Archive for the ‘Rye Beer’ Category

Since the laws changed in New Jersey, we’re seeing a lot more new breweries putting out beers and they’re turning up on beer store shelves. This is the first beer that I’ve had from Brix City.

68ryot

ABV: 7%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Nestled in the borough of Little Ferry, Brix City Brewing is one of the newest craft breweries to hit the beer scene in New Jersey. Brix City Brewing is dedicated to bold styled beers that showcase intense flavor profiles and the highest quality ingredients. We make the beer we enjoy drinking, so hopefully you do too. In 2010, co-founder Pete left the Army after serving in the infantry for four years, two of which were spent in Germany where he began to appreciate the many different styles of beer. Upon his honorable discharge, he was unsure of what he was going to do with his life. At the same time, fellow co-founder Joe was attending college as an accounting major while working part time, also unsure about what he would be doing in the future. The two men had been friends since high school and both shared a passion for beer. They would soon buy a home brew kit, and before you knew it they were knee deep in the craft brewing world, most of their free time from that point on was spent brewing (and drinking for that matter). Before long, the two had the crazy idea that they could make this wonderful hobby a career and they began developing the brewery that would unfold to be Brix City Brewing. Brix City Brewing is a brewery built on a passion for full flavored beers, the intentions of the brewery are to produce a wide variety of beers: Imperial IPA’s – Sours – Pilsners – Stouts – and everything in between. Be sure to come down!”

Random: Rye toast and sourdough toast are my favorite types of toast.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a murky, dark yellow with no visible carbonation. On the nose, I picked up grapefruit and grass. There was no rye on the nose, which was surprising given that it was a rye beer. The taste, on the other hand, had a lot of spicy rye. It transitioned into grass and grapefruit flesh and pith. It had a slight tropical note as well that had some mango. It had a thin body with light carbonation and a lengthy, rye finish. A can of this set me back $3.62, which came to $.23 per ounce. I thought this beer needed a bit more depth, but it wasn’t a bad first beer to try from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is from a relatively local brewery that I visited in South Jersey. This is one of their barrel aged selections.

marbledbuffalo

ABV: 8%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re not your average startup brewery. We don’t have a storybook tale about leaving boring desk job to turn a homebrewing hobby into a business. The truth is, we never did the desk job thing. Head Brewing and Co-Founder Drew Perry has been brewing beer his whole professional life, working his way from the packaging line to head brewer. At his most recent gig, Drew lead recipe development and contract brewing for a Virginia-based operation that produced beer for dozens of other microbreweries. But the dream was always the same: to return to New Jersey and start his own brewery, using his own recipes and sharing the experience with friends and family.”

Random: I picked this beer up directly from the brewery.

This beer poured with a huge, one finger head that was thick and light brown in color. It took forever to dissipate. The body was dark brown, yet relatively clear. There was no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of bourbon with vanilla. There was some spice from the rye as well. The taste was rye, with a lot of malt and caramel. Toffee was present too. The bourbon note was strong when cold, but much more balanced When warm. Vanilla and prominent booze were next. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with light bourbon, vanilla and toffee. I think I paid about $12 for the bomber, which came to $.55 per ounce. I thought this beer was decent, I just wish the booze wasn’t as obvious.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I love days that I have to go do ride behinds on the trucks. It means that I get to go home after I finish. The rest of my afternoon has been spent updating the blog and listening to podcasts…my little version of Virgo heaven.

uprightsix

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Upright produces four year round ‘numbered’ beers, all of which incorporate select malts, Oregon grown hops, and a blend of two saison yeasts perfectly suited to our open fermentation vessels. They are available in both draft and bottle conditioned form. These beers are named after their starting gravity (density, or pre-fermentation sugar content) in Belgian brewing degrees. This method is a nod to the days when breweries solely distributed to their respective neighborhoods with nothing but a number on the cap to distinguish the beers – a time before the overly branded products of today. We hope that you appreciate the absence of gimmicks at Upright and enjoy the beers in the same sincere fashion that they are made.”

Random: The podcast that I’m listening to is talking about cheese and I’m having a craving for Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor.

Once I got this beer into the glass, it had a huge, four finger head that was tan. It dissipated very slowly and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with rye spice and had lots of hazelnuts. I picked up warm caramel and toffee as well. The taste had a lot of yeast but incredible rye spiciness. Next, the nuttiness that came through in the nose came through with brown bread. Coriander spice was next, but was dominated by the rye. This was definitely more of a true rye beer than a saison. It had a medium thick body and moderate carbonation with no booze coming through. It had a quick finish with rye spice. A bottle of this was $13.99 ($.64 per ounce), which is one of the reasons that I wouldn’t revisit this beer. It was alright, but not a standout.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Although I’m not the biggest fan of Against The Grain’s labels, I have enjoyed the beers I’ve had from them so far. Let’s see how this one was.

kentuckyryedchiquen

ABV: 8.6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Cluck Cluck! The Chiquen has come home to roost! An amber ale brewed with rye malt and aged in rye whiskey barrels. Our first barrel aged beer here at Against the Grain is the Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. Named so because it was made in Kentucky, has a lot of Rye in it and was aged in rye barrels and it’s not Chicken. As we all know (or should know) Chiquen refers to anything that is not chicken. Now that we have all that straight, we will talk about what is in this beer. Brewed with Maris Otter from the UK and rye malt and caramel rye from Germany, imparting a spicy, fruity and dry flavor. Then hopped with enough English Nugget and Kent Goldings just to balance and fermented with our house ale yeast. After fermentation we moved the entire batch into the AtG private dining room and into used Redemption Rye barrels from our good friends at Strong’s Spirits. There it aged for 5 weeks until we felt it had picked up the right amount of residual bourbon character and oak flavors. We then transferred it to our serving tank, carbonated it and the end result is on tap now, a balanced drinkable and complex barrel aged beer.”

