Epic Brewing Brainless on Peaches

I don’t know much about what comes from Utah. A quick Google search reminded me of that time that the 2002 Winter Olympics was hosted there, and it looks like they’re well known for mining. Sundance Film Festival and they 14.9% of folks are Scandinavian in ancestry. All of that pales in comparison to what else Utah brings to the table. Or, in this case, the bar.

Ladies and Gentlemen, enter Epic Brewing Company.  More specifically, their Brainless on Peaches.

Looks like a nice, juicy peach. In a glass.

The newest offering at Rockfish by Southpoint is a special rare beer tap.  A totally awesome idea, in my humblest of opinions. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one that thought so because beer geeks gathered in order to taste this rare treat.  This keg was the only one in the state of North Carolina and, considering how much I love limited edition things and Rockfish, I couldn’t resist.

Bottoms up!

Now, about the beer.

From the brewer:

Brainless on Peaches is part of the Exponential Series of very limited release beers from Epic. “Epic’s special line of ales and lagers for the accomplished consumer or the ever-curious. This is where the Epic journey never ends…”

We took our double gold medal winning Brainless Belgian, added organic peach puree and aged it in French Chardonnay casks form Sawtooth Winery. Drink from a Pinot glass, serve on the warm side of cold, it develops nicely as it warms displaying more fruit and wine.

It was delicious. Be warned, it is 10.5% ABV, but it drinks much smoother than that. The smell and taste is not as aggressively PEACH as Peaotch that I tried a few weeks ago, but the taste of wine is definitely there. If I didn’t know that it was aged in those fancy Chardonnay casks, I think I still would’ve guessed that there was some wine in this process. The taste started out as somewhat sweet, then hit a little harder with some sharpness after a few sips. It mellowed out as it warmed, and, after one glass, definitely had an effect. It had a fair amount of carbonation which I always appreciate. While I didn’t love it as much as the Dogfish Head Festina Peche or the Peaotch, it was a decent peach beer and totally worth a try.

 

Terrapin Midnight Project Peaotch (Collaboration with Left Hand Brewing!)

Good morning folks!!

First, I’d like to thank you all for your kind words regarding the fire in my apartment complex. It finally stopped smelling like smoke in the neighborhood, though the area is still caution-taped off for safety. Well, safety first, and hopefully things will be back to normal sooner rather than later.

What better way to welcome Sunday morning than with a nice juicy peach…. beer review.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to spend one of North Carolina’s first gorgeous fall days warming up with a few friends around the grill.  One friend in particular was really dressed to the nines.

Oh, you fancy, huh?

The other day I picked up the collaboration peach beer by Terrapin Beer Company and Left Hand Brewing Company aptly named Peaotch.  It was about 9 dollars at the Hope Valley Bottle Shop, which was fairly steep for me… but I was celebrating life.

Sometimes, I’m a bit raccoon-like when I shop for beers.  I don’t mean in the sense that I open garbage cans to dine on the contents (most of the time). I do, however, get attracted to shiny things. And the beautiful golden shininess on the top of this bottle piqued my interest.  Oh, that, and the name. Peaotch. Bahaha. Get it?

T-t-t-tasty!

The smell from the initial pour of this beer was beautiful. I’m pretty sure that, if Yankee Candle was interested in a peach beer candle, this would be it.

From the brewer:

Sometime around midnight in a city nobody can agree on, the idea for Terrapin and Left Hand to brew a collaboration beer was born. Peaotch is the third in the series of one-time releases between the two breweries. Terrapin  Brew master Brian “Spike” Buckowski hosted Left Hand Brew master Ro Gunzel in Athens, Ga and late one night the two brewed up this dreamy ale.

Yep, we brewed a beer with Georgia & Colorado peaches. We tried to tell the peaches to get out of the way, but they wouldn’t. Ludicrous, we know.

ABV: 7.2%

I smelled fruity ripeness like peaches and maybe something else…. apricots? Either way, it was fragrant and light.

The taste of the beer was a little less intensely peach than the smell, but I think that’s probably for the best. It was light and carbonated enough that I probably could’ve enjoyed the whole bottle (though I split it with my buddy) and it went down easily. Even though I feel like peach and fruit might be more of a “summer beer” flavor, this was crisp enough to go perfectly with the crisp autumn weather. It was almost juicy.

I’d recommend if you were a fan of Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche and looking for another peach experience, I’d recommend this tasty treat. It’s not quite as tart as the Pêche, and is a great drink to share with friends.

Or raccoons.