|A stellar line-up of local beers.|
For starters, freshness. Despite the ongoing trend of aging certain beers for many years to develop flavor, the vast majority of beer brewed tastes best fresh from the brewery. Why? Well, for a couple reasons. For starters, hops -- those gorgeous little buds that make big contributions to the flavor and aroma of beer -- are at their most pungent and distinctive early in a beer's life cycle. A Cigar City Jai Alai IPA would probably lose its tropical/citrus bite left to sit too long. Even a light helles like Native Lager would lose its distinctive fruitiness and grassy balance if drank too far from its bottling date.