These sentiments recently appeared in an article at CraftBeer.com:
Why do so many people love beer? It’s because beer presents a fun experience to nearly everyone, no matter their background or level of knowledge. Yes, there are people who love beer without really knowing anything about how it’s made. For some, however, the experience becomes more satisfying as more effort is put into learning about beer.
If you are truly interested in beer and brewing, whether it’s home brewing or craft beers, your local is the best place to be. For Kingman, that’s Black Bridge. Here’s a few things they’ve been doing recently that I thought were fun and have expanded the beer knowledge of their crew and community.
- Angry Elf. A Russian Imperial Stout brewed originally by a local home brewer and employee at Black Bridge. His recipe won gold at a home brew competition and is an outstanding beer on it’s own and is occasionally offered at the brewery. They brewed it again this year, added cherry puree and some chocolate and called it Sexual Chocolate. It’s a wonderful stout, highly recommended, especially if you like dessert. It may already be gone, though, but maybe it’ll come back.
- Pete LaFass. A heavily smoked scotch ale. Honestly, that thing is for hardcore beer fans. It tastes and smells like a hospital inferno, latex, nitrile and band aids burning in diapers or something. These are all usually bad. But, somehow, it works in this beer. You may only be able to cope with a small sample, but it’s worth a try. It’s from a local home brewer.
- No Pricks Allowed. A Belgian blonde that is a gorgeous pink/purple color, from the prickly pear addition, so it’s using locally found ingredients from a cactus. A true desert beer.
- Hop Tart. Another beer from a home brewer who won a contest at Black Bridge; it’s been a while since I’ve had this beer, so I can’t say a lot about it. I only remember that I didn’t hate it, so, that’s got to be good. I believe I read that it’s coming back on tap soon.
Anyway, these beers may or may not be on tap at B3 by the time you read this and they are by no means the only beers there. Doubtlessly, I’ve left off beers that were inspired/brewed by other locals and B3 crew, the above beers are just the ones I know about right now. The brewery is a place to get good brewing advice, inspiration for your own beers, and to get goaded into a new hobby. And, really, the point is that the brewery is sponsoring local brewing culture and I think that’s cool. And I have a self-important blog. So I’m going to write about it. Because I can. And you can even get beer there, fun and all.