Recently I spent a week in the Blue-Ridge mountains, free from the bondage of cell phones, Internet and other equally useless crap. I spent my time kicking back in a log cabin with the family, hitting trails during the day and the hot tub at night. And you know what? We decided to pay a little something back to the local community by picking up a couple six packs of Blowing Rock High Country Ale brewed by Boone Brewing Company, LLC.
I’ve go to be honest—I’m usually a bit shallow when it comes to choosing my beer, and it pained me somewhat to choose a beer with such a lame bottle label. I mean the name is solid, but I’m pretty sure I could have fashioned a cooler looking beer-bottle label using a napkin, some spilled salsa and a fading sharpie. Minor details I suppose.
My expectations weren’t very high, and I was fully prepared to write the beer off as a token of my appreciation to the mountains and their more permanent residents, but I have to say Blowing Rock Ale was actually pretty good! I might even venture to say it was enjoyable.
Light color, light carbonation, adequate head and a fantastic, sweet honey smell. The taste was equally sweet, though I wouldn’t mind a few more hops and a bit more carbonation to help tone the sweetness back a bit. The beer would probably make a good alternative to something like Blue Moon or anything else with a strong citrus taste. Overall, I’d say Blowing Rock Ale makes a great, safe pick as a six pack and is well worth a try.