Thanks for coming by everyone! While doing some Christmas shopping after work on Friday, some detours caused by local flooding caused me to drive by a liquor store I've never been to before (the Liquor Barn). I've always wanted to stop in, mainly for the reason that they built it to look like a big red barn! Not knowing what to expect in the arena of beer, I went in not expecting much. I left pleasantly surprised! Their selection is not huge, but they let you mix a 6 pack with what they have! I ended up leaving with Sixpoint Diesel, Brooklyn Monster, River Horse Tripel, Harpoon Winter Warmer, Sierra Nevada Celebration, and the beer I will be reviewing tonight, Butternuts Porkslap Pale Ale. They also surprisingly had bottles of Brooklyn Black Ops!! I would never have expected that.
Butternuts Beer and Ale is a brewery located on a 130-acre farm in Garrattsville, NY. Here's a little about them from their Facebook page:
"Located in a renovated dairy barn, we brew session-style farmhouse ales. Water is taken from our own springs and lends to our signature flavor. Our pale ale, weissebier, IPA and stout are available year-round. Look for select styles on draft brewed with wheat and hops grown in our own field. Stop by for a tasting, enjoy the country setting and take home a growler."
Their Porkslap Pale Ale pours an orange-amber color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice white crown on top of the beer. The beer has a fruity and earthy aroma, which follows into the flavor. This is more of a malt forward pale ale, with only a subtle bitterness. There was a little bit more carbonation than I expected, and the body was a little less than medium.
Overall: Not a bad beer, but not a great one either. I'm glad I got to try this, but I don't think I would be picking it up again. However, I would definitely choose it over the ubiquitous beers from Bud/Miller/Coors.
Have you tried Porkslap, or any other beers from Butternuts? What do you think of them? Feel free to let me know in the comments!