I was able to stop by Black Label Brewing Company down in the Saranac Commons on Tuesday and check out a few different beers. While I was there I tried 7 different beers which I truly enjoyed each beer. All of the beers provided a great flavor that was different for each beer, this was nice as I tried three different IPA’s which all tasted different.
If you haven’t stopped by or know much about Black Label Brewing Company, it is a smaller local brewery founded by two friends who started with a home brew kit and their love for craft beer. Steve and Dan are focused on high quality ingredients that use certified organic and natural ingredients. The were were able to get majority of their funding to get the brewery set up from Kickstarter which they were able to raise over $15,000.00 towards their future dreams from February 2013-March 2013 and they opened their brewery in downtown Spokane on January 31st, 2015. Now enough of the history of the brewery, which I find fantastic that they receive so much support from crowdfunding. I wish I can say I was a backer!
To start out my review of the beers my first beer and absolutely my favorite beer they make is the Main Street IPA (ABV 6.5% / IBU 83). This IPA has a very smooth body, and you get a great taste from the Cascade which gives it a nice citrus aroma. I picked up notes of grapefruit, which would be tied to the Cascade hops. It was great compared to the Monstrosity IPA [9.6% ABV / 76 IBU) this has a strong malt flavor versus the hoppy profile you’d expect in the IPA, but it is an imperial and the ABV was high. The aroma was over a caramel the the color similar in style, not my favorite but it’s hard to follow the Main Street IPA. The Tropical Thunder I
PA (6.8% ABV / 86 IBU) was the third IPA I tried which is a real solid IPA, you get the full flavor from the hops but its smooth enough for any none IPA lover to enjoy.
The final beer I’ll mention is the Espresso Stout (ABV 6.2% / IBU 40) which is a fantastic espresso stout, with flavors of chocolate and caramel malts. The BLBC’s website describes it best with “There is a little caffeine in this one with six gallons of cold brewed Evans Brothers Espresso. The two brews are blended to achieve this one of a kind Espresso Stout.”. Before leaving I had to get my WABL Passport stamped which I thought was one of the coolest stamps I’ve got in my book, the stamp was with a fresh drop of hot wax for their personalized wax seal. (Photo attached.)
While our visit was brief, I always want to mention the staff. Josh(or Joshua not sure which he prefers) was fantastic. He said he brews some of the beers with the owners and he knew exactly what he was talking about. It was a great addition visiting a brewery where you can chat beer with the staff. He was an awesome guy, and told us about their mug club and sounded excited to receive all of our feedback. We came in an hour before close, and wrapped up our last pint a few minutes past closing, and he wasn’t worried about it or rushing us out the door. Overall, I’d highly recommend visiting Black Label Brewing Company and I know I’ll be returning.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this brewery review, feel free to leave any comments or questions and I’ll respond.