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Brewery: Madison River B.C.
Brewery Location: Belgrade, MT
Featured Beer: Salmon Fly Honey Rye
Style: Rye Beer
ABV: 5.6%

Salmon Fly Honey Rye pours a slight golden straw color haze on the pour with an off-white head. There is a mild but appearent aroma of honey on the nose and the malts offer a light bready quality and a mild touch of spicy rye. The hops provide a subtle but earthy and floral quality, overlaying a stonefruit-like wisp. On the palate, there is a distinct light honey sweetness contributed by the local honey used in the recipe and it blends nicely with a mild to moderate rye malt flavor. Despite the honey, this is not a super-sweet beer. The hops provide just enough balancing bitterness along with a somewhat floral and earthy noble hop flavor.

Brewery: RJ Rockers BC
Brewery Location: Spartanburg, SC
Featured Beer: Bald Eagle Brown Ale
Style: English Brown Ale
ABV: 5.6%

RJ Rockers’ brown ale pours a reddish-brown mahogany color with a fluffy head that drops a bit of lacing as you go. On the nose, there is moderate sweetness, light toasty breadiness, mild nuttiness, and a subdued chocolate undertone, and just a touch of balancing hops. On the palate, there is a nice roasty flavor with notes of coffee, prominent cocoa, toasted brown bread, roasted nuts, caramel, and an underlying fruity quality. The hops are mild, which is expected for the style, but they provide the requisite lightly bitter balancing note with a somewhat earthy, tea-like character. With some nutty tones, mild sweetness, and a light, lingering bitterness this brown ale finishes nicely.

Brewery: Penn B.C.
Brewery Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Beer: Overlook IPA
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.0%

Overlook IPA pours a golden copper color with a bright head of foam. On the nose, it has sweet malty aromas overlaid by hop notes offering up lightly fruity, herbal, and spicy tones with a bit of a woody, earthy impression. The beer is bright and forthright in the mouth as the hops come through resinous, herbal, and somewhat spicy, with a bit of citrus. The backbone of this beer is the malt that provides tasty light caramel and toasty notes. In addition to its aroma profile, Zeus (the hops used), is an awesome bittering hop, with alpha acid levels often as high as 17%. The bitterness takes hold early and continueus to cling to the palate through the finish and into the fade.

Brewery: D.L. Geary Brewing Co.
Brewery Location: Portland, ME
Featured Beer: Hampshire Special Ale
Style: English Strong Ale
ABV: 7.0%

Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale pours an amber-red color with a hearty creamy head. It has a malty aroma on the nose with a firm hop bite. There is toasty, caramel, and fruity notes with a honey-like quality, joined with floral hops and an underlying citric impression. It opens with big fruity notes akin to grape, raisin, apple, plum, fig, and berry. Tthe malts offer a mild to moderate caramel flavor underneath the fruity esters, with some residual sweetness that carries through to the finish. In the fade,You'll find a grain-like quality to try to come through that is beaten down by the hop bitterness that builds into the finish and hangs on for a while with remnants of the fruit. A buttery note is present, and the beer is quite vinous. This is a superb, full-bodied English Strong Ale.