Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s 2XIPA. I don’t know when it became normal to have a double IPA, but I think it is right about when six packs started costing around $10.00 on average. This beer is anything but normal, even though it is offered as a year-round standard brew. When I opened this bottle I was pleasantly surprised that this brew was expertly crafted. I am always skeptical of beers from the East Coast, because of the long distance they have to travel to Alaska, however this bottle was exceptional. Piney, zesty, with a little malt backbone, this beer appeared yellow and fizzy, but the flavor was all citrus, and the carbonation was perfect.
I was inspired by the Southern Tier logo to put the Brewers Star in the background of this fine ale. The Brewers Star represents six crucial factors in brewing: water, hops, yeast, malt, specialty grain, and the brewer. Although this brewery is expanding rapidly, let’s hope it stays true to the principles it originally embodied. Its mission statement is, “To provide our customers with consistently fresh, clean American craft lagers that stand on their own merit.”
To Southern Tier, making exceptional beers that taste great even when purchased in Alaska!