Dark City Circuit

Today is my wedding day! I’m sure I’ll be posting a lot more about the planning since I post about 4-5 months in advance. But, When we decided on the venue, we picked some place historic with a lot of charm out in Pennsylvania. They also said that we could choose the beers that we wanted and specifically asked them not to serve Yuengling because of their stance on gay rights. Apparently it’s not uncommon to ask venues to pull that beer. I was on the search for a beer that was low in ABV but super-flavorful that we could serve. Spoiler alert: this wasn’t the beer.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our smooth, well-balanced, session American cream ale hopped untraditionally with Jarrylo & Pekko to provide refreshing notes of apple/pear.”

Random: This beer came in at 11 IBUs.

This beer poured with half a finger of pure white head. It was loose and dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grain, cream and vanilla. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste was clear and very light. It had notes of cream, grain and some pear skins. The body was almost too heavy for the style with not enough carbonation. The finish was instant with pear skins and grain. A pounder can of this was $2.83, which came to $.18 per ounce. This beer just missed the mark for me. It was too heavy and it needed a bit more flavor. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


Dark City DCBC1

I visited this brewery awhile back with Val. We only had time to get a sampler paddler, so I didn’t review anything formally. I also thought that we could walk there from the main drag in Asbury (hint: you can, but it’s a long walk in the heat, so get the car). Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We often get asked about how and why we chose the name Dark City Brewing Company. We chose it for several reasons. Mainly it is a widely known nickname for Asbury Park. There are many interpretations as to where, when and why this nickname came about. Our decision to adopt this name and run with it comes from our desire to celebrate Asbury Park’s ability to bounce back from hardships of every form. This city has been around for a long time, it has seen a lot of ups and downs, hurricanes, ships running aground, race riots, power outages, you name it. Guess what? It’s still here, stronger than ever. We think that is pretty awesome and worthy of raising a glass to. Cheers to the City by the Sea.”

Random: When we visited, Val got a very small coffee there. It was alright, not great.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a small crown on top of the dark brown body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bourbon and vanilla. Along with the bourbon notes, there was a nuttiness from the brown malt. The taste was also filled with bourbon barrel, vanilla and some smoke. The nuttiness came through with ash as well. The beer was more smoky and ashy than I expected. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with smoke and ash. I don’t remember how much I paid for this one, but I don’t recall it being cheap. I thought this beer was a bit out of balance. I’m glad I tried it, but one was enough for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0