Samplesode 21: Columbia Kettle Works

IMG_2357There is just too much beer in the world to only taste twice a month. In the spirit of more is better the Blind Tiger podcast team has decided to add samplesodes to the podcast lineup. These mini-episodes will feature only tastings of hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.

This week the Blind Tiger crew made a trip to an up and coming town in Southwest Lancaster County nestled on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna River, Columbia, Pennsylvania.  This little river city has a growing reputation beyond that of antique shopping destination.  The city is boasting a growing nightlife.  It was the addition of a new brewpub called the Columbia Kettle Works that drew our crew to visit a sister city to Lancaster.

The Columbia Kettle Works isn’t even technically open yet but we manage to sneak in during some “soft opening” hours.  Their grand opening is scheduled for the weekend of May 23rd – 25th, where they will have live music, specials, and the full lineup for food, merchandise, and beer.  The Blind Tiger crew just couldn’t wait another week so we went down early to check out the ambiance, the location, and of course the beer.

The bar is opening with four beers on tap.  They have a Bald Guy Blonde, an Amber Ale, a Coffee Stout, and “1st Batch IPA” which is soon to turn into “2nd Batch IPA” I’m sure.

We spoke briefly with the head brewer after our review and he mentioned that they are planning on quickly releasing a whole Belgian line of beers.

I won’t get into the details of the beers themselves, that’s what the podcast is for, but we were all quite impressed to learn that their crystal clear beers are not filtered.  They are patiently and lovingly crafted beers that are brewed so successfully that filtration isn’t necessary.  This was a very interesting and surprising touch.

Give the episode a listen to see what you think and if you find yourself curious you should head over to Columbia to try this new brewpub.

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