- Griffin Swartzell
- Two flights, 10 beers.
Trouble is, they don’t have 10 good beers. Over two samplers ($5), we discover pervasive brewing issues: Every beer sips thin and a little sweet. That’s enjoyable for fruit-dominant alcopop beers like peach cyder or Da’ Yoopers, which sip like peach rings and cherry pie filling, respectively. The IPA and, to a lesser extent, the double IPA also do fine due to big hop profiles. But going down the list, a blonde lager, amber, “brunette” nut brown, red IPA, and a baffling rice-boosted malt liquor suffer badly. The hefeweizen further lacks the banana-clove yeast flavor that defines the style. RMB’s walls are decked with brewing awards, including World Beer Cup nods, but it’s telling that the newest dates to 2012. Something’s gone askew in the brew room, and we hope RMB’s prolific fermenters can get back on track.