Beer: Footprint RegionAle
Brewery: Odell Brewing Co.
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 9.5 percent
People like to say it's not about where you're from, but rather where you're going. Weird thing about beer is, where you're going in a way becomes where you're from. Choices of where to distribute are not made lightly -- the impression of a brewery can be just as impacted by the people who drink it and the places in which it's drunk outside the state of origin. A brewery's fans, regardless of where they live, become part of its persona. Sometimes it's good to pay homage to them, too.
Odell Brewing Co.'s distribution footprint currently stretches across ten states. The brewery's newest creation, Footprint RegionAle, pays tribute to the places Odell beer is available. Part of the Single Serve Series (the same grouping that brought you Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout, Friek and Hiveranno), it was brewed with ingredients unique to each state in the network: hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho; wheat from Kansas and Wyoming; wild rice from Minnesota; corn from Nebraska; honey from South Dakota; green chilies from New Mexico; oak barrels from Missouri; and prickly pear from our own state of Arizona.
Inside a tulip, Footprint gleams in slightly hazy tangerine. Hyperactive carbonation bursts forth in a two-inch cap of pure white froth that has the consistency and staying power of marshmallow fluff. Thick fingers of curving lace decorate the glass as I drink, but this head looks like it would remain for hours and hours if left to its own devices.
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