I have a pretty extensive collection of beer glasses. My workhorse glasses are all custom made and Hoppy Boston branded, but I have an entire shelf full of glasses from my favorite local breweries. Usually by the second time I visit a brewery, or the first visit if it’s a place that distributes and I have enjoyed in the past, I am buying a glass. Recently I was going through my glassware collection and I made a few observations. The first was that I have more than a few glasses that need to go into storage due to brewery shut-downs, which really sucks. The second is that there are a few additions that need to be made to the collection, breweries I enjoy on a regular basis but don’t have a glass for. At the top of my list is Idle Hands, notice the pictures above and below are in a Hoppy Boston glass. I’ve been to the Idle Hands brewery on multiple occasions, but haven’t obtained a glass yet. The first few visits were at the old brewery and were before I started the glassware collection. More recently I’ve also visited the newer brewery, but the first time they didn’t have any glasses for sale (they had just opened) and the second time I forgot to buy one. So a visit to Idle Hands is long overdue. The biggest reason why I buy so much Idle Hands beer is the consistent quality across a really broad range of styles. Even though Idle Hands started out brewing Belgian style beers, and many of their American styles are delicious and very popular, one of the biggest draws for me right now are their lagers. During the winter I am all about dark lager styles that mix rich roasted malt with lower ABVs and clean lager bodies, and a great example is Idle Hands Brunhilda Dunkel lager, which is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Idle Hands Brunhilda pours deep brown with a solid tan head. The aroma features a full hit of dark and roasted malt. The flavor is malt forward, notes of dark chocolate, black licorice, and caramel. Some earthy and herbal hops round out the flavor. Brunhilda is medium-light bodied and very easy drinking, not too boozy at 5.5% ABV. The finish is very clean with just a hint of residual roasted malt flavor. This is an excellent dark lager, perfect to enjoy during the cold months without overwhelming your palate or putting you under the table. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
Previous Idle Hands Reviews:
Idle Hands Check Raise, Idle Hands 34 and Six Seam, Idle Hands Brocktoberfest, Idle Hands Proeme, Idle Hands Thing 1, Idle Hands Heide, Idle Hands Riding Shotgun, Idle Hands Adelais, Idle Hands D’aison, Idle Hands Triplication