They distribute their beers from Maryland to Florida plus Tennesee and Kentucky. Starr Hill really ties the marketing of their beer to music venues in the mid-Atlantic states. They find it's a great way to introduce people to their brand. The electric in the building was off due to a thunder storm just before we arrived and it was hot! We were certainly ready for the tasting by the end of the tour.
Six beers were on tap today; Lucy, Love, Festie, Smoke Out, Northern Lights and Monticello. The beer was cold and tasted great in the heat. Along about the third tasting, I started admiring their growler. It had the coolest, ornate, Victorian handle and I was thinking it was a need rather than a want. So at tastings end, I inquired as to the cost of a growler filled with Northern Lights at which point a voice began cajoling....... surely, the plain handled growler is the one to get! The plain handle growler, really, I hadn't noticed it. It was not my alter ego speaking! But when queried by the bartender as to which growler I wanted, the plain handle or the coolest, ornate, Victorian handle for $5.00 more, my miserly instincts kicked in and I said the plain. So we ventured out of the building heat into the afternoon heat; me with my growler of Northern Lights pale ale (IBUs=52) and Gretchen with a bottle of Monticello (brewed without barley since Mr. Jefferson would not have used barley).
Happily at home.........a man and his growler!
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