Post-ride Beer: Cowboy in Black

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Last week VA and I pet/house-sitted in Raleigh, NC and checked out some Triangle Area singletrack while we were there (I’d recommend the New Light Trails). While in Rome we also imbibed some tasty local brews.

I had heard a few good mumblings about LoneRider, a local Raleigh brewery and decided to pick up their limited edition Cowboy In Black black IPA. CIB has a small bitter roasted citrus aroma with a very nice creamy texture that’s not too heavy with nice carbonation. It pours almost black with a saddle tan head. The roasted malts definitely hit the palette first, followed by a nice undercurrent of piney hops with slight citrus and then it finishes coffee-bitter. This beer, although honestly aggressive, is a wonderful balance of roasted bitter chocolaty smoothness and layered hops. I gulped a bomber down pretty quick and already miss it.

Lonerider Brewery - Mountain Biking NC

A nice tan head.

Lonerider Brewery - Mountain Biking NC

Cool bottle caps.

Lonerider Brewery - Mountain Biking NC

In my favorite beer glass.

Trophy Brewing, Raleigh, NC - Citra Saison

Also stopped by Trophy Brewing Co. for this Best in Show citra-hopped saison… mmm. They have excellent pizza as well.

Mountain Biking NC

Some sand-hill pine forest riding.


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