|Brewery:||Four Peaks Brewing Company|
|Location:||Tempe , AZ|
|Style:||Scottish Style Ale|
|Malts:||Carapills, Two-Row, Roasted Barley, Caramel 80L|
|Appearance:||Deep Amber-Orange, Fast-Rising Compact Head|
|Aroma:||Unabashed Malt, Delicate Sweetness, Hints of Roasted Caramel|
|Flavor:||Sweet Malt with a Wisp of Smoke|
|Pairs With:||Smoked Meats, Wild Game, Grilled Duck, Jarlsberg Cheese|
As I’ve said in some other reviews; a real draw for me, when it comes to picking a new beer, is the name. A witty, imaginative name sells a beer. It’s like a grabby title on a book. You know the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” but, come on, we all do it to some level and for beer we even have less to judge on.
It’s not like we can crack open a bottle and taste the “table of contents” while we’re in the store. We, as consumers, must make our decisions based solely on the cover; our knowledge of the brewery, the name, the artwork, and any descriptions or witty comments the brewers decide to grace their chosen packaging with. Given two beers of the same style; one with only the style listed as the name, such as “Amber Ale,” and the other with a more inspired name, I will invariably chose the latter. Enter Kilt Lifter from Four Peaks Brewery in Arizona.
The Four Peaks Brewery is housed in a former creamery. The building was originally constructed in 1892 and has the feel of an old world brewery/pub. Jim Scussel and his business partners first opened in 1996 and then expanded to a second location in Scottsdale in 2003. As the business took off Jim found he was fast approaching the capacity limit under his current Arizona State brewing license. He faced a tough decision; get a different license that would offer higher capacities but limit distribution and require shutting down the second location, or taper his production and quit growing his business. Not liking either of these options Jim took a different tac and worked with the Arizona Licensed Beverage Association to change the legislation limiting brewing capacity.