There’s so much drama in the LIC, it’s so hard being Chris C-U-Z-Me!
Alright, so, for the reader who hasn’t heard about Fifth Hammer Brewing (please check out my article I wrote a bit back about them!), that actually doesn’t rhyme. Cuzme is actually pronounced Cuz-MAY. But you’ll forgive me for the rhyme stretch, because I think the joke still lands 🤣🤨…
As you’ll see in my previous article, Chris Cuzme and his wife Mary Izett have hit the ground running, putting out amazing beers in a wide range of styles (including, but not limited to, a Pilsner, a Russian Imperial Stout, sours, old and new world Pale Ales, and even a lovely little Grisette!)
They’ve been nothing but amazing each time we’ve visited, and are a favorite stop for my friends and I if we’re visiting the local Long Island City breweries. They’re also about 2 blocks away from John Brown Smokehouse, which makes, in my humble opinion, the best Barbecue in NYC. Plus, their beer selection is outrageous! Go check them out and grab some food and a brew before stopping by Fifth Hammer!
Alright, enough yammering about food. This is about beer! The TigerLyfe Times Beer of the Week! Fifth Hammer has been doing can releases for almost a half a year by this point, and they’ve been cranking out a ton of fire emoji Beer in cans since.
The first release I got my hands on from them was Jollity, a lovely, happy, hoppy Double IPA that would satisfy the palate of any seeker of hops (you know who you are). Around the same time, they released their Iron Lotus, an Imperial Porter, in tiny lil’ 8 oz cans.
Look how happy Lil’ Jollity is!
Tiny Baby Can and Tiny Baby Big Boy Brad!
They’ve done a bunch (see, I do my research! It’s science) of can releases since then, but it’s their most recent offering we’re here to talk about!
What do you think, if you had to guess, is the most dramatic animal?
I’ll give you a minute (leave your answers in the comments below).
Well, Cuzme, Izett, and the gang at Fifth Hammer Brewing have the answer for you.
It’s the Llama, baby!
Again! Another dangerous fire escape photo!
I would classify this as an East Coast Style IPA, it’s not as hazy (sorry #Hazebros) as some NE Style IPAs released lately, but don’t you want some IPA variety in your life? I mean, COME ON!
Juicy orange zest bitterness dances with blueberry sweetness. The beer is medium bodied, and has a creamy mouthfeel. I think it was the perfect beer for them to release in Springtime, as you can drink it when it’s 55 degrees, on a crisp evening, or you could chill it down a little bit and drink it outside when it’s 85 degrees and the sun is blazing. Cuzme, I’m not sure if that was your intention, but I’m totally digging it! Also, the can is super dope, and who doesn’t like Llamas, even when they’re being dramatic?
If you can’t see it, that says “Save the Drama for your Llama.” Wise words from a wise brewer.
So, if I haven’t said it enough, get your little butts down to Fifth Hammer Brewing, in Long Island City, New York, tell ‘em we sent ya.
Until next time!