Location: Louisville, KY
A.B.V. – 8%
Price: – $1.50/ bottle, $7.99/6 pack
Because I live in one of the many dry counties (read: no alcohol sales) in Eastern Kentucky, a trip to the store to get some beer is an all day event. I have to stock up whenever I drive the ~50 miles to the nearest wet county which makes each beer I buy a precious commodity. I almost missed this one at the liquor store last time. I was walking to the checkout line having spent the last 20 minutes poring over possible selections and agonizing over my choices when the name “Sheltowee” caught my eye. Now, being the nerd I am, I know that Sheltowee is the name given to Daniel Boone by the Shawnee Indians when they accepted him into their tribe, and I honestly had a little geek-gasm right there. I picked it up and saw it was a Kentucky beer, and I was beyond sold.
Drinking this beer was one of the most subtly enjoyable experiences I’ve had in a while. It was a super warm late winter/early spring day, and I had been relaxing all afternoon when this one found its way onto my table. It’s not a remarkably great beer, but a very good one for what it does. On first taste you get the hops that a good IPA should throw at you, but those dissipate much faster than almost every other one I’ve tried. What I was left with was a very clean, fresh, almost spring-like floral flavor and a very strong desire to have another drink.
This is an “icing-on-the-cake” kind of beer – it’s not the kind of beer that demands attention, but it’s definitely not lost in other food, flavors, or experience. Each sip reminds you that you’re drinking a great beer, then it gets out of the way so you can continue enjoying your food and friends. Whatever or wherever you happen to be, this one just makes it a little bit better.