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Oakshire Brewery Watershed IPA (365 Day 268)

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Oakshire Watershed IPA

American craft beer that is brewed by Oakshire Brewery has been on Rich’s and my radar for a while. We have heard good things about their craft and have always wanted to lay our hands on a few bottles. Of course beer trading makes this all possible when there really is no other viable method of landing Oakshire beer.

A recent transaction landed us a bottle of Watershed IPA, Oakshire’s year round American. The beer is straight forward centered around hops. Floral, citrus, grapefruit, and I even thought wood hop aromas poured from the glass. Pale malts are the backbone with the beer showing little signs of sweet while being dry.

Possibly too much for your casual American craft beer drinker, Watershed is a rock solid beer that would easily be appreciated by any hop head. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

Useless Fact: Suetonius Tranquillis reported in his Life of Augustus that the great Roman poet Vergil once held a funeral for a dead fly, complete with pallbearers and lengthy eulogies. In ancient Rome, cemetery land was not taxible. By interring a fly on the land surrounding his private villa, the wily poet turned his home into a burial ground and thus made it tax-exempt.

Oakshire Brewery Ill Tempered Gnome (365 Day 191)

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome

Shared with friends American craft beer seems to hit its pinnacle. I get so geeked out about Thursday night beer night that it has become my favorite night of the week. Rich and Steve made it over to share some six bombers of beer. I have to say only one of them was disappointing.

Ill Tempered Gnome by Oakshire Brewery was the first beer of the evening that was mainly shared by Rich and I, since Steve arrived a touch late. He will be docked his fair share of American craft beer over the next few weeks as his penance.

Gnome was not ill tempered at all. In fact it made both Rich and I quite happy since we were expecting a spiced up mess from another winter beer gone shitty. Instead we were greeted by a wonderful beer that had solid balance, good malt, and hops. The aroma was the light side of the beer as it just didn’t measure up to the beer. If they find a way to pack more joy for the sniffer in the beer, this will easily be out of sight. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 9, Look: 10, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.7

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