South County Brewing Company Gelato, an 8% Double IPA Brewed with Lactose and Conditioned on Strawberries, Lemons, and Vanilla
|Appearance||Hazy pink orange color with long-lasting white head.|
|Aroma||Bright lemon aroma; sweet and fruity.|
|Taste||Sweet strawberries, tart lemon, and dank hops.|
|Mouthfeel||Smooth with moderate carbonation.|
|Overall||The Culinary Beer Series can’t be missed!|
South County Brewing, owned by JR Heaps, is located in Fawn Grove, PA, less than a mile from the Maryland border. The brewery opened on July 1, 2011, and the tasting room is open to the public for tastings, drafts, and beer to go. Food can be purchased from Mill House Grill, located right next door.
JR’s brewing experience began as many new craft brewers do, with homebrewing. He was brewing all grain by his third batch and used a SABCO system by his fifth batch. He went to brewing school at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, and has brewed with many friends in the industry including Tröegs Brewing Company and Spring House Brewing Company.
Consistency and product quality are very important to JR. The brew system – made of German steel, built in Slovenia, and sold as Italian – is a 15-barrel steam semi-automated brewhouse that has allowed JR to brew more beer, brew more efficiently and sustainably, and also expand distribution.
Gelato is part of the Culinary Beer Series at South County Brewing. Gelato is concocted with 400 lbs of puree. Half the malt bill is a blend of wheat and oats with a dose of lactose sugar to smooth it all out.
We first tasted Gelato (and had our minds blown) while talking to JR during the recording of episode 116 at Little Big Beer Fest. Episode 116 is set to release tomorrow, June 2!
Wanna pick this one up? Click here to see where South County beers are available.
Check out… Beer Busters Podcast Episode 30: Music to My Beers with JR.