Friday, June 20, 2014

Brews at Woodstock

This Bike Week has had the best weather in my experience.

Today was no exception.

A ride over the Kancamagus Highway was gorgeous - although a wee bit nippish, at times. The views were clear and expansive. The hairpin curve was thrilling; I had an exhilarating moment of excessive speed but I pulled through it just fine. Keep in mind, "excessive speed" is a relative term. That may be 50 MPH (or more) for some people. It was probably 30 for me (maybe less). Hehe.

Anyhoo . . .

Lunch and a brew at Woodstock Station Inn & Brewery was the destination. And, as always, the food was great and the beer was delicious.

I normally don't drink and ride; I'll sip and sample but rarely drink a full beer. I save my beer indulgence for when the riding is done. This, however, was the exception. With the low alcohol content of the beer and a good meal, I left without even a slight trace of a buzz.

Summer Brew (3.8% ABV), a German Pilsner, was the perfect beer to enjoy and safely resume the ride.

The aroma is gently malty and clean. The taste had a signature Woodstock-y flavor to it. It was crisp and light tasting. with pilsner malt coming through. The mouth feel is exceptionally light and pleasantly effervescent.  This is a beer I could drink all day long. Easy drinking and goes down oh-so-easy. So easy. 

Overall: good

I also shared a sample of Fellowship Ale with hubby, since I hadn't had it before.

Fellowship Ale  (6.40% ABV) is an American IPA. 

The aroma is resinous and citrussy; very inviting. The taste is a perfect balance of hoppy goodness and malty sweetness. It's not too bitter, not to sweet. It has a juicy, mouthwatering appeal. The finish is dry and crisp. The mouthfeel is medium-ish and bubblicious. I could drink lots and lots of this.

Overall: very good.

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