RJ Rockers Brewing Company - Pool Boy
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs):40
Serving Temperature:45-50° F
Suggested Glassware:Pint Glass or Mug
Malts:2-Row, 40L, 60L, Bonlander
Presenting a medium amber hue with some haze, and capped by fluffy, sticky foam that laces well, Pool Boy looks good in the glass while beckoning us with an inviting aroma. Look for big, juicy hops boasting notes of bold grapefruit, tangerine, stone fruits, and some tropical pineapple and mango, all with an undertone of caramel malt. On the palate, we picked up that juicy citrus prominently, with Mosaic hops delivering a complex array of fruity impressions. The malt backbone offers a nice dollop of caramel and light residual sweetness as a counterpoint to the bitterness, which is moderate/medium for the style. If you like hop character without crushing bitterness, Pool Boy is a good IPA to grab. This medium-bodied IPA really hit the spot for us, and the lingering note of bitter citrus zest kept beckoning another sip. Pair this brew with spicy, fruity fare such as fish tacos with mango salsa. Cheers!
The slogan at RJ Rockers is “Handcrafted. Every beer. Every drop. Every time.” But it’s not just an empty boast or vacuous marketing—it’s a true reflection of the passion for beer that comes from the top of their organization and flows down to all employees. Founder and owner Mark Johnsen still works hands-on, brewing Rockers beer with his own hands.
The RJ Rockers story begins when Mark was stationed in Germany after serving in the Gulf War in 1991. Germany is of course towards the very top of the list of fantastic places to live if you love good beer, and there’s no better place to learn the art and science of brewing if you have the interest. We’ve lost track of how many American brewers we’ve featured over the years who awakened to the world of beer during stints with the military in Germany, but it’s a very large number. Mark was no different, and he took full advantage of his prime location to study as much as he could about the brewing process.
After an honorable discharge, Mark was ready to jump into the brewing industry himself. Originally from New Jersey, he decided to settle in South Carolina, where he opened RJ Rockers as a brewpub in the historic Morgan Square area of downtown Spartanburg in 1997. Over the next few years RJ Rockers developed a strong following of devotees, and it became well-known as a local meeting place and watering hole, featuring live bands and games of trivia hosted by Mark himself. After five years of growing his brewpub’s following and building a reputation for great high-quality microbrewed beer, Mark took RJ Rockers on the leap from brewpub to full production brewery, offering bottled and draft beer to pubs, restaurants, and stores throughout the Southeast. A new building was acquired to serve as brewhouse, and a 30-barrel brewing system was put in, giving the brewery an annual capacity of 25,000 barrels—quite a step up from their brewpub system! In February of 2018, The Silo at RJ Rockers opened, offering beer-inspired cuisine—if you're in the area, drop in for a great meal and a great beer (or two). To learn more about RJ Rockers Brewing Company, The Silo, or scheduled brewery tours, visit www.rjrockers.com.
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