Tasting: November 10, 2015
Style: India Pale Ale
Beer #: 848
Street Green by Other Half
We’ve seen a number of terrific beer collaborations over the years but the current collaboration between Trillium Brewing and Other Half Brewing has set the craft beer world into an absolute frenzy. Each brewery released their own version of the same pale ale – Trillium using their street motif called their release Green Street and this played nicely into Other Half’s green scheme as they named their version Street Green. Cans from Other Half saw the light of day on Saturday and instantly the demand in the trading world was off the charts.
My friend took the trip to Brooklyn and his experience represented what’s right and wrong with craft beer.
What’s right? The beer of course – these two young breweries are making some outstanding beer and people expect that the hybrid effort could yield a classic and possibly one-time brew. What’s wrong? How about hundreds (if not a thousand) people on line for a beer release? While I appreciate the brewery anticipating demand and lowering the cap on beer so everyone had a shot at getting some beer – the result for my friend was a five hour wait on line for two four-packs of Street Green and two four-packs of Green Diamonds – 94 Points. Apparently, the line moved at a snail’s pace with only two people taking payments. This isn’t the first example of the brewer bottle necking the experience by not having additional transactional resources. I recall Maine Beer’s first Dinner release was plagued with similar difficulties. I expect that they’ll assess what went right or wrong at the brewery and make changes for other releases of this magnitude.
Regardless, it proved to be a tiresome day for my friend and I’m truly thankful that my friend shared the fruits of his frustrating efforts. Cheers Mike!
Was expecting a big, dank, and raw green IPA but Street Green was a bit more elegant than that. Lots of herbal, black tea and pot smoke qualities to go along with mellow fruit juiciness. Some dankness in the background. Reminded me of Square Grouper. 93 points for Street Green.