Even with the massive popularity of taprooms there are still a large number of breweries who rely on contract brewing, where they rent space and time at a larger brewery to produce and package their beer. Most contract breweries don’t have a set location, all of their beer is sold through distribution. Recently some breweries that have an established location have also taken to contact brewing as a way to expand capacity, if their physical brewery can’t meet demand contracting is a great way to produce more beer without an expensive expansion. These contract arrangements between established brands can also lead to interesting collaborations. Vermont based standout Lawson’s Finest Liquids now contract brews some large scale runs and cans their flagship beers at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut. It makes sense that the two breweries would collaborate on a release. This meeting of the brewers minds resulted in Typecast, a Belgian style IPA brewed with Vermont white cedar and Connecticut Balsam Fir tips. Two Roads/Lawson’s Finest Liquids Typecast is available for a limited time on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Two Roads/Lawson’s Finest Liquids Typecast pours clear bright yellow with a monstrous white head. The aroma is a mixture of spicy Belgian style yeast and floral hops. The flavors imparted by the yeast lead off, notes of peppercorn, clove and apple. The hops complement this flavor with touches of lemon, orange and pine. The adjuncts add a little hint of woods and grass while some bready malts round out the profile. Typecast is medium bodied and easy drinking, not too boozy at 6.5% ABV. The finish is dry with some lingering yeast and hop flavors. Typecast is a really nice collaboration, you can taste the contributions from both breweries but it doesn’t fit nicely into one box or the other. I could see this as a regular release. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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