Friday, March 25, 2011

2011 Longshot

Sam Adams Longshot sixers are now available in KC. For those that don't know, the Longshot series comes from a homebrew competition sponsored by Sam Adams. The top 3 winners each get their shot to brew their beer commercially and sell it under the Sam Adams banner in the Longshot six packs. I've not been wowed many times, but the beers are always interesting and well worth trying. You may find one you like, I really loved the Double IPA a couple of years ago (and killed Billy Mays in the process, I think he died a month or so after this post).

This year's six pack includes Friar Hop Ale, Blackened Hops and Honey B's Lavender Wheat. The Longshot always has one beer that really makes me want the six pack and this year's beer is the Friar Hop Ale.
Richard Roper’s Friar Hop Ale combines his love of hops with his affinity for spicy Belgian ales. To develop his recipe, Roper created a hybrid of two styles, uniting the big hoppy taste of an IPA with the spicy, fruity flavor of a Belgian. The toasty caramel sweetness from the malt and Belgian candi sugar mimics a Belgian ale, while the big citrus hop notes of an IPA balance the style. A spicy yeast fermentation and hints of orange and coriander round out the brew. Richard’s Friar Hop Ale is a refreshing beer that can be enjoyed any time of year.
 Blackened Hops also kind of strikes my fancy and Honey B's Lavender Wheat seems worth a try but I typically don't like honey beers. Wort Hog has much more information on the Longshot beers and info on entering your own homebrew in the competition for next year's six pack.

The Longshot six pack is available on both sides of the state line and shouldn't be too hard to find.


  1. I actually thought the six pack was pretty darn solid last year. Sometimes the one from the BBC employee is a little weird as they tend to pick those on the basis of weirdness. That saison from last year was the BBC employee one and was pretty darn good.

  2. Friar Hops: Needs less coriander, but more cowbell.

    Black Hops is up next. I happened to judge with Rodney a couple of weeks ago in Chicago.

  3. I thought Black Hops was quite tasty, a good example of what a Black IPA should be, the color wasn't just there for show it actually contributed to the flavor unlike some I've tried. Great hop notes but not an overpowering hop smell. I like it but I'm kinda a sucker for this "style".

    John, I couldn't agree more on the Friar Hops, when I smelled it I knew I was in for a blast of spices and too much coriander really gets me (see New Belgium Trippel). I though this was interesting but very similar to Great Divides latest, Belgicia which I happen to like more. Great spicy notes to this one but it didn't do it for me.

    Haven't tried the third one yet...

  4. Black Hops was the best of the bunch. The Honey Lavender one was actually quite good, certainly much better than I expected. Pretty solid all around, no stinkers in the bunch.

  5. I'm trying my first Honey Lavender right now, doesn't taste much like honey and the lavender isn't overpowering (a good thing). Not bad, not my favorite.

    I agree with John, the Black Hops is the standout but none are terrible. Definitely worth the price of admission.