Frothy Beard Strawberry Blonde

This was the beer Val wanted to get us through trivia. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Let’s start from the beginning. Frothy Beard Brewing Company grew out of a passion for creativity, culinary arts, zombies, epic novels, board games, the outdoors, and beer. Mostly beer. Michael Biondi, Steve McCauley, and Joey Siconolfi have been friends for more than ten years, brewers for six, and officially opened Frothy in 2013. The beer and the brewery have both gained a lot of press and a lot of fans. In 2017, Frothy Beard Brewing Company got a major upgrade and relocated to West Ashley on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Their state of the art taproom and facility has allowed them to increase their brewing capacity by more than 400% and they even canned a Frothy favorite, ¡Andale!, for the very first time.”

Random: The brewery had posters of a bunch of their beers up and I loved their art. It was so well done.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated quicker than expected and it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with strawberry extract and strawberry soda. There was a wheat note as well. I was hoping that the taste would be better, but I was sadly disappointed. The strawberry was still incredibly artificial. There was wheat present, but that was about it. The body was on the light side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry syrup. This was not a great beer and I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Frothy Beard Sip Sip Pass IPA

Val and I really like trivia. We found another brewery that offered trivia while we were in South Carolina. This brewery was in a strip mall, but had a lot of interesting offerings, along with homemade pizza. We decided to participate in trivia and have some pizza. I really liked this branding of this brewery. It was simple, but had a lot of character as well. This was the first beer that I had there.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Collaboration with Craft Conundrum for their anniversary, this Dank IPA has tons of hop aroma and flavor. Share it with your friends.”

Random: This beer comes in at 120 IBUs.

The beer poured with a small, half finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a lot of lacing on the glass. There was also a small crown left on top. The body was a cloudy bright yellow color with no carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose started with a lot of tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up pineapple and mango. There was some malt behind it as well. The taste was loud. It had tropical fruit that was pleasantly aggressive. I picked up mango, pineapple and some grapefruit as well. The malt presence was muted, compared to the nose. The body was medium thick and had just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. This was a really nice beer. In a market that is completely saturated with IPAs, I really liked this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Palmetto Nice and Brite Gose

This was the second beer that I had at trivia. We ended up with a free tee shirt and a koozie, which was nice. I wish we had a decent bar or brewery with trivia by us that we could go to every week. Hopefully that changes.

ABV: 5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tart. Crisp. Fruity. A little floral on the nose. A little tart on the palate. Citrus lingering in the finish reminding you of a cool sip of lemonade or a tall glass of iced tea with plenty of fresh ­squeezed lemon, Nice & Brite is as crisp and refreshing as a Folly Beach sunrise, so grab your board and head to the beach with Palmetto’s newest year-round brew and first gose.”

Random: I really liked Palmetto’s space and their staff was super friendly, which was really nice.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left a small crown on top of the body. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow. There was only slight carbonation visible. The nose started with some lemon flesh and lemon zest and quickly went into a floral note. The taste was also lemon dominant and didn’t have as much of the floral notes that were in the nose. It reminded me of a canned lemonade, which wasn’t a great thing. There was a touch of berry and not a lot of salt. The body was very light and needed a dial up of carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon. This beer went down easily, but it wasn’t a best in style, for sure.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Catawba Friki Tiki – Blood Orange IPA

On vacations, Val and I have started to search out trivia nights. The night before, we had gone to trivia at Edmunds Oast Brewery and came in second, despite missing 3 rounds. We went to Palmetto Brewing Company the next night to hit up their trivia night.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This series of fruited IPAs began in our Asheville South Slope pilot brewery, where they consistently ranked among our fastest-selling Small Batch beers. Seasonal fruit selections vary between batches to ensure optimal freshness, showcasing the tropical and citrus-forward character of each IPA, always light in body and incredibly drinkable.”

