Coming to the end of my Beercation week, with one more brewery and a craft pub.
An English mild, this is dark brown with a medium light tan head. Starts with a darkly malty nose with a hint of classic English hops, it seems. On the palate there is a light body, a big malt flavor, not sweet though with a hint of toffee, fairly crisp. The finish is mild and medium long with malt giving way to a little tingle of hops. If you want “sessionable” then this is your beer: 3.6% ABV, 18 IBU
This was the brewery’s grand opening, so all was madness, with 45 minutes in line to get a pint. It was worth the wait, and great to see them off to such a good start. In fact, they were so busy that with eight taps flowing, the first keg kicked in 15 minutes!
So that’s my eighth brewery in seven days, starting with the Bronx Brewery. I followed the Bronx Brewery by visiting Growler & Gill, so now I’ll finish my Beercation at the Dog & Cask.
Dog & Cask
Sorry for the quick notes! I was with friends who I hadn’t seen in a while, and I spent more time listening and talking and less time taking notes. Here’s an all-Jersey flight:
Magnify Search Saison Foeder Batch 1
Pours nearly clear with a medium white head. The aroma is of stone fruit & yeast with light hoppiness. On the palate comes very tasty fruit, then herbs then back and forth with malt and oak notes coming in. The finish is stone fruit soup fading to spicy hops. Wouldn’t drink 3 but 1.5 is about perfect. 5.5% ABV
Bolero Snort Strawbully
“Strawberry wheat saison” made with strawberry and Sorachi Ace, starts with a nice strawberry aroma, then subtle flavor builds sip to sip with a hint of sweetness coming in. Toward the finish an herbal note joins in. The Sorachi Ace is muted but emerges more on the finish. 4.3% ABV
American Brown Ale, a caramel brown cask ale with a light head. Delivers a rich malt & toffee nose, continuing through the flavor and into the finish. 6% ABV
Carton Boat Beer
Hazy pale gold in the glass with a persistent white head. This has a bright lemon aroma. The flavor contines the fruit with hops coming in, quite crisp on the palate, followed by a long hoppy finish. 4.3% ABV
This pours cloudy gold with a generous white head. Really pretty orange peel hops arrive on the nose and continue in the flavor, then bittering out. This is not subtle or intended to be. 5.2% ABV
Back at home, what better way to wrap up my Beercation than to have my own Blonde Ale. I can’t claim objectivity, but it’s nice and malty with hints of stone fruit. Best of all, it’s mine.
So what are the totals on the scorecard? Seven days, eight breweries, 57 different beers. And once I was done, the ‘fridge doesn’t look so bad after all. Never mind the other three cases worth in the closet!