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THE BEER CONNOISSEUR

Chris Herron

Brewer Q & A – Summer 2015

For beers that receive a score of "Excellent" or above (91+), we've asked the brewer a few questions regarding that beer's origins.

BY: CHRIS GUEST

CREATURE COMFORTS  BREWER BLAKE TYERS

CREATURE COMFORTS  BREWER BLAKE TYERS

96 Rating - Creature Comforts Brewing Co. - Tropicália

Responses from Creature Comforts head brewer, Blake Tyers.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe? 
Blake: With our current year-round line up, we piloted those recipes for a couple of years before we opened up. Brewery founders Adam [Beauchamp] and David [Stein] laid the groundwork early on and then the three of us brought it to the finish line. 

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Blake: I like the aroma a lot. The balance is probably the highlight to me -- it has a nice hop flavor that isn’t fatiguing. 

BC: Where does this beer’s name came from?
Blake: Tropicália was a pretty awesome art movement in Brazil in the late 60s. It was a moment where artists were looking to the world for inspiration and bringing their cultural heritage with them… a little of the old blended with the new. It’s pretty interesting because there’s elements of this all over the beer industry right now. Young vs. old, old world vs. new, pioneers vs. wave riders… It’s a nice reminder for us to not forget the history of brewing but to also bring it with us with new inspiration.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Blake: Nope. Mine would probably be a pale ale, pilsner, or saison. 

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Blake: Soft with ripe fruit, medium-bodied, hop-forward and balanced. 

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Blake: I feel like this beer has been a catapult for our brewery. We’re only 16 months old and many of our triumphs and struggles to this point have been shared with this beer. After nearly all of our big moments, at the end of the day, we’ve all sat down with each other and shared a Tropicália. Those moments that we’ve shared with each other over this beer and our other beers are what make it all worthwhile and are what will keep this beer special to us. 

GREEN FLASH BREWER CHUCK SILVA

GREEN FLASH BREWER CHUCK SILVA

95 Rating - Green Flash Brewing Co. - Silva Stout

Responses from Green Flash head brewer, Chuck Silva.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Chuck: Chuck Silva, VP of Brewing Operations and Brewmaster for Green Flash Brewing.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Chuck: The silky smooth mouthfeel and bourbon barrel-enhanced flavors -- having hints of cherry, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, and roasted barley.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Chuck: Silva Stout is a special occasion beer rather than my “desert island Beer."  It’s a great beer to share when opening a bottle with friends, and I also enjoy having it as my dessert.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Chuck: Dark chocolate-covered cherry bourbon balls rolled in cocoa powder.

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Chuck: The naming of the beer was a bit of a surprise to me. In the beginning, it was simply called Bourbon Barrel Double Stout since the base beer is Green Flash Double Stout. As we continued to brew and age more of this beer in bourbon barrels with laudatory response, it seemed high time to put the beer in bottles. So in the spring of 2010, we set the stage to bottle the first run of Bourbon Barrel Double Stout. Needing a label for the bottle, Green Flash CEO Mike Hinkley secretly developed the label to include naming the beer Silva Stout to pay homage and surprise me with this singular honor. I was indeed surprised and very honored by this recognition.

95 Rating - NoDa Brewing Co. - Hop, Drop 'N Roll

Responses from NoDa head brewer, Chad Henderson.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe? 
Chad: Our Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Todd Ford, came up with the original home recipe for Hop Drop 'N Roll.  There have been small changes after initial brewing to adjust to the production system, but the general concept of the beer has remained the same since its homebrew days.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Chad: My favorite aspect of the beer is the overall hop presentation of the Citra and Amarillo combo. It doesn't overwhelm with straight hop character, but uses a sturdy malt base to allow the hops to have something to stand on -- instead of the beer just being pure hop juice.

BC: Where does this beer’s name came from?
Chad: In the world of IPAs there's no shortage of hop puns, so why not add to the pile?  

