Adirondack Pub & Brewery - Beaver Tail Brown Ale
- ABV: 4.9%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 40
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Vienna, Caramel Munich, Chocolate
- Hops: Falconer’s Flight
Beaver Tail presents nicely in the glass, boasting a rich mahogany color with amber highlights and a robust cap of foam. Caramelized malt undertones offer more than a little toasty bread in the aroma, while a very aromatic array of hops delivers citrus notes which lean toward tangerine and grapefruit, along with a touch of herbal pine. The Falconer’s Flight hops used for both the boil and dry-hopping are not a single varietal; they’re actually a special blend of a large number of Pacific NW hops including Citra, Simcoe, and a slew of others, as well as Sorachi Ace and some experimental cultivars. The result of all this is one very hoppy brown ale that reminds us of the emerging “Cascadian Dark Ale” style and its variants. On the palate, the boldly toasty and somewhat nutty malts support well that very brightly citric hop profile. Bitterness is firm but not bracing, allowing for a hop-centric beer that’s still a malty brown ale at heart. We enjoyed this fun take on a brown ale all on its own, but it makes a great partner with various cheeses, from Cheddar, Cotswold, and other pub classics to bloomy rind varieties like Camembert. A juicy burger topped with Asiago, Cheddar, and BBQ sauce sounds great too. Cheers!
John Carr, a Vermont native, did what many Americans do when young: he went backpacking through Europe. What a fateful trip it ended up being. Along the way, amidst all the great sights there were to see, he picked up a love for European beers – which, we’ll add, is very hard NOT to do. The brewing renaissance hadn’t yet gotten up to full steam yet in the U.S., so upon his return to the States, John experienced quite the let-down at the lack of quality European-style beer available here across the pond. Not to be deterred, he decided that if he couldn’t find much good beer to drink locally, he’d simply make it himself. His love of quality beer soon became a full-blown passion.
Fast forward ten years. John had become quite a skilled and accomplished home brewer whose beers were always popular and in demand with his friends. He decided to go pro, and opened his brewpub in 1999 in Lake George Village, at the southern end of the vast lake of the same name. It turned out to be a very smart move, as the pub soon became a favorite watering hole for locals and vacationing tourists alike. In 2011, additional brewing equipment was brought in, including a bottling line, allowing the Adirondack Pub & Brewery to quadruple their previously miniscule production while making their beers available in retail establishments across upstate New York. They’re eyeing another expansion in the future, to enable them to meet demand across the whole state and beyond.
The brewery is very much dedicated to the Lake George community, purchasing ingredients from local producers whenever possible and donating their spent grain to local farmers every day. To learn more about the brewery, the pub, and brewery tours, contact them at 518-668-0002 or visit them at www.adkbrewery.com.
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