Archive for the ‘Transmitter Brewing’ Category

Tonight’s beer is from a brewery that I am growing to love. Transmitter puts out some great beers, and I’m hoping this one is as good as the others.

b0

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer is much more than the sum of its parts. At its most pure form, it’s just four simple ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast. It is only through the synergy of process and those basic building blocks that unique and interesting interpretations of beer styles are possible. Through the process of brewing, it is possible to make an infinite number of flavor combinations and styles. It is this endless creative possibility that fuels and flames our passion for fermenting beer. Our satisfaction comes from the combination of the basic understanding of the ingredients and their interactions and the ‘aha’ moments of discovery of the synergy between them.”

Random: The cats are wrestling right now and sound like elephants.

This beer poured with a three finger, pink-tinted head. It took awhile to dissipated and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark red with no visible carbonation due to the color and cloudiness. The nose had light funk and cranberries along with citrus pith. The taste has some significant tartness that was almost vinegar-like. There was also yeast was present along with cranberries and orange. There wasn’t a lot of salt, but the flavors worked, so I didn’t miss it that much. The body had medium thickness with high carbonation. The beer had a quick finish with orange pith. This was an expensive bottle at $20 ($.91 per ounce), but worth every penny. This was another awesome beer from Transmitter.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

One of the fun things about posting in advance is that I don’t get nearly as stressed when I have a backlog. Since I have so many posts in queue, I can just get to them when I have time, which in turn, I think makes for better posts. This beer is from a brewery that is putting out ridiculous stuff and I recommend trying anything you see from them.

t4

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “In electronics and telecommunications a transmitter or radio transmitter is an electronic device which, with the aid of an antenna, produces radio waves. The transmitter itself generates a radio frequency alternating current, which is applied to the antenna. When excited by this alternating current, the antenna radiates radio waves. In addition to their use in broadcasting, transmitters are necessary component parts of many electronic devices that communicate by radio, such as cell phones, wireless computer networks, Bluetooth enabled devices, garage door openers, two-way radios in aircraft, ships, spacecraft, radar sets and navigational beacons. The term transmitter is usually limited to equipment that generates radio waves for communication purposes; or radiolocation, such as radar and navigational transmitters. Generators of radio waves for heating or industrial purposes, such as microwave ovens or diathermy equipment, are not usually called transmitters even though they often have similar circuits.”

Random: “The Beerists” did a podcast on tripels that was really informative and had some great comparisons. I would highly recommend checking it out.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with lots of carbonation visible. The nose, not surprisingly, had a lot of fruit. Peach and apricot came through first, then a tropical touch by way of mango. Bread was at the end of the sniff with light coriander. The taste was incredibly bright with lots of juicy peach and apricot. Some green apple came through with clementine. There was some coriander and clove that came through too, but this was primarily a fruit forward beer. At the end of the sip, there was some bread from the yeast. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The booze was hidden and made this a very dangerous beer. It ended with a long finish with stone fruit and spice. This was $18.99 for the bomber, which came to $.86 per ounce, which is definitely on the pricey side, but it’s worth every cent. Go get this one. It’s worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

We’re finally to the end of the Transmitter beers that I picked up in Maine. Since I can find them in Jersey now, I’m sure it won’t be the last one I review.

s8

ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi. We first shared a beer in 2005 when we each were avid amateur bicycle racers. We soon realized we shared a love of food and a passion for making it ourselves. From making homemade corned beef to experimenting with pickle recipes, a lasting friendship was born. Many meals and beers later, Rob convinced Anthony to dust off old homebrew equipment he had from the 1990’s as a homebrewer and the seeds of Transmitter Brewing were sown. We have been experimenting and developing our approach ever since.”

