On Sunday’s kick-off to Memphis Beer Week, I gave my taste buds a serious workout at the Young Avenue Deli.
I started the night with the excellent Noble Prized Porter, brewed for Memphis’ inaugural craft beer week by Ghost River Brewing. I followed that up with Rufus, a sour red ale from Yazoo Brewing and New Belgium, and finished the night with Stone Brewing Company’s Old Guardian Barley Wine (11.6% ABV). Wheeew, that was some serious beer, especially for a Sunday night.
Jockamo, one of my favorite IPAs out there, is hopped and dry hopped with Willamette and Columbus hops. It’s brewed with pale, red and caramel malts, and is a fairly well balanced IPA, clocking in a 6.5% ABV.
The nice thing about the cask-conditioned version? It’s very mellow. Plenty of nose and hop flavor, but it’s a really easy drinking ale. It paired very well with the spicy, indulgent, Southern-inspired fare at Hog & Hominy.
And it’s not too late to get in on the Abita firkin action. Abita is having cask nights every night this week. Here’s the schedule:
Tuesday (today): Vanilla Double Dog at Flying Saucer Downtown, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Restoration Pale Ale at Sweet Grass, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Zach’s Special Bitter at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, 6 p.m.
Friday: Juniper Pale Ale at Young Avenue Deli, 6 p.m.