Santa Fe Brewing Company - Nut Brown Ale

Santa Fe Brewing Company - Nut Brown Ale

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Santa Fe Brewing Company - Nut Brown Ale

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  • Serving Temperature:

    40-45° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass
  • Malts:

    2-Row Pale, Chocolate, Carastan
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This well-balanced brown presents ample notes of caramel, hints of maple syrup and a lightly spicy nuttiness with hints of caramel-dipped apples. The flavor arc parallels the elements in the nose, with the caramel being less sweet than might be expected given its prominence on the nose, partially due to the balancing dose of bittering hops. Look for the very distinct apple-and-raisin-like quality that ushers in the nutty finish. Pair with sautéed duck served with pan sauce (deglaze with a Belgian witbier, a few pinches of cardamom and a couple splashes of triple sec) and caramelized onions. For something quicker, partner up with a nutty cheese like Colby or Asiago.
The Harpoon Brewery debuted on the Boston waterfront in 1986—quite early in the U.S. microbrew renaissance. Before starting the brewery, the founding team traveled throughout Europe in search of various beer and brewery styles upon which they would model their own ("product research" we think they called it). The Harpoon Brewery has always been focused on positively impacting their local community. This is an important component of the brewery and pub lifestyle that they witnessed while experiencing European traditions abroad. As they say on their website, "we learned to appreciate how much local brewers meant to their communities. They were not just manufacturers of a product; they were part of the social fabric. [Before starting the brewery] we asked each other, 'Why not do that in New England?'" The result of this initial desire has won them overwhelming approval from the locals and beyond—in fact, in 2000 they purchased a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont to keep up with demand (which is where the Munich Dark we're featuring was brewed). For more information about the brewery or scheduled tours, call 888-HARPOON, or visit their website at
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