Revolver Brewing out of Granbury, Texas, has become fairly well known since its opening in 2011. Its mainstays, such as the Bock and the High Brass blonde, are found on tap in many bars and taprooms all over the region. Today, I bring you my thoughts on the one that, in my opinion, made the label truly stand out: the modern classic, Blood & Honey.
Orange, honey, banana. As one would imagine, the blood oranges and honey used to make this unfiltered wheat stand out. Neither is overwhelming and gives a nice, balanced presence with a slight spark.
Orange peel (oils), banana bread, walnuts …? While eating orange peels would, in fact, be disgusting, it’s more accurate to say the orange essence tastes how the essential oils in the peel smell. Paired with the smooth, barely sweet, almost cake-like breadiness, you get a nice balance of smooth and tangy. The carbonation itself actually adds the final dimension that completes the experience. While carbonation is definitely necessary to the character and taste of ANY beer (forgetting nitro for a moment), it really stand toe-to-toe with all the other elements to make the experience something special.
While Blood & Honey may not be for everyone, it should be quite satisfying for all but the staunchest wheat beer haters out there. Wheats have never been my go-to, but I can’t deny its quality and appeal. I’ll turn to this to change things up, or when I’m just not in the mood for grassy/citrus (pale ales/IPAs) or roasty/chocolate (porters/stouts). This is also what I pick up when I know the ones I’m sharing beer with don’t do IPAs or darker beers. It has yet to fail me.
That said, I suggest picking this one up in a six-pack. I normally prefer draft, but I’ve had growlers filled with something that might as well have been filtered, which strips much of the character right out. If you must do the growler, at least ask for a sample first, and make sure it’s nice and cloudy. If it’s not, fill the growler with something else and pick up that six-pack instead. Whichever way you go, you won’t be disappointed.
(Oh, and keep an eye out for the “sour” version called “Sangre y Miel”. I haven’t seen it yet, myself, but I may update here once I get a hold of it. Perhaps it’ll convert me on that style, too!)