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Berkshire Brewing Co. “Oktoberfest”

September 25, 2009 6:59 pm


This will be the 6th keg of BBC we’ve had on tap, and this one is rated a “B+” on BA.  (Closing in on all of their beers.)

“This lager is brewed using true German hops and yeast. The orange-amber hue is reminiscent of the coming fall foliage. Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. “fest” is malty, smooth, and finishes with hints of spice and a subtle hop flavor. 6.8%

Oktoberfest is our fall seasonal. Oktoberfest comes out in August. Seasonals last as long as our inventory does.”

Tapped: 9/27/09

Kicked: 10/31/09

Shipyard “Smashed Pumpkin”

5:09 pm

SmashPump_CartonEnd I’m pretty excited for this newly released fall beer.  It has a “B” rating on BA but I suspect that’s low.  What’s not low is the alcohol by volume, it’s an 18 proof beer!

Here’s what Shipyard has to say about it;

PORTLAND, MAINE – (July 30, 2009) – Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of a new beer in its Pugsley’s Signature Series line. Smashed Pumpkin will be available in late August exclusively in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. 1.088 OG, 9.00% Alc./Vol.

To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs.

Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley. Pugsley is from England where he worked with Peter Austin at the world-famous Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire before moving to the United States in 1986.

Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 15 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers. Its products aredistributed in over 35 states.”

Final thoughts – great beer.  The nearly 20 Proof beer was certainly an ass kicked and did several of us in on Halloween.  Or maybe it was the 3:30+AM  evening.  Either way, good beer that I’d get again.  Thanks again to those at Shipyard who took the extra effort to get it down here.

Tapped: 10/11/09

Kicked: 10/31/09