Been a bit dry in the Emerson hosehold lately, but I have had a chance to grab a few of the new arrivals on the shelves of my local New Seasons, two old familiar faves and one new one to me.
I'll start with the new one first.
I am an economist, so I don't presume to pass judgment on beers on an objective level, but this hits my sweet-spot perfectly.
Ninkasi Oatis Oatmeal Stout
Hair of the Dog Blue Dot
What I particularly love about this hop bomb is how light and creamy it is - I suspect with the careful addition of wheat in the grist. What you get is the smoothest mega-hop bomb you'll ever taste. Again, you have to be careful not to make creaminess turn to soapiness especially with rye, which is also reportedly in the grist, but HotD manages to pull this off with aplomb.
So here are three very different beers now on shelves that are each entirely different form each other. Buy all three and enjoy the wonderful world of craft beer. Soon it will be cold, dark and wet enough to dive into the winter ales -- but not yet, for me at least.