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Brooklyn Brewery “Lager”

January 29, 2009 3:09 pm

brooklyn-lager_lg_htmlWe had this on tap at work, but I didn’t even get a chance to try it (I think I was away the week it was on tap). Regardless, it’s a solid beer with a “B+” rating on BA. It will be on tap at BLB on 1/30 – just in time for the Super Bowl.

Here’s how Brooklyn Breweries describes their beer:

In the late 1800s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries.

Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Our flagship beer, the award-winning Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color, and displays a firm malt center supported by a fine bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.

Style: American Amber Lager

Alcohol: 5.2% by Volume

OG: 13.2 Plato; 1053

It will be paired with BBC’s “Imperial Stout”

Kicked on 3/14/09, while pouring Vogel’s first beer.  Ended up being pretty popular, although I drank more of the BBC Imperial and thought the Brooklyn tasted a bit too hoppy in comparison.  Good beer though; I’d order again.

Berkshire Brewing Co “Imperial Stout”

3:08 pm

bbc-imperial2On tap 1/31.  I think BBC is one of the best brewers out there right now. There beers are nothing wild (like Southern Tier’s) but they produce consistently great versions of classics, and I expect this to be more of the same.

Here’s how BBC describes their beer: “A dark rich creamy ale. This is our version of this classic stout style. With its dense black color and velvety texture, our stout’s flavor hints of chocolate liquorice and coffee. This ale is truly a meal in a glass. 8.5% [ABV]”

Tim @ Colonial told me, “I have been pounding this lately.” Good enough for me.

It will be paired with Brooklyn Brew’s “Lager”.

Kicked 3/20 on the first pour.  Awesome beer, I’d certainly get this again.  It was a little too heavy for some friends, but for a stout it was finished very quickly.