Thursday, December 29, 2011
Higherground Brewing Co.: Great Beer Right from the Start
With their Flash Flood Milk Stout, Highground offers up an uncommon version of stout, a milk- or sweet - stout. The addition of lactose, which is not fermentable, adds sweetness and body. What's nice about their version is it has a good mixture of roasted malt flavor in the initial taste, for those like me who prefer a robust stout, with a finish that adds creamy milk chocolate flavor. It avoid being too sweet and stays well balanced.
I did not have time to try the Waist Deep Wheat, but am curious to see what flavors the coriander seed and orange peel do to their belgian style version. What's more impressive is all six beers currently offered (including the IPA which was temporarily out) are 6% abv or less. It's refreshing to see a brewery create beers with good flavor without having to resort to higher and higher gravity beers.
I asked bartender Sara where the name Higherground came from. My initial thought was some religious theme, but aside from monks brewing Abbey style ales, it didn't seem likely. My second thought had to do with flooding, which the nearby Bitterroot River is prone to do. A third option came to mind, but I'll leave that to your imagination. Sara suggested the name is intentionally vague.
Cheers to another great addition to Montana's craft beer scene.