This one comes to us from the Brash Brewing Company, which was founded by way of contract brewing through the Mercury Brewing Company, the same folks that brew Clown Shoes Beer. As it turns out, Ben Fullelove, the founder of Brash, owns a craft beer bar called Petrol Station, an old gas station that was converted into a pub that serves food and a nice selection of craft beers in Houston, Texas. Because of the Texas alcoholic beverage code, Ben can’t own a brewery in the state of Texas because he also owns Petrol Station, thus concluding the story of why Brash is contract brewed.
I’ve got to hand it to the marketing team, or artist that came up with this label. Nostalgia alone made me grab the bottle before I even read anything on the label. Yep, I was one of those kids that would religiously sit in front of the TV whenever the Duke boys were running away from Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, which would almost always end up with the Duke boys jumping the General Lee over an impossible ravine, while the Sheriff ended up in a lake somewhere. At any rate, I think that’s why this one ended up in my shopping basket… but enough rambling, on to the beer!
Cold Ass Honky is a dry hopped saison. It pours a golden, slightly orange translucent color, with great lacing and retention. Upon first smell, I get an earthy hop smell, with hints of lemon, and a floral scent as well. The first sip went down rather smoothly for a beer with an 8.5% ABV. Light carbonation was evident, and I could taste a slight bitterness with earthy tones, as well as lemon, with hints of a floral undertone. I was half way done with the 22oz. bottle when it hit me how easy this beer was to drink for something with an 8.5% AVB content. For a saison, it was a little heavy, but it was very smooth going down.