and that brings out the warmth of the higher alcohol content. If you’re a true “hophead”, you’ll enjoy this immensely.

Toppling Goliath Brewery in Decorah, IA is a brewery I need to get to. My wife is from Waukon, just 20 min or so, east on highway 9. We were just up there for the holidays and I haven’t made the trek as of yet. I’m very interested in seeing this place as I’m a fan of breweries and the process of brewing. It takes a lot of work and a lot of patience. Remember, you’re not baking bread (which also takes time and patience), you’re having to boil and mash and then filter and add, and then vat. THEN, it has to sit and ferment for however long it needs to come out right. Even more, there’s a lot of science behind it all. Measuring the pH of the water and grains to a certain level or it goes bad. What mix of grains will be used for this brew… What strain of yeast and how long does it do it’s job for the correct amount of carbonation and alcohol. Choice of hops…. This is all over my head, but I hope to learn more as I go along.

I’ve had a couple of their flagship beers; Dorothy – New World Lager and Pseudo Sue Pale Ale. However, Toppling Goliath have MANY more! There are three more flagship beers and many rotating brews. I’ve very interested in trying many of these as well as some of the limited ones. The limited lines are always a pleasure and they are smaller batches and usually more flavorful or have special additions like barrel aging for years, special mixes of hops and malts, unique flavors, etc. These are also more expensive and you are limited to the amount you can buy.

TG have had some interesting limited releases over the last few years. One is Assassin Barrel Aged Stout. They had a release in 2016 and 2018 and have announced a 2019 that is expected to be released by the end of March. In the past, they’ve bottled around 1,500 of Assassin and limited the per-person purchase. A two-pack of last years Assassin ran $100. My guess is that the 2019 will be about the same. Click below for the TG website!