Thursday, May 15, 2014

Meet the Brewer - Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso

Two Roads hosted the second of their "Meet the Brewers" events. The first one featured the beer guys at Two Roads. You know, those adorable and hardworking fellows who make all that beerific magic happen.

This time they featured the well known and much respected gypsy brewer from Evil Twin, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso. Evil Twin is known for excellent creative beers and Two Roads contract brews several of Jeppe's recipes.

Jeppe is low key and reserved and he quietly participated in the event. Graciously speaking to people who wanted to chat with him and generously allowing photos to be taken but declined to hop up on the bar and speak to the crowd.

I was delighted to find three of his brews on tap for tasting. A grabbed my sampler of three without hesitation.

Hipster Ale (5.5% ABV) is an American Pale Ale.  It pours a clear rich honey gold with a clingy froth of foam the left behind lovely lacing. The aroma was tart and fruity with floral and spicy hop notes. The taste was immediately brisk and mildly hoppy. Flavors of juicy citrus, biscuit, and caramelized sugars compliment and add character. The finish is dry and gently bitter. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and effervescent. Lovely! Overall: very good

Yang (10% ABV) is an Imperial / Double IPA. It pours a clear cherry read with a thin layer of foam. The aroma is malty, boozy, and incredibly mouth watering. The taste is big and boozy. Biting citrus hops, earthy pine, juicy fruits, sweet malt, and cracker offset the burst of, well, big booziness. This is a complex beer with intense flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with tight lively carbonation. Overall: very good.

Ryan and the Beaster Bunny (7% ABV) is a Farmhouse Ale that has, dare I say, the most awesome name ever. Also, I dare say, this was more like a hefeweizen to me than a saison. That's not a bad thing, just an observation. It is sunny gold in color with a fluffy head that laces up quite nicely. The aromas is sweet and yeasty and gently funky. The taste is soft and wheaty. Mildly spicy and malty. There are also flavors of banana, bubble gum, and clove which gives me the impression of a hefe. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. I'm a hop head but I favor this brew over the others. It simply rocks! Overall: excellent

If getting the chance to sample those yummy brews on tap wasn't awesome enough, a bottle of Bozo Beer magically appeared. Like magic, I say! I was thrilled to be invited to have a taste.

Bozo Beer (17.2% ABV) American Imperial / Double Stout. Holy Moly this is an amazing stout. Think of everything you like about a stout and this is pretty much it. WOWZERS. It pours as dark as thick black oil with a dense mocha head. The aroma is malty, coffee, cocoa, and sweet spices. The taste is complex and wonderful. Coffee, sweet & dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, nuts, chili peppers, cinnamon, light and dark sugars. So many flavors combined so well; it's hard to grasp them all. What's most impressive is that the alcohol is so remarkably well concealed. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Wow, what a great beer. Get some! Overall: Excellent

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