Editor’s note: this is the fourth installment in the monthly What’ll You Have? series. The third one ran last month.
You know what I’ve been drinking frequently in recent days (responsibly and in variable moderation, of course)? Hinterland IPA from Green Bay Brewing Company, which is a hazy maltilicious India Pale Ale, a judicious beer that’s not overly hoppy or malty really, it’s just incredibly tasty and drinkable. I’d tried the Pale Ale from Hinterland before I started on this IPA, and the Pale Ale was good from my recollection but somewhat forgettable. This IPA, initially, faded from memory until I tried it again and I found that not only do I not have to go the fridge as often with Hinterland’s characteristic one-pint bottles, but I really enjoy the malt edge on this IPA and I don’t mind that it’s not hoptastic to the point of brushing up against the stratosphere.
Hinterland’s website oddly doesn’t have much on the brewery’s history or driving forces, but from what I can gather it was founded by Bill and Michelle Tressler in 1995 in an old building in Green Bay, appropriately a former meat-packing plant. I don’t recall seeing Hinterland beers around the state much until 3-5 years ago maybe, but it appears their distribution is growing. They operate a restaurant at their Green Bay brewery and also run a gastropub in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward called Hinterland Erie Street. The food looks intriguing and I can easily envision how a nice meal would pair well with their thoughtful beers.
If you’re making a beer run, Hinterland is conspicuous with a large block ‘H’ logo and the aforementioned 1-pint brown bottles housed in four-packs. It’s pretty affordable at around $10 for the four-pack. From my experience, drinking a Hinterland is a little time consuming but in a good way, and just a sip of this beer is something to taste for a few moments and enjoy the way it hits your palate. This ain’t a chugging beer, clearly, and it has different notes that are hit in stages. But I’ve found that the way this IPA resonates is a bloom of malty-hop zeal that in Hinterland’s words: ‘finishes with a dry mouthfeel and a lasting bitterness’. Bitterness is something you see more in British ales than those of the U.S., but bitterness is a really underrated component in beers in the States, in my opinion. Give it a try. It’s a solid 6.7% ABV, so a couple pints in you should be feeling something good. Plus, as Brewers fans, ‘a lasting bitterness’ should be something we’re all feeling right now, to put it mildly. Might as well drink it up.