Leaning heavily on my GPS navigation, I circled around Four Quarters Brewing a couple of times, finally unwinding the right combination of one-way streets and rotaries in downtown Winoski, Vermont and parking right in front of the brewery. The action was lively on this particular sunny Saturday, with all of the outdoor picnic tables brimming with happy beer sippers. The action inside was lively too, and while I patiently waited my turn at the counter, I perused their long list of highly-interesting brews.
Four Quarters began operations in 2014, and, according to their website: “we forage wild ingredients like staghorn sumac and rose petals, and use fresh whole foods like strawberries, rhubarb, currants, dill, basil, tomatoes, watermelon, sourdough bread, peaches, cherries, citrus zest, ginger, etc.”. You name an ingredient (edible), and Four Quarters will doubtless be giving it a try at some point. As you can see from the beer menu below, there is quite a choice, and I had to parlay with the beertender to come up with a good range of beers to taste.
Unfortunately, Four Quarters doesn’t do tasting flights, so instead I ordered up some small pours and got down to business:
4 Quarterez (4.5% ABV) Mojito-inspired sour ale, with orange zest and juice, along with spearmint.
Appearance: 4.3 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4
Tomato Basil Fleur de Lis (4.5% ABV) Sour ale, infused with roasted tomatoes and fresh basil. Interesting taste that defies its ingredients. One of several in the “Fleur de Lis” series. Tasted a little flat.
Appearance: 4.1 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4
Phaze American Pale Ale (6.5% ABV) A good all-round tasting ale, just enough hoppy bitterness. Picked up a 4-pack to take home.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.5 | Feel: 4.5 | Taste: 4.5 | Overall: 4.5
Ghosts in the Sky (8.0% ABV) A double IPA loaded down with Galaxy and Ella hops. Not bad, but could have used a little more hoppy flavor.
Appearance: 4.5 | Aroma: 4.4 | Feel: 4.4 | Taste: 4.4 | Overall: 4.4
The Cicerone says: Go ahead and try that Tomato Basil Fleur de Lis … better yet, I dare you to try Pickle Juice, a sour ale conditioned on honeydew, cucumber, and fresh dill!