Blue Mountain Brewery is about 2 and a half hours away, so it’s definitely not a “DC Beer,” however, I still think of it as local. In fact, Blue Mountain Brewery makes quality craft brews, and while it’s taken me a little while to find my favorite of their beers, I have enjoyed the ones I’ve tasted so far. So, admittedly, while I ended 6th Annual DC Beer Week (August 17-24) with a non-DC beer, I did go with a “Local Species,” and it definitely hit the spot.
The Local Species (brewery, untappd) is a Belgian Pale Ale made by Blue Mountain Brewery in Nelson County, Virginia. The beer was a dark, hazy, reddish-amber with an off-white, foamy head and a lot of lacing on the glass. On the nose, there was toasty maltiness mixed with hints of red apple and caramel. In the mouth, there is a maltiness and some grass mixed with the slightest hint of something sour, maybe sour grapefruit, and some toffee-like sweetness, probably from the bourbon barrel the beer was aged in. The beer had a nice body with a long, smooth finish with only a hint of hoppy bitterness.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this beer in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $11 for 750ml, this beer is easy to drink, food-friendly, and well-balanced. Hubby and I have started the fall race season training, so I enjoyed the Local Species on a Sunday evening while recovering from one of my first longer training runs. It was a great beer for putting up my feet, relaxing, and catching up on my Runner’s World and Vogue magazine reading.
Question of the Day: How far away is still local for you when it comes to buying local beer or wine? For you, is buying local more about supporting small producers than it is about actually buying local (for example, is buying a Robert Mondavi wine when you’re in Napa still buying local)?
Price: $11 for a 750ml bottle
Purchased at Whole Foods Market
Overall: 4 Corks