Friday, April 16, 2010

Audience Participation - Vintage Brewing Company Summer Lineup

I just wanted to "bump" Brewmaster Scott's request for information in our last review of Vintage Brewing Company.
Thank you all for giving us a chance and trying my beers. We ended up calling the Belgian Pale "Rochambeau", it came in about 32 IBUs, 100% Sorachi Ace hops, around 6% abv. Also recently on tap is our "Golden", really more akin to a Koelsch ... I can already hear the groans...but imminently quaffable. Can't decide to go English or Belgian with the summer "session" beers- any suggestions? English summer ale, classic mild, something like Chiswick Ale; or Witbier, Saison, ??
For some reason I suspect the saison would be a favorite, but I've had some excellent milds lately (thank you Joe/FoxRiver/RedEye), and I'm not sure I know what a "Chiswick Ale" is.

So, there you go. What do you want to drink on a summer evening at Vintage?

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ps. I love Kolsches. So there.

10 comments:

  1. If it's summer, you need to have some sort of wheat beer on tap. Chiswick is Fuller's session bitter. I'm a big fan of Milds, but prefer those that use U.S. hop varietals (cascade, centennial, etc.) rather than fuggles or goldings.

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  2. Think Surly's Bitter Brewer, uses British malts and American hops (columbus, glacier). Drinks more like an IPA-lite, which I think many people will like.

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  3. Thanks Guru. I count Fuller's Chiswick as one of my "world favorites", and like the American hop twist you suggested. I'll have to get my hands on Surly Bitter, and give it some thought.

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  4. I'd like to see a proper bitter in town, i.e. one that isn't 6% alcohol or syrupy as hell, and being able to experience Chiswick vicariously through Vintage would be most excellent. That said, I'd enjoy any of the beers y'all are talking about.

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  5. wit wit wit wit wit

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  6. I'd be a fan of a bitter as well.

    I like the Kolsch style, but I had quite a few of them in the old JT's era so I wouldn't be averse to something else as a session beer.

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  7. English summer ale...just put into the tanks here at Red Eye!

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  8. I'm not sure of your set-up (currently living in Portsmouth, NH but contemplating a move to Madison), but could you do it on cask? Would make it that much more authentic.

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  9. I too am a big fan of Kolsches, and would love to see Vintage brew up a mild. I love a good mild. Besides, Belgians are getting to be over done. Enough already! Everyone and their mother makes a Belgian this or the other. Gimme some Brit.

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  10. Is witbier even Belgian anymore? Seems like we Yanks (big and small) have usurped and run roughshod over that particular, yet delightful style. And the English classics that largely inspired our early craft beer industry have been so morphed and manipulated, but the core essence of them has been mostly ignored and forgotten (outside of Utah). It's a tough call, maybe we'll try to do a little of both...
    Anon- I need to get up to Wausau, keep hearing great things
    Guru- don't know much about NH, but I could recommend a move to Madison. Cask on by mid May at Vintage

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