Monsieur EdGreen Bench (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) and Saint Somewhere (Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Wood-aged farmhouse ale
SIXPACK SEZ: I’m going to try to erase the image of Saint Somewhere brewer Bob Sylvester riding shirtless with Khris Johnson of Green Bench, and hope that Monsieur Ed is not a talking horse. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on the contents of this bottle, a collaboration by the two Florida Gulf Coast brewers. The farmhouse ale opens with a traditional herbal/citrus aroma, but then is surprisingly complemented by an unusual, full-bodied malt sweetness, creating a brew that is both satisfying and playful. A prime candidate for a year or so of cellaring. (June '16)
Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 001Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, Calif.)
SIXPACK SEZ: I’m tempted to shrug this off as just another rotating hop series from a California brewery (do those west coast guys have anything else in their playbook?). But this one got off to a good start with a wheat-based brew that shies away from overly bitter flavor and plays up the fruitiness of new hop varieties. It’s quite smooth and mellow. Let’s see where brewer Matt Brynildson takes the series with No. 002. (June '16)
Pony PilsnerHalf Acre (Chicago)
SIXPACK SEZ: No it wasn’t the monkey riding a horse on the label that prompted me to grab this can at my local bottle shop. Instead, it was the name – pony! – that brought back memories of those tiny 7-ounce bottles I used to gulp on hot summer days. Miller, Rolling Rock and the perfectly named Little Kings... aaaah! This short trip down memory lane was brought to you by a 12-ounce can of crisp, light-bodied pilsner with a touch of sweetness. Very enjoyable. (June '16)
Space JuiceLong Trail (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont)
SIXPACK SEZ: A big juicy hop monster from Vermont – imagine that! This one’s surprisingly sweet, with the kind of fruity aroma you’d expect from a box of pear-flavored CapriSun. It finishes with a bitter bite, giving you a chance to consider what’s up with that name. A pot reference? Steroids? Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan? I dunno, take another gulp and enjoy a very solid double IPA. (July '16)
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