LOCAL BEER OF THE WEEK: Zacchaeus the Giant DIPA
This new weekly feature in the Cherokee Scout will take a look at beers brewed in Cherokee County over the summer.
* Name: Zacchaeus the Giant DIPA by Andrews Brewing Co.
* Brewer: Eric Carlson
* Style: Double IPA
* Alcohol by volume: 7.6 percent
* Food pairing: Spicy oriental dishes
* Description: Colossal, monstrous, gargantuan – even this stockpile of adjectives cannot fully encompass the striking flavor Andrews Brewing’s double IPA exhibits.
The triple amount of yeast – and considerable amounts of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops – contributes to its larger-than-life boldness.
Head brewer Eric Carlson and his wife, Judy, were inspired to make their own double IPA after tasting Pliny the Elder, an American Double/Imperial IPA-style beer brewed by Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mrs. Carlson said every double IPA maker aims to make a brew as noteworthy as Pliny the Elder.
Like most of the brewery’s beer names, the double IPA sticks to the Cherokee County theme. Carlson said the beer earned its name after Zacchaeus the Giant, an important character from folklore based out of Rhodo. One of the brewery’s older customers told Carlson the tail of Zacchaeus, explaining that the giant was taller than 9 feet and lived inside a tree.
After brewing the high-gravity beer, Carlson said the name Zacchaeus the Giant made the most sense for depicting its hulking flavor. He recommends pairing the beer with spicy foods, especially hot oriental dishes. When pitching Zacchaeus the Giant DIPA to customers, his wife uses only one line.
“If you only have time for one, this is the one,” she says.