Local Brewing Co's Belgian Bump
Published May 27, 2019
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    Episode 44: Local Brewing Co Belgian Bump

    It’s the Two Minute Beer Review!

    I’m Andrew Burkum, and once again I’m your companion as we face down that massive craft brew aisle in search of the hidden treasures we’ve been missing out on all along.

    This week we’re taking a look at Belgian Bump by Local Brewing Co in San Francisco, CA. Does this beer bump the Belgian style in the right direction? Let’s find out!

    Belgian Bump is a really nice color right out of the bottle. It’s a yellowish orange, deeper than a lot of beers and just very beautiful to look at. The smell is dark in comparison to the color and has a cool peppery overtone to it. It’s funny, but my brain can’t reconcile the color and the scent! If I were only smelling this one I would insist that I was sniffing a dark beer instead of this pretty coppery brew.

    But what about that taste? This beer is brewed with Philz Sooo Good Light Roast Coffee Blend, so I expected some coffee up front, but it actually shows up pretty late in the taste. Right up front this is definitely a Belgian spice beer. There is that very interesting fruity-clove flavor that I expect from a Belgian right up front, and that makes me happy. No sense brewing something that tastes like a stout and calling it a Belgian! Then, at the very end of the sip, right before the swallow, that coffee makes itself known. It gives the beer a different bitterness and a completely unique balance.

    I’ll admit that this beer challenges my beer-drinker’s brain just a little bit. My mind says that it should be way heavier than it is, but my mouth loves the lightness of the actual taste experience in contrast to the fun addition of that coffee. I am overall fascinated by this beer and if you like Belgian style beers, coffee beers or better yet both I am going to recommend that you track this one down and give it a try. It’s 8% ABV as well, so you’ll enjoy the experimentation all the way to the last drop!

    Well that’s all for this week, but I hope you’ll join me next week as I taste Shotaway IPA from Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, CA. Should this one be kept for drinking or should it be shot. . .away? We’ll find out next week! Look for links to this week’s beer and brewery in the show notes and as always, be sure to follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Facebook and twitter for information on upcoming episodes and events. Hey! Do me a favor this week and follow the Two Minute Beer Review on Twitter. And be sure to tweet us and let us know you’re following you can find us @2minutebeer, using the number! We would love to hear what you think of the show and what you’d like to hear next. And while you’re at it if you really like the show, head on over to the Patreon page for our parent company—that’s the Phoenix Creative Collective at patreon.com/phoenixccmerced (link is in the show notes) and maybe consider signing up for a regular monthly donation to help keep this and all of our other shows on the air!

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