• Brandon Lawrence

Beer of the Week 12/27: Weary World Rejoices

Beer: Weary World Rejoices

Type: Double IPA

ABV: 8.5%

Brewer: Bissell Brothers Brewing

Location: Portland, ME

I’ll forever maintain that Portland, Maine, is one of the best cities for craft brewing in the entire country, and Bissell Brothers is the poster child for that movement in the area. There’s enough mystery shrouding this brewery to make the appeal of landing a beer from Bissell that much more momentous. Living in a Boston suburb, you’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to get. You’d be wrong. In fact, a local liquor store I visited recently had a few cases of a Bissell staple accompanied by very clear signage making sure everyone knew there was a limit of ONE 4-pack per person.

My family lives in Portland, so I visit as much as possible. And when I do, I try to snag some Bissell Brothers. Weary World Rejoices - a “yuletide celebration” brew, according to Bissell’s website - was the recommendation this time around since it’s a limited release. Bissell Brothers makes some of my favorite beer out there, including one other specific double IPA, so I had high hopes. They were met and then some.

It’s a super hazy IPA with some notes of tropical fruit in the up-front aroma. It’s also an 8.5%er, so naturally it has a kick. But the elevated ABV didn’t come through a whole lot upon tasting. Instead the subtle fruit notes in the aroma came rushing through into the taste, bursting with grapefruit and some pineapple. Bissell packs a trio of Nelson, Galaxy and African Queen hops into this beer along with Maine two-row malt, Maine oats and Maine wheat for a super soft and creamy mouthfeel.

According to my scoreboard, Bissell Brothers is crushing the double IPA category. Score yourself any brew of theirs and you won’t be disappointed, but Weary World Rejoices was the standout from a Christmas week filled with excellent craft beer.

For more information on Bissell Brothers Brewing, visit their website here. You can also find them on social media @bissellbrothers. Cheers!

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