Hudson Valley Brewing releases another banger!
“I’m never alone
I’m alone all the time
Are you at one
Or do you lie
We live in a wheel
Where everyone steals
But when we rise it’s like strawberry fields
If I treated you bad
You bruise my face
Couldn’t love you more
You got a beautiful taste”
Wise words from the Gavin Rossdale-helmed 90s Smash Hit Rock Band Bush. You all remember Bush, yeah, you do. I still wish Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani were together. It keeps me up at night. Seriously, there’s probably something wrong with me. I mean, why is she dating Blake Shelton? He cheated on Carrie Underwood! COME ON!
I’m sorry, I got off track. This is an article about beer, right?
Actually, can anyone tell me what that song is about? I’m definitely not sure, but I am sure of one thing, WE’VE GOT A NEW TIGERLYFE TIMES BEER OF THE WEEK, MY BABIES!
Now, why all the Bush lyrics and swooning over Gavin Rossdale’s long, flowing, curly brown locks? Well, this week’s pick for BOTW is… GLYCERIN! (“Don’t let the days go by, Glycerin…” Still can’t figure out what this song is about. Oh well. 🤷🏻♂️)
Hudson Valley Brewery has been cranking out some of the best beer in New York, and possibly across the United States, over the past couple of years. First I heard of them was when they did a collaboration with the always amazing Stillwater Artisanal, called Hopvine Bling, a Dry-Hopped Berliner Weisse with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes. I always snag that beer when I see it.
I know when that Hopvine Bling, that can only mean one thing.
HVB does Sour IPAs, and they’ve pretty much perfected the style. Is their Pilsner one of the best beers I’ve had all year? Yup! But sour IPAs have been popping up in the Craft Beer scene recently, and the folks at HVB are sour IPA royalty.
I was able to get my hands on a four pack of each version of Glycerin thanks to my buddy Brad, who waited in line on a sun-soaked Saturday morning with his incredibly patient girlfriend Alex, who willingly waited with him so he could take home some and share with myself and others.
“Each version,” You say?
YUP! They put out not one, but TWO versions of Glycerin.
Also, can we talk about this can art for a second? Evan M. Cohen is the artist for all HVB brews, and he’s a wizard. Check out his website HERE (http://www.evanmcohen.com)
Both versions are Sour DIPA with raw wheat, malted oat, and milk sugar. The blue can above is brewed with Pink Guava and Red Currant. It pours hazy and creamy with a darker pink hue. The guava shines in this one, with notes of red currant, and strawberry 🍓. The lactose makes this creamy and drinkable as all get out. The 8% ABV is hidden, which is dangerous. Also, I don’t have any pictures of this brew, because I drank it so quickly I forgot. I’m a horrible beer writer. Please enjoy the pictures of the OTHER version, which I will talk about presently.
Hey! A picture!
Version 2! Double Boysenberry! The same ingredients for the sour above, but instead of pink guava and red currant, this one has a DOUBLE DOSE (I would assume) of Boysenberry. This is not as hazy as the pink guava, but pours a beautiful dark pink, almost red. This is definitely more tart than the guava (which sort of smooths out the tartness with a bit of sweetness) but that’s not a bad thing. I love the acidity of this one. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a boysenberry, but I get notes of all kinds of red berries. I guess you could call me the Red Berry Boy!
My parents tablecloth almost matches the artwork!
In summary, these beers are so dope, and everything Hudson Valley puts out is dope (I mean, how does cardamom and white chocolate work in a sour beer? I don’t know, but they manage to pull it off.)
Take a trip to Beacon, NY and experience this brewery. It’s not to be missed!
Until next time,