Well, life as a blogger is hard. As I do not blog as my living, living seems to want to slow my blogging down. However, intrepid readers, I am far from stopping my search for great beer and places to enjoy it!
After an enjoying walk around one of my local park’s lakes, here in Raleigh, I had the pleasure of swinging by, with my drinking pal Alan, Raleigh’s Hop Yard, located in the Durant area of North Raleigh. See, here is one of my weaknesses. Tired, hot, and definitely thirsty, I enjoyed a beer from the tap (Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout) and then searched for a couple of bombers to bring home for my wife and I to enjoy. Wow. Today, I cracked the wine priced bottle of Hoppin’ Frog’s Barrel Aged Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale.
Not only is the name a mouthful, but this sweet citrus ale is smooth and complex. Minuscule bubbles bring a light effervescence with minimal head over a slightly cloudy hay colored ale. Yes, my wife and I drank it out of wine glasses (white wine glasses, to be exact) and it was the right choice. A lemon zest and honey nose, this smooth and velvety ale stayed nice and chilled, as we used the stemware, leaving an almost homemade lemon drop flavor across our palate. At an ABV of 7%, it’s not too strong, nor is it too light.
What a way to help the missus unwind after our Sunday routine.