Brooklyn Brewery Pennant Pale Ale ’55 is a tribute to Brooklyn’s world championship baseball team. First brewed during the pennant race of 1997, they chose an English “session” Pale Ale as the style for this beer. English pale ales are export versions of their beloved bitter ales. Typically, they have an extremely complex malt character and clean, moderate hop bitterness. Though amber in color, the term pale is relative to the darker ales of England that were dominant when this style originated. Brewed with a combination of Maris Otter Pale malts and a unique blend of Cascade, Fuggle, and Willamette hops, we found Pennant Pale Ale to be chestnut in color, medium-bodied and offering a hearty maltiness. The Maris Otter Pale Malts give this beer an incomparable biscuity flavor. Look for a slightly bitter hop finish.
From its founding in 1987 by a former foreign correspondent and a former banker in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Brewery has been a leader in the introduction and marketing of good beer to the New York metropolitan area. The company's new 25-barrel brewery, opened May 1996 by Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is Brooklyn's first commercial brewery in 20 years. The copper-banded, stainless steel brewhouse and fermentation/aging tanks are set in a 1860s-era former steel foundry in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, a Mecca for thousands of New York artists, and site of many new art galleries and restaurants. Williamsburg was once home to dozens of pre-Prohibition breweries, including the famous Brewers' Row, a 10-block area containing 11 breweries. The Brooklyn Brewery's complex includes the Tasting Room, a 300-person party room that will be hosting many community events and will serve as a gallery for local art works; and the Brooklyn Brewery Company Store.
The brewery is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. EST for guided tours and beer tastings. The Tasting Room can be rented for private functions, catered by the highly rated Brooklyn chef Michael Ayoub of Cucina and Mike 'n Tony's.
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