Summer may be winding down, but the fun isn't quite over yet. There’s still time for a few more adventures, such as catching a Braves game (I recently had a great time watching them best the Mets), an outdoor concert, or heading to Six Flags (I love the Goliath – despite inevitable minor panic attack I always have before riding). SOHO still has the summer spirit as well – and we’re celebrating it by adding a few new beers to our menu. Perhaps your next summer adventure will be joining us and trying one of the distinctive brews!
First up, SOHO is featuring Terrapin’s “Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale.” The Terrapin Beer Company, founded by John Cochran and Spike Buckowski, introduced its first beer, the Rye Pale Ale in April 2002 and quickly made a mark, winning the American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival. Located in Athens, Georgia, the company’s limited release “Side Project” beers are quickly gaining cult status. “Maggie’s Farmhouse Ale” is Terrapin’s latest “Side Project” brew. Farmhouse ales were originally created for the farm workers along the French/Belgium border during the Middle Ages and brewed with whatever grains were available. For their version, Terrapin used barley, wheat, oats and rye. Yum!
Next, SOHO is offering New Belgium’s “Fat Tire Amber Ale."
After riding his mountain bike (with fat tires, of course) through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company’s founder Jeff Lebesch returned to Fort Collins, Colorado, inspired to begin brewing. His flagship beer, “Fat Tire Amber Ale,” quickly gained fans and is still going strong today. Must have something to do with its toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness.
Finally, we are adding Rogue’s “Juniper Pale Ale ” to the menu. Like Terrapin and New Belium, Rogue began small and has since gained a national following. Based in Newport, Oregon, Rogue was founded in 1988, as one of America’s first 50 microbreweries. The company’s “Juniper Pale Ale” offers a smooth malt balance and a dry spicy finish from whole juniper berries. It pairs well with hot and spicy foods– so perhaps try it with SOHO’s calamari or egg rolls.
I hope you’ll join us for a drink soon!