It started with a satisfying slurp of a frosty pint of a specific Imperial Red Ale. The aggressively-hopped gulp, identified as the Atomic Raygun, easily sings boldly on any draft beer lineup, especially at The Epicurean where B had his first few swigs.
After too sharing his love of his newly-favored beer, one that swims in a well-balanced blend of light orange and outrageous hops, with a crisp, candied finish, I instantly delved into what neighbors Imperial Red's brewing company, Spring House, fronted. Lucky for us, we were soon trekking to their brewhouse situated in Conestoga, Pa to see our new adoration in action.
Spring House Brewing Company, plopped on the brim of Lancaster, was established by the excelled chemist, Matt Keasey, who a few years back, transformed his small hobby into a money maker.
Now, with half of his offerings brewed in his rustic, finished barn, he invites beer fanatics to the home of his brews on Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. to flood armfuls of growlers from his fresh kegs, or have new visitors marvel in a courtesy tasting of those on tap.
Seven Gates Pale Ale, another variety of Keasey's repertoire, has received a lot of love in a hell of a short time, which is why Appalachian Brewing Company has taken a liken to the full-production of this crowd-pleaser.
During our visit, the rural, inviting space of Spring House happened to be blessed with many brewheads who happened to have the same idea as we had, but although I am impressed with the addicting tastes of the local brewing company, I was bit a disappointed that they had only three varieties on draft last week: Imperial Red Ale, Seven Gates Pale Ale and Beyond the Gates Double IPA.
However, can't say I didn't adore all of the above, I continue to crave for an experience with their Planet Bean Coffee Stout, the Diabolical Doctor Wit and the Goofy Foot Summer Wheat.