Hammerheart Surtr’s Flame IPA


hammerheart-logo-squareHammerheart Brewery may be located in Lino Lakes, Minn., but there is a Louisville connection – co-owner and brewer Austin Lunn moved north from Louisville to launch the brewery with brother-in-law Nathaniel Chapman after Lunn completed a brewing internship in Norway. That helps fuel the brewery’s love for all things Nordic.

Well, try any Hammerheart beer, and you’ll find something a bit different, much like the Surtr’s Flame Smoked IPA I tried recently. Named for a legendary giant who purges the world in flames following an epic battle, the beer is brewed with beechwood and Cherrywood smoked malts and plenty of Cascade and Centennial hops.

The result is just what you’d expect: a smoky, sort of dank, but aromatic and delicious beer with a bitter finish that never wears out its welcome. In fact, I would almost use the word “toasty” over “smoky,” now that I think about it, as the smoke element in the beer’s notable flavor profile isn’t overbearing. Balance is everything in beer, and the folks at Hammerheart sure seem to know their way around a smoked brew. Might not be the easiest to find, but Sergio’s World Beers is known for frequently having Hammerheart products on tap, and this one is worth hunting for. Just excellent, my friends.