On Tap Now (Updated 3/21)
Suite MNO – 4.5% ABV: A brightly-fruity wheat beer with aromatics of watermelon and bubblegum. A similar concept to the beer it replaced (8980 Rt. 108), but with El Dorado hops and fermentation by a blend of English and Belgian strains.
Rings of Light – 4.8% ABV: OG Rings is back! Original Gravity that is. That tropical, citrusy hop bomb wedged into a sessionable package that we loved from the original batch is back on display. Toasted oats carry this soft but punchy hop wallop across your palate but maintains a sublime drinkability that we keep going back for! Of course backed by that touch of vanilla from RVA Manchester.
Atomic Apricot – 5.7% ABV: We took a stainless-steel-fermented pale sour beer and loaded it with apricots at a rate of 2 lbs per gallon. That’s most of what you’ll taste, but we layered in fruity complexity with a moderate dry hopping with Amarillo and Citra, plus fermentation with 12 strains of Brettanomyces. We didn’t back-sweeten or add lactose, so don’t expect it to taste like fruit juice! I also wouldn’t call it a sour IPA as the hops are a complexity rather than the star.
House Saison #2 – 6.7% ABV: Built on a base of spelt (a robust cousin to wheat) and Mike’s House Culture, this rustic saison is an ingredient showcase! With notes of hay, candied citrus, and honeydew on the nose, this full bodied but crisp rustic ale finishes on the palate with flavors reminiscent of green pineapple, tangy soursop fruit, and warm yellow cake!
Cheater Hops #6: Motueka-Mosaic-Simcoe – 6.8% ABV: Those three varieties provide a range of papaya, lime juice, and light pine hop aromatics. This is our first batch with Motueka, a variety from New Zealand that often lives in the shadow of Nelson Sauvin. Not quite a “cheater” hop on its own, but in this combination (suggested by our taproom manager Spencer) it really shines as an accent! The beer is slightly snappier than the last couple Cheater Hops thanks to wheat malt in place of oats. Plus a bare touch of CaraVienna that gives the finish a fresh biscuity-caramel kicker.
Cryovolcano – 7.9% ABV: Citra and Mosaic are two of our favorite hops. Together they provide an intense aroma of green pineapple, melon, and grapefruit. 25% of our 4.4 lbs per barrel triple-dry-hopping was with Citra and Mosaic Cryo. The malt balance is closer to the first batch of Snip Snap, slightly sweeter than Pillowfort.
Grapefruit Cryovolcano* – 7.9% ABV: The hops already provide grapefruit aromatics, but we wanted to reinforce that with actual grapefruit zest for this 180 gallon mega-variant of Cryovolcano! It took 58 peels to get a citrusy aroma-boost, and slightly elevated bitterness.
Boom, Roasted! – 9.2% ABV: Our second stout, this time an English-inspired Imperial Oatmeal! That means it’s rich, strong, and malty. Flavors include: chocolate, toffee, and faintly woodsy.
* Variants are only available for growler fills to Sap or Founders club members in their Magic Growler.