Brooklyn Brewery “Brooklyner Weisse” Bavarian-Style Wheat Ale, “Fire and Ice” Smoked Porter, “Hammarby Syndrome” Amber Ale brewed with Spelt and Spruce Tips, “Sorachi Ace” Single Hop Belgian Saison and “Brooklyn Lager” Vienna-Style Lager: Throwback Thursday to that one time I got drunk at Brooklyn Brewery with my brother, aunt and cousin. Oddly enough beer costs tokens here you purchase at the gift shop. $5 for one or 5 for $20. You can buy just about anything for one token, but some of the more expensive beers cost two. It’s a pretty good system.
Brooklyner Weisse: Pleasant citrusy tartness with notes of orange zest and lemon citrus. Subtle fruity esters and clove phenols. Pale ale malt with bready undertones. Grainy. Earthy, herbal hops balance. Creamy, chewy body with a bright, effervescence and carbonation and a wet finish. Well executed and very palatable.
Fire and Ice: Creamy body of oats with subtle beechwood smokiness with just enough pronunciation to make itself known. Chocolatey with notes of coffee and toffee malt round out the malt bill to add enough complexity to pull away from the smoke. Undertones of vanilla sweetness. Alcohol is present, but not fusely. Medium-plus creamy body with a lingering roasted-maltiness and a resinous finish. Very palatable.
Hammarby Syndrome: Well-pronounced caramel malt bill with notes of bready and toasted malts. Slightly nutty with light amounts of dark fruit and citrus in the body and undertones of piney, herbal hops. Bready and earthy. Medium-minus creamy body with moderate bitterness and a malty finish. Palatable.
Sorachi Ace: Interesting nose and palate with lemon citrus backed by notes reminiscent of cilantro and dill. Yeasty, grassy hay with subtle spice character and lemongrass / lemon zest. Clean malt bill with fruity esters. Medium-plus doughy, yeasty with moderate hop bitterness and a lively mouthfeel. Highly palatable.
Brooklyn Lager: Couldn’t visit Brooklyn Brewery without having a Brooklyn Lager. Bready caramel malt aroma with undertones of floral and citrus hops. Very light maltiness with notes of crystal, pale, caramel, vienna and biscuit. Medium-minus thin body with a clean, dry finish. Didn’t blow my pants off, but I wasn’t expecting it to either. Palatable and very drinkable.
Verdict: Fire and Ice, Sorachi Ace, Brooklyner Weisse, Hammarby Syndrome and Brooklyn Lager. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I had so much fun getting to spend time with my family doing some of my favorite things; drinking, trying new things and taking tours. I’d love to go back some day.