Featured Brewery: Spindletap Brewery 5%

Spindletap Brewery, Houston, TX

“In beer terms, a Spindle Tap is a wooden handle with round shaped spindles used to open the flow of beer from the keg through the spigot for the pour into the glass. But regardless of material or design, at SpindleTap Brewery, we embrace the booming growth of the industry and welcome each and every new tap handle we see in the restaurants, bars and retailers of our great state. Our name is a celebration of the rapid expansion of the industry – one that was long overdue. The past is repeating itself, we have again hit paydirt.” – From Spindletap Brewery

Featured Beer: 5% Tint IPA
ABV: 5%, IBU: 45

5% Tint is a New England style IPA in that it has a very hazy or opaque appearance. A recent trend in beermaking, hazy beers are IPA creations that you cannot see through. Certain strains of yeast, amount of filtering and adding the hops later in the brewing process can make a beer hazy. The haze is not intentional, but rather a byproduct of the brewer’s process to create a thick, yet smooth mouthfeel plus heavy aromas to help balance the bitterness of the hops.

5% Tint gets its name from a type of window tinting where there’s only 5% visibility – just like a hazy beer. Despite the thick hazy appearance, the flavors in this beer are light and crisp. There are heavy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits that dissipate on the palate into a clean smooth finish.

Food Pairings:
Spicy Food, Citrus, Mexican Food, Caramel

Featured Recipe:
Black Bean Pico de Gallo Salad

3 cans black beans
1 cup FRESH pico de gallo​
1/2 cup FRESH fire-roasted salsa
1 tablespoon finely minced cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice

Empty black beans into a colander and rinse until water runs clear. Shake off excess water and place beans in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve as a cold salad or as a dip.

Published 1/09/20

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