Monday, May 18, 2009

New Beers from Weyerbacher

(Dan Hitchcock, Weyerbacher cellarman, shows off the finished product that his recipe inspired)
We made a happy hour trip to Easton, PA on Friday night to visit Weyerbacher, taste some new release goodies, and stop in for dinner at Pearly Baker's. Weyerbacher was doing a special Friday tasting night, prior to their usual Saturday morning Tasting and Sales. Double Simcoe was being released in the 750ml bottle format, this one being done as a bottle conditioned, unfiltered version...of which a half case made its way home with me and is being consumed in between keystrokes. At $5/bottle (AND, more importantly, being fresh from the brewery), it seemed quite the deal. Also, a new special release named Foxtrot was being unveiled. They stuck a name/category on it...dark Biere de Garde. This beer was so roasty, nutty, and dry, that it was difficult to forget that they stuck a style name to it. Not to say it was a bad beer, but expecting a Biere de Garde would be a mistake. But, judge for yourself. Approximately, 100 cases and 60 kegs are hitting the market as we speak. Pearly Baker's? They've been around for about 15 years. It was finally my first time. Unfortunately, Which Brew has closed (TBL review) and made the Pearly Baker's decision much easier. Great burger and Oaked Arrogant Bastard on tap made for a great dinner before we hit the turnpike back home. Full review coming after a longer, follow-up visit.

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