Roanoke, So Far, So Good: Big Lick Resilience IPA, Roanoke, Va.
Date: May 9, 2019
The Story— We’re in Roanoke for the week (we wish — it was two days several weeks ago). We reluctantly leave the Goats to head closer to downtown.
Big Lick is a big garage-type brewery with a good local following, a big range of beers, and a way above average way of serving you food that they don’t make. The Mexican restaurant across the street has a rep at the door– you order from him, he takes your card and rings you up, and the food appears for you soon after.
At peak times, the staff works hard to keep what could be discouragingly long lines moving well and, remarkably, still finds time to make you feel welcome. They brew a good range of beers and all of them were fine. If they have a style they do better than the others we didn’t find it, but didn’t regret any of the several beers we tried. We picked their IPA for this post because it might have beer the beer we settled in with despite the risk of an evening’s romance with a 6.7% beer.
The Beer— Chewy and toasty caramel malt with just a bit of an edge to it. Plentiful hops run to spicy and give along bitter with some metal. This is what you’d expect from an IPA a few years ago, and what we’re grateful for in an IPA today.
Value — good. Like the goats, they can’t stay in business without a pretty good price for the beer. Other than a few hats, this is all the income they get.
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.