I’ve had their beer at a ton of other places but after all the time I’ve spent in Troy, I’d never been to their tasting room. Well, that had to change, so I visited Rare Form Brewing Company.
Rare Form Brewing Company starting in Downtown Troy in 2014. As they describe on their Facebook, “It is a place where a passion for beer and art are brought together in the name of creativity. Our approach to classic beer styles is focused on both tradition and experimentation.”
The taproom is such a cool little space. I didn’t even realize they had a stage up in the air until I’d been sitting there for a little while. I decided to order a flight to try a couple of their beers and each one was delicious. I tried the Confetti, “This Mexican-style lager is brewed with New York corn and Zeus hops for a zesty kick. Notes of corn tortilla with a crisp lager finish make this a refreshing cerveza, with lime or without.” Honestly, that’s the best description. It was screaming for a lime in there.
Then, I tried Algeist “This dark copper-colored altbier pays homage to the quintessential Düsseldorf style. Look for a wonderfully sweet honey on the nose, fruity esters, and the dry tea like finish.” I don’t know much about altbier, but it was a great flavor. It was sweet but not over powering.
Next, was the Moxie Double IPA, “Distinctly smooth and decidedly different, this fluffy double India Pale Ale is a fresh-squeezed orange juice creamsicle. Big citrus notes, a modest & pleasant sweetness, all while still finishing nice and dry leaving your palate ready for more.” I love a juicy IPA, it was probably my favorite out of the ones I tried. Still kicking myself that I didn’t take some home.
Last, I tried the Baby Beats IPA, “This is the bright and hip little brother to our bigger IPAs. Defining itself with a sessionable ABV, a supportive, biscuity malt presence, as well as plenty of tropical and citrus notes on the nose and in the finish, this Baby stands out from the competition.” They’re right, this one is different. I liked the tropical notes and would probably have ordered a pint of this one too.
Rare Form has a cute tasting room but also a space out back for a patio. If you want to enjoy some delicious beer on a beautiful day outside, this is the perfect beer for it. Grab a pint (or a flight) and enjoy some local beverages!