Word has been traveling quickly via Twitter about a challenge that was initiated (by yours truly) to Lonerider Brewery. What sort of challenge, you say? Well, since Lonerider’s brown ale, Sweet Josie, recently came back to Raleigh with a gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival, I decided it would be interesting to compare a batch of my own brown ale to this award-winning brew.
To do this, we have organized a blind taste testing to be hosted in conjunction with NCbrewing.org. What we will do is pass around tasting glasses of each of the two beers and allow everyone to rate them and give feedbacak, without knowing which beer is the Lonerider, or which beer is my aptly-named “Cowboy Killer.”
To be honest, I fully expect that every single person will prefer Sweet Josie (heck, it is a fine beverage), but I am a strong believer that to brew a great beer, you need to put yourself up against the best. I am looking forward to getting some great feedback from those attending the tasting, and I am sure we will all have a good time.
The tasting is absolutely free (see the legality of homebrewing in NC), but it is limited in the number of people we can have attend. The tasting will be held at 7:30pm this Wednesday (8/31) in Carrboro. The event is filling up, but there are some spots still remaining.
If you are interested in attending, or just want some more info, send me an email at NChomebrewing@gmail.com, and I will add you to the list. Once we get all of the RSVPs, I will send out an email to directions to the tasting.*NOTE: This event is not being sponsored by Lonerider Beer. While they do support our event and wish they were able to attend, they are not involved in the planning or execution of the tasting.