Local Brewery Impresses With Cautionary Tale

April 5, 2019|

I recently had the honor of playing a young Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. at the Augusta Museum of History’s “Night at the Museum” benefit. It was an honor, a pleasure and an absolute blast to participate in the re-creation of a person so dear to our community and to the golfing world at large.

So, to celebrate the event afterward (keeping in mind that I had a 7 a.m. flight to snowy St. Louis the next morning to re-engage in my eyeball-science nerd reality) I had a beer — a local beer — a beer from right here in my home of golf.

Cautionary Tale IPA

Riverwatch Brewery, downtown on Fifth Street, has really impressed me with this American Double IPA. It pours a copper gold with the expected head of a double IPA, which laces significantly as one sips — I do enjoy counting my sips like the rings of a tree trunk.

The nose doesn’t overwhelm with alcohol like some double IPAs do, but the alcohol is present in the background for most of the experience until one swallows and breathes out (that’s when it came through for me, as a piggyback to the malts). I particularly enjoyed the blend of hops (which, of course, I’d better because I knowingly chose a double IPA).

Riverwatch doesn’t seem to get mixed up in this whole “how much hops can I cram into a bottle of beer” milieu. Its focus on keeping allegiance to a particular craft of beer while maintaining a sense of balance really shines through in Cautionary Tale.

Try it with, I’m thinking, a pimiento cheese sandwich and a bag of chips — wink, wink.

Ben Casella loves Augusta, but he especially loves it during the first full week of April. He extends a hearty Southern welcome to all those in town for the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. Cheers!

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