Origin: Alexandria, VA
Style: New Zealand Pilsner
Hops: Waimea & Motueka
Built around a foundation of family, Aslin Brewing strives to extend its bond of family and inclusion to their whole community. Aslin was created with the idea that being a local craft brewer was partly about producing delicious brews, but more so about reaching out to the community and forging a bond. Aslin isn’t out to make everybody an expert on craft beer, but they are giving everyone access to beer expertise - knowledge and tasty, frosty cans of beer. Through this commitment, Aslin is doing its part to shape American beer culture as one that includes everyone and provides them with the best beer that can be made with locally sourced ingredients and their own two hands. ‘That’s Facts’ may be called a Bohemian Pilsner, but they’ve planted their flag on New Zealand by using hops from the bottom of earth. Crisp, clean flavour with subtle flower and fruit notes. Serves well at 8°C and can cellar for half a year.
Pours a dark, brassy colour with a hazy body and medium carbonation. A thick, bubbly head of off-white foam out of the can, that mostly sticks around for the journey.
A fairly subtle nose on this beer, you can pick out the expected melange of tropical fruits and a touch of cutting citrus zest, but it takes a big whiff to get any of the flowery hops on the nose.
Counter to the laid-back nature of the aroma, the flavour comes on like a punch to the jaw. Incredibly strong hops, mostly bitter on first taste. They calm down and open up to let you taste some herbs and dried flowers, along with some loamy earth. It quickly shifts to an sizzling, electric snappiness that fades off leaving behind a slightly metallic after-taste and dry mouthfeel.
With such strong hops, get into the spicy - face melting fried chicken sandwich with hot sauce slathered on. Coleslaw on the side!