Beer: Pangaea Lilja's Hop Nest Monster

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

About the brewery :

Emerging from "behind the cheddar curtain," Wisconsin-based Pangaea Beer Company concocts five craft selections, including several ales worth checking out.

About the beer :

India pale ales were first brewed by British sailors who preserved their beer with extra hops and higher alcohol content while traveling to distant colonies. Hop Nest Monster borrows those maritime mechanics and, according to the peculiar packaging, evokes "the spirit of the primordial past on planet Earth." I guess I'll interpret that to mean the beer packs a hoppy little jab, despite its thin body and transparent, straw-colored hue.

Why to drink it :

Weather's been a tease of late, but it's March, damn it! We shouldn't have to wait for cold's reluctant retreat to enjoy a bright, hoppy beer - the official suds of spring. This IPA boasts acitrusy aroma, a long finish and a somewhat bittersweet taste that's both refreshing and potent.

What to drink it with:

IPAs tend to bring out and enhance spiciness, so try this one with something that's got a bit of kick to it. It'll go great alongside a grilled panini with pepperoni and spicy mayo, which one day you'll be able to eat outside.

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Brewery: Pangaea Beer Company

Beer: Lilja's Hop Nest Monster

Type: India pale ale

ABV: Seven percent

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2.5 stars out of four

Get some:

Giant Eagle

2801 N. High St., Clintonville

614-268-0976

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