Newburgh Brewing Company
People have been brewing beer in Newburgh since before America was America – it’s a tradition we’re proud to be a part of. Most important, we honor you. We love making beer. We pour our passion into this brewery every day and we are deeply honored each time you choose to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
This is their version of a New York regional standard, originally brewed “to compete with the surging popularity of lager beer.” Well, lager may have won the war, but cream ale survived to continue the fight. The nose is basically “beer” with mild malt and a hint of spicy hops. It pours clear golden straw with very little head. The flavor is of crackery malt, very dry and even drier on the finish with what tastes to me like Saaz hops, but is not. The website shows Fuggles, East Kent Goldings, and Cascade. I had expected something sweeter, perhaps because of the dreaded (or legendary) Genny Cream. This is much better, a crisp summer sipper. 4.2% ABV, 35 IBU
Kölsch is the ale equivalent of pilsner, native to Köln (Cologne) in Germany, and this one is crystal clear straw in the glass with a brief bright white head. It has a subtle aroma of bready malt with a hint of hops and a tiny fruit note. Medium mouthfeel comes with some sweetness, lots of malt, and a hint of earthy hops. The finish goes from slightly sweet to dry and back again, ending dry. 4.5% ABV, 25 IBU Until recently this was exclusively available at Blue Smoke in Manhattan, and it must go great with their barbecue. Those outside the city should thank Blue Smoke for sharing this with the rest of us.
“In the south of England, they prefer their brown ale maltier and lower in alcohol. Here in Newburgh, we tend to agree.”
This is an English Brown Ale, classic for the style. It pours dark brown with brief tan head. The nose is roasty malt flirting with smoke. There is a light to medium mouthfeel with slight creaminess, and less bite than suggested by the roasty elements. The finish carries that malt with a refreshing light bitterness and ends up smooth. 4.2% ABV, 25 IBU
Brewed with Niagara grape must, in fact more grape juice than water in the recipe. Golden straw with a medium off-white head. There’s a slight sour bite to the nose, then tartness on palette swinging quickly to sweet. There is more grape than malt in the flavor, and this might lure white wine drinkers who think they don’t like beer. The tartness persists into the finish with crackery malt notes shading all the way to toast. Very complex with high alcohol and almost no bitterness. 11.3% ABV, 10 IBU
This pours with a persistent bubbly white head coating the glass over medium amber with slight haze. The nose is of strong piney hops with a hint of citrus. Caramel malt duels with hops on the palette with caramel slightly in the lead. On the finish a sort of cinnamon bun malt emerges from a lake of pine & resin hops, lingering long. 10.0% ABV, 65 IBU
Oh, and let me give a quick look back to Winter, and a seasonal that I tasted then. (Don’t worry, winter won’t be back soon.)
Winter Spruce Porter
A Baltic porter, your nose gets filled with Christmas tree, with resiny hops on top of the real thing. The flavor is surprisingly balanced, full to medium bodied and pine-hoppy over a dark malt backbone. It’s not really bitter, and sweetness balances the whole thing, along with a surprising note of mint. You have to be in the right mood, but I’m impressed. 6.6% ABV