Our second microbrew selection in cans this month comes from the Aviator Brewing Company in North Carolina. It’s a nice change of pace to include a Beer of the Month Club Review in something other than 12 ounce bottles.
There’s nothing quite like tradition with a twist. A margarita…with pomegranate juice! A BLT…with a fried green tomato! A Belgian Ale…with a spicy sweetness!
The latter example is featured in the Beer of the Month Club – Craft Beer Selection from Aviator Brewing Company. It’s the Devils Tramping Ground Tripel. And it’s got big flavor. A buzz-inducing character. And a flashy can featuring Lucifer himself.
If the devil does exist and, like in the recent comedy This is the End,
pays a punishing visit to Earth, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had this fiery Ale in hand. Somehow, it manages to be both incredibly bold and drinkable at the same time. This may be due to the addition of candy sugar, which provides a drinking experience with sweet undertones throughout. With this tripel, it’s definitely true that “a spoonful of sugar helps the hops go down.”
If you’re looking to acquire a sinful buzz from just one beer, this beer is for you. At 9.2% alcohol content, I was feeling tipsy after a single beer. To my delight, I also found Devils Tramping Ground to be the alcoholic counterpart to the popular Sriracha, aka the Rooster Sauce. I shower this fiery condiment on pretty much anything savory. In fact, I keep a bottle close at hand during dinner to reapply between bites. Aviator’s zesty tripel made my Sriracha-laden dinner of shrimp vegetable soup all the more delicious.
Aviator Brewing originated in an airplane hanger in North Carolina when founder Mark Doble purchased it to store his own plane. He turned an area of unused space into a small brewery and soon grew to become a successful, multi-location company. Originally an engineer, Mark made a career switch to the world of brewing. Learning about someone who took a leap of faith to live their passion is always an exciting inspiration. I like supporting businesses that I know are centered around a zeal for the product or service sold. This is evident in the innovation and playfulness of Aviator’s brand and beers.
Aviator’s other Original Craft Beer Club featured beer, the HogWild India Pale Ale, is a great hoppy brew perfect for a hot Southern summer. It wasn’t good enough to make me an IPA convert, but my boyfriend loved it. One friend commented that he’d never tasted such a delicious, exotic beer out of a can.
HogWild IPA is brewed with the three big Cs of hops: Chinook, Columbus and Cascade. HogWild is a great complement to a tasty entree of grilled meat. Flank steak is an affordable and versatile cut to try. After a long marinade and a brief cook on the grill, it’s delicious sliced onto a salad, diced into fajitas or atop an elegant pasta dish. All of these options would be well-paired with Aviator’s signature IPA. To impress guests with a food/beverage theme, try serving the HogWild with pork chops!
If you haven’t decided to expand your beer horizons with the Original Craft Beer Club yet, now is the perfect time. There are still summer months ahead that would be vastly improved by the addition of exciting, unique beers! Plus, you can alleviate your post-vacation blues with an unexpected 12-pack waiting for you upon your return.