June Beer Series

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Beer Blog | 0 comments

Czech Pilsner
Berkshire Brewing Company
South Deerfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. is a regional brewery located in South Deerfield, MA, established in 1994 by Christopher T. Lalli and Gary A. Bogoff, a pair of homebrewers with the vision of being Massachusetts’ local brewery. The goal at BBC is to produce clean, fresh, well-balanced ales & lagers in small batches. At the present time they are capable of producing 580 barrels (17,980 gallons) of fresh beer each week. All of their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains no chemical additives or preservatives. They now produce nine styles of beer year round and seven seasonally brewed beers.
This American version of a traditional Bohemian Pilsner is a true lager, brewed to emulate the original style born in Plzen, Czechoslovakia. Berkshire uses authentic Pilsner floor malt from the Czech Republic in this classic beer. Light in color, their Pilsner is dry and crisp, and pungently hopped with Czech Saaz hops to impart a rich aroma, with a subtle bitterness to the finish.

Saint of Circumstance IPA
Berkshire Brewing Company
South Deerfield, Massachusetts

One of the things we love about micro breweries is their ability to roll with the punches and accept the consequences. That is the case with this beer. According to Berkshire Brewing Company, when they received a load of hops they noticed that one bail was different than the rest. Rather than sending the hops back, they decided to brew a one time only batch with these mystery hops. The resulting brew was then aged 8 months in used barrels from a well known Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey producer. Berkshire brewer Jason Hunter was particularly impressed by the hops’ distinctive, non-pine-like taste. He explained that centuries ago, before the grain had been popular for the grapefruit-like bitterness it adds to the beer, it had been used to prevent spoilage. For brewers of the early 1800s, it wasn’t desirable for the hops flavor to dominate the beer, and Hunter believes a more balanced flavor, like this new beer, is what they would have been after.

Summer Pilsner Fusion
Element Brewing Company
Millers Falls, MA

Element Brewing Company believes firmly in the fusion of art, science, and beer. Their hand-crafted, bottle conditioned ales don’t fit neatly into any box and their size allows them to be innovative in their brewing techniques. They have created hybrids of styles that test the flavors, dimensions, and boundaries of beer. The highest-quality ingredients are used, including heirloom grains from Europe, domestic and international hops, and their own specially developed signature yeast.
Their beers attempt to hit the “sweet spot”; that point that gives you a gentle warming sensation of alcohol without the shock value and booziness of more extreme styles.
Element describes this beer as an “Oatmeal Pilsner” that combines the smoothness of an oatmeal stout and the pale golden color of a German Pilsner. An enormous helping of Nobel hops impart aromas of a fresh cut field whilst English oats and house yeast give this ale a surprisingly rich finish.

Black Hops
Blue Hills Brewery
Canton, MA

The Blue Hills were so named by early European explorers who, while sailing along the coastline, noticed the bluish hue on the slopes when viewed from a distance. More than 1,000 years before those Europeans arrived, Native Americans made their home in the hills. The natives referred to themselves as Massachusett, or “people of the great hills”. Now the Great Blue Hill shares its name with great beers.
“A lagered ale with a German malt bill, and more than the usual amount of hops. Dark brown with amber edges; creamy, dense head. Yeasty, fruity, hoppy, roasty nose, though the yeast seems to come through the most. Super smooth with a hefty body, the clean maltiness ranges from toasted bread to chicory to cocoa powder. Mildly fruity with a yeast tone that stays. Twang of hops drops more flavor than bitterness. Still, the balance works here to produce a solid ale.” Beer Advocate


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