Random: I wish I could find a year-round blood orange beer. When they’re done well, I really enjoy them.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the pint glass. The body was slightly hazy and orange in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with citrus. I picked up blood oranges along with mandarin oranges. There were some notes of malt as well. The taste also had a lot of citrus and the blood orange juice was apparent up front. There was also some wheat in this as well. There was a bit of malt, but the citrus definitely took center stage. The body was on the lighter side with plentiful carbonation. It had a smooth finish with orange peel. I thought this was a good beer that I would be happy to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Birdsong Higher Ground IPA

One of the things that I love about Edmunds Oast is that the restaurant is absolutely beautiful. It has these hugely high ceilings and a giant beer menu with a ladder to change out the signs. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our West-coast inspired IPA is totally crushable– there’s a reason why it’s our best seller! Well balanced with specialty crystal malts and a pleasant citrus aroma, this beer has notes of grapefruit and honeysuckle. Hopped with Columbus, Cascade, Galena, and Zythos hops. Lovingly dry hopped with Cascade.”

Random: This offering was on tap at Edmunds Oast and since I had never heard of the beer, I gave it a shot.

The beer poured with a three finger, thick, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was mahogany in color and slightly hazy. There was not much carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose started with a generous dose of pine hops along with some grapefruit flesh. It quickly transitioned into some brown bread along with honey. The taste was also quite hoppy upfront with some pine needles, pine sap and grapefruit. The brown bread was still present with a little honey. The alcohol was well-hidden. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy piney finish. I liked this beer, although given the Summer heat in the South, was a bit heavy for the environment. Despite that, I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Edmund’s Oast Baby Bubble Barbecue Beer

I had some time off before I started my new job over the Summer, so Val and I hopped a quick flight to Charleston. We had previously been to Charleston on a day trip and loved it. We especially loved this restaurant Edmund’s Oast. We basically planned a trip to Charleston on going to this restaurant, so it was our first stop for dinner on the trip. They also make beer now, which made it even better.

ABV: 5.0%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the restaurant’s website, “Edmund’s Oast is a restaurant like no other, because it’s so much more – a unique combination of brewery, seasonally-focused kitchen, and encyclopedic bar program. Scott Shor had the vision to bring these often-singular pursuits under one roof without sacrificing an inch of quality among them. The restaurant offers an elevated but approachable menu, providing guests a warm and exciting dining experience. Executive Chef Bob Cook’s distinctively dynamic menu includes bar snacks, house made charcuterie, small plates, heartier entrees, and classic desserts with a contemporary spin. The food is authentic without pretention, delivering an extraordinary dining experience inspired by the beverages featured on the menu.”

Random: Unfortunately, the restaurant was not nearly as good as I remembered it.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was only slightly hazy and bright yellow in color. There was a nice amount of carbonation visible. The nose had some grain along with a touch of honey sweetness. The taste was light and crisp with some milled grain, barley and a slight floral honey sweetness. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick and sweet finish. This was a nice beer for a Summer in the South. I would give this one a shot again, for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Natural Light Naturdays

I’m listening to a really interesting podcast series called “The Dream.” This season, they’re looking at the wellness industry and the episode that I’m listening to is focusing on vitamins and how big of an industry it is. The host bought over $200 worth of “powders” that had no real directions on how to use them and no data supporting their health benefits. I’m sure she’s not the only one. I highly recommend giving the series a listen. Now, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A sessionable, light lager brewed with a phenomenal combination of ripe strawberry and fresh lemonade flavors that are perfect for increasing the fun of every occasion. For those who like strawberry lemonade…and drinking beer. Sit back and relax, it’s Naturday!”

Random: As a child, I had a lemonade stand over the Summer to make extra money before I could work.

The beer poured with a one finger head that was pure white. Its life was short-lived and it didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was really sweet with notes of lemonade and strawberry. The lemonade note was like Country Time lemonade. The taste was shockingly good. The strawberry and lemonade notes worked well together and the beer was not overly sweet. There was a touch of corn syrup as well. The body was very light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry and lemonade. This beer went down very easily. As much as I didn’t want to believe that this was a decent drinker, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0