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I typically recommend seasonal six-packs in this blog, but New Belgium Brewing’s Hoptober has burst onto the scene with such popularity, I’m already seeing it on tap handles all over town.
I don’t typically choose New Belgium’s beers. They tend to have a malty, sticky finish that my palate doesn’t prefer. But when I recently visited one of my neighborhood bars, the bartender was intent to sell me on it.
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“Even people who like Coors or Bud are ordering this instead,” she said emphatically.
That made me want it even less. Did I look like a woman who regularly chugged down the Silver Bullet?
But I acquiesced. After all, the beer has the word “hop” in its name, and as a certified hop-head that means I’ll give it a try.
Alas, New Belgium has made me drink my words. Hoptober is fantastic—a rich, golden ale that is clean, clean, clean through each drink. Rather than making it a bitter beer, the hops give it a nice crisp finish—giving me a new level of respect for New Belgium.