Saturday, December 8, 2012
The Brewery Project: Hillcrest Brewing Co.
Hillcrest Brewing Co. There is no mystery here, there are no guises. The folks here are open and genuine. A look through their menu, PG-13 though it may be, reflects the carefree, whimsical spirit that makes this brewery unique. That same spirit comes through in their beers. With 9 house beers, there is a style to suit any taste. I ordered a sampler which gave me a taste of 5 of their creations. The unfiltered U-Hawl Hefe was good, but I really liked the smooth, balanced Brain Lubricant Imperial IPA and the big, sweet Banana Hammock Scotch Ale. The standout, though, was Long & Stout, their Russian Imperial Stout. It was very rich, yet its 11% alcohol offered a lingering warmth that begged another sip. Each of their beers were solid offerings from a brewery that has only been open since June. I enjoyed my visit, and I'm sure I'll enjoy another soon.