Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bolero Snort Brewery Bravehorn

Bolero Snort Brewery is killing it.  I can't say it enough.  They have been sporadically releasing new beers in 22 oz. sized bomber bottles, alongside their year round beers (Longhop IPA and Ragin' Bull amber lager) and barrel aged treats.  The beers that have been released in the bombers have been stellar, and they have also been competitively priced.  I've shared my drinking of several of their new beers on all of the social media, just not on this here blog (I'm trying to rectify that!)

As of this writing, some of the unique 22. oz bombers that Bolero Snort has released have been El Matador (a session ale brewed with cilantro, lime and jalapeno), Variabull 001 and 002 (an IPA and a smoked brown ale with coffee, respectively), and Explorabull (another IPA).  Coming out on 11/1 in 22 oz. bottles (and kegs of course) is Moovember Milk Stout.

Bolero Snort, Craft Beer, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Bravehorn

The latest bomber from Bolero Snort that I've enjoyed is Bravehorn, a scotch ale/wee heavy style beer with cranberries and orange peels added to the boil.  I have to admit, at first this beer sounded straight up odd to me.  Not being a big fan of sour beers or overly fruity beers, I had some hesitations in buying Bravehorn.

According to Bolero Snort Brewery co-founder Bob Olsen, "We were trying to figure out something that kind of fit the seasonality but still avoided the pumpkin craze.....We skipped doing Fall Pasture (last year's pumpkin beer) this year."

Bolero Snort Brewery, New Jersey, Bravehorn, Craft Beer
Bolero Snort Brewery's Bravehorn

Bravehorn isn't overly tart or fruity like I feared, but more bready with a only subtle presence from the cranberries and orange peels.  It would be a perfect beer to have with a hearty Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, pairing exceptionally well with everything on your plate but at the same time not jumping into the forefront of your taste buds.

I'm a huge fan of Bolero Snort's recent label artwork, especially on their bombers.  Bob from Bolero Snort had this to say about the origin of the artwork:
So it actually started with Tabull Saison - I met Jim from the HappyHourComic.com and was talking about wanting to do a farmer inspired version of our logo - my skills would only allow for adding a hat/straw out of the bulls mouth and Jim stepped in and did a great job with the overalls/bandana etc. It kind of went from there - the desire to change up to bombers and then Jim being able to help us out with some killer artwork. We got some really fun other beers in the works already with some of Jim’s work and a TON of ideas for the future. 
Here are some other Bolero Snort labels that Jim from HappyHourComic.com has worked on:




Get out there and enjoy some great beer!

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