Beers that got us through the winter: 7 Locks 35 restaurant 5 IPA Series Halpine Edition in cans at Smoke, Bethesda
Date: April 25, 2019
The Story— We love 7 Locks Brewery. It’s close enough to be a local, it’s inviting for families and couples and wandering other spirits. There’s a great vibe in the brew house taproom with Ginga games and hot and cold running children. But for us, the beers are too sweet and the sugars just don’t sit well.
The Halpine Edition, however, seems cleaner and better attenuated than many of their beers.
The Beer— Nice flavor of pine and tropical fruit on a clean lightly toasted malt. Late bitter with a bit of chalk. Some metal, earth, and stone fruit rolls in late with some dank notes.
Value — good to very good. We tasted this at Smoke Barbecue restaurant in Bethesda. Beers they serve there are always nicely priced.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.Next week we’ll return to visiting fun places to explore beer — and much more–a different destination each week. Our beers of the day will feature beers from this wonderfully wet destinations. For this week, though, we’ll take a quality break and give a shout out to brewers from all over that made the winter a bit warmer. The upside is that some of these beers may be available in a good beer store near you.
A caveat as always: the vast majorities of craft breweries may have a few beers that are usually available, but their most interesting beers are usual season or one-off brews that we may rave about, but you can’t find. Our specific beer descriptions, can tell you what sorts of beers the brewery does well; if you don’t find the exact beer on tap, you’ll probably find something similar.