Saturday, October 1st brought the first cool day of the fall season and the most recent customer appreciation day at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown. The event was special invitation only.
In attendance (besides a lot of happy patrons) were representatives from distributors – Gretz, for one, and yours truly, from Nevulis Beverages. Many of our known and favorite brewery folks poured beer as well – Sly Fox, Sam Adams, Victory, Ommegang among them…all good names, all great brand recognition.
What was not familiar, however, is what created the biggest buzz. As is usually the case at these events, and
true of craft beer drinkers in general, is what was (or is) NEW!
And what was new this time around was the beers from Thomas Creek Brewery. At our sampling, the four featured beers were the Appalachian Amber Ale, Classic Five IPA, River Falls Red Ale, and the Deep
The Appalachian Amber poured smooth and crisp, and the samplers enjoyed the malted flavors, the soft caramel notes and its easy drinkability.
Second on the list was the Classic Five IPA, and even with its intense and varied range of hops, it was described as a softer IPA, and as one “hophead” noted, it could easily become his “session IPA”.
The River Falls Red had to be the day’s favorite. Backed up by its receipt of the 2010 Silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, there was no one disputing the attributes of this medium bodied Irish style red ale.
And then, yes, the Deep Water Dopplebock. Just one sip, and those deep creamy notes of chocolate and coffee was an easy sell for those skeptics that “feared the bock”. Also noteworthy is that this one is another Silver medal winner, GABF, 2008.
The event lasted just a few hours, but was long enough to make some friends and extol the virtues of Thomas Creek Brewery. A fun event it was, and a good beer was had by all!
Montgomery County Beer Specialist