Bitches Brew Club {Wren House}

KD9A1725As many of you know, our newest feature and addition to this blog is our Bitches Brew Club!  We’re excited to try out as many local craft breweries we can find in Phoenix and, eventually, the world.  This week we had a tasting at Wren House Brewing to check out their latest line up and get the very last drop of their featured Mole Stout, Olmec.  Yeah, sorry about that – it’s gone now. But (!), there are plenty of other amazing beers left… Want to know about them?

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Keep reading…KD9A1711Okay, so they’re a small brewery located at 24th Street and Oak, just south of Thomas. Don’t worry about this paper menu, it’s helpful for the descriptions and all, but the real menu is that blackboard behind Tyler’s head (below).KD9A1696Tyler gave us the lowdown on Wren House. We tried one of everything listed on the chalkboard, which was a range of lagers, IPAs and stouts.

What do you mean you don’t know the difference?! That’s okay – this is a safe space and we’re not judging.  But, you’ll want to check out this infographic to catch up.

Go ahead.  We’ll wait.KD9A1699 Oh, good – you’re back!   Where were we? Oh, right – above is our flight, served in a distressed wood crate with hearty pours in decent-sized glasses.

Our first sample was the Senor Gallo, which is a Mexican lager {pictured furthest}.  Think ‘wheaty, slightly hoppy, light and crisp’.  It’s made with rice, which explains the light flavor of the beer.  We also can’t help but notice the nutty taste, which we like. Senor Gallo comes in at the lowest ABV on the list at 5.1%.

Second, we tried Wren House’s Saison: A Belgian-style beer with 5.7% ABV. This brew is definitely true to the style and with its fruity, floral and spiced flavor, it is a favorite among the bitches.  In the past, Wren House experimented with a tropical saison, which, Tyler explained, added sweet and sour notes to the beer.  That’s sort of what we love about Wren House: They have a variety of styles and beers, but they’re mostly limited runs, so you don’t really get sick of anything because it’s unique and when you find one you love, get growlers of it!

Next up was the Black Caddis: A traditional porter with an alcohol content of 5.5%.  This one was the first beer Wren House ever brewed and could not have a more perfect name. We loved the dark flavors and chocolate tones, making  it a thin but sturdy porter with a smooth velvet texture.

The porter was followed by the Jomax coffee oatmeal stout. Coming in at 6.9% ABV, this one has a much stronger coffee taste, which makes sense because it’s made with naturally-dried Ethiopian coffee beans locally roasted from Press Coffee.  This is Jennifer’s favorite coffee stout and AZ Central agrees.KD9A1708You didn’t think we were just going to stop at four did you?  5th on the list was Wrenovation: A super-hoppy, unfiltered IPA with an ABV of 7.9%.  This is the second generation of this brew and, after some slight modification, you have a juicer and even more flavorful beer. Wrenovation 2.0 is full of citrus and they were able to get more sugar out of the grains in this batch.  Remember that one time some of the bitches thought the hoppy taste was some mysterious spice? {Stephanie and Jenn are still newbs to the beer world- they’re learning, but, hey, hops are bitter like a leafy green – am I right?}
KD9A1710Filtered vs Un-Filtered

And, to follow the Wrenovation, we tried The Imperial, which is a double IPA at 9% ABV.{For those who don’t know what a ‘double’ IPA means, upon our research we found “this uniquely American style takes the craving for hops and runs with it. These usually use double or even triple the typical amount of hops, but also add more malts to balance.” Thx, Google.}.  This one had even more citrus and spice and, while it scored a higher bitter taste profile than anything else on the list {90}, we all agreed it was the most balanced.
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Finally, the Olmec stout it was just so fucking awesome, we understand why they sold out of this velvety, mole stout with rich vanilla creamy awesomeness.  We’re just glad we were there to get the last sweet, sweet drops, especially considering the 12% ABV – by far the highest on the list at over double of their lagers and porters.

KD9A1715That’s right – we finished every last drop.KD9A1722Yeah, all of them.KD9A1717KD9A1720 Then, Tyler offered us some Lawless Jerky from just another amazing local vendor.  Also, we should mention that Wren House doesn’t serve food, but you can bring food from wherever or get it delivered right to the tap room.  KD9A1721Uh, hello, perfect camping food for our next Kauai adventure.KD9A1723Some of us left with growlers and jerky.
Next time you’re in the area, stop by and try a beer!  Have you been? What was your favorite brew?

And, if you’re looking for something to do on Tuesdays, they have trivia and food trucks.  Yeah, you’re going to want to go next time they have INDAH sushi there.

 

proscht!

the beer bitches.

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