Hey, hey! Rachel, here. I hope you all had lovely weekends. I know that Maddy and some of you are still recovering from the Oyster Roast at Parkway on Saturday. The event featuring Rappahannock River Oysters, live music, and delicious Parkway brews attracted visitors from all over Virginia and the surrounding states! Congrats to Parkway on a second successful execution of this annual event. I wish I could have been there!
I started off my weekend with Maine Beer Company’s Beer 1, a brew from their Hop Program. I love Maine Beer for a lot of reasons. First, it was founded by two brothers who took a chance, left their day jobs, and devoted themselves to brewing really good beer for a living. Second, they decided early on that they would always give 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits, and their slogan, “Do what’s right,” reflects that commitment. Third: their bottling. Even before I knew how damn good the stuff inside was, I loved their clean, simple labels and clever names. Finally, they just make such consistently delicious, high-quality beer. They worked on the recipe for their first beer, Peeper, over and over again trying to perfect it, because initially their plan was to only do one beer really well! I’m glad they decided to make more, because that level of commitment to quality has lead to a whole fleet of delicious brews.
In their Hop Program, Maine focuses on brewing beers with new hops and hop combinations. Beer 1 features Mosaic, Columbus, Centennial, and Nelson Sauvin hops. I was unfamiliar with Nelson Sauvin hops before trying this beer, so I did a little research found that they’re named after the Sauvignon Blanc grape. They have a strong fruity flavor that resembles white wine, which I totally picked up on in Beer 1. It isn’t an IPA with hops that punch you in the face or ruin your palate. It’s light bodied, somewhat effervescent, and has a clean, subtle, citrus hop presence. Much like the bottle and the name, Beer 1 is simple, but good.
I hope your weeks are productive, fun, and contain spring weather! As I dive into this Monday, I’m going to keep Maine’s slogan at the front of my mind.