Quick Stop at Idle Hands Craft Ales

After doing recon at Night Shift Brewing it was an easy few steps over to Idle Hands to get a some samples and a couple of bottles to go. I’ve already had Idle Hands a few times, including while volunteering for Night of the Funk, a small taste at Deep Ellum, and a bottle of their Triplication I brought back from that weekend.

We drank through quite a few beers they were offering for samples that day:

  • Rosemary For Remembrance
  • Cognition
  • Dubbel Dimples
  • Charlton Rouge
  • Pandora

Idle Hands Craft Ales

Charlton Rouge was the standout beer of the bunch for me and I knew I needed to grab one to bring home. It is good, but is more of an “Intro to Flemish Red” type of beer: all of the flavors are there but very muted compared to some of the in your face examples of the style. I’m fine with that, not all sours need to leave you with your entire face puckered afterwards.

Idle Hands Craft Ales

We spent some time chatting with Grace and the other couple who were sampling beers along with us. I was surprised to hear that, given they brew right next door, Night Shift and Idle Hands have never never done a collaboration before. Maybe it would be too easy, or maybe their brewing styles are that much more different. Idle hands definitely takes a more tradition approach, compared to Night Shift’s unique take on most styles they tackle. We grabbed a couple of bottles, and shirt for myself and a glass to go, and were on our way back to Albany.

Idle Hands Craft Ales Logo

Beer Haul from Night Shift and Craft Beer Cellar

Tried keeping it as local as possible but there were a couple of things at CBC that were on my wants list.

  • Backlash Beer Company – Convergence
  • Idle Hands Craft Ales – Triplication
  • Jack’s Abby Brewing – Hoponius Union
  • Night Shift Brewing – Somer Weisse
  • Night Shift Brewing – Viva Habanera
  • Night Shift Brewing – Trifecta
  • Somerville Brewing Company – Slumbrew Trekker Tripel

And a couple from out of state:

  • B. Nektar Meadery – Zombie Killer
  • Hoppin’ Frog Brewery – Barrel Aged Naked Evil

Full write up on both stops coming soon!