A lot of breweries these days are creating some unique concoctions.
- Twisted Pine Brewing in Colorado brought Ghost Face Killah to the world, which is brewed with 6 different peppers including Habanero and the Ghost Chile. Imagine chugging straight out of a bottle of hot sauce. Liking hot things, I actually enjoyed sampling this one.
- Dogfish Head is always searching for new things to try. One of their more recent attempts, Ta Henket, went very wrong in my opinion, but you have to give them credit for going for it. Ta Henket was brewed using an ancient recipe which calls for a particular brand of Egyptian yeast that left Ta Henket tasting exactly like dirt. Although, my guess is that ancient Egyptian beer probably tasted just like that.
- Perennial Artisan Ales has decided to use local, seasonal, and organic ingredients when brewing their beer. One of my favorites from this St. Louis brewery is Abraxas, which is made with chiles, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Yum!
Homefront IPA is also brewed by Perennial. As barrel aging becomes more and more common, and as breweries continue to experiment with barrels (rum, oak, chardonnay, Buffalo Trace, maple syrup, etc.) I suppose this had to be done. And as a baseball fan, I am super excited to try it. When drinking barrel-aged beers, I often try to find the subtle flavors that the barrel has infused into the beer. While I will be searching for this barrel flavor, I’m not sure if I will recognize it, having never before licked a Louisville Slugger. That’s right, Homefront IPA is brewed with oranges and aged on Louisville Slugger bats.
Fremont Brewing Company and Center of the Universe Brewing Company, which is owned and operated by Chris Ray, former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, teamed up last year to create this beer. Their larger mission, however, was to provide financial assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront receives all proceeds from the sales of Homefront IPA. This year, the project was expanded to include 5 other breweries nationwide; Sly Fox (PA), St. Arnold (TX), 21st Amendment (CA), Cigar City (FL), and Perennial Artisan Ales (MO). Memorial Day is the official release date for all versions of Homefront IPA. While we were able to score ours from Perennial, purchasing one from any of the listed breweries will help support our service members and their families.
What an amazing beer! I highly recommend being on the lookout for any of the Homefront varieties next year on Memorial Day, or shortly there after. It has a great citra-hop feel. Brewing it with orange peels didn’t diminish the citrus notes with their bitterness nor turn it towards the wit beer flavor that I thought might occur. Not only is it fresh and delicious, but you definitely get a “woody” flavoring. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to taste the wood, or if I would be able to identify it. But it comes through loud and clear. I finished this beer and I immediately wanted another. Memorial Day is far away, but well worth the wait.
For more info about the Homefront IPA project, visit http://hopsforheroes.com
For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net