The Brewery: Green Man, in downtown Asheville
The Beer: Leaf Blower seasonal amber
Tasting Notes: Green Man's brewer told us he created this 'in-between' seasonal for late summer, when fall beers start to roll out, but it's just too damn hot to want to drink them. This beer is hopped with whole leaf Vanguard hops, which are subtle American hops (a close cousin to German's ubiquitous Hallertau hops), and as such they bring an earthy nose and bitterness that balances this low-alcohol, malt forward beer. As advertised, it's a beer you'll want to reach for on that not-quite-cool September day, where, tired of light summer brews, you can make your transition to the more malty beers that are abound in October.