Sunday, April 4th, 2021

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Easter On The Fly

Ron Swarner

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We’re grown up now, so Easter is no longer about hunting for eggs — unless they’re perfectly scrambled, done over easy, or sitting elegantly atop the two halves of an English muffin. Yes, Easter has usurped the giant chocolate bunnies, Easter baskets, and that impossible-to-vacuum-up plastic grass. Cadbury Eggs? We know some people love these things, but people love fried pork rinds, too. Let’s face it — no one really likes Peeps. Their sole purpose for existing is to entertain us by having duels in the microwave, complete with toothpick swords. Easter, at least to Peaks and Pints, is about craft beer — Holy and hoppy. Enjoy our Easter to-go beer flight, Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Easter On The Fly.

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Easter On The Fly

Holy Mountain The White Lodge

4.8% ABV

Old World meets New at Holy Mountain, where the beer styles range from pale ale to mixed-fermentation saisons and barrel-aged farmhouse ales. In the case of The White Lodge, owners Colin Lenfesty and Mike Murphy went Old World. The Belgian Wit (white) beer is a style that dates back more than 400 years. The White Lodge is brewed with a large portion of wheat along with pilsner malt and oats. Holy Mountain uses coriander and orange peel in the kettle, lending a blend of citrus and floral characters, and ferment with a traditional Belgian strain. It’s smooth and dry, with coriander upfront, a little citrus and toasted biscuity malt, with a lightly spicy finish.

Artivem Spectacled Owl

13.7% ABV

Mead is fermented honey, water and yeast. Also known as “honey wine,” mead is believed to be the world’s oldest alcoholic libation and one that’s generally associated with eras past. Mead-making likely started when a sack of honey would catch some rain, which leads to fermentation. Consuming what’s in the bag would create a state of inebriation, which of course led people to experiment with making more. A process evolved. But this fermented honey drink is tiptoeing out from the cave. Artivem Mead combines the ancient drink with Easter goodies in their Spectacled Owl s’more-like mead made with marshmallow, cacao, peanuts, and Belgian dark candi.

Monkless The Trinity

8.1% ABV, 36 IBU

The idea that God is the ultimate hat-trick — that he is, at once, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is something that has always confused and challenged … well, anyone with a normal, binary-style brain. To Monkless Belgian Ales in Bend, Oregon, The Trinity is a Belgian tripel with a grainy malt, wheat, clove and saison yeast nose. The flavor is husky grainy malt, clove, lemon, mild light stone fruit with a medium body, light creaminess and sharp carbonation.

Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout

5% ABV, 28 IBU

Chocolate Easter bunnies. We’re talking hollow chocolate bunnies. Solid chocolate bunnies are a menace. Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout is definitely a hollow chocolate bunny. It pours dark brown with a thin, khaki head. Light oatmeal and bready aromas lift to the nose, reminiscent of rising dough. On the tongue, this brew’s complex and, with its oatmeal character, has a decidedly cookie quality to it: It’s silky-smooth across the tongue, but also deep and grainy in the flavor. It’s velvety and delicious, with creamy chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and cocoa powder dancing on the tongue. The brew sinks into the mouth and finishes sweet and full.

Wingman P-51 Peanut Butter Cup Porter

8% ABV

Looking for a beer that tastes like Reese’s peanut butter cup eggs? Wingman Brewers has canned its P-51 Peanut Butter Cup Porter, which tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup full of rich peanut, chocolate, some light roasted notes and a decent amount of sweetness.

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