Food & Drink

Taster’s Choice: The Season’s Best Brews – Free State

Free State Brewery’s Winterfest India Pale Ale

This hoppy seasonal brew pours copper in color and offers a bold aroma of citrus, grapefruit and small notes of pine. With a medium body, Free State’s Winterfest has a smooth, malty start with a crisp, sharp bite from four varieties of hops. Now for the good part. This I.P.A. clocks in with an IBU rating of 70, which could be a bit bitter for the average beer drinker. Don’t fear the bitter! The malt and the hops balance everything out and make it oh so good.

When the blistering winds hit and snowdrifts start piling up at your doorstep, grab one of these smooth yet sharp I.P.A.s to celebrate our infamous Midwestern winters. You’ll feel a little ray of sunshine as the flavors and aroma tickle your senses. Enjoy the hoppy ride, while our temperatures dip down to the single digits.

Free State Brewery’s Winterfest India Pale Ale is on sale now at Rimann Liquors and Gomer’s.

Story and photos by Aaron Lindberg