For the first Thursday for some time we had a gathering of more than just myself. Rich and Chuck came out of the woodwork to appreciate some fine American craft beer.
Started the evening off with what turned out to be beer number 233: Farmhouse Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company. Followed by Black Hatter, Rye Hatter, and Cascade Kriek Ale by Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub. All the beers were fantastic but we all agreed that Cascade Kriek is a really solid sour. It stole the evening.
Farmhouse Hatter takes the base beer and, based on the name, adds Belgian yeast if not more. The Belgian yeast adds a nice pepper and spice complexity to the beer without overwhelming. Hops are grapefruit citrus and pine with the grapefruit coming on strong on both the nose and mouth. Definitely a refreshing beer, suited well for this shitty hot weather we have had lately. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7
Useless Fact: Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was an ophthalmologist by profession.