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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Common Interests Coming Soon

Back in August I previewed the new collaboration beer from Epic and Commons Brewery in in Portland Oregon. Since that time Commons Brewing has indefinably closed up shop. Commons still technically exists though San Diego's Modern Times Brewing has taken over the brewery. Confused? - don't be. At some point Commons may rear its head again, but for now let's concentrate on today's beer. The collaboration pairs Oregon-grown red winter wheat with juicy, Colorado-grown, Rocky Ford honeydew melons, capturing the harvest and local flavors from each state.

The base beer was brewed in early January and set to sour and mature in “Zoe,” one of Epic's newly named foeders. Months later, in August, a team from Epic drove to Rocky Ford, a Colorado region famous for their honeydew, and collected 4,000 pounds of ripe melons from the three-generation Hanagan Farm. 

Common Interests is a light-straw color with just a hint of green in the highlights. Sweet honeydew rind, clean earth and oak hit the nose. The first sip is bright with citrus-tartness, lime and pith, that fades quickly to a cooling ripe-melon-sweetness with hints of cereal grain, tilled earth and root cellar. The effervescence lifts quickly off the palate taking the acidity but leaving hints of honeydew and the harvest season. 

Common Interests is in the process of being packed and will be available in Salt Lake City in 375ml bottles. 11/1017 is the tentative day it will go on sale. But before that you, get a new batch of Sour Brainless on Pineapple set to hit a week from tomorrow on 10/27/17.

As promised. I have some release dates for you, Big Bad Baptist variant fans. Big Bad Baptista will be released tomorrow (Friday 10/20/17) at the State Street brewery. Also, the newest edition to the line-up: Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is scheduled to hit in two weeks on 11/3/17.

I guess you could say, it's going to be an Epic couple of weeks!


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