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The 5 Best Beers We Had This Week

NE IPA — Barrel Culture has made a name for itself for producing insanely juicy fruited sour beers.

Fans lined up in the taproom to try “beer slushies” and other brewed confections. After Barrel Culture’s head brewer left, the brewery had a brief pause in operation before Paul Wasmund, formerly of Bond Brothers, took the helm. Whenever a new brewer comes in, there’s a worry that whatever they do won’t please the fanbase; Paul was certainly fighting an uphill battle.

But there should be no worry around Wasmund, who had already proven himself an insanely talented brewer. Barrel Culture’s first IPA and Wasmund’s first BC release, This Is a Story, was excellent. A healthy balance of bright juicy flavors was met by a malty sweetness and a vibrant bitter bite at the end of each sip. Seek out any new Barrel Culture beers and keep an eye on the Durham-based brewery; the future looks bright under Wasmund.

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