Peak Organic Brewing Company - Fall Summit Ale
- ABV: 5.7%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 64
- Serving Temperature: 47-52° F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, Munich
- Hops: Summit, Palisade, Simcoe
This seasonal brew presents an attractive amber color topped with lots of rocky foam. On the nose, look for prominent hoppy notes: citrusy, piney, and quite fruity, with touches of stone fruit akin to apricot. A caramelized malt character underpins the aroma, and it comes though on the palate prominently, too, as the Munich malt delivers a toasty, caramelized core. The hop bitterness is quite bold, thanks to a big addition of locally-grown Summit hops early in the boil, but a touch of residual sweetness helps balance the beer nicely. Peak ferments this beer a bit colder than other ales, helping to produce a very crisp finish, augmented by a bit of drying, lingering bitterness. The brewery recommends pairing with typical fall dishes including roasted vegetables, butternut squash, fresh harvest apples, and gouda cheese. We’d also recommend some grilled meat dishes, such as a pork tenderloin in a spicy rub. Cheers!
Given its small population, Maine is home to a surprising number of craft breweries, such as Allagash, Geary’s, and Shipyard, just to name a few. The state just knows good beer, and we’re very enthused to bring you another great producer, Peak Organic Brewing Company, which, as the name suggests, is one of a handful of breweries devoted to producing USDA Certified Organic beer. The brewery was founded by Baltimore native Jon Cadoux, whose homebrewing experience stretches back to his college years in the late ‘90s. It was during that time that he discovered the merits of both organic food and beer, and how much better they tasted to both himself and his homebrewing brother Mike and their friends. After graduating from Harvard with an MBA, and surrounded by supportive friends and family, Jon took the leap and founded Peak Organic Brewing Company in 2005.
Peak’s focus is not simply on organic beer (produced with organically grown grain and hops), they’re dedicated to sustainability and purchasing their malts, hops, and other ingredients from local farmers and producers who share their philosophy. They’ve collaborated on beers with Taza, a producer of hand-crafted bean-to-bar chocolate, as well as Coffee By Design, a local artisanal coffee roaster. In fact, their Espresso Amber Ale became the first Fair Trade Certified beer in the US. To highlight local production and to showcase the effects of regional terroir on a finished beer, Peak released their very unique “Local Series” beers, a set of four brews with identical recipes but featuring malts and hops produced in just one particular state, either Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, or New York. To learn more about Peak, visit their website at www.peakbrewing.com.
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