Have you ever been out and about, load up your Maps app, and just do a search for “brewery”? That is what I did while wine tasting with my family over the weekend. Little did I know we were 10 minutes away from Old Bust Head Brewing in Fauquier County, one of the newer Virgina breweries. After some mild convincing we arrived at the brewery, did some tasting, and I left with a six pack of the Graffiti House West Coast IPA.
It’s been a few years since I did a post of My Top 10 New Beers for a particular year. The idea and challenge to make this list is to pick your ten favorite new beers to you that you had in a calendar year. I did an article with this concept back in 2011, and decided it would be a good idea to revisit this. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite new beers that I tasted in 2014.
The Ballast Point Sculpin IPA has long been a favorite of hop heads everywhere and for the past couple of years they have been making the Grapefruit Sculpin variation. This 7.00% ABV, 70 IBU American IPA features a base of the Sculpin IPA with a hefty addition of grapefruit. Increasing the citrus notes on an already citrus laden IPA can only lead to good things, right?
Recently, Mike published an article titled “Undrink The Beer – Five beers I wish I could have again, for the first time” that centered on an introspective look to some beers of one’s past. These beers, as Mike put it, are ones you’d like to be able to experience again for the first time; knowing full well you’ll never quite get that same sort of feeling or experience again.
Sly Fox Brewing Company, originally based out of Phoenixville, PA but now brewing in Pottstown, PA, will always hold a special place in my heart. As I have expressed in other reviews I have been going to Sly Fox since well before I could drink beer with my parents. They have always been innovating and producing great beers and growing with their market.