American Rarities Tasting Session@PSBH

Monday evening saw Andreas Fält host an American rarities tasting session at the Port Street Beer House. Alongside an informative talk on the general American craft beer scene, there was background information on each of the selected breweries and their beers. Some of the beers were indeed rare enough to put a beer geek into orbit, so without further ado...

Jester King: Petit Prince
This is an interesting hazy-gold beer from the brewery based in Austin, Texas. At 2.9%, it’s their take on the traditional low alcohol farmhouse beer brewed in the Wallonian region of Belgium. They use three types of organic malt-Pilsner, Two Row, Caramunich and some organic wheat as well. Hops are Czech Saaz and East Kent Goldings.

Although this certainly captured the Belgium wheat beer feel and was potentially very refreshing, I think the general consensus was that it was just a tad too weak. Perhaps fine for a sunny day sat by the banks of the Meuse, but not for a rainy evening in Manchester.

Green Flash: Saison Diego
This 4.2% San Diego brewed beer is an unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels and Chinese ginger. It went down very easy with a bread dough aroma and a lightly spiced citrus body that had lemon and cloves in it. Tasty.

Southern Tier: Phin and Matts
Now this brewery from Lakewood, New York I have come across before and have been impressed with their beers. And I wasn’t disappointed by this. It’s a classic American Pale Ale with a good solid malt body to anchor it, but clean and crisp with a good hop bite. Very tasty.

Alesmith: IPA
Alesmith were another San Diego brewery I hadn’t tried; so I was looking forward to trying this 7.5% bottle-conditioned West Coast IPA. It certainly didn’t disappoint and was potentially the beer of the night.

Hazy amber in colour, it was packed full of grapefruit and pine resin on the nose. The flavour was a powerful mix of citrus-pineapple and grapefruit-and plenty of fruity hop bitterness on the tongue. These continued through to the strong, dry aftertaste. A very impressive interpretation of the style.

Uncommon Brewers: Baltic Porter
From Santa Cruz and weighing in at 7.8%, this was a dark beer with liquorice, malt and roast in the aroma. These were present in the body, but there was more sweetness than I’d expect or really want. Quite easy on the palate but ultimately let down by that sweetness.

Hoppin Frog: BORIS The Crusher
From a small brewery in Ohio, this 9.4% beer gets its name from Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. Yes, really. Luckily the beer was much better than its corny name suggested.

The aroma was a pungent mix of dark chocolate, espresso and roast flavours. The flavour was even more powerful: lots of roast coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits and even Christmas pudding. Dry and rich, this was a beer to savour and an excellent finish to the tasting session.

These beers were part of the PSBH American Beer Festival. It's still on and any fan of the USA and its beers should try and catch it.


Nate Dawg said…
Sounds like an awesome night mate... I loved Phin & Matt's when I had it on draft at Brewdog Camden!
Steve Lamond said…
all bottled stuffs?
John Clarke said…
Meanwhile I languished at the Stockport Beer Festival post mortem nursing a pint of Robinsons Dizzy Blonde. Sigh.
Filrd said…
I REALLY fancied this one, but alas was too late. Some tasty beers on show there by the looks of things

Tyson said…

A mixture of bottle and on draught.


The wait for a Robinsons Saison goes on.
Rick D said…
Some terrrific beers on there. I'm jealous.

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