On tap at Ambulance, second edition (2016 vintage) oak-aged sour blonde ale spreads white wine tannins and desiccated apricot-skinned tartness way beyond expectant orange-spiced witbier styling. In the midst, sun-ripened Muscat Blanc grape vinegaring sharpens lemony Granny Smith apple pucker to its hay-dried grain spine.
Silken saison with light brettanomyces acidity offers sunny lemon spritz to raw-honeyed strawberry tartness and herbal-tinged hops for éclair-headed yellow belly. Creamy vanilla froth engages floury dough bottom of slightly eccentric moderation.
On tap at River Of Beer. Combining “funky farmhouse blonde ale with Imperial sour red ale and aged on merlot grapes,” lightly vinous moderation backs up its delicate rose’ wining with muskily perfumed rose hips/ rose petals. Tart red grape continuance gains oaken cherry snip.
On tap at Russell House Tavern, delectable tropical-fruited India Pale Ale stays sessionable as orange-peeled mango, papaya, guava and grapefruit juicing gains sweet-spiced alacrity. Rummy banana daiquiri, red cherry and cantaloupe illusions flutter.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, seamlessly “decadent” full body brings oak- staved bourbon vanilla spicing to sweet brown chocolate roast, picking up mild sea-salted chili pepper heat. Fudgy chocolate retention gains subtle chicory, cacao nibs and hazelnut illusions below the surface.
On tap at Ambulance, moderate blackberry-juiced sour ale retains dry oaken acidity, lightly vinous green grape pucker and prickly salted seltzer spritz just below serene blackberry tartness, gaining subtle cranberry, lime and crabapple licks.
On tap at Poor Henry’s, immediate fruit-soured pucker weaves foraged apricot tartness, mildly vinous green grape esters and oaken cherry musk over dry barnyard leathering. Approachable sour ale crossover. On tap at Ambulance, 2017 version’s vinous white-wined tannins upended any foraged apricot and strawberry adjuncts.
On tap at One Mile House, engrossingly peculiar Imperial Stout aged in Woddford Reserve bourbon barrels (10.2% ABV) drapes syrupy maple molasses atop chocolate-glazed doughnut sugaring, cherrywood-smoked dark chocolate malting and chewy cookie dough yeast. Polite coffee roast sinks into pastry-like midst as Black Forest cake, toasted coconut, marshmallow, crème brulee, vanilla and black cherry puree illusions seep into the noirish maple-sapped bourbon blend.