Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12 Beers of Christmas; Number 7

Beer #7 hails from Brooklyn New York. If for whatever reason your southern sensibility can’t comprehend a craft brew coming from New York City, put your preconceived notions on the shelf, because these guys make great stuff.

For example, if you are really into Stouts you should absolutely try Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout which in my humble opinion sets the bar high for Imperial Stouts.
That being said, #7 on my holiday list is Brooklyn’s Winter Ale.

Scottish Style Ale
Brooklyn Brewery….Uh, Brooklyn…
6.0% ABV
Pours amber to copper in color, very balanced and drinkable, caramel aroma with relatively light “hoppyness”, taste of low key sweetness and malts, definitely more malty that hop feel, very “even keel” tasting Scottish Ale that doesn’t get lost in translation should you have more than one.
We paired it with a grilled shrimp salad which may have been a bit “under gunned” as far as being too light but it worked out fine.  Brooklyn recommends heartier winter fare of stews pork & duck.
I would definitely have a six pack of these sitting around on deck.

Stephen