Brooklyn Local 1, Stone Brewing 12th Anniversary, Pale Ale
My father smuggled some Brooklyn Local 1 from New Jersey last week. I wanted to share it with Killa Mike, so I could share the experience. For those not familiar with Brooklyn Local 1, it is a Belgian Strong Golden Ale. According to Garrett Oliver, it is “Brewed with German malts and hops, first-pressing Demerara cane sugar from Mauritius, and a Belgian yeast strain. 100% bottle re-fermentation.”
First of all, the bottle is magnificant. Its a custom made 750 ml glass bottle, corked and caged. I was all set to not only enjoy it, but write a review on it. While it reminded me of a few other strong Belgian pale ales, I could not pinpoint the taste or aroma in the form of words. All I can say is I enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to taking Mr. Oliver’s advice on pairing it with cheese, as he mentioned at SAVOR.
I am excited that Stone Brewing Co has announced Stone 12th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival. Going forward, despite Greg Koch’s wishes, I will be calling it Stone 12th Anniversary Fest or something a bit shorter. Please pardon me on that. I had such a ball last year, met so many nice people, and got to try so many nice beers. It went by far too quick. It would be cool if there was an option to do both sessions, but I understand why they discourage it. I am hoping it won’t be too hot in San Diego mid August, but it shouldn’t deter my fun. I would hope that not only will their be awesome variances of the upcoming 12th Anniversary Ale offering, I am hoping that Vertical Epic Ale 08.08.08 will be on hand to try. I can’t see why it wouldn’t.
I have been on a bit of a Pale Ale kick lately. I am still true to my double and single IPA’s, but I have really getting down with some classic west coast Pale Ales. I tried Stone Pale Ale for the first time ever a week or two ago, and loved it. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is pound for pound one of the best beers out there, has never tasted fresher and more thirst quenching. Killa Mike shared some very fresh Firestone Walker Pale 31 with me, and that too really hit the spot. God bless California Pale Ales. While Samuel Smith Pale Ale and Old Speckled Hen is good, the previously mentioned Pale Ales are where it is at my friends.
June 30, 2008 @ 1:10 am
We won’t have any “Vertical Epic Ale 08.08.08” at the “Stone 12th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival,” but we will have some “Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale.”
How quickly you’re becoming sloppy and shorthanded at “The Pint”…just like all other journalists! ;-]-=
OK, seriously, thanks for the mention of the fest, it should indeed be a great one. Also good to point out of course is that it is a Charity fundraiser, and it’s the primary funding event of the year for EACH of our charity partners…the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, the Palomar Family YMCA in Escondido, Fight ALD, and the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
Cheers (from Norway at the spectacular Aegir Brewery),
June 22, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
Well Stone is Always Fun but the 2nd San Diego Fair beer fest was AWESOME ther were over 280 beers and They were Big Tastes to say the least It was A great time!