The First Pour: Hazed & Infused
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Availability: Year round
Grains: US Medium Caramel Malt, US 2 Row Barley, US Roasted Barley
Hops: Nuggett, Willamette, Crystal, Centennial, Plus Crystal, and Centennial
Been Hazed and Infused for so long it’s not true. Wanted a beer, but never bargained for it. Lots of people talk and few of them know, soul of a great beer was created in Boulder. Here we have Boulder Beer’s Hazed and Infused American Pale Ale. This was originally a one-off release for their brew house, but has gained national love and is now available in 20+ states (most importantly Missouri).
Hazed and Infused pours out hazy orange and copper in color with a nice thick white head. The beer has a nice amount of carbonation that leads to a nice bubbly lace on the beer. The smell is a balanced blend of grapefruity citrus and piney aroma hops. This comes from a blending of Nuggett, Willamette, Crystal, Centennial, Plus Crystal, and Centennial hops in this beer. On the first sip you get citrusy hop goodness with a piney dry hop finish. We will say that the malts are almost absent in this beer, despite it being an American pale ale style. The mouthfeel is medium to light with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. The sip’s finish comes with a light dose of bittering hop oil. For hop-heads, this is an extremely drinkable/sessionable beer. But at the same time, you may feel the beer falls short of a solid IPA status. So remind yourself during tasting/drinking that this is a hopped up pale ale by design. This is a year round beer, so pop by Cicero’s and enjoy a pint or a growler while listening to some Led Zeppelin.
Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.