Good River Beer

March 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
220 20th St S
Arlington, VA 22202
Good River Beer @ CCWS | Arlington | Virginia | United States

Although no one knew at the time, Good River Beer began when co-founder Preston Hartman shared his first well-made batch of beer with friends and family in 2006.  Ever since, an irresistible urge has driven Preston to improve his skills, develop recipes, and share his beer with the world.  Nine years and two capable business partners later, this drive manifests itself as Good River Beer.  With a theme that runs through every place and culture – rivers – co-founders Eric Zarkovich, Adam Odoski, and Preston Hartman set out in April, 2015 to introduce their inspirational brews to every beer drinker.

The Beers:

American Pilsner- 

Your great-great grandfather would be happy you are drinking this beer. It is a clean, crisp, and brilliantly clear lager that packs much more flavor than you might expect.  Soft malt and slight sweetness in the delicate aroma mingle with subtle, floral hops. A high percentage of corn lends the perception of slight sweetness even though the beer is quite dry. A respectable level of hop bitterness and flavor hearken back to pre-Prohibition days when American lagers were . . . well . . . better. This is a substantial Pilsner that is at the same time approachable and flavorful.

IBU:  30
ABV: 6.0%

Class V IPA- 

The Class V (5) is named after the whitewater classifications of I through V+.  Class I being a tame, lightly rough water flow while Class V+ being a fast, dangerous, whitewater section of a river.

This is a very big, bold but balanced double IPA.   A very dry finish with a huge but not completely over the top hop flavor and aroma.  Citrus and pine dominate and, in combination with the dry finish, produce a sharp, clean bitterness that encourages the next sip.  Another beer to be careful of, as the drinkability of this beer can hides the high ABV.

IBU: 100+
ABV: 8.3%

Gunny Black Lager- 

The Gunny is named after the Gunnison River in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

This a traditional Schwarzbier, a German black lager, that brings together a wonderful group of subtle flavors that combine into something far greater.  A restrained roast, caramel malts, German Noble hops, and a clean lager yeast make for a flavorful, very drinkable black lager. This is no Stout or Porter – it has just enough roast to darken the color, provide complexity, and build on a delightful Pilsner-like aroma and flavor.

IBU: 25
ABV: 5.5%


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