This is Kevin, Casey's husband bringing you another rousing brewery review. We decided to check out Carton Brewing out of Atlantic Highlands, NJ this go-around. Now you may ask yourselves, what is the algorithm for brewery selection? It could be location, yelp/google reviews, or because I have tried a particular beer from a brewery that I've enjoyed enough to warrant a visit.
This may sound creepy, but at times I just hang out at the craft beer section at liquor stores and observe patrons selecting beer. If someone is shopping around for a while, unsure about what to get, then I know they are just experimenting with a new brew. However, if someone dives right in to the beer cooler with a purpose, I know right then and there that they must enjoy what they are getting. In this case, I observed someone walk right in to Whole Foods' craft beer section, and made a bee line for 077xx, a double IPA by Carton Brewing. Long story short, I grabbed a 4-pack of cans and checked out as well. Delicious. It was one of the best double IPAs I've had, right up with Victory's Dirt Wolf DIPA.
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For $5/ea we received 6 tastings, one of was an obligatory Boat Beer, which is their flagship beer. The other five I tried were BDG(Brunch, Dinner, Grub), 077xx, Red Rye Returning, Launch Golden Ale, and Carton Canyon. Casey tasted just about the exact same, but also tasted a Gilded Lily which is a fruity ale with truffles infused. Of the tastings 077xx was still my favorite but overall all of the beers were excellent. Red Rye Returning, a RyePA, was very smooth with a perfect balance of hops, maltiness, and good mouth feel. That was my second favorite of the batch.