Random: I had New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon and wasn’t a big fan of it.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass as well. The body was a bright amber color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was mild, given that it was aged in bourbon barrels and was a rye beer. It had lightly toasted malt and the rye was muted. There was also some vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging. The taste had vanilla and spicy rye. There was also toasted malt, like a wheat toast and some cracker as well. The booze was insanely well-hidden. It had a medium body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with vanilla and a touch of rye. A bomber of this was $18.99 ($.86 per ounce). I found this beer interesting, but I wanted more from the bourbon barrel aging and more spice from the rye. I’m glad I got to try it, but I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially given the high pricetag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I heard about this beer on one of the beer podcasts I listen to. I love whiskey cocktails, so despite the high price tag, I knew I needed to give this a shot.

brooklynimprovedoldfashioned

ABV: 12.8%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here at Brooklyn Brewery, we are, of course, beer people. But we are also ‘drinks people,’ and many inspirations come to us out of the deep and wondrous world of cocktails. While surely invented earlier, the modern cocktail emerged in the 19th century. The original—the ur-cocktail, if you will—was the Old Fashioned. A deceptively simple drink consisting of whiskey, sugar, and bitters (stirred, not shaken), usually with a bit of citrus peel, a good Old Fashioned remains a thing of austere beauty. By the 1860s, some bartenders, Jerry Thomas (aka ‘The Professor’) chief among them, became household names in America. A mixologist (believe it or not, the moniker is actually old) looking to make a name for himself would often make a change to an existing cocktail, perhaps adding absinthe, or curaçao, or a dash of maraschino liqueur. This new version would be rakishly referred to as ‘improved,’ as the upstart barman fervently hoped to eclipse his predecessor. Well, we’ve gone this idea one better. We have ‘improved’ the Old Fashioned by making it into a beer. Witness our strong rye beer, suffused with various spices and peels! Wonder at its long blissful rest in WhistlePig Rye Whiskey oak barrels! Marvel at its clever infusions of bitter gentian root and enticing botanicals! And then enjoy, as you are greeted by the silky spice of rye, the firm herbal bitterness, the brightness of citrus, and the sweet warmth of oak. Sit in your favorite chair, surround yourself with your favorite people, and imbibe this, our latest Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment. We can nearly guarantee that you shall feel that your day has, in fact, improved.”

Random: I loved Garrett Oliver’s book. It really opened my eyes to beer and food pairings.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with high carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant and complex. It started with rye spice and orange zest. Oak came through as well with maraschino cherry juice and orange oil. The taste started with warm vanilla and oak. It quickly went into orange zest and orange oil. Rye came through as well, but not as strong as the nose. There was a spice to it that was assertive. The maraschino cherry juice was there too, but not as strong as the nose. The body was thick, but the high carbonation made this really drinkable. It had a lengthy finish with rye and oak. A bottle of this was $23.99 ($1.09 per ounce), which I found to be quite expensive. This was a really unique, interesting beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Happy Christmas Eve to everyone! I’m most likely still working so people can get their furniture in time for the holiday. Instead of me talking about work, let’s talk about a beer straight out of New Hampshire.

stonefacerye

ABV: 6%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re increasing capacity already! It’s only been two months since we released our first beer, but in order to quench your summer thirst, we’ll be upgrading the brewery with more fermentation space, which means more beer! We’ll be tripling capacity over the summer, so you’ll start seeing more Stoneface across the state. Third, our bottling line is nearly up and running. We hope to have bottles at better beer stores within the next two months or so. Keep an eye out at your local beer shop–we’ll be doing our first test bottling runs this weekend! Finally, we’d like to send a sincere thank you to all of those who have been out there emptying kegs, we hope you enjoy drinking the beer as much as we enjoy making it for you. We hope to see you out at some of our upcoming events over the summer!”

Random: Last minute Christmas wrapping is not fun.

The brew poured with a huge, three finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. It also left a crown on top of the mahogany body with high carbonation. The nose had rye spice along with pine needles and cracker. The taste had a really nice amount of rye and nutty malt. It had a pleasant amount of bitterness as well. It had a chewy body with high carbonation. The finish was long with rye and hazelnuts. The 16 ounce bottle set me back $5.49 ($.34 per ounce), which isn’t a bad deal, although it’s not distributed in Jersey. I really enjoyed this beer and I think it incorporated the rye really nicely. I would search this beer out again. If you find yourself by the brewery, definitely give this a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

When Val brought this home from DC, I was very excited. I’ve only had one other beer from them, Saison Des Fetes that I thoroughly enjoyed while we were on vacation in DC. Since they don’t distribute to Jersey, this was a rare treat.

atlasrowdy

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Both fun and aggressive, Rowdy is a hop forward rye ale full of flavor. Made with three varieties of hops and a generous amount of specialty malts, Rowdy offers a complex flavor and aroma that is both aggressive and fun. The addition of malted rye to the grain bill lends a peppery and distinct character to the beer which complements the bitterness and floral notes of brewhouse hop additions. Finally, this copper-hued ale receives a liberal addition of dry hops in the fermenting vessel, imparting citrus aromas and a crisp, clean finish.”

Random: Rye beers seem to be more readily available. I remember when it was rare to see one.

This beer had a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown. The body had a hazy brown color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose had rye spiciness along with toasted malts and brown bread. The taste had a lot of rye spice as well. Brown bread was there as well, along with toasted malts. At the end of the sip, there was a sweetness from the malt. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with rye spice. This was $1.83 for a single, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and the fact that it came in cans was even better.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0