Destihl Brewing Abbey’s Single & Hoperation Overload

Destihl Brewing

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About twenty years ago, a co-worker told me that his uncle was starting a micro brewery somewhere in Illinois. The uncle was looking for a way to make his beer unique amongst the then new wave of offerings from other first generational craft brewers. My suggestion to him (via his nephew) was to put his craft beer in cans. My rationale was that the can is a better beer package. Why? — light is beer’s enemy and can turn hops “skunky”; cans don’t create dangerous chards or tears of disappointment when dropped. To boot, aluminum chills beer faster. I also argued that no other craft brewer was offering canned beer and that his beer would stand out on shelves. I lost contact with the nephew but occasionally I’ll wonder if the uncle is successful and running a renowned brewery.

Well, here we are twenty years later and it seems that I was a visionary – every week comes news of a new craft brewery offering their wares in cans. This beer is from a small Illinois brewery called DESTIHL (my friend’s uncle?? – who knows). These both were bonus beers in a trade with Matt from Illinois.

Destihl Brewing Abbey’s Single

Tasting: June 18, 2014
Style: Belgian Ale
Beer # 548

Not much to say here, Abbey’s Single is a bit of a disjointed mess. Yeasty out of the gate and an onslaught of clunky bitterness. Doesn’t resemble citric or herbal bitterness – just bitterness. Maybe a wisp of black pepper. Yeasty aftertaste. Sorry, but down the drain at 68 points.

Destihl Hoperation Overload

Tasting: June 18, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer # 549

Whew! This one is better. I couldn’t see dumping two down the drain in back to back succession. Hoperation Overload is actually a pleasant surprise with a rich and creamy initial pop. Also noticeable upfront is a stiff malt backbone of caramel. Amazingly flavorful. Hops aren’t as pleasant as I’d like and frankly, they also have a clunky bitterness ala Abbey’s Single. Not a bad double IPA – 88 points.

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