Random: I love having a natural fireplace in our house. Yes, it’s dirtier than gas, but I love that the house smells like a real fire.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow with light carbonation. The nose had a lot of citrus, yeast and some green melon. The taste was light and had lemon peel and mandarin oranges. The rice was present and there was also some lemongrass. The melon was also there, but not the pear note, which I was looking forward to. There was some coriander in the beer as well, but it wasn’t intense, which complimented the light body. It had high carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with rice and melon. The bomber was $20.99, which came to $.95 per ounce. This was a nice beer that went down very easily and was much lighter than the typical saison. I would have this one again, despite the high price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This is the third Transmitter beer that I picked up in Maine. I’m hoping it was as good as the other beers I’ve had from them.

transmitterf4

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Beer is much more than the sum of its parts. At its most pure form, it’s just four simple ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast. It is only through the synergy of process and those basic building blocks that unique and interesting interpretations of beer styles are possible. Through the process of brewing, it is possible to make an infinite number of flavor combinations and styles. It is this endless creative possibility that fuels and flames our passion for fermenting beer. Our satisfaction comes from the combination of the basic understanding of the ingredients and their interactions and the ‘aha’ moments of discovery of the synergy between them.”

Random: The labels for the beer are really attractive. One of the brewers discussed this during an episode of “Steal This Beer,” which I listen to every week.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had yeast and wheat but not a huge amount of fruit or funkiness. The taste had a bit more citrus. I picked up clementine and lemon zest. It had a significant amount of yeast and white grape as well. The body was on the thinner side and had high carbonation. It was also really dry. The finish was lengthy with yeast and white grape. A bomber of this had a hefty price tag at $20.99 ($.95 per ounce). I liked this beer, but it was the least favorite of the transmitter beers that I’ve had so far.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Here’s the next Transmitter beer that I picked up. This one utilizes hibiscus, which I’ve always found to be an interesting adjunct.

hibiscuswit

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are brewing beers with a focus on traditional and farmhouse ales. We have secured over 20 isolated strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, as well as a brewhouse library of traditional Belgian, French, English and American yeasts. Our mission at Transmitter Brewing is to leverage our passion, and introduce you to compelling and unique beers with an appreciation of their history and a focus on the quality of ingredients. We are constantly striving to create approachable interesting yeast driven beers with complimenting grains and hops.”

Random: My Dad had a hibiscus tree when I was growing up. He would put it on a dolly and bring it into the sunroom in the winter.

This beer poured with less than a finger of off-white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on my Firestone Walker Teku glass. The body was a clear, light pink color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some grain and a lot of floral notes. There was light red fruit there, specifically strawberry. It had a light tart scent as well. The taste didn’t have the expected intense tartness from using wild yeast. It had the same, warm floral notes with mild red fruit. The wild yeast was present, but not the dominant flavor of the beer. It had a certain graininess to it that provided body to the beer. The body itself was thicker than expected with light carbonation. It had a quick and floral finish with almost invisible alcohol. Like the beer I reviewed yesterday, this was also $20.99 ($.95). I thought this beer was also outstanding. It had a lot of flavor and the utilization of the yeast was outstanding and really dried the beer out. If you see this on a shelf, get this.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

I picked up this beer in Maine, at The Bier Cellar, despite the fact that they are from Long Island City. It came highly recommended from the salesperson, so I figured it was worth a shot.

apricotharvest

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Transmitter Brewing was formed to bring a unique perspective on traditional beer styles to the local NYC beer scene. Through the informed use and interactions of yeast and hops, we hope to add to the conversation about what is craft beer. We invite you to enjoy an ever rotating stock of unique farmhouse style beers crafted with a passion for the process of brewing and for drinking good beer.”

Random: I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to doing themes on the blog for certain weeks, but I lack the planning to do this. When I get home from work, I just grab whatever is in the front of the fridge.

This beer poured with a half finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had golden fruit, specifically peach and apricot came out. The taste didn’t have a lot of funk, which I expected. It almost tasted like a dry, but fruity, white wine. It had a lot of golden fruit, specifically golden raisins, fresh peach, white grapes and apricots. The oak was lightly toasted and complemented the fruit well. It had a light body with light carbonation. The finish was long with the same golden fruit and oak. This beer was outstanding. It had a lot of flavor and the dryness complemented that flavor. The bomber was $20.99, which came to $.94 per ounce. It was a pricey beer, but worth the money. If you haven’t had this beer, you definitely need to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0