For those patiently waiting for a new beer from Little Rock’s Josiah Moody, your wait is almost over. This Saturday there will be two new Moody Brews beers available to sample and purchase. The first sips will be at Colonial Wine & Spirits on West Markham, starting at noon (more info here).
Moody Brews will be sampling three brews paired with samples of Kent Walker Artisan Cheese. Half Seas Over, Moody’s popular Imperial IPA, will be presented along with two new Moody Brew debuts: Sixes and Sevens, an Imperial Belgian-style Chocolate Porter, and Earl Grey ESB, a collaboration with Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville.
All will be available for growler fills, and Half Seas Over and Sixes and Sevens can go home with you in 12 oz bottles (4-packs). The two new beers should be in other liquor stores as well as bars either Saturday or early next week. Earl Grey ESB will be in very limited release, but I’m told it will also be at 107 Liquor, Vino’s Brewpub, South On Main, Old Chicago North Little Rock and The Flying Saucer at some point soon.
For the Earl Grey ESB, Moody and Apple Blossom took a traditional British malt base and added very aromatic earl grey tea for bittering and aroma. It results in a highly aromatic, nutty malt base which is very sessionable at 5.1 percent ABV. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to try it yet (don’t worry, I will on Saturday) but most reviews I’ve seen mention an almost “lemony tea flavor” and say it’s super smooth and drinkable. See for yourself.
I have gotten to try the Sixes and Sevens, however, and I must say it’s possibly going to find a completely different audience than the Earl Grey ESB. It’s quite complex, with a really big Belgian yeast flavor, caramel malts and dark fruits reminiscent of plums or figs. It’s sweet, and as it warms up more chocolate starts to come out in both the nose and flavor. This is definitely the type of beer I want to set back and see how well it ages, as I predict it will even get more interesting and continue to evolve. If I didn’t know the style going in (Imperial Belgian-style Porter), I’d have thought it more of a Belgian-style Dark Ale or Quad maybe. I love this style of beer and will be drinking plenty of it now and after aging both.
More events will follow so be sure and follow Moody Brews on their Facebook page to keep up with more tastings and releases coming up.