December 27, 2008

Brewer's Alley New Beer Tasting

This Monday, December 29th Brewer's Alley in Frederick will release its 13-month-old, cask-aged Scotch Ale. Brewmaster Tom Flores will also be at the bar from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Here is more background:
This beer has been aging in a Stainless Steel Cask since last November, you don't want to miss this. There is only one cask, so get here early!

Scotch Ale is the term used for a strong style of beer from Scotland which has been brewed for hundreds of years. We offer this style now because of the cold weather. Usually, the warming sensation of a beer like this goes nicely with the cold fall and winter months.

What distinguishes Scotch Ale from other beers is its very rich malt character, residual sweetness, delicate fruity bouquet, and overall flavor intensity. The maltiness and the color originate from the use of highly kilned grain (Roasted Barley and Dark Caramel Malt). The hops used are an aroma variety which do not lend much bitterness, but provide enough hop flavor to balance the malt sweetness.

We used a special strain of yeast which accentuates the maltiness by not being as aggressive in fermentation as our house ale strain. This leaves more sweetness in the beer at the end of fermentation than is usual for many other beers.

This beer will be served in specially shaped glasses. We use a thistle (or tulip) glass which allows the beer to be held in the hand to warm it up and release the aroma into the flared top-portion of the glass. Enjoying the aroma for a few moments like this before the first sip is a great way to explore all the nuances of this hearty brew.

1 comment:

johntindale said...

I have to say that I prefer the Scotch Ales most of all. A good Orkney's served at or just below room temperature allows the sweet malt flavor to blend and finish with a slight pepper or even licorice aftertaste.
We might have to go for a ride Monday evening.