I love my job, I love everyone I work with, and I really love the fact that we take brewery tours together. Last week we took a stroll down the block to our friendly neighborhood brewpub Natty Greene’s and sampled some of their finest wares with the Brew Master Mike. Not a bad Tuesday really…
Standing among copper boilers and hefty malt burlaps, Mike walked us thru the standard brewing methods, his personal preferences, new techniques and finally lead us thru an inconspicuous door. Behind these closed doors lie the true miracle workers of Raleigh’s Natty Greene’s location: 6 Stainless Steel Fermentation Tanks, each set individually to the desired temperature for Mike’s bubbly wishes. From Spring Wheat to Vienna Lagers and Award-Winning Coffee Stouts using Larry’s Beans we sampled the lot, chuckling and growing ever redder in the cheeks. Having now toured both the Greensboro and Raleigh locations, it’s about time Natty Greene’s joins the BOTM ranks:
Natty Greene’s Buckshot Amber Ale
Product Details: 4.8% Alcohol brewed in both Greensboro & Raleigh, NC.
Appearance: Strawberry blonde, almost red coloration with crystal-clear clarity, sexy lacing, and a creamy head of foam…here come the vapah’s.
Aroma: Fresh and round, full of rich malt and caramel.
Taste: Clean, simple and well balanced, this is an Ale for everyman, woman and tipsy child out there. The smooth roasted malt and almost indistinguishable hoppyness coats your palette, leaving you salivating and thirsty for more. It’s sweet but not sugary, complex but not confused, and most importantly very easy to drink. I’m not the first to admit micro-brews are often not session beers, but I’d have no problem knocking back a few dozen of these guys (and die happily in the process).
Food Pairings: Natty Greenes, aside from being a stand-up brewery, also dishes out some quality pub fare and I’ll have to take a tip from their menu on this one. Nothing complicated, just good eating like burgers, ribs, fries, and heaping sandwiches match perfectly with this Buckshot. Anything off the grill or out of the fryer will find a friend in this ale of ales.
Price: A pint will run you $4-5 but there’s always a $3 Daily Draw, $2 Tuesdays & Thursdays, and you can also find Buckshot Amber Ale and other annuals sold at your local megamart for $8.99 or so a six-pack.
Overall: I chose NG’s Buckshot because it’s just a damn good beer. No frills, just an honest brew for people who like brews and I respect the pants off of that. I originally saw Natty Greene’s as a huge brewery pumping beers across the state, and they are in fact big, but after meeting Mike and sampling some of the dozens of rotating beers he whips up I’m glad to give Mike and the rest of the NG staff my praises.
Now all they have to do is open the back room up again so I can play some pool…and move the shuffle board table back, House Rules help for the uneducated n00bs arguing over points.