Friday, March 09, 2007

Sierra Nevada Stricklander at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA

There wasn't much information floating around about Sierra Nevada's latest concoction other than it is a Belgian-style golden ale. Belgian-style from Sierra Nevada? I had to check this out...So, last night was quite a treat to find this brew at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA. Apparently, they've received one of two kegs in the entire region. The other went to Monk's Cafe in Philly; hopefully we'll be able to sample it again on Tuesday before the Brooklyn dinner. I'm not going to get into a full review of the various aspects of the beer. Rather, I'll point out that it's a good bet and you should try it for yourself while you can. It's a smooth-drinking beer with a substantial weight to it. The Belgian candi sugar was real evident to me, especially in the finish. I picked up hints of coriander, though it was only after it was pointed out to me that the menu described coriander, so who knows! I ordered the beer and our speedy waitress was gone too quickly before I could ask for just a short glass of it. Instead, I got a full 16 ounce glass. My recommendation for this style is to ask for a smaller glass. This is not a reflection on the quality, but rather the style, flavor, alcohol level, and personal preference. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about this beer is that it is from Sierra Nevada. I was talking with several others around the bar last night and this was the most common sentiment. Yes, it is a well done beer, but belgian-style, no cascade or centennial, and it's from Sierra Nevada is what makes it even more remarkable. You betchya. Definitely the most noteworthy aspect of this brew. Also, being served at The Drafting Room last night was the last two years of Bigfoot Barleywine and the IPA from Sierra Nevada. (Refer here for their full tap list as of 3/8/07.) Not knowing how much longer this will last, I will certainly be trying to get back there again soon for more Bigfoot on tap. I suggest you do as well.

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