Creeker by Ithaca Beer Company

Creeker by Ithaca Brewing Company

(C)2016 popsonhops

Tasting: November 23, 2016
Style: American-style Double/Imperial IPA
Beer #:1,027
ABV: 8.5%

Creeker

The United States just surpassed 5,000 operating breweries. Neighborhood breweries seem like the neighborhood bakeries of the pre-supermarket era. It also seems like we all live within two miles of a local brewery. I hope yours makes good beer.

The first known brewery in the United States opened in lower Manhattan in 1612. By 1860, there were 1,269 breweries operating in the US and more than 1,000 of these breweries were located in Pennsylvania and New York. The number of U.S. breweries ballooned to a previous high of 4,131 in 1873. This number rapidly shrunk with the development of an expanded rail system and better equipment.

During prohibition, breweries were mothballed or converted. They produced non-alcoholic near beers and soda. There were more than 30 breweries operational within two months of the repeal of prohibition. In 1983, US breweries hit a post-prohibition low as there were only 80 breweries controlled by 51 companies. Six of these companies controlled 95% of all beer production.

This beer is from the Finger Lakes region of New York and was a gift from a traveling friend. Judging by the Finger Lakes Beer Trail there are no shortages of breweries there either.

Ithaca, New York is located in the Finger Lakes region. There are eleven long and comparatively narrow lakes. Each lake points somewhat in a north/south direction and are fairly parallel. On a map, it looks like the earth was scraped with giant claws. The giant claws being glaciers that ripped over ancient stream beds during the ice age. The lakes have steep rock walls that fall off to depths of over 400 feet.

Odd beer names usually get me thinking. Creeking is a type of canoeing or kayaking. It involves steep descents in shallow white water like those found in a rushing creeks or streams. They use specialized canoes and kayaks because these streams have lots of obstacles.

Onward, just because we’re here for the beer. Creeker delivers more mango up front. It also has some solid citrus underneath. Somewhat syrupy and smooth. Not very sweet and that’s okay. In conclusion, 92 points. Nice.

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