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Chad: I don't have a definitive desert island beer, but Hop Drop 'N Roll is definitely in the top five choices.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Chad: Aggressive yet balanced American IPA full of character and awesomeness

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Chad: My favorite personal story with Hop Drop 'N Roll was when we won the World Beer Cup Gold for American IPA with it. The award made us the first brewery from North Carolina, the Southeast region, and the East Coast to win the category at the World Beer Cup. I think the award helped fortify people's awareness of the NC beer scene. I had no expectations for Hop Drop to win the category and had only hoped for a bronze. When the gold was announced, I was completely blown away. What made it extra sweet was the fact that it was the day after my 30th birthday!

93 Rating - Matt Brewing Co. - Legacy IPA

Responses are from Matt Brewing's quality and innovation manager, Rich Michaels.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe? 
Rich: The recipe is based on an old IPA recipe from a little over 100 years ago. The old recipe listed domestic and imported hops. Based on what was used at the time, we deduced Cluster and Kent Goldings. We were able to source some old growth Cluster out west, we also procured some Kent Goldings. The ambiguity of the original recipe allowed for some modern interpretation with Citra, Centennial and Simcoe hops added to modernize the taste profile. We brewed it in our pilot brewery and quickly scaled up production.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Rich: The light color and low malt profile. The malt bill was based on the old recipe -- lager malt indicated a light color in the beer. The lower malt character allows the hops to come through nicely.

BC: Where does this beer’s name came from?
Rich: At Matt Brewing, beer is our Legacy. We have made craft beer in three different centuries. There are not may places in America where you can brew with that type of history. 

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Rich: Cold and fresh is important. I am partial to the beers that come out of our pilot brewery, such as Legacy. We are doing some great things quality-wise and we are always working on interesting new products. If I had to pick one I don't make, it would probably be Founders Porter. I enjoyed it when I brewed there and still enjoy it years later. There are not many beers that you keep near the top of your list for 15+ years.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Rich: Hop-forward, golden, citrusy and piney.

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Rich: Not so much for the beer, but a funny story about asking for a job at Matt Brewing years ago. When I first started brewing school back in the early 1990's, I asked F.X Matt II for a job, and he turned me down. He said he appreciated my enthusiasm about craft beer, but the brewery was struggling and had employees to lay off. Things have definitely changed for the better over the last 20 years!

LOST ABBEY BREWER TOMME ARTHUR

LOST ABBEY BREWER TOMME ARTHUR

92 Rating - The Lost Abbey - Carnevale Ale 

Responses from The Lost Abbey head brewer, Tomme Arthur.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Tomme: The recipe was designed by Tomme Arthur and Bo Winegarner (one of our original brewers).

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Tomme: We love the way the spicy yeast notes interact with the citric American Hops (Simcoe and Amarillo), and how the fruity brett finish lends a nice acidity to the beer.

BC: Where does this beer’s name came from?
Tomme: We wanted to have a spring seasonal beer based on the concept of Lent. So we kicked around the idea andCarnival, the celebration, came up.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Tomme: Not singularly, but if there were a list of five beers you could take to that island, this would have to be considered for that list.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Tomme: A delicious addition to the Saison family of beers.

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Tomme: In 2012 we had a very respected Belgian brewer join us for a beer dinner here at The Lost Abbey. He took a sip of Carnevale and remarked that the beer had a "Belgian Soul" about it. Later that weekend the beer won the Gold Medal and the 2012 World Beer Cup, and he was super pleased to learn that it was our beer that had come out on 

91 Rating - Foothills Brewing Co. - Carolina Blonde

Responses from Foothills director of marketing and communication, Ray Goodrich.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
Ray: Head Brewer T.L. Adkisson.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
Ray: It’s a light beer that actually tastes like a beer.

BC: Where does this beer’s name came from?
Ray: It’s from North Carolina, and it’s blonde-colored... It didn’t take long to name it.

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
Ray: It’s my any island beer.

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Ray: The beach in a bottle.

BC: Do you know a story -- or have a personal story -- that revolves around this beer?
Ray: We call this our ‘lawnmower beer’ – the best beer to have after a day of yardwork. We know from experience.