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New Belgium Brewing Company’s Mothership Wit

February 25, 2010

Editors Note: This is the 3rd in a series of 9 review of the beers sampled at the Hampton Beer Club’s monthly meeting.

For most South Carolinians that keep an avid eye on the beer section of their local grocery store, New Belgium Brewing company has made a notable and recent splash. This Fort Collins, Colorado based brewery is quickly gaining some well deserved respect amongst beer enthusiasts throughout the states. Their roots are firmly in the home brewing culture and it really shows in their final product. These might not look as polished as some of the other mass marketed beers, but they are tour De force in flavor. While offering this new taste of brew to most American’s New Belgium is staying real to the traditional brews of their namesake country Belgium. One of the most recognizable Belgium styles is the Wit. Wit literally means “white”. This based on medieval brews that did not use hops as a preservative, but rather spices, and gruit. Today the spices are usually citrus peel, coriander, and small amounts of hops. Mothership Wit follows this style perfectly and produces a Witbier classic. Read more…

Sam Adams’ Cherry Wheat

February 24, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of nine reviews on the beers sampled at the February Hampton Beer Club meeting.

Sam Adams where do you start with this company? It is easily the face of major American beer brewing today. The sell of Budweiser to INBev of Belgium, and the sell off of Coors and Miller have left the boys from Boston as the biggest American owned brewery in the United States. It seems like only yesterday Sam Adams was the upstart little guy working hard to change American tastes from the mass produced beer that most Americans reached for in the late 80s and early 90s.  The story of Jim Koch, the founder of the Boston Brewing Company (which is the parent company of Sam Adams), is a great succcess story and it all goes back to his passion for brewing. But that is a story that I hope to detail another day. Read more…

Florida Brewing Company’s Key West Southernmost Wheat

February 23, 2010

Editors Note: This is the first in a series of 9 reviews that will be posted on the site based upon the reviews of the HBC. Each week I will try and highlight two of the brews from the previous meeting.

When one thinks of Florida fine beer does not really jump to mind. The location and climate really do not lend themselves to fermentation of ales let alone lagers. And if you have ever visited Florida you know the tap water leaves a lot to be desired. But despite these conceptions stands a stark contrast: The Florida Brewing Company. According to the crack pot research staff here at Hamptonbeerclub.com we find out that the FBC actually dates back to 1896 and has a long history of brewing.  You can find out a bit more about the company by visiting this independent site. Read more…

Meet this Month’s Brews

February 19, 2010

Here is the first installment of a monthly feature that will highlight the brews sampled at the month’s meeting. Eventually each brew will receive its own entry complete with ratings by the club, national ratings, and comments left by the members. But for right now here is a pictorial view (Sorry Z, its not that type of pictorial!) of the first brews of the HBC.

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First Meeting of the Beer Club

February 19, 2010

The very first meeting of the Hampton Beer Club was held on Thursday, Febuary 18th at the Model Ts Lounge in Hampton. There were 7 members in attendance and a total of 9 beers were sampled. More info on the beers present and ratings of each will be posted shortly.