Fruit of a Loon by Hoppy Trout brewing

Local Beer of the Week: Fruit of a Loon

    This new weekly feature in the Cherokee Scout will take a look at beers brewed in Cherokee County over the summer.    
    Name: Fruit of a Loon
    Brewer: Tom Rodeck of Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. in Andrews
    Style: New England style IPA
    Alcohol by volume: 7.1 percent
    Food pairing: Grilled food
    Description: Hoppy Trout’s Fruit of a Loon offers a refreshingly fruity take on the traditional New England IPA with vibrant mango, tropical and stone fruit notes. The high percentage of wheat malts gives the beer a characteristic cloudiness, while adding a creamy texture.
    Despite the citrusy aroma, the beer tastes almost floral with a piney bite at the end. The beer’s light wheat body and smooth flavor makes it a perfect drink for cooling down during the summer’s brutal heat.
    Tom Rodeck, co-owner of Hoppy Trout and brewer of Fruit of the Loon, recommends pairing the beer with typical grilled food, like hamburgers and bratwursts. The fruity New England-style IPA emerged into the Northeastern United States brew scene, inspiring him to jump on the bandwagon.
    “It turned out really good,” Rodeck said. “I was surprised how bold the flavor was.”