The past two weeks have been pretty hectic for me with a ton of work, a packed two-day business trip to New York City, and five days in Chattanooga, Tennessee for an environmental conference. However, even when I’m not posting to LIBA, I’m thinking about reviewing, and while in Chattanooga I made sure to pick up a sixer of local beer.
Since I’m enjoying a relaxing day, I decided to make it even more chill by cracking open a bottle of Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Lager. It’s brewed in Lynchburg, Tennessee, supposedly from the same Prohibition-era recipe of Harry Lipman, who was apparently best buds with Hap Motlow of the Jack Daniel whiskey-distilling family. Neat backstory, but what about the actual beer?
The pour is pretty standard for a lager, golden and clear with very little foam head and a pretty consistent stream of bubbles floating to the top of my glass. It smells a bit sour, almost like lemons mixed in with a ton of grains.
Tastewise, this is okay at best, meh at worst. It starts out crisp and clean with a very standard pilsner grain flavor and some grassy notes through the middle, ending on a sour note with the same hints of lemon I got from the aroma. While it’s light with pretty good carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little bit soapy.
I’m glad I picked this brew up because I’m always psyched to try local traditional beers, but I don’t think I’d ever buy it again even if I could. I’d place it in the same category as a Miller Light, to be honest. However, I looked up some reviews and people seem to love this beer, so I’m curious to hear if anyone else from LIBA has ever had it and thinks differently than me.