Blog reader Emma requested that I use the “cocktails” tag more this year, and her wish is my command. Yesterday, I received samples of two new Magic Hat brews in the mail. One is called Magic Hat Vinyl and the other is the Spring ’10 addition to their Odd Notion Series. Take a look at the cute little coaster they sent along as a promotion for Vinyl.
I cracked open the Spring ’10 brew last night, and let me just say that it is delightful. It’s an unfiltered American wheat IPA with incredibly subtle citrus undertones. I found it to be very refreshing, with just the right amount of bitterness. For all you beer geeks out there, the Spring ’10 has a bitterness score of 35 and 6 percent alcohol by volume.
I haven’t had a chance to check out the Vinyl yet, but according to Magic Hat it is an amber lager with a bitterness score of 16 and 5.1 percent alcohol by volume.
I should’ve drank the Vinyl last night, because according to the local Magic Hat distributor, Blue Ridge Beverage, that’s the one that has already hit store shelves. A customer service representative for BRB said Magic Hat Vinyl is on Kroger shelves now, so it ought to be in some other places, too. I’ve got some calls out. She said the Spring ’10 is not here yet, but it should be soon. It’s part of the variety pack.
If anyone sees these beers out on tap, let us know. And let me know what you think if you try them.