F-Town Brewing has appeared here twice, thanks to their canned products being distributed to my local stores. I've had the IPA, called IPAlicious, and the Nutso Brown Ale. Now, when questions about them are made online, and comments are posted, many have spoken ill, in particular, of the IPA. I could only add that I found the canned version to be fine. Well, we won't know till we try, will we? And try we must. Because that's what we're doing.
|Jason, Rod, and Dave consider their options.|
It was absolutely necessary that F-Town be our first stop of the day because, for reasons complete beyond my understanding, they closed at 3pm. After opening at noon. Whey on earth would you bother even opening, if you're only open for three hours? Our second stop of the day was to close at 4, and our third, much smarter folks, indeed, locked their doors at 8 pm.
We found F-Town at 22 4th St. NE in downtown Faribault, and filed into the fairly small, nondescript taproom. It was a much larger contingent than normal this time. Rod had joined Jason and I for the full length of the journey, and Sharon and Dave drove down with us, with Ryan and Val meeting us at the taproom. Some had been here before, but we were there for the first time.
|American Red Ale.|
|Downstairs from the taproom, a brewhouse.|
Reddish coloring, beige head, caramel malt nose, sweetish and malty, long malty finish. Not bad. Not bad at all. Veers a little too close to the sweet side, but passable.
Jason offered up some samples from his flight, and I started at the light end, with the lager, with was fine, but unimpressive, having no flaws, but being far from perfect. I moved on the his IPA and there the problems began. It was horrid, and I winced at first sip, my mouth pulled tight into a hardened grimace. It was shockingly bad and possibly infected. I later took a sip of the nitro version, and it had exactly the same problem.
|They got through their samples, with a couple|
|Our bartender on this visit did not seem to have|
much use for coasters.
I moved on to the Nitro Black Stout. It was roast, dry, malty, smooth, like any stout should be. Nothing wrong with it. Drinkable. But unexceptional.
I took a sample of nearly every beer available, and was not impressed, nor especially pleased with any of them. There's really nothing here to recommend. I hate to say that, but if it's true, it's true. If you're in Faribo/ault, and you've got nothing better to do, be my guest, I guess. Just stay away from that IPA.
And away we went, off to another town, another brewery.