A couple weeks ago while at Publix, Nicole struck up a conversation with our friendly butcher. As is the case with most of our conversations, the topic somehow turned to beer. Turns out, Joe is also a homebrewer! And as chance would have it, when Nicole went back to Publix earlier this week, Joe happened to have a bottle of his homebrew in the fridge at the store. Such happenstance became our good fortune, for he gave her the bottle for us to try!
This evening, we cracked open Joe the Butcher’s Imperial Stout. I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive. I’ve never really had another homebrew before. What if it wasn’t good? What would we tell Joe? What if it was great? Does that mean I suck?
Well, apprehension took a back seat when I tried the beer. It was quite good! The beer has some very nice qualities, including a sweet, roasted flavor with a little hop bitterness to balance it out. A solid effort! I would say it is better than anything I have brewed to this point, but it gives me hope that some day I, too, can brew a beer that is distinct and doesn’t taste the same as all the other beer I’ve brewed. :)
So kudos to Joe the Butcher! This is a guy that has it all, meat and beer. What a fantastic combination. I wonder if he does parties???