While we in Hawaii, I had a few Moscow Mules since the beer selection was limited as most places. Hawaii is definitely all about the cocktails and not about the beer. Let’s see how this beer interpretation of a cocktail is.
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen ‘Skip’ Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small-batch brewing to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002, with equipment gained from the purchase of the Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Southern Tier Brewing Company began production in the woods just outside of Lakewood, New York. By 2003, select varieties of small batch ales were locally distributed, and by 2005, sales to a rapidly growing base of fans covered the majority of New York State and Pennsylvania. The brewery produced Pilsner, Mild Ale, and India Pale Ale before adding a successful roster of seasonal beers to the portfolio. Southern Tier immediately garnered regional attention and demand quickly outgrew what our modest facility could handle. In 2009 a new 20,000-sq-ft building was added to the property. In this new facility, the small brewery was able to grow and offer the product both nationally and internationally, while still satisfying its loyal local fans.”
Random: There is nothing about this beer on the brewery’s website. I’m not sure if it’s discontinued?
The beer poured with a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with freshly sliced ginger and orange segments. The taste was intense. THe ginger was a punch in the mouth, and not in a good way. It was quickly followed up by lime, which did nothing to tame the ginger aspect. If there were any other flavors here, I couldn’t pick them up due to the strength of the ginger note. The body was heavy and the booze was overt. It had an unfortunate and lengthy finish. This beer was a miss for me. I could see that they were trying to make a beer version of a Moscow Mule, but this was just too unbalanced.
Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0