|Standing on top of Independence Pass (12,095 ft)|
A highlight of the trip involved a visit to the Avery Brewing Co taproom for beer and dinner. While we tasted several beers at the taproom, the most remarkable beers I tried were the Lilikoi Kepolo and the Columbus/Chinook IPA. The Lilikoi Kepolo as described by Avery is, "... slightly sour and on the palate is very fruity, with plenty of wheat, a hint of citrus and generous taste of yeast. The mouth feel is dry, yet refreshing, which makes for the perfect early summer drink." I couldn't agree more! This is definitely the king (or should I say Queen?) of summer beers. As mentioned, the Columbus/Chinook IPA was really good as well. I was skeptical at first as many Chinook beers to me taste overly earthy, but this IPA had more to offer. Maybe I should reconsider brewing with Chinook (for those who are unfamiliar, Chinook is a type of American hop).
In other news, I should be bottling my first brew in Bloomington, Hoosier Daddy IPA, this week. Also, as I mentioned in my previous post, upon my return from Colorado I was greeted by approximately 15 lbs. of wheat from a friend in Kansas. I need to learn how to clean and malt wheat. Does anyone know how? If so, please drop me a line. I'm thinking of brewing a Trappist fermented wheat wine with it.