Often times when speaking in regards to a brewery we bring the most complicated beers forward. It makes sense. It’s not hard to go mad for the “Bourbon Counties”, “Perennials” and “Russian Rivers” of the world. They see the light of beer stores for a few hours and are soon to be whisked away to be digested or stored for a year or so in a cold cellar somewhere. Then their are brews like Souther Tier’s new season, 2xONE. One hop (Mosaic), one malt (Special Pale).
Southern Tier has played a big role in our cooler since the beginning. It’s an odd day that they don’t enjoy the comfort of an entire shelf just to themselves and it’s not just variety that affords them such real-estate.
Southern Tier’s year round, “2x”, and 12oz seasonal brews arch toward simple but well crafted recipes. The emphasis is on clean and balanced flavors created using quality traditional ingredients (water, hops, malts, yeast, grains).
This does not imply that they brew uninspired beers. They have focused on pull
ing the most out of simplicity, complimenting the overwhelming diverse variety of malts, hops, yeasts, and grains that can be drawn from every region on earth.
This direction leads to intriguing, sometimes simple, almost always satisfying (like their new 2xOne release). Fun and indulgent isn’t beyond their abilities(Choklat, Creme Brûlée, Pumking) and well crafted specialty brews, such as the Grand Arbor Belgian styled ale, are not absent from their repertoire.