Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #22: Hop Farm F41 Cream Ale, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date: June 21 , 2019 —
The Story— This certainly isn’t a stay at home beer. We tasted it at the brewery in Pittsburgh in the upper west section that allows a three or four brewery crawl with a short Uber ride or two and some walking.
The Hop Farm Brewery isn’t a farm at all, but a welcoming beer bar with above average beers and a friendly atmosphere. Locals we talked to loved it – and with good reason. One of the good ones was a cream ale that was worth having more than one. The 4.8% abv was certainly within specs but there was just enough hop balance to take it out or the cream ale gutter and make it a very pleasant beer.
The Beer– It starts with a chewy pale malt. Tangy and slightly metallic on the finish with enough back bitter to cleanse. Ellie liked its crisp finish
Value — Good. Maybe better than good, but we only tried a sampler size since we were on a multi brewery role.
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.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”