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Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink Talks L'Attitude

Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink Talks L'Attitude

We spoke with Cape May Brewing Co. Head Brewer Brian Hink about L'Attitude.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
In the true sense of collaboration, this beer was created by the creative minds behind all of CMBC and DC Brau's tasty brews! We went back and forth for a number of months, spitballing different ideas -- more broadly at the start before getting into more of the specifics as the collaboration went on. It was kinda like a game of volleyball, where DC Brau would volley up an idea and we'd receive that idea, make some suggestions and tweaks, then volley it back over to the other team. It was a lot of fun coming up with this unique brew.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
This beer is a bit of a chameleon to me -- one minute it's drinking like a rustic Saison, the next it's a full-on hop bomb. That was very intentional, but it was really cool to see it come to life. The aroma is super enticing, with these pleasant hop characters augmented by the yeast presence and a fuller body without being cloying or distracting, ultimately balancing everything out. 

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
Of course, coming up with a name was almost as fun as conceptualizing the beer itself, and we went back and forth on a handful of really good options before agreeing that "L'Attitude" was the way to go. Cape May and DC are right across from each other, sharing the same line of latitude, and at one point in the conversation, someone made a comment about the beer having some serious attitude. It just fit -- it was too perfect not to use. 

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
New school IPA + Saison + experimental hops = fun.

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
This beer pairs really well with a number of different food options -- from spicy Indian cuisine to bring out the bitterness and more aromatic hop qualities -- to a nice aged Gouda cheese to really bring out the Saison-y yeast profile, L'Attitude has just enough of each style to really shine when paired with the right dish.

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