Dock Street Brewing Company - Dock Street Philadelphia Amber
Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 25
Serving Temperature: 42-48° F
Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel
Hops: Cluster, Cascade
Crafted in the tradition of the great beers of early Philadelphia, this beer was among the first eastern US-brewed beers created after Prohibition with a pre-prohibition oomph. On the nose, look for notes of fresh baked bread and fruity aromas (apples and oranges) as well as citrusy Cascade hops. The flavor begins with a caramel malty sweetness that transitions to a lightly peppery hop bite before segueing to the mildly bitter finish. As it warms, caramel notes are unmistakable. The finish is particularly interesting in this beer; notice the evolving character, from sweet to bitter, back to malty sweetness, and then around again. A nicely balanced beer that will go well with pretty much anything off the grill (dust that thing off and get to it if you haven't already--it's finally summer!)
Our first featured microbrewery is one of America's oldest and most respected. When their beers first hit the scene, they were among the small handful of small upstart brewing companies to ignite the microbrew revolution across the United States. Back in the mid-80s, the only choices for premium beer drinkers were imports and a few recognized microbrewed brands, such as Sam Adams in Boston, Sierra Nevada (and a handful of other small breweries in the Pacific Northwest), and Dock Street in Philadelphia. These brews helped to set the standards for all-malt, high quality American beers, and Dock Street's offerings were among those that redefined the public's perception of beer.
After hitting a milestone annual sales mark in excess of $7 million, with distribution to 23 states from coast to coast, Dock Street was sold in 1998. With the surge of new microbrews flooding the market, the brand suffered a bit, until 2001 when it was re-acquired by one of its founders, Rosemarie Certo. In 2004 she began the process of restoring Dock Street as the number one specialty beer producer in the region. We're happy to help her spread the word about these handcrafted, historically significant brews.
A bit of trivia here for ya... Dock Street beers are TV and movie stars, receiving product placements in feature films such as "Philadelphia" and "Leaving Las Vegas" as well as the syndicated television series "Thirty Something". Now, how many microbrews do you know that have graced the television and silver screens?
For more information about the Dock Street beers, call (610) 642-2699 or check out their web site at http://www.dockstreetbeer.com/.
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