While we were on our way out of Baltimore, the other half found “Of Love and Regret” listed as a good beer bar on one of her foodie websites and suggested that we stop. What I didn’t know until we got there was that this is partially owned by the brewer of Stillwater Artisanal Ales. I’ve had a few of their brews and been quite impressed by them. What was even cooler was that the brewer was sitting at the bar and I got to speak with him for a little bit. Despite me acting like a total beer dork, he was a really down to earth guy and it was awesome meeting him. This was the first beer that I had there.
Style: American Wild Ale
Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “Golden blond ale brewed with our own hops and fermented with our Morpheus house yeast. Aged in wooden Bordeaux red wine barrels for eight months.”
Random: This was brewed by Alvinne and Stillwater out in Belgium.
If you follow this blog at all, you know that I love a good American Wild Ale, so when I saw this, I had really high hopes. This one poured with a three finger white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the wine glass. The body was a hazy burnt orange color with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of tart fruit with some lactobacillus and general microbial funk. The taste was seriously funky (in a good way) and also had light notes of white grapes and some vanilla oak to it as well. I didn’t get any sort of red wine notes, but that could have been cancelled out by the funk. It had a medium body with high, seltzer-y carbonation. It had a long, tart finish. This was definitely a big, flavorful beer that was amazing. A definite treat if you see it around.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0