A visit to Three Floyds Brewpub
While I’d known about Three Floyds for a while, I didn’t really get hip to how sought-after/hard-to-find the venerable Munster, Indiana brewery’s beers were until about a year ago. Fast forward to this past August, and my interest reached a boiling point, compelling me to complete my first-ever beer trade (which begat many more in the ensuing months) for bombers of Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer Wolf and Apocalypse Cow. These outstanding DIPAs more than lived up to their reputations, but I wanted more. Specifically, I had to try to the highest-rated American Pale Ale in the world, the single-hopped paean to the Citra hop, Zombie Dust. Shortly thereafter I was able to secure a six-pack (and later a case!) via trade, and a beer love affair was born.
That passion for Three Floyds led my wife and me to travel to Chicago and Munster this past weekend, to both experience the brewpub firsthand and also snag as many beers as we could to bring back home with us. The weekend was an unequivocal success, and below are photos from a wonderful, hop-filled weekend (that also included a trip to Chicago’s Half Acre Tap Room).
One other item of business before we get to the photos — having now enjoyed each of Zombie Dust, Alpha King and Gumballhead on tap (previously had only had them bottled), I can comfortably say that these truly are three of the finest beers the world has to offer.
There is a case to be made for New York City having one of the widest selections of craft beer in the country, with access to more great beers and breweries than we know what to do with. Having said that, I can’t think of a single beer I can regularly get on draft in NYC that approaches this triumvirate. If I was in a bar whose taplist had all three beers on it, there is nothing else I would order ahead of any of these three. At best, Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ comes pretty close to aping Gumballhead. Beer Advocate users aren’t wrong in picking Zombie Dust as the top APA in the world (and 7th-highest rated beer across all styles), Alpha King as the 7th-highest APA (though I would place it higher) and Gumballhead as the 2nd-highest ranked American Pale Wheat Ale.