I joined a packed house at the Imperial as the team behind Hood’s Up Brewery doled out complimentary samples of their delicious beer last night. Since I adore tasting any new craft beer in Downtown Sanford, I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed. Hood’s Up is a small operation searching for the perfect Downtown Sanford location for their brewery to call home, and after trying their beers, I sincerely hope that happens very soon!
I started with their delicious Ginchy No. 4, a Moscow Mule inspired Belgian Golden with hints of ginger and a trace of lime. Crisp, refreshing, definitely a great beer for this crazy summer weather we’ve been having on First Street. Next up was the Kohiba Imperial Amber, a medium bodied brew made with chocolate hops, giving it the richness of a much heavier beer. (My tipsy thoughts: “All the yummy malt taste of a porter without the syrupy texture when it’s 85 degrees outside? Good move, Hood’s Up.”) But lastly, ah, lastly, a beer that, for me, was the highlight of the evening: Sour Betty’s Evil Twin, a sour espresso stout. Yes, all three of those words go together! They should rename this guy “Dark Magic”, because that’s definitely what went into making this puckery coffee confection. Loved it!
Thank you, Tim, Danielle, and Gary, for venturing out to the Imperial last night and sharing your beer with us! (And thanks for the sweet shirt! Jeremy and I can’t wait to crack open the bottle of blueberry hefeweizen too!) We sincerely appreciate it and I look forward to seeing your journey unfold here in Downtown Sanford.
(And yes, the pictures are all a little fuzzy…it was a good time!)