Let the profits start pouring in! The popularity of craft brewers is undeniable—craft beer sales are up 17%! The Nightclub & Bar Show Craft Brewers Pavilion had a lot to offer attendees of the 30th Anniversary event. The Pavilion showcased many of the superior offerings in the growing craft brew segment.
Here are some stand out products:
Goose Island Sofie (6.5% ABV)
This Belgian style farmhouse ale (ales traditionally produced on farms during slow winter months) is true to the saison style: complex, spicy, fruity and sparkling. Aged in wine barrels with plenty of hand-zested orange peel added, Sofie’s tartness plays nicely against peppery, spicy notes. A refreshing ale with a creamy yet dry finish similar to champagne. Excellent with light fare such as seafood or brie, Sofie is a wise choice for upscale bars. Bronze medal winner, Belgian and French Style Saison, 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
Angry Orchard Summer Honey (5.0% ABV)
Ideal for those looking for a cider less sweet than most offerings on the market. Summer Honey tastes of green apple, Golden Delicious apple and wildflower honey. Summer Honey has arrived just in time for hot summer months with its light carbonation and replaces Angry Orchard Elderflower. Apple, honey and perfume on the nose, real honey rather than synthetic on the tongue.
The Traveler Beer Co. The Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale (4.4% ABV)
An American craft wheat ale shandy brewed with real grapefruit. Sweet grapefruit, lemon, orange peel and wheat on the nose. A touch of bitterness on the tongue along with wheat, citrus and grapefruit. The Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale is fantastic on a hot day and a great choice for those shandy lovers who are fans of German radlers.
Breckenridge Agave Wheat (4.2% ABV)
This hazy, golden wheat beer offers aromas of yeast, biscuit, earth, lemon, orange peel, pear and agave. The aromas follow through to the palate with the addition of clove, honey and banana. Medium body and carbonation, creamy in the mouth with a medium-long finish of agave and malt. The low ABV makes Agave Wheat a pale wheat ale that can be enjoyed all day.
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (4.7% ABV)
For beer drinkers who love their brews dark, this American porter pours black with a mocha-colored head. You’ll notice light vanilla, roast coffee, chocolate and earth on the nose. Those aromas follow through to the palate, evolving to include hazelnut and a slight note of hops. A smooth finish with lingering tastes of chocolate and coffee. Don’t be afraid of the vanilla – this porter is not sweet or cloying.