A favorite location of my beer tour guests is the State Bar in Old Town Cottonwood. Many guests have been raving about the Coffee Kolsch from Huss Brewing. A Kolsch is somewhat of a cross between and Ale and a Lager. Originally from Germany, a Kolsch is fermented at warmer temperatures like an Ale, then lagered at cooler temperatures and should be served cold. The delicious Coffee Kolsch from Huss Brewing out of Tempe, AZ had a transparent golden color with 4.7% alcohol and 16 IBU’s. The head retention lasted 55 seconds. Though I’ve had a few Kolsches in my day, this was my first coffee Kolsch, and the aroma smelled of fresh ground coffee with vanilla notes. It also had delightful flavors of coffee, hazelnut, coconut, cocoa and caramel. It was well balanced and had a very velvety mouth feel with the finish lasting around 32 seconds. This will be my summer favorite. I kept dreaming of pairing it with a coffee cake or cheese cake.
Ashley Kahlo at the State Bar, continued offering excellent service when I sampled the Big Bunny, Stillwater Artisanal, AZ Wilderness Collab Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout, the Sun-up, Vanilla Porter and the Barrio, Mocha Java Nitro Stout.
Arizona brewing continues to surprise and delight beer enthusiasts. So, Coffee Kolsch lovers, head to the State Bar and raise a glass to AZ Craft!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sample a beer flight at our latest craft brewery, The Sedona Beer Company. Their custom flights normally include four beers for $10, however I added the 2 additional beers on the menu to my flight. The lineup included a Hefeweizen, 4.5 ABV, Golden Ale, 4.4 ABV, Session IPA, 3.6 ABV, Berliner Braunbier, 5 ABV, A Dark Mild, 4.3 ABV and an American Abbey Ale at 7 ABV. Kali, one of the owners, mentioned that they normally don’t include the ABV on the menu and never mention the IBU’s because they want their patrons to taste the beer without any preconceived notions and that true IBU’s can only be determined in a lab.
I especially enjoyed the Golden Ale and the American Abby Ale, however, I fell in love with the Berliner Braunbier (brown beer). Many of us have tasted a Berliner Weisse, but some of you might have thought the Berliner Braunbier was extinct. Not so in Sedona! This historic style Berliner Braunbier was not sour like some of the Berliner Weisse beers I’ve had. I adore their description of the beer which is perfect: “Rich layers of malt invite you deeper as they deliver warm flavors of caramel and firesides.” Put this on your to-taste list when putting together your flight!
Besides Beer, they also offer an alcoholic and non-alcoholic Wild Tonic Kombucha, plus many other non-alcoholic drinks. Their food menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers and desserts. The sweet potato Waffle fries are outstanding!
So check out the new beer and maybe the “old beer” in uptown at the Sedona Beer Co at 465 Jordan Road and open Thursday through Sunday. They’re on the web at www.sedonabeerco.com.
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Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She is studying for her CSW and sommelier certifications.