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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day 198 Drink: Olde Hickory Black IPA

Steven Lyerly and Jason Yates have been running Olde Hickory Brewery since 1994. The brewery first used a seven barrel converted dairy system and now has a 25-barrel brewhouse in a downtown Hickory building. The taproom has an interesting collection of tap handles from craft breweries and serves up decent sandwiches at lunch.

Olde Hickory Black IPA pours a jet black color with a nice tan head. The nose of this beer is floral hops, with little of the roasted notes you might expect based on the color. The flavor has a moderate hop bitterness that trails off at the end with just a hint of the darkened grain. A nice lunchtime brew.

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