I may have mentioned this before: I’m something of a hop-head.
Citra, Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook … I love ‘em. So, it comes as no surprise that IPA’s are my go-to brew.
But, this year, I stumbled across a style of beer that I wasn’t familiar with at the Great American Beer Festival: Rye IPA’s.
My first taste of a rye was at Firestone Walker’s booth. We tried the Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. It was love at first sip. The spicy hops balanced with a roasty, dry rye. Yum. Yum.
Since GABF, the spouse and I have kept our eyes peeled for rye beers to taste. One night the spouse bought my new favorite (and has been back to the store many times for more): Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye.
Spicy, hoppy, balanced, dry, warm … it’s about as close to a perfect winter brew as I can imagine. And, unfortunately, that’s just what it is … a winter seasonal. So, don’t wait too long to try it! At the rate I’m going, they’ll be out soon. ;)
Give the Rye a try and definitely let me know what you think!
Are you a beer drinker? What’s your favorite brew right now? Does it change with the season?
P.S. Sierra Nevada is one awesome brewery and two of our home-brewing buds got to got to Beer Camp with them. Try what they made at camp – the limited release Simmer Down Brown – at the Pints 4 Paws event in Cheyenne, WY on February 8th!