Ted’s Beer of the Month: May 2014

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Hello dear friends and readers! I’m sorry this is so late, I was real busy last month doing dumb stuff like buying and moving into a house. No excuse for not blogging about beer, I know, but what’s done is done. Short post again because I’ve had so little time to explore beer in the past month, but here are the best and worst beers I drank during the month of May.

I’ve got a special themed post planned for next month, full of high-gravity, heavily hopped goodness, so come back in a couple weeks!

THE BEST

Anderson Valley Horse Tongue Wheat – draft – 5.3% ABV

I tried this beer on a hot rooftop in downtown Raleigh as the sun beat down upon my poor bare scalp. It has an aroma of green grapes, it’s slightly sour and very citrusy, a combo that makes it really refreshing. The double fermentation using both Belgian and wild brettanomyces yeasts imparts a subtle but excellent sour note that doesn’t make your lips pucker. It’s a great beer for sour-heads like me, and I think it would be a good one for someone just starting to explore sours.

Highland Brewing Little Hump Spring Ale – bottle – 4.5% ABV

Here’s another refreshing one. Very floral and crisp with grassy notes and a light mouthfeel. It’s a spring beer if there ever was one. I had it out of the bottle, but I think it would be extra refreshing on draft.

THE WORST

French Broad Rye Hopper – draft – 5.9% ABV

I’m not quite sure what made me dislike this beer so much. In general I’m a big fan of rye IPAs, but this was way too dry for me. It probably didn’t help that I drank it while I was eating barbecue. In hindsight I probably would have been better served getting a light, refreshing beer. Oh well…

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