Let’s face it, finding a sense of normalcy isn’t going to happen as quickly as people like.
As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Georgia, Best End Brewing Co. out of Atlanta is reminding people with its beer, Cuomo Arigato, that it’s OK to take things slow until a “new normal” is achieved.
The brew's name — which means “Thank you, Cuomo” in Japanese — offers tribute to not only Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, but the citizens of New York.
“If the hustle and bustle of New York City can come to a standstill, if those packed streets can empty, then the same can be true of other states and cities,” Best End’s team said in a press release, May 14. “As a new brewpub, we completely understand the want and need to get back to business as normal. But that just isn’t a reality.”
Tapping into its available resources, Jamie Parker, Best End's head brewer, created the session IPA from leftover ingredients from other recipes in the brewery.
Brewery: Best End Brewing Co.
Alcohol by volume: 4.1%
Style: Session IPA
Bottom line: Slightly bitter, crushable IPA that pairs well with spicy food
With a colorful robot displayed on the can, the design offers a creative nod to the 1983 Styx song, “Mr. Roboto.” “Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto.” You know the one.
Best End plans to donate a portion of Cuomo Arigato’s proceeds to United Way of Atlanta and United Way of New York City to help fund their COVID-19 relief efforts
Despite the bitter bite I tasted from the hops, this brew is easily crushable and light enough to drink with a hardy meal. I recommend pairing it with pizza, spicy food and salty or fatty dishes.
It also offers a nice pineapple aroma that slightly pierces into the flavor of the beer.
All in all, it’s a solid IPA that’s brewed for a good cause. Downtown Drafts in Gainesville plans to have the beer in stock sometime next week. People can also pick up a pack at Best End, located at 1036 White St. SW in Atlanta, next to the Monday Night Garage.