Potosi Brewing Company Snake Hollow IPA (365 Day 73)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Potosi Snake Hollow IPA

American craft beer buying can be an art form in itself. It is also something that I take very seriously. Craft beer isn’t all that cheap, so who wants to just waste their money on another beer as all beers are not created equal. As, all beer drinkers are not created equally. Usually before picking up beers, especially at a store I am visiting on a trip, I will anally do my homework, creating a list of beers to look for, and only focus on those beers.

On a recent trip to Wisconsin I found myself at a beer store that I wasn’t prepared to visit, as it wasn’t part of the original travel plan. I had been to the beer store before, but it was closed, so this was my first experience. Yep, broke my one and only beer buying rule: do your homework.

The store sold a lot of the craft beer in singles, which is a great way to cover a lot of American craft beer ground for a little amount of money. Regrettably I am finding out that their beers may have some shelf life behind them, which is disastrous for IPAs.

One of the beers I picked up was Snake Hollow India Pale Ale by Potosi Brewing Company. I was really excited to try this beer as I was hoping this was another up and coming Wisconsin gem. After being smacked in the face by reality, I realized there was a reason I have heard nothing about Potosi Brewing Company. That might sound harsh, but as most craft beer fans know, word gets around if you are making quality beer. Potosi is in south western Wisconsin and this is the first time I heard of them. I wish them luck. I have another beer in the fridge of theirs, so hopefully this beer was one that didn’t agree with me. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 6, Look: 9, Drinkability: 5, Overall: 6.4

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