What’s On Tap

A post that highlights one brewery and details their available beers as well as talking up any styles that I’ve tried

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What’s On Tap: Southern Tier Brewing Company

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What’s On Tap is another new feature in which I will highlight a specific brewery, give some information about the brewery, list off some of their most popular beers and talk briefly about any of their beers that I’ve tried and how much I liked or disliked them. First on deck is the Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, NY and is home to quite possibly my favorite beer of all time- at least currently.

Southern Tier was formed in 2002 and currently distributes beer to nearly half of the United States (still not available locally to me) as well as a selection of countries overseas. Their popularity continues to grow as demand for their beer expands and from my perspective the demand stems around their Fall seasonal release of their Imperial Pumking Ale. Pumking is one of their most popular and highly requested beers- so much so that in 2012 they brewed more of it than they did in 2010 and 2011 combined. It also happens to be my current obsession and what I’m calling quite possibly my favorite beer of all time. Southern Tier is not disturbed in my area as of yet, but I’ve traveled several hours just to get my hands on whatever beers I can find of theirs and plan on continuing to do so until I can just head down the street to my nearest grocery or liquor store.

Some of the staples include their 2xIPA, IPA and the 2xStout while their seasonal highlights include the aforementioned Pumking and the Blackwater Series releases Crème Brulee Stout and Chokolat.

Beers I’ve Tried
Imperial Pumking (Rating: A)
Oak Aged Unearthly IPA (Rating: B+)
Hoppe Pale Ale (Rating: B)
Crème Brulee Stout (Rating: B+)

Obviously I am still pretty new to Southern Tier in general, it of everything I’ve been able to try I have enjoyed them all. I chose this as the first brewery for What’s on Tap because it is currently the one I’m keeping my eyes on and am labeling as one of my favorites. Granted I still have some work to do to catch up with their many other releases, which I’m hoping I’m able to do should I take a road trip soon or the more ideal scenario comes to be and Southern Tier starts showing up at my local grocery store.

For anyone that frequents beer reviewing sites such as Rate Beer or Beer Advocate will notice that a good portion of their beer lineup is rated very high on both sites with the Pumking and Crème Brulee hitting at a 98 on Rate Beer while the Choklat clocks in at a perfect 100. If you’re looking to get your hands on any of their creations they have just recently integrated a beer finder to their website allowing you to search for any location selling Southern Tier products within 100 miles of the city/state/zip you choose.

Anyone looking to follow everything going on with Southern Tier can visit them online on their website, Facebook and Twitter, links below!

Southern Tier Brewing (Official Site)
Southern Tier Brewing (Facebook)
Southern Tier Brewing (Twitter)