A few weeks ago, I talked about the addition of Olde Main to the Iowa bottled beer selection, specifically the Scottish ale, which I found to be a pleasant beer to keep on hand. Since that time, Wonderful Beer Wife brought home their other two offerings: Dinkey Wheat and Long Face Amber.
Of the three, the Off KILT er is still my favorite. I found Dinkey Wheat to be an interesting take on a Belgian wit, incorporating chamomile in additon to coriander and orange peel. The Long Face Amber Ale seemed only a slight variation on the Scottish, and nuanced in a way that didn’t necessarily float my boat. Seemed a touch sour, but not in a Flanderseque fashion.
Not long after the Olde Main stuff popped up on our radar (and I realize none of this is really news–I live several hours away in a rural part of a rural state, with no hardcore bottleshops within hollering distance–and I myself have been sitting on this post for at least a lazy flippin’ month), another Iowa brewery starts putting out bottles. Hub City Brewing Company is located in tiny Stanley, Iowa, population in the neighborhood of 200. From what I understand, they fired up the kettle in December of 2007, and recently signed on with a distributor.
Hub City is putting out five beers, a golden ale, a German wheat, a brown ale, a brown porter and an oatmeal stout. I’m drawn to the brown porter as a good everyday beer. The wheat beer is pretty good, though it’s not a style I head toward much. Somedays the oatmeal has tasted great, and other days it’s seemed a little muddy. Damn barometric pressure! The golden ale seems decent enough, and the brown was the least special.
A great addition to the variety available in the aisles, I’m hoping that more and more folks will give these local libations a try. If you’re passing through, look them up.