Sunday, May 4, 2014

Firefly Hollow

After attending Shebeen's anniversary party, we decided to swing by Firefly Hollow. Why not? We were in the area and Firefly Hollow kicks some beer butt!

There was a healthy crowd at the bar but there were plenty of cushy comfy seats so I grabbed a couple flights and pretzels and got all cozy.

I got one of each pretzel from Harvest Bakery - a jalapeno cheddar and a stout. I dare say these may be the best pretzels ever. Soft and flavorful. They went perfect with the beer, too! And oh so happy! Just look at that smiley face on the Jalapeno Cheddar!!  It's only mildly weird that it looks suspiciously like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Just sayin'.

But I digress.

Anyhoo . . . I'd had a couple of the beers on the list during a previous visit but was happy to drink them again and try the new-to-me ones.

Wisp Single Hop Pale Ale (5.5%)

As the name perhaps implies this is a light and gentle pale ale. Mildly sweet and malty with some juicy fruit presence. It finishes dry and a little bitter. A drinkable for anyone brew. I like it! Overall: good

Crazed Copper Ale (4.9% ABV) 

This classic and a good example of the style. This is not by favorite style but it's not bad and I liked it. The hops make their presence known in the finish with a little bite. This is a good, quaffable brew. Overall: good.

Moonrise Amber (6.3% ABV) This one was a bit of a pleasant surprise. An amber with a hit of hops. That's my kind of amber! It's also has nice fruit characteristics; a little juicy, a little tart. Nice all around flavor and a pleasant divergence from your every day amber ale. Overall: good.

Toadstool Oat Stout (5.8% ABV) 
bursting with fresh roasted coffee flavor and sweet milk chocolate. The finish is mildly bitter and pleasant. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice. Overall: very good.

Nymph IPA (7.1% ABV) is hop forward but it is gently bitter. The hop profile is fruity and juicy. This is an IPA that anyone can enjoy. It's mild and tasty. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall: good.

Dire Chinchilla (9.8% ABV) is big. Not for the light weight beer drinker. It boozy for sure. But that's not all. Malt, hops and caramelized sugars are pronounced. This is a bold flavorful brew. Nice! And I like the name, too. Overall: Good.

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