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Thursday, November 07, 2002

A young man and his young beer

I hadn't been by Ellicott Mills for awhile so I stopped by a few Wednesdays ago to taste whatever was on cask. (Wednesday is cask night at the pub.)

Brewer Jim Stevens' house-brewed cask that evening was an IPA. After one sip, I knew it was special: a delicious young cask ale using British and NZ hops. There were no Cascades or other C-hops in this IPA (not that there's anything wrong with that). I believe that Jim, instead, had hopped the beer with Target and Northdown (and NZ Hallertau?).

Many more sips ensued.

The cask was gravity dispensed, resting on the bar, open to atmosphere, and at cellar temperature. Jim was there and, much the trooper, answered all my beer geek questions.

Wednesdays are definitely worth the visit.

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