Burial Beer Co.
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A Note on This Beer
“Asheville is the city with the most breweries per capita in America… One such brewery that clearly stands out — Burial Beer Co.”
Well put, Colin Hubbel of Southern Kitchen! North Carolina’s craft scene has exploded over the past several years, but Burial is one name I keep reaching for in the sea of suds. And, after trying today’s beers, I’m glad I do!
That’s right – I said “beers.” Today, you get TWO Burial creations to taste their range!
First up is Contrition. Don’t be fooled by the bright, sunny appearance or easygoing 4.8% ABV – this beauty is a Kellerbier. The rarely-seen style is anything but easy to craft, let alone master!
Contrition boasts soft, rounded flavors of fresh-made biscuits thanks to a decoction of 100% German Pilsner malts. Kellerbiers call for more aggressive hopping than other Euro styles, which the Burial team achieved in the whirlpool with Grungeist, Saaz, and Hallertau Blanc, adding nuances of lemongrass, citrus peel, and elderflower.
True to style, the brewers cold lagered the brew, left it unfiltered, and canned it relatively early in its maturity. Any miscalculation during the entire process would come right to the crisp, drinkable surface at the end, but the Burial folks nailed it!
To really understand how well Burial stands out, you’ll want to taste one of their hopbombs, too. Today, that’s one of their latest releases — Gang of Blades Double IPA.
In addition to their house yeast blend, these brewers used a collage of Citra, El Dorado, Idaho 7, and Centennial Hops, plus extra-potent Incognito and Cryo versions to really take the bold pine and drippy tropical fruit flavors to eleven.
Gang of Blades is 8.3% ABV. It’s quenching, resinous, and delectably hop-forward. And, just like Contrition Kellerbier, it’s from Burial Beer Co. ‘Nuff said.
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