Archive for the ‘Two Roads Brewing Company’ Category

I have a lot of familiarity with this brewery, especially since Val’s mother lives in the same town as the brewery. When we go up to visit, we usually end up getting a flight at the brewery. In the summer, the place can get pretty hot since it’s a giant warehouse with no air conditioning. They’re also undergoing a major expansion, probably because they do so much contract brewing.


ABV: 5.8%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Modeled after the classic ‘Marzenbier,’ Oktoberfest style that was traditionally the beer served at the Munich Oktoberfest. It possesses a smooth, toasty malt profile with a crisp character of traditional German hops.”

Random: This is released in August ever year.

The brew poured with a half a finger of off white head that went away quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with moderate carbonation throughout. The nose was mild, even for a Marzen. I picked up caramel, lightly toasted brown bread and nothing else. The taste had some more depth. It had the same brown bread notes along with sweet caramel malt and almond skins. It had some spiciness too along with some earthy hops at the end. The body was crisp and light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, nutty finish. A pounder can of this ran me $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. Although this wasn’t the best beer of the style I’ve had, I would pick it up again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Last year, I got two of the Two Roads holiday glasses (one of which you can see below). I wasn’t able to get the beer since they didn’t distribute to New Jersey at the time and the brewery was sold out. Val found it this year and I had an excuse to use the glass. Let’s see how it fared.


ABV: 7%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, on subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as ‘Christmas Beer’, tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde. In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.”

Random: I hope that Two Roads puts some more limited release beers out this year.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep mahogany color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of dark fruit. Specifically, I picked up plums and figs. The taste had the same plums and figs, but also had currants. There was also a lot of sweetness, specifically toffee and caramel. It had a bit too much sweetness. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with plums and figs. A bomber of this was $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). The beer was pretty good, just a bit too sweet for me, although I give it a lot of credit since they went with a less than typical holiday type of beer (at least what we tend to see in Jersey).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

One of the cats decided to try to go in the fireplace. He managed to get his paws all ashy, which wasn’t fun since Val vacuumed today. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads and Evil Twin sourced local ingredients during a trip to Iceland for this collaboration including: Icelandic moss, rye, herbs, sea kelp, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and birch-smoked sea salt to create a Two + Evil twist on a gose beer; a sour wheat-style ale with a hint of smoke, light lemon color, dry finish and thirst quenching appeal.”

Random: I can’t say that I’ve ever had skyr. I’d be interested to try it on its own.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and straw yellow in color. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had more depth than I expected. There was some tartness, then a little funk and then brine. It also had light citrus. The taste started sour with lemon pith and then went into mild sweetness. There was brine as well. It also had some green vegetal notes that added depth. The body was on the light side with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with salt and tartness. A can of this was $2.00 and broke down to $.12 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it had really nice flavor for a gose. I wish it had a bit more of the smoke that the description said it had, though.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was another pickup from Half Time. I heard a rumor that Two Roads will be coming to Jersey in a few months, which will be exciting. I really enjoy a lot of their beers and it would be nice to stock them in the fridge.


ABV: 7.8%

Style: Dopplebock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Made in honor of our CEO’s great-grandfather Henry, who made a dopplelbock every year on his South Dakota farm to warrant the coming of spring. A classic strong German lager with a robust body and a deep ruby red color. Two Roads’ recipe uses a generous amount of toasted German and North American barley that is lightly balanced with floral hops.

Random: I need a nap.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass, but a slightly crown was present. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate carbonation. The nose was very sweet with toffee and caramel malts. It also had some dark fruit as well. The taste also had caramel and toffee, but it had a touch of bitterness as the end of the sip. Biscuit came through after a few sips and dry alcohol as well. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish with sweet caramel. This was a nice beer, but it was just missing something for me and was relatively cheap for a bomber at $6.99 ($.32 per ounce). It just didn’t do it for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I wasn’t aware that Two Roads was doing a barrel aged program, but when I saw this on the shelves, I got very excited. They make some really solid beers and I could just imagine how good they would be barrel aged. Let’s see how this was.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have taken our Workers Comp saison and ‘stomped’ all over it. Using a variant of our classic saison recipe and aging it in white wine barrels, this beer is the newest in our ‘Road Less Traveled’ series. Majorly fruity and spicy with a hint of dry white wine notes.”

Random: This is like the day that is never going to end. Saturdays take so long for the guys to finish lately. I guess it’s just Summer traffic.

This brew poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass and a slight crown on top of the body. The body itself was a clear, straw yellow with high carbonation visible. I guessed that it would have a lot of carbonation just based on the ‘pop’ that cork made when I opened it. The nose had citrus notes, yeast and very light vanilla and oak notes. The taste had more of a defined wine note. It had very light oak as in the nose, but had yeast with lemon as well. It had the expected coriander spice and white pepper too. The body was very thick for the style with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with yeast and lemon. The bomber was $15.99 ($.73 per ounce), which isn’t too expensive for a barrel aged beer, in my opinion. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but I would have appreciated more strength from the barrel aging and that’s why it didn’t get higher marks from me.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was a beer that I wanted to try last time I was at the brewery, but tried a few others instead. When we stopped at Half Time on the way home and I saw this one in a bottle, I knew that it was coming home with me. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Winter seasonal. Released in November in six pack bottles and draft. A hefty Black Ale with profound malt and hop complexity. Neither Stout nor Porter, it will be its own thing – full-bodied, bold and black. Flavor characteristics of dark chocolate, mocha, molasses and dark fruits. Balanced by piney citrusy notes of Pacific Northwest hops. Full-bodied and uncommonly satisfying at 7.5% alcohol.”

Random: I decided to help wrap pieces yesterday during load out and my back is killing me now. Probably not my best decision.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head, that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on my pint glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malt and bitter, grapefruit hops. The taste started with chocolate and roasted malts and then quickly went into pine and grapefruit hops that were bitter without being abrasive. Coffee came through after a few sips as well. The beer was full-bodied with high carbonation. It had a long finish with coffee and pine bitterness. This was a really well-balanced beer. For $2.49 a bottle, which broke to $.21 per ounce, this was a bit expensive but the flavor was spot on. I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This was the second beer that I had at the brewery. This is one of the brewery’s year-round offerings that I’ve never seen before. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 9.2%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Roads own brewing czar, Phil Markowski, has taken a traditional Russian Imperial Stout and added a touch of ‘Amerika’ to create a version that’s sure to please! This most unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four different Pacific Northwest varieties to create a depth of character that’s unmistakable. Full-bodied with notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso that join together to create a crescendo of flavor. You’ll want to do an unabashed Kalinka after just one taste!”

Random: We’ve gotten the DVR down to 46%. I can’t remember the last time it’s been that low.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick tan head that was slow to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was almost black with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was lighter than expected for the style, with cocoa powder and coffee and a touch of smoke. The taste started with marked alcohol, cocoa, dark chocolate. After a few sips, some smoke and roasted malts came through. It had a medium thick body, which was thinner than expected for the style and had moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cocoa powder and coffee. This beer wasn’t bad, by any stretch, but if you’re going to call a beer “unorthodox” I feel like it should taste like that. I didn’t get any rye and the beer wasn’t aggressively bitter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0