Gowanus Brewery

Eight Days O’ Wheat – Reviewed by Jeremy
December 24, 2007, 12:00 am
Filed under: beer, local, review

Sadly, what you see here is what I found in the Sixpoint growler I picked up during the week at the Whole Foods Market.  It’s flat as a pancake.  The friendly woman who poured this for me had to tap a second keg to top off my growler, so, I’m guessing, the last of the first keg was in pretty poor shape. What a bummer.

The Eight Days O’ Wheat beer was introduced in November and is the result of a collaboration between Sixpoint Point Craft Ales, a local brewery, and Whole Foods to produce a house beer for Whole Foods Market’s beer rooms, which are sprouting up around NYC.  Reviews should start accumulating at Beer Advocate soon, but for now there’s only one, which describes this brew as “decent.”

My initial impression of the pint of Eight Days O’ Wheat, based in part on total disappointment over the quality of the pour, was less than decent.  Far less.  The aroma and taste were dominated by an unpleasant, intense combination of wheat and hops.  The mouthfeel was thin.  And the finish was bitter.  Anyway, the experience, I have no doubt, would be totally different on a second try, so I’m just not going to review this beer until I can get my hands on some fresh stock.  It’s officially a do-over on this one.

Whole Foods Market Beer Store by Jeremy
December 22, 2007, 12:00 am
Filed under: beer, distributor, local

Wednesday night I finally got down to the Whole Foods Union Square South beer room. The Beer Room, if you haven’t heard, has two things. The first you’ll find all over town: a decent beer selection. There was everything from Pabst Blue Ribbon to Guido Belgium Ale. I have only one minor complaint and that is I couldn’t find a certain type of wheat beer I was supposed to pick up for my girlfriend. In all fairness, you would be hard pressed to find a good selection of fruity wheat ales in most beer shops. What really set’s this little oasis apart, though, is the second thing: the Growler filling stations, manned by a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The Beer Store carries all the local beers on draft and dispenses them by the growler, which are themselves reasonably priced at a few bucks. You of course can bring your own, too. I picked up a Growler of one of the Six Point Craft Ales (their website is currently under construction), but they also had Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery beers available. I was sad to hear while checking out that the beers on tap were available only on tap. Worse than that, there is absolutely no sampling your freshly-filled growler on the premises. In fact, I still haven’t had any of that beer yet.

While I was there, I also picked up a six-pack of Brooklyn Brewery’s Monster Ale, a Rogue Christmas ale, and a few other random brews. I predict that this will be the first of many beer runs to the Beer Store. I commute to and from work on the F line, which stops right outside this place at the Second Avenue stop. Literally, right outside this place. I may try to get some better pictures of the growler filling station, but Whole Foods seems to have a strict policy against in-store picture taking, with no exception for beer-loving beer bloggers, like myself.