As promised, I’m kicking off this week with some reviews courtesy the Beer of the Month Club. I had the privilege of meeting the company’s Customer Service Manager, Kristina at the 2013 Beer Bloggers Conference. Kristina was passionate when speaking about the club, describing to me how a team of beer experts spend significant time reviewing potential beer candidates before selecting what goes into each month’s box. Rather than just sending you a box of bottles, Beer of the Month Club also includes a well written pamphlet describing each beer. For those who, like me, enjoy being earth-friendly, the club uses 100% recyclable packaging and their corporate office runs on solar power!
I encourage you to read more at the website’s “about us” page.
Given that I had both the June and July selections on hand (24 beers), I decided to share the love and during last week’s poker night I encouraged my buddies to try and comment on the beer. Below you will find our collective thoughts on the first two beers sampled.
Boone Brewing Blowing Rock Summer Ale
- Sean: “Smells like wheat, but tastes like nothing. Blowing rock is blowing.”
- Ron: “Yup, tastes like nothing.”
- Al: “Reasonable well balanced, tastes very much like a wheat beer.”
- Marc: “Citrusy and over-carbonated.”
- Darryl: “Fruity with a med-light mouthfeel.”
My thoughts: I tend to agree with the collective. The Blowing Rock Summer ale is an incredibly light, highly carbonated wheat beer, with a hint of lemony citrus, but very little taste otherwise. A resounding “Meh” from the crowd.
Boone Brewing Blowing Rock High Country
- Sean: “Taste caramel malts.”
- Ron: “All I taste is water and hops.”
- Al: “ A flat finish with some hops flavor, which falls off quickly.”
- Marc: “I like it! Syrupy mouthfeel with a hoppy bite.”
My thoughts: It’s not a complex or “special” beer in any way, but I like it. I found a great balance of caramel malts with some earthy hops at the end. I ended up finishing the bottle when others passed it up.