Name: Buckbean Brewing Company
Location: Reno, Nevada
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: No
What you need to know: Opened in 2008, Buckbean is the vision of two craft beer “junkies.” Buckbean’s brewmaster, Daniel Kahn, was a professional chef before getting into breweries. The brewery attributes this to a fine level of taste discernment in the portfolio of beers. They produce three different beers, all in cans, and are the first brewery to incorporate orange blossoms into a beer.
Beer #1: Tule Duck Red Ale
Notes: Billed as a “rich, robust American red ale” with a malty backbone and a complex combination of American and German hops, this one is definitely for those who like a sweeter, heavier red ale. The thicker mouthfeel comes from the addition of oats.
Beer Advocate: C+ (18 reviews)
Rate Beer: 50 overall, 72 style
Beer #2: Original Orange Blossom Ale
Notes: At first glance, these reviews aren’t so good. It’s going to be hard for me to defend to you a beer that has a 24 rating overall, I imagine, but I think this beer is pretty unique. The use of orange blossoms is going to give this a bright, but not hoppy, citrus note. The trick will be if the orange can keep from overwhelming the rest of the beer’s profile
Beer Advocate: C+ (41 reviews)
Rate Beer: 24 overall, 27 style
Summary: The ratings for these beers aren’t overwhelmingly positive, but I’d encourage you to look past that and give them a try despite that. We probably will not get these beers in our market again for quite a while. For you orange fans out there, the Orange Blossom Ale may be your version of heaven!
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