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GRASSROOTS by Calfkiller Brewery

In a picturesque hollow on a bend of country road outside Sparta, Tennessee, sits a handmade brewhouse that brims with the kind of whimsical ambition that makes craft beer so endearing. Inside, brothers Don and Dave Sergio, and unofficial third brother, Jason Henry, created a haven of creativity and perspective at the Calfkiller Brewery. They are a rootsy crew—country boys filled with passion for their craft and known for their sharp, goofball sense of humor. The brewery is built in a cozy barn the brothers remodeled themselves, from recycled materials they salvaged from past construction jobs. Building it all by hand on their own land, Don and Dave created a unique atmosphere in which to brew beer in the small town that serves as their inspiration. A stone’s throw away from the Calfkiller River, the brothers’ unique offering of beers stands out like no other. While every brewer hopes to have a signature taste, this crew signs with Tennessee’s version of a John Hancock, except with beer. Their flagship pale ale,

Grassroots, is a wonderfully rich and complex version of the style. By using exclusively full-flower hops, Grassroots has a diverse floral aroma and bright flavor, coaxed out of three different hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, and Cascade. This process insures that the lupulin gland goes into the boil intact, maximizing the flavor contribution of each ingredient. When their regionally famous strand of Belgian yeast is introduced, the Calfkiller signature is then notarized in the fermenter. Here, the brewers prefer a high-temperature scenario, causing maximum activation of the yeast, thus bringing forth robust aromas and flavors. The classic Belgian mouthfeel is presented via an unfiltered, finished product that rests in conditioning tanks for a full three weeks. The prolonging of this step allows the protein and yeast to fully settle out of the beer, creating the smoothest possible quaff. The end result is nothing short of microbrew magic. Call for a Calfkiller next time you’re thirsty, and accept the gracious invitation into their world.

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