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Day #355 – Eskes Brew Pub & Eatery

December 22, 2011

I’m still in Taos, NM and stumbled upon a nice little brewpub in town called Eskes Brewery & Eatery.

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This place is very small with all their brewing equipment in the basement. The night I was there a 2 man band was playing. Very folky. Here’s a few highlights of what I tried.

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Eskes Brew Pub & Eatery

Eskes Blonde Betty

Blonde Ale

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Tap at the pub. Pours a clear golden yellow color. Light white head. Aroma is crisp, grainy, light citrus. Bit of hop nose. Flavor is dry and grainy with a slight soapy flavor. Finishes dry and soapy.

Eskes Artist Ale

Bitter – 4%

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Tap at the pub. Pours a cloudy golden banana color with a light layer of bubbles. Aroma is fairly light. Some yeasty notes with berry fruit. Not much there. Flavor is light, semi sweet and watery. Hop bitterness comes through on the finish in a big way.

Eskes Mesa Pale Ale

American Pale Ale – 5.5%

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Tap at the pub. Pours a lightly hazy copper orange color. Light head. Aroma is light, some hops and bitterness on the nose. Flavor is dry hops, banana sweetness, and hop bitterness on the finish. Not bad.

Eskes Why Rye

Specialty Grain – 5%

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Tap at the pub. Pours a clear copper to amber color with a foamy white head. Aroma is light spicy hops and rye chips. Flavor is dry, bready and rye on the finish. Flavor has a pretty decent backbone with just the touch of sweetness.

Eskes Holiday Cheer

Spice Beer – 5.2%

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Tap at the pub. Pours a clear dark orange to ruddy color. Light ring of head. Aroma has a small bit of spice and ginger. Not overpowering. Flavor is a fair mix of spice, sweet notes, ginger and a bit of cinnamon. Easy finish. Yeah this is good.

Eskes Oat Cole Porter

Porter – 5%

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Tap at the pub. Pours a dark brown color that shows ruby hues when held to the light. Light ring of beige colored head. Aroma is very chocolatey, roasted malts and dark sweet sugar. Flavor is dark malts, big roast, light bakers chocolate and perhaps a hint of coffee? Has a pseudo sweetener finish. Still, the best beer from them I’ve had so far.

Eskes Taos Green Chile Beer

Vegetable Beer – 4%

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Tap at the pub. This beer pours a clear light yellow to straw color. Has a very small amount of white head. Very little. Aroma is sweet, grainy, with maybe a bit of spice. Hard to pick out on the aroma. Flavor is dry grains, a touch of popcorn with the chili spice and heat on the finish. I’m pretty sure there might be a touch of diacetyl in this but the spice covers up a lot.

Cheers!

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