We went to the Red Fox Bar and Grille for the beer - 17 on tap - we stayed for the food.
As remarkable as it may seem, a bar hundreds of miles from home serving up a combination of 17 local and not so local beers and I've actually had them all. But they had one that I haven't had in ages and had not ever reviewed so now I have some blog fodder.
Besides the beer we enjoyed a yummy meal of Creamy Cheddar and Guinness with Roasted Onions Soup, Brick Oven Baked Buffalo Wings, BBQ Ribs and Skewered Shrimp Sampler, Grilled Chicken Breast Caprese Napolean, and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. I also had a rockin' good White Sangria made by the lovely and talented Shayna the bartendress.
The food was well prepared, nicely presented, and very good. The service was excellent.
I started it out with one of my favorite local beers - Iron Mike pale ale from Moat Mountain Brewery, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Red Fox.
Then I smelled the beer my husband was drinking and got all drooly and whatnot. I had to have one. So, up next . . .
Blackberry Wheat (4.00% ABV) by Long Trail served in a shaker pint on draft. It is a pale golden color, clear and bright with a bit of a white head on top. Some lacing left behind in the glass.
The aroma is mostly blackberry. It is so enticing, which I why I had to have a glass of my very own!
The taste is very blackberry-y with undertones of wheat. Despite having such a big fruity flavor, this isn't an overly sweet beer. There is no bitterness to speak of. The finish is clean.
The mouthfeel is light and effervescent. This is a slam-backable brew. So it's a good thing it has such a perfectly sessionable ABV.
This is a great anytime beer. Not a big beer, not an in-your-face beer. Just a gosh darn good brew!
Overall: very good