Geez, that’s one hell of a title!
My favourite beer shop in Glasgow has turned two! Congratulations Grunting Growler. What better way to celebrate the anniversary than by having a party at the shop? The venue even had extended opening hours on the day! Oh, and to round it all off, a special birthday beer, “Terrible Twos”, was brewed to mark the occasion at the West End store.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the party (this year) as I was working night-shifts. A polite email asking for excusal from work was quickly denied as “I want to go to a beer party” was apparently not an appropriate request! The rota team evidently don’t know about my alter ego…
As I couldn’t attend the event, I made sure to visit Grunting Growler early the following week. It was great to catch up with the owner and we spoke about the birthday bash. It was packed on the day of the event and plenty of beers were enjoyed. He stated that it was great fun, stressful at points and quite novel to be open past midnight! Pre-event he spent some time with Dead End Brew Machine and Fyne Ales – they collaborated on this new beer. He said it was great to be able to make the beer and said he had great fun with the other brewers!
He was thrilled with the beer that he produced, although felt the colour was a bit “off”.
Mandatory “Terrible Twos” Facts:
- Untappd Rating: 4.19 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 7.1%
- Style: New England IPA
- Serving: 2 Litre Growler! (Well, it was their 2nd birthday)!
I initially tried a little of this beer in the store by sampling a touch of draught beer in a plastic shot glass. This is just enough to see if it excites your palate and help determine whether to go for a 1 litre or 2 litre growler! I asked for the two-litre growler to be filled and knew that I was going to enjoy the birthday beer this coming weekend, meaning I was ultimately a week late to the party!
The weekend arrived and it was time to enjoy the beer. I opened the growler and poured it into a tall pint glass. As soon as the draught beer filled the glass, it totally hit me what the owner had meant about “the colour of the beer”. It was certainly hazy, typical of a NEIPA, but this was a deep, off-brown colour reminiscent of swamp water! A dusky medium-sized white foam head filled the top inch of the glass. A tropical citrus aroma promptly hit me. The beer certainly tasted better than it looked! It started off with a citrus and tropical hoppy punch, unsurprising given the incorporation of El Dorado, Citra and Mosaic hops. The beer then ends with a deep, bittersweet toffee finish! YUM! It was a really great beer that was well-rounded and reiterates that NEIPAs are a class of beer that continue to expand with some very impressive drinks.
Rating: 3.75/5. “Terrible Twos” is the perfect way to wish a Happy Birthday to Grunting Growler! A unique, tasty beer produced via a brilliant collaboration. Your first two years have flown by and you have provided me with some epic beers – all the best for your many future years!
The birthday event appears to have gone exceedingly well and a lot of great craft beers were enjoyed! Hopefully, since the event has been successful, future birthday beers may be made in subsequent years. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.