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Taste Testing Chainbreaker White IPA

Taste Testing Chainbreaker White IPA

I had the opportunity to taste test White IPA A versus White IPA B a few years ago when in Portland’s Pearl District I happened across the Deschutes Brew Pub. It wasn’t any kind of special event that I was specifically invited to, but rather Deschutes offers tasters of their Beers To Come to the public. It’s a great program that let’s the average Bearded Joe Craft Beer Drinker feel like they know what they are talking about when they drink a beer. I’m pretty sure I wrote something about "the fruity frothy white reminds me of a shaken not stirred Welch’s white grapejuice" kind of ignorant bullshit.

But the IPA, Wheat at a medium ABV of 5.6% packs just enough IBUs at 55 to please multiple camps of beer drinkers–enough to satisfy the hardcore heavy IPA thrashers who wake up to a smoothie of Ninkasi Tricerahops and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, as well as the lighter Belgian Wit loving orange and coriander flavor savorers. Brewed with pilsner malt and both malted and unmalted wheat, Chainbreaker White IPA has enough citrusy IPA guts from Bravo, Cascade and Centennial hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast to make it the best of both worlds. This is the beer Blue Moon dreams it could have been at night.

Craft Beer - What's On Tap for 2015

Craft Beer – What’s On Tap for 2015

Craft Beer – What’s On Tap for 2015

2014 was a blur of craft beer. It feels as if I was finally awakened to all of life’s infinite malt possibilities, but I know that it’s just the beginning. 2015 promises to be equally exciting and full of new and delicious surprises. The big ABV boys were out at play in the barley fields of the lord. Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer, and New Belgium led the way for the craft beer industry, but limited run ales, as well as multiple hopped IPAs from Lagunitas, Rogue Ales, Brooklyn Brewery, Stone, Dogfish Head, Boulevard, Harpoon, Deschutes sold out regularly throughout the US and the Double IPA saw a large showing as well. Stronger beer seemed to be what was on the menu. But in order to grow beyond the roughly 5% market share they currently possess in the domestic market, smaller craft breweries will have to diversify. It looks like we could be in for a wave of lighter, flavored and session brews running anywhere from a demure 4%- to a slightly less timid 6% ABV. 2015 will be the year of the Wheat Shandy and the Milk Stout. Here’s the rundown of what 2014 tasted like. And cheers to the new year!

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