so, i moved to beautiful nelson county, va the week before christmas, and besides being nestled in the blue ridge mountains, this county is home to 17 wineries and 4 craft breweries! oh yeh...so many things to try. my first highlight i must share is from Wild Wolf Brewery, just a couple miles from my house.
Wild Wolf Pilsner
Wild Wolf Brewery
i am usually an ale girl. i like clean, forward ales, sometimes on the darker side. most of the times i try craft pilsners, they are too thin but i found one that makes me smile from ear to ear. the pilsner at wild wolf brewery is true in color - but the flavor is more complex than the typical pils without being too fancy. a perfect summer sipper, but hearty enough for me for a cold night by the fire. right in the middle of the flavor is a round, bready taste, almost reminding me of a perfect sourdough slice, and the after taste is fresh and light. i love it. not to mention, wild wolf is a really cool place...the restaurant is in an old school house and features mostly local ingredients (complete with a gluten free bun i can select on any sandwhich or burger!). just outside is a courtyard of old tobacco barns that are being renovated into specialty shops with jewelry, housewares, and a home brew store, all centered around a mill-wheel water feature. heaven on earth? yes. and there is a great pilsner to go with it all...