3-21-2019 - Whistle Punk Tap List



March 21st

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Spruce IPA

 IPA W/ SPRUCE TIPS 7% ABV

ALASKAN BREWING CO // JUNEAU, AK

Spruce tips are one of my favorite adjuncts (non-essential ingredients used to modify the flavor or body of the beer) used in brewing. Interestingly the tips don’t usually taste “sprucey” in beer, rather contributing bright berries and citrus, with a fresh, lightly evergreen note. Surprisingly I haven’t seen or had the opportunity to try many spruce tip IPAs, but the combination of flavors that Alaskan has put together play off the best parts of both the tips and the hops. The blend of resinous hop punch with the light and refreshing fruit tones from the spruce tips enhances the overall IPA experience, deepening the aroma and flavor profile, but staying firmly in the lane of the style. Further proof that Alaskan is still on the leading edge of craft beer in America after more than 30 years.

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Irish Amber

IRISH STYLE AMBER ALE 4.75% ABV

FINNEGANS BREWING CO // MINNEAPOLIS, MN

One of the only non-profit beer companies in the world, you really are making the world a better place with each pint you drink. We have a definite soft spot in our heart (and our liver) for Finnegans, Ashley was a “Fintern” while we lived in the Twin Cities, working on spreading the good word about their beer and the many charities they helped benefit. Today, Finnegans focuses on “Turning beer into food” by helping provide fresh local food to food shelves. Philanthropy aside, the beer holds its own. Lighter bodied than many other Irish-style ambers, it has a lightly sweet, toasty malt body with a subtle grassy hop profile and a super clean finish. With each glass, you’re participating in Barstool Philanthropy!

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Pils

Pilsner 4.9% ABV

FAIR STATE BREWING CO-OP // GRAND RAPIDS, MI

The current beer market is flooded with the wildest and most eclectic variety of styles and flavors the world has ever seen. With all of these varied choices, I think it’s important to take time to enjoy classic beer styles that built the framework for all that we currently enjoy. At the very core of the classic styles is the Pilsner, and Fair State has done it justice while making it their own. Very pale golden, clear with a nice bright white head, a great pilsner just looks beautiful. German style pilsners have a more prominent hop character and lighter body than their Czech counterparts, and this is right on the nose. Floral, grassy hops float off the head, and a delicate cracker-like malt body lead way to a crisp, lightly bitter finish that is just damn refreshing. Enjoy all of the wildest beers that you can get your hands on, but don’t forget to keep some classics in the mix so you don’t forget where it all came from.

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