Don't mistake my words: I like to try most of the beers I come across. Still, I've always been critical with those brews that seem to just want to stand out. Even when these experimental beers are really appealing (my paradigmatic example is Crème Brûlée Stout by Emelisse), I'm still more on the side of -put as many quotations as needed- "normal" beer. And for brewers to have a core range of beers (particularly, I think it also has some strong business reasons).

But one day you grab a beer, uncap it and pour this quite malty IPA that has yet another special twist. Among its ingredients there's pine resin. I had Piris Resin Old School IPA with two of the people in charge at Instituto de la Cerveza Artesana, where this beer is brewed. I also drink one at home, on a warm summer night. Leaving apart the evolution it's had in two months, the sensation is exactly the same.

All of a sudden I quit this sweltering night of July and we're on spring, on one of those mornings when I head to the hills and have a pleasant stroll with Mrs. Birraire. It's late March: thyme's already flowering, rosemary is progressively appearing and the forest seems to recover its splendour with its green fresh aroma. It's funny what resin adds to this particular brew; it's funny how a simple sniff of your beer can make you travel through space and time.

It just takes a quick smell when you pour it to see that this is no conventional beer, with the strong influence of the pine resin. But how could I complain of a beer that can convey these emotions as I drink?

Salut i birra!


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