The Bruery Hold The Spoon

Years ago, I worked for a company that was based in Ohio. I had the opportunity to run one of the distribution centers in Ohio, while running one in Jersey, which meant a lot of traveling to Columbus. Although I went to an open food market in Columbus that had a Jeni’s, I decided I didn’t need ice cream then. That was a mistake. Jeni’s ice cream is awesome. Any beer based off the ice cream has to be good, right?

ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hold The Spoon is an Imperial Blonde Ale inspired by the flavors of Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks ice cream. Our innovation manager, Andrew Bell, states, ‘This was a fun project collaborating with a great craft company from another industry. Tasting through a bunch of ice creams is something we don’t often do at work at a brewery.’ The decision to make a beer inspired by this particular ice cream was an easy one, Bell continues. ‘Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks was one of our favorites from the start. It has a bold roasted peanut butter character that is balanced with the creaminess from the dairy, just the right amount of sugar and a surprising salty edge that really made you want to get another spoonful. We made this beer with the simple goal of conveying the wonderful experience of eating Jeni’s Ice Cream in… beer form,’ he says. Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, adds, ‘I was so excited when the Bruery came to us with this idea — and I don’t think they could have picked a better ice cream to turn into a beer. I love everything the Bruery does, and this beer is no exception.’ Hold The Spoon is brewed with lactose, cacao nibs, peanut flour and salt. It’s a full bodied, creamy beer with delicate notes of chocolate and peanut butter. The beer will be available online at www.thebruery.com and in tasting rooms, with a public launch party on March 6 at Bruery Terreux. Hold The Spoon will retail at $5.99 per can.”

Random: Ice cream is one of my favorite sweets.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of white head that was quite loose. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and light orange in color with some carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and sweet, which for a beer with ice cream cones on the can, is really to be expected. I picked up some peanut butter notes, caramel and a touch of honey. The taste reminded me of uncooked cookie dough along with peanut butter and white chocolate. The booze came through a bit too much for me. The body was on the heavier side with light carbonation. It had a sticky and lengthy finish with peanut butter. I thought this beer was good, but this was definitely a one and done beer for me, due to the sweetness.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Offshoot Splits

I’ve started to bike a lot at home for exercise and have been doing at least 7 miles a night. It is helping me lose weight, but sometimes I really don’t feel like doing it, but I’m trying to stick with it.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The wait is over. Say hello to new, fresh, juicy, hoppy, aromatic beers. We’re Offshoot Beer Co. – an offshoot, if you will, of The Bruery, and the latest extension of the Famille Rue fam. Our wheelhouse? Hoppy beers. Think ‘IPA’ and ‘Double IPA’. And other stuff that has the acronym ‘IPA’ in the name. Pretty much any hoppy eruption that excites and tantalizes the taste buds is fair game. Our 16-oz. cans are released in limited supply and sold in 4-packs directly from our brewery for fresh enjoyment.”

Random: I really like this new set of offerings from The Bruery.

This beer poured with a large, three finger, pure white head. It dissipated at a slow pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit upfront. I specifically picked up some mango and pineapple. The taste had a bit more depth. I picked up the same pineapple and mango along with passionfruit. There was some grass as well. There was a touch of alcohol present as well. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tropical fruit. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Bruery Ruekeller: Pilsener

Tonight’s beer is a selection from The Bruery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA specializing in barrel aged and experimental ales. Founded as a small, friend & family run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname. Patrick picked up homebrewing as a hobby, later to become an obsession, as a distraction to the banality of law school. Soon he was winning numerous awards for his beers and driving his wife, Rachel, mad with the messes that he would leave on the kitchen stove. Upon finishing school, he took it upon himself to draw up a business plan rather than study for the California Bar exam – a risky endeavor that shows through still today in the creative, genre-tilting beers that The Bruery prides itself on. The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers. We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.”

Random: We decided not to do the Bruery Society this year. It was very expensive and one year was enough for us.

The brew poured with a half a finger of thick, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace with some lacing left behind. The body was a clear, bright straw yellow color with a lot of carbonation. The nose had a lot of mineral water and some straw as well. There was a slight honey sweetness as well. The taste was also filled with grain and mineral water. There was a slight sweetness in the beer as well. The body was on the lighter side with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick with grain. I liked this beer a lot. When I think of The Bruery, I don’t think of a pilsener, but this was really pleasant.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Edmunds Oast Bucket of Flowers

Tonight’s selection is another from South Carolina. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in the Pacific Box & Crate development at 1505 King Street, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. is less than a mile from Edmund’s Oast restaurant and Edmund’s Oast Exchange. The 20,000 square foot brewery produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale. The brewery sports over a dozen EOBC beers on tap and regularly cans a number of offerings. Brewing Director Cameron Read produces an array of beers for both immediate consumption and barrel-aging. The facility includes an area dedicated to extended non-sour or wild barrel-aging, and a sealed area for sour and wild fermentation. EOBC beers are available at the Edmund’s Oast restaurant, as well as other restaurants and bars in Charleston and beyond. Edmund’s Oast veteran chefs Geoff Marquardt and Johnny Singleton oversee the kitchen, which features a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse. The food is casual and approachable—with selections including pizza, sandwiches, and entrees. The Taproom’s interior sports a 65-foot bar featuring 26 taps of house-brewed beers, wines, and cocktails. There is patio seating overlooking the courtyard and neighboring businesses. The venue is available to rent for special events. The taproom management team, led by Devin Marquardt and Jen Eppich, offers a variety of programming for guests to enjoy including weekly trivia, live music, sports, family friendly events, charitable fundraisers, pop-ups and more.”

Random: The brewery space was awesome. It had board games, pinball, food, high ceilings and good service.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head that was thick. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible due to how cloudy the beer was. The nose started with notes of flowers, specifically rosebuds and rose water. There was some wheat as well. The taste started with light orange flesh along with wheat and quickly went into rosebuds. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with flowers and wheat. This was a decent beer with some nice flavor that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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