Recent Pick-Ups from Roge and Blue Point Breweries

Rogue Brown Nectar and RastafaRye Ale

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and RastafaRye Ale - Recent Additions!

Another trip to the store, another two new bombers picked up!

This week I had the opportunity to grab two beers that I’ve been seeing on store shelves for some time.

The Hazelnut Brown Nectar comes from Rogue (@RogueAles) in Ashland, Oregon and the RastafaRye Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company (@BluePointBrewer) in Long Island, NY.

The two selections fall in line with some of my recent craft selections and sampling preferences. As you probably gauged from my previous blog posts, I’ve been on a crazy stout kick enjoying products like North Coast’s Old Rassputin (check out this blog post).

To expand my palette more, I’ve decided to move a bit more left of the beer spectrum and try out a few brown ales. While in Savannah, GA a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try the Brown Ale by Red Brick Brewing Company (@RedBrickBrewing) in Atlanta, GA. The beer surprised me as I’ve never been a huge fan of brown ales.

Usually, I find brown ales malty and difficult to stomach – but Red Brick was different. Though boasting big malt flavor, the spices and sweetness balanced this craft beer out making it very easy to drink.

In addition to partaking in brown ale sampling, I love to sample beer with “different” and distinctive flavors. Although not always unique to the brewing process, for me hazelnut fits into that category.

Being a huge pistachio enthusiast – I’m still waiting for a solid pistachio stout (hoping that Peter from @SimplyBeer sees this post!) – until then Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar will have to do. Hoping it’s a great selection!

Despite my kick for dark and heavy beers, I did want to move even further away from my Rogue selection. Rye Ales and Rye IPAs, pale ales and IPAs brewed with a partial substitution of barely with rye, were introduced to me when I first had the Rye Squared Imperial Pale Ale by Terrapin Beer Company (@TerrapinBeerCo) from Anthens, GA (a fantastically fruity and hoppy pale ale with a taste of “something” else, hint: rye).

The RastafaRye Ale is 7.5% deep-copper rye ale that, according to the Blue Point website, contains just the right amount of rye to offset the floral and bitter characteristics of the hops. Also noted on the website is:

The Blue Point Brewing Company donates a portion of all RastafaRye Ale sales to They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) a Taj Weekes charity foundation that helps orphaned and underprivileged children in the Caribbean and around the world:

I’m not sure why, perhaps it was his overwhelming passion for rye ales in the past month, but I seem to frequently attribute the style to a fellow New Jersey Craft Beer reporter, Os (@NJBeerNerd). Typically, I pick up a Rye Ale and think “Would Os like this?”.

Again, I’m not sure why I seem to think of him – but I’m going to save this one to share with Os. Hoping he likes it.

So there you have it! Two different sides of the spectrum and both craft beers look very promising. Looking forward to sampling these recent pickups!

How different was your most recent craft beer pickup?

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