When you live in Beer City, it can be easy to get caught up in the beer that’s produced right here in your home town. There’s a lot of good beer to choose from, and most of it’s brewed within five miles of my home. Awesome.

But there’s a dark side to living in Beer City. Locavore’s guilt can keep me from straying too far from the ales brewed here in town. I think the bar managers in town suffer from the same guilt; most of the restaurants I frequent carry an extensive list of local beers, but not much else. Actually, it’s gotten to the point that most of the restaurants I frequent have their own damned brewery.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saddled up to a new bar in downtown and found this puppy on the beer list — a Blue Mountain Brewery Kolsch 151. I’m a fan of Blue Mountain’s Full Nelson Pale Ale, but the Kolsch was new to me. And it didn’t disappoint. Low hopped, light, crisp, and refreshing—everything you want in a Kolsch. And it doesn’t bother me one bit that it wasn’t made in my neighborhood.

Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com