I have a confession to make. For the last week I have been working on a beer project that doesn’t involve the blog. Yes folks, I’m cheating on LIBA. I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but stay tuned as soon all will be revealed.
Hint: I’ll soon be published (in print) for the first time. Very exciting.
Related to my secret project, tonight I was over in Worcester at Dive Bar interviewing the owner Alec Lopez. Alec has quite a reputation; he is NOT afraid to speak his mind. Despite his strong opinions on beer, he’s a very friendly guy. I had a great time and at the same time got to try some of the uber-hyped Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper.
Alchemist is a Vermont based brewery. Having grown up in Vermont, that inherently gives me a magical intangible connection to the brewery. My brother works in Waterbury, VT where the brewery is…why I haven’t had him stop and get me some beer prior to this, I don’t know.
Heady Topper is not for the weak of heart – it is full flavored and HOPPY! It’s got a hazy unfiltered look and a cirtusy smell. From the look and smell of it, you might not guess that you’re about to get punched in the face by “the bitter”.
At first taste, I get bitter citrus (grapefruit). This fades initially to a piney aftertaste and for a second I am bored. But WAIT! The beer packs a surprise…very late in the aftertaste strong tangerine citrus sweetness comes bleeding through.
5 words: Roller. Coaster. In. My. Mouth. This beer, my friends, meets the hype. I need a case of this stuff.