Resident Culture Brewing Co. | Iconic Anonymity Hazy Double IPA
Resident Culture is arguably Charlotte’s best brewery. They were just ranked in the Top 10 North Carolina Breweries on Untappd for 2019 and they were named the 2018 10th Best New Brewery in the World from RateBeer, just to name a few of their many accolades.
Located in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, Resident Culture opened their doors two years ago. Their motto, “Stay Funky,” is encapsulated in their beers, can artwork, swag and in the taproom itself.
I’ve never had a beer from Resident Culture that wasn’t superb. No matter the style, ABV, hops or adjuncts, they never fail to impress. They can nail a basic Lager, a juicy New England style IPA, a hop-forward West Coast-style IPA, a fruity sour, a coffee stout…you name it.
My personal favorite style of beer that Resident Culture makes is a hazy, juicy, delicious New England style IPA. Yes, I’m a basic beer snob, but they make absolutely incredible juice bombs. Generally, Resident Culture puts out new beers on a bi-weekly basis with a Saturday can and draft release.
Resident Culture Iconic Anonymity is a newly released Hazy Double IPA with hand-selected Citra, Mosaic and Sabro hops. Chris Tropeano, Resident Culture’s co-founder and head brewer, went to Yakima Chief in Washington and hand-picked the hops he wanted.
“It’s the first time we’ve ever made a beer using hand-selected lots of hops,” Tropeano said, “and marks the beginning of what I hope will be a big improvement in the quality and consistency of all of our hoppy beers moving forward.”
This juice bomb comes in at 8.5% ABV and pours a bright hazy color. The hop combination leads to a smooth tropical flavor.
“This beer is especially unique because of the Sabro hops it utilizes,” Tropeano said. “We get some super distinct mint and coconut from them that really sets the beer apart from our other offerings and, hopefully, a lot of other beers on the market.”
Resident Culture’s next release that is getting the most hype is a Triple IPA. They brewed this one with Other Half Brewing from New York City. Named Sleeping On The Blacktop, it will be available at Resident Culture on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.
They are also doing a tap-takeover Sunday, Jan. 19 at the popular craft beer bar and bottle shop Pop The Top in the Southend neighborhood of Charlotte. If you’re south of the city, Pineville’s Kit’s Trackside Crafts will also have it on Jan. 19.