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Ghost River Brewing unveils new seasonal beer — the 1887 IPA

November 22, 2010 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Starting today, Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing is adding a new beer to its list of seasonal offerings — the 1887 IPA.

The “1887” commemorates the first year that the Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped.

The beer (O.G. 1056; I.B.U. 87) is brewed with Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, and is a really nice India Pale Ale.

I got a sneak peek of the IPA on Saturday when I went on a tour of the Ghost River brewery at 827 S. Main. The beer is similar to the new HopGod Ale on tap at Boscos, but the recipe is a bit different, and I like the 1887 quite a bit more.

Growlers and kegs are available on the dock at the brewery starting today, and I was told the beer will be in bars in the Memphis area within the month. It’s supposed to be available through February.

Check out the video below for a little more information from Ghost River Brewing founder Chuck Skypeck, who was our tour guide Saturday.

FuzzyBrew Review: Dundee India Pale Ale

October 19, 2010 By: mike Category: FuzzyBrew Review

Dundee India Pale AleBrewery: Dundee Brewing Co.

Location: Rochester, N.Y.

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: 60

Fuzzy Rating: 3 out of 5

On the label for its India Pale Ale, Dundee Brewing Co. prints this simple message: “Be bitter.”

They’re not kidding.

This IPA (delivered from NY to Memphis, via Chip and Roz) has a mild aroma of sweet malts and grass, but its taste is bitter, with a decent amount of astringency in the finish.

Dundee uses Columbus hops for bittering and Chinook and Willamette for taste and aroma, and the result is a beer that’s not particularly well balanced.

It’s certainly drinkable and undeniably crisp. And as you make your way through a pint, you may pick up on subtle characteristics of spice and citrus.

But my taste buds wanted more flavors from this beer. And it was, ultimately, too dry for my taste.