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Otter Creek “Vermont Lager”

January 7, 2010 9:53 am

Otter Creek Vermont-Lager-20235-1Based out of Vermont, and recovering from their brewery burning down, I decided to give them a shot. It’s a medium bodied lager but will be serving as the “lighter” beer option opposite Smutty’s “Robust Porter”.

It’s also worth noting that in last month (Dec. ’09) they were purchased by Long Trail Brewery, who is owned by Anheuser-Busch (or was it Coors?).

The beer has a decent rating of “B” on Beer Advocate with 65 reviews. I haven’t had their beer in ages but I remember them being pretty good.

5.0% ABV

Here’s what Otter Creek writes about it;

A classic European style lager. We take the time to brew this beer as a true lager should be brewed. And it’s well worth the wait!
You can enjoy the drinkability of this light-gold, refreshing beer with friends at the pub or at home after a long day.
OG: 1048, IBU 26

Kicked sometime mid-March after approximately 2.5 months.  Needless to say, it was not a popular beer.

Smuttynose “Robust Porter”

9:42 am

smuttynose robust porterI love their “Old Brown Dog”. We’ve served it three times, most recently (Dec ’09) lasting only one week, but I wanted to switch it up. The “Robust Porter” has an impressive “A-“ rating on Beer Advocate with over 600 reviews so I imagine it’s a solid competitor to the “OBD”.  We’ll see….

Here’s what Smuttynose has to say about it;

GOLD MEDAL WINNER – Porter , 2001 Great American Beer Festival
JUDGED GRAND CHAMPION – Best Porter in the USA – 10th Annual US Beer Tasting Championship

This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, we would have been drinking an ale much like our Robust Porter.This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.
“Full-bodied and malty with undertones of coffee and chocolate and a bright, hoppy finish, in style it’s like Cary Grant’s accent: the best of British and American.” – The Boston Globe, November, 2005

OG: 1064 TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special “B,” chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU’s: 15
Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown
ABV 5.7%

Kicked during the Super Bowl, 2/7/2010.