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Friday, March 26, 2010

Day 85 Drink: Grove Park Inn Great Gatsby Abbey Ale

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa is an amazing historic hotel in Asheville, N.C. It has played host to 10 U.S. presidents and countless celebrities. It offers dramatic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has a world-class spa and golf course. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Grove Park Inn is also a client of Eric Mower and Associates, the marketing communications firm where I work.

Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville recently started brewing a Belgian-style brown ale for the Grove Park Inn. The Great Gatsby Abbey Ale pays homage to author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who summered at the Grove Park Inn in 1935 and 1936.

The Great Gatsby Abbey Ale is a reddish brown color with a persistent tan head. The beer has a slight clove nose and opens with a nice full flavor. There is a nice fruit essence in the background and some mellow spice throughout.

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