It's been awhile since my last post, but that doesn't mean that there isn't some good beer to drink around town.
Barley's has a unique brew from Brooklyn on tap upstairs. The Flemish Gold is a saison style beer that pours with a golden color, and has some nice spiciness to complement the overall sweet taste. This is a limited beer from their Brewmasters Reserve series, and only select locations from around the country are given a chance to sample it. Downstairs, Barleys features the return of the Red Devil from Pisgah, an 8 percent beer based on their Solstice, but with the addition of a ton of raspberries and cherries.
The Red Devil can also be found at the Thirsty Monk, in addition to another unique Pisgah brew. The Dancing Hobo has been in the making for over a year, and the folks at Pisgah threw everything at it. It is a whopping 13.5 percent, and has raspberries, orange and spices, and was aged with oak chips and fermented with a champagne yeast. The description even says that it was a kitchen sink beer, and it is defintely worth trying out this one time offering. Another good beer on tap at the Thirsty Monk is the Bell's Expedition Stout, a smooth, creamy imperial stout with some lovely roasted malt flavors, this is one of my favorite imperial stouts.
Bruisin' Ales has been able to land a great new brewery out of Florida. Saint Somewhere is located in Tarpon Springs, and they brew two belgian style beers that I have had the chance to try on my visits to my parents. They are both good, but in particular I like the Athene, which is an interesting twist on the saison style, with a flavor the reminds me of fresh apples.
And finally, be on the lookout for the Highland Cold Mountain Ale, which should be making its way into stores very soon.