I want to propose that we all just call this style “Brut ales”, which will organically shorten to just “Brut”.
Rogue is the perfect evocation of All Things Oregon and the beer is absolutely in the top five of all the “Old Guard” breweries in the entire West.
Boundary Bay Brewing is possibly the greatest obscure brewery in the United States.
Laphroaig Select is Splendid, in every aspect, in the immediacy of its flavors and textures and Attitude.
It’s fresh and sexy and engrossing and smoooooth and delicious and, really, what more can you ask from either a new beer or its brewery?
With this tannic structure, lovely acidity, and forward fruit, this is a genuine stunner.
PROMISE YOU, if you go into Slippery Pig, you WILL taste that ONE (at least, possibly two) ales that will linger in your head for YEARS, the experience as fresh as when you first sipped it.
It comes as NO surprise to me at all that The Ages is among the top two American Gueuze ales that I’ve tasted yet.