Today I cracked a can of Arizona’s most popular local beer, and one of my first American crafts many years ago: Four Peaks Kilt Lifter. While it isn’t as much of a statement as I personally like a Scottish style to be, it still holds a special place in my heart (I think it made me feel like a man when all my buddies were drinking cheap swill).
Kilt Lifter starts with an especially sweet brown sugar nose followed by a bready malt taste. Light carbonation, light mouth feel, and some light caramel in a nice clean finish. Hops aren’t very present and it drinks like a session beer.
Kilt Lifter | Four Peaks Brewing Company (Tempe, Arizona) | Scottish Style Ale | 6.0% ABV
My final recommendation: Grab a 6 of cans and drink them with Dad. He’ll appreciate the smooth flavor, how easy it is to drink, and that always-classic aluminum can that he’ll be chuggin’ from.
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I find it quite appropriate to enjoy an amazing Arizona craft beer on the day that the Arizona Cardinals kick off the NFL pre-season in front of a national audience at the Hall of Fame Game. No two things go better together than football and beer, and that is what today is about.
Tempe’s Four Peaks Brewing Company has made one for the books with what I understand to be Arizona’s favorite IPA, Hop Knot. According to the brewery, “Hop Knot IPA gets its name from weaving seven different hops added at seven separate times during the brewing process.” Crack the can for a blast of bright, fruity hop aroma. She pours a cloudy orange-amber with a foamy white head that sticks around for a while. Hop Knot starts dry on the palette, ramps up with some fresh citrus and grass, and then finishes dry again with a lingering malt flavor.
I very much like this beer… classic, balanced and most importantly all-American. The perfect beer to enjoy in anticipation of some Arizona Cardinals pre-season football.
Hop Knot IPA | Four Peaks Brewing Company (Tempe, Arizona) | American IPA | 6.7% ABV
The second (although quite delayed) installment in my 21A series. If I could find this in LA, it’d be my go-to IPA. Big, bold and bitter, but well-balanced with a clean finish; everything you’d hope for in a classic west coast IPA. In a word… respectable.
…and as is the case with all 21’s Amendment beers, the can art is bad ass.
Brew Free! or Die IPA | 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) | American IPA | 7.0% ABV | $8.99/6-pack.
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My first of the Big Sky offerings, and a great staring point at that. I found it to be very easy drinking, as evident by the lack of beers remaining in my fridge. Light hops, a little bit of yeast, and sweet malt. A very well-rounded every-day kind of beer. Not too heavy on the alcohol, so go ahead and have a second. Best poured into an old mason jar (it just seemed fitting) prior to consumption.
Scape Goat Pale Ale | Big Sky Brewing Company (Missoula, Montana) | American Pale Ale | 5.0% ABV | $8.99/6-pack.
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