Hamburg Brewing Company - Louie IPA
- ABV: 6.9%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 69
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Tulip, Pint Glass
- Malts: Pilsner, Oat
- Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo
Released just last year, and named in honor of Louis Russo, an immigrant from Sorrento, Italy who founded the Russo family’s cheese business in 1947, Louie IPA pours a hazy golden hue capped by a head of white foam that drops to a persistent ring. In the aroma department, this thing is big on the tropical notes; look for pineapple and mango, along with some peachy stone fruit impressions, citrus tones conjuring orange and grapefruit, hints of herbal pine, and a perfumed floral overtone. This IPA comes through super juicy on the palate too, with a bit more citric bite than in the aroma, while still presenting tons of softer tropical fruit and flora. Hop bitterness comes through firm but not overly aggressive, while the malts deliver lightly bready notes, with oats contributing a smooth, satisfying body while keeping the overall impression pretty light on its feet. We found this new addition to Hamburg’s lineup balanced, very drinkable, and super tasty, with the kind of finish that just makes you want to take another sip. For pairing options, we’re thinking dishes which focus on a sweet and spicy interplay, like fish tacos with a chili-lime slaw, or Szechuan crispy orange chicken. Cheers!
Hamburg Brewing Company was founded by father and son duo, John Russo, Sr. and John Russo, Jr., whose family is known in western New York as the founders of Sorrento Cheese (now sold under the Galbani brand). John, Jr. got his start in the brewing world like so many others, as a long-time homebrewing hobbyist. After some encouragement from friends, he decided to team up with his father to start his own brewery. The two toured around western New York state looking for the best place to launch their business, eventually realizing that it made the most sense to build it right near their home in Hamburg, in Erie County just a few miles south of Buffalo. They built their 20-barrel brewery in a building that had been owned by their family for many years and was originally home to offices and a collection of automobiles.
The brewery opened to the public in 2013 and has become a prime destination for beer lovers in the Buffalo area. Their large Taproom is built like a mountain lodge, with vaulted ceilings and a large central fireplace along with a patio overlooking a large pond. Hamburg currently produces several year-round brews and a variety of seasonals, in addition to a large variety of limited edition beers and even hard cider. Their beers can be found at restaurants, bars, and for retail sale mostly in the western part of New York. For more info, call them up at 716-649-3249 or visit www.hamburgbrewing.com.
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