Now, this was how to enjoy a good beer.
First, there was a quarter-sized-hailing thunderstorm. Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the maelstrom had passed. The time seemed right for an IPA, at the Palisade Brewing Company, in the courtyard, in the-afternoon sun, no hint of hail, with the Book Cliffs as backdrop.
22 May 2015.
Palisades' population is 2,300. That Friday afternoon, maybe 2% of the entire town was there, and more, if those folks sitting, inside and out, at the across-the-block winery and distillery (and, ahem, dispensary), were included in the happy count.
Off Belay IPA
This is our India Pale Ale standard. A light body that allows three American hop varieties to demand your attention — a three pronged hop profile with bitter, floral and citrus notes. Off Belay is a perfect introduction for a newcomer to the world of the IPA, as well as a gold standard for the hop enthusiast.
Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe
2-row pale, dextrin, crystal
"How long has the brewery been here," I asked the bartender. "Over nine years," she told me, "but back then, it was called the Palisade Brewery." "What's it called now, I asked." "Palisade Brewing Company."
I'm relieved that was cleared up.