Wednesday, August 19, 2015


As I ease myself back into limited bottle releases, trading, inside-joke cavorting and beer hoarding like a good beer dork "shitwaffle", I've still got a rule of thumb that says to never, never pass up on opportunity to drink a SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES beer, even if they're merely lending their name to a collaboration or trying out some weirdo experiment with obscure fermentation methods or infected barrels. Virtually everything they touch turns to liquid gold, and I'm highly inclined to hop in the car and drive 90 minutes each and every time they push out a bottle release. (More reviews to come of some newer ones, by the way - just as soon as I drink them).

Sante Adairius, or "SARA", as beer shitwaffles like me like to call them, can even make a previously unremarkable brewer like Denmark's EVIL TWIN look like world-beating golden godz. Take this "JOEY PEPPER" ale I recently came across. It's a spiced pepper Belgian blonde that renders itself like an experimental saison. It's phenomenal. It was actually brewed at Westbrook Brewing in South Carolina, so truly, I'm not sure what SARA really had to do with this one, but it still feels like they did all the heavy lifting on it anyway. Hey, is this America's first Sante Adairius beer, i.e. one that can be found outside of Capitola, CA? If so, praise be for that - we'll all take 'em any way we can get them.

"Joey Pepper" is a tangy, mildly bitter tongue coater. Great musty smell of grapes and yeast, and loads of that patented lacing on the glass that all true beer drinkers admire above all else. It glows deep yellow like a beacon of good taste and breeding, and its malts are highly calibrated to inflict maximum pleasure rushes to the cerebral cortex. I loved it. Get this - there's even a "JOEY FUCKING PEPPER" now. I'm always about two months late to every party - but if you see the original still on any shelves, I implore you to give it a go. 8.5/10.

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