You may have read my Garden State Brew Fest post, in which I wrote about how much I loved Free Will's Grape Sour. Well, I made sure to make my way to Poor Henry's when Free Will had their takeover shortly after.
Here, I had the Peach Sour, Key Lime Sour, Community Kolsch, Blood & Guts, Kragle randallized through citra hops, kiwis, passion fruit & blood oranges, Bonesaw Barrel Aged Barleywine, Techno IPA Nitro and Scarecrow.
Seth from Free Will brought a bottle of the Grape Sour, Snow Day, and Destiny's Wit. Jesse was kind enough to crack these open and share.
While, I'm not going to write about every single one of these, I must say I was thoroughly impressed by Free Will's offering.
First, the Key Lime Sour. If you like mouth-tearing sour, this is for you. It pours a slightly cloudy yellowish-gold. You can smell the sour in the aroma, but it does not nearly prepare you for the taste. It has a slightly sweet, tart, almost Kool-aid powder-ish taste at first, then just rips right through your gums. Its tartness is addictive and keeps making you drink it, but your face will physically hurt by the end of it. Really a unique and enjoyable sour.
The Blood & Guts, a sour cherry stout, was also an impressive brew. It pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste were quite a match. The chocolate and cherry are in perfect balance. The chocolate rounds out the flavor and body, while the cherry provides a sweet tartness. I must say, while sour cherry stouts are starting to become a trend, what I liked about the Blood & Guts is that Free Will didn't skimp on the sour. Both bold flavors, neither the chocolate nor the cherry overpowered the other.
The last beer I'll fully review from the Free Will takeover will be, of course, the Snow Day. A brewery exclusive, this was not on tap. I was lucky enough to get a generous pour of this from Jesse. It poured a light copper color with a very thin, white head. This was an unusual wild ale, a bit difficult to describe. A bit of guava funky fruitiness, light tartness, and an oaky finish. It was definitely a warming drink, great for a snow day.
While, I found it was more difficult to describe these beers than usual, to me, that signifies something very exciting to look forward to. This small PA brewery is making moves in their sour development. With unusual, yet very well done, twists, their sours are surely something to look out for!
P.S. Chef Dave made a wonderful IPA Duck Confit, an unexpected find at a pub, but the chef really has a talent. The ever-changing menu of both great beer and great food always keeps me coming back!
Check back soon for my next post!
Until then, hoppy drinking!
-One Hoppy Lady