Most of you probably know the term, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” If you don’t, now you do. Wine makers often employee a lot of hard-working people in the process of making wine. To reward their labors, wine makers often supply their workers with a lot of beer until the wine is ready.
We went wine tasting in Walla Walla this weekend, and on the return trip, we discovered Laht Neppur Brewing Company in Waitsburg, Washington. It’s my kind of craft brewery. Just off the highway between Walla Walla and Dayton, Laht Neppur reminds me of the Kettlehouse Southside or Blackfoot River Brewing Company’s old location. A bar full of locals sipping great beer and a family dining together were enough signs that this place brews great beer, so we ordered up a sample tray and placed our travel growler on the counter.
My wife went through the fruit beers, including a tasty strawberry cream ale and a peach wheat beer. I tried the Scotch-style ale and their IPA. While the fruit beers weren’t quite up my alley, I enjoyed the IPA and Scotch-style ales immensely. The wee heavy ale was just that. I opted not to bring a growler of that home because of the season, but I did grab some of the fruity IPA for some sampling in Missoula this week.
In the taproom, the 10.1 percent Scotch ale was very indicative of the style with a characteristic sweetness and heavy malt presence. The IPA had a very fruity aroma and a stiff bitterness that reminded me of the IPA at Greenflash Brewing Company in San Diego.
If you happen to be passing through Waitsburg on your way to Walla Walla, stop in to Laht Neppur for a sample tray. A lot of great wines are made by people whose motivation is Laht Neppur beer.