671. Amager Bryghus Black Nitro

Amager Black NitroI don’t drink a lot of European beer as I tend to drink beer from breweries I work with or ones that I want to work with and my company is not expanding to Europe any time soon. This beer from Amager is actually a collaboration with Shaun Hill and the bottle was relatively inexpensive so I decided to give it a try.

No surprise that Black Nitro pours a deep brown almost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is almost entirely the dark roasted malts but some citrus does get sneak in. Taste was good with the citrus hops to start and then those dark malts take over with some coffee/chocolate.

The black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale or whatever you want to call is simply a style I cannot get behind. The mix of those wonderful hops with the burnt flavors of the dark roasted malts just doesn’t work for me.  
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Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
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Brewers Website: Amager Bryghus
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670. Grassroots Brewing Brother Soigné

Grassroots Brother SoigneNot sure if you have noticed but Hill Farmstead has really started to increase the amount of bottled saisons available. I assume the new foudres have a lot to do with this. With the added capacity the bottle limits have increased from a six or less to multiple cases for many of the saisons.

As I write this Brother Soigne is the #1 saison on Ratebeer.com and for good reason. This beer pours a beautiful golden color with a single finger white head. Aroma has some lime, citrus and a light funk. Taste is incredible with a crisp tart fruit including lime, orange and green apple. I didn’t get any hibiscuus but with everything else that is going on I didn’t miss it.

Only a small amount of funk which makes this beer approachable for almost any beer drinker.  Another amazing beer from Shaun Hill. 
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 Fruity, slightly funky
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Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: A tart, refreshing saison brewed with our dear friend Luc Bim Lafontaine, formerly of Dieu du Ciel! Lime, hibiscus and blood orange in a mixed fermentation.

669. Simple Roots Brewing Allegany Pale Ale

Simple Roots Allegany Pale AleSimple Roots is a new brewery in Burlington, for more info read my review of their cream ale here. Allegany Pale Ale is the second beer I have tried from them and I liked the cream ale better. I prefer really hoppy pale ales and I don’t think that is what they were going for with this one.

Appearance is darker than I expected with a deep orange and thick off white head. Aroma is dominated by the sweet malts. Taste followed with a nice malt base and low bitterness.

The third beer released by Simple Roots is a gose which I am looking forward to trying.
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Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
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Brewers Website: Simple Roots (FB Page)
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668. Night Shift Brewing Ever Weisse

Night Shift Ever WeisseNight Shift makes some excellent beer and I really need to make the trip down to Everett to visit their tap room. Checking their site today and they have 15 beers available for tasters; 9 beers available for growler fills and 5 different bottles available for purchase. Few breweries in the Northeast have the wide range of styles and this many beers available. The list includes everything from the sours, to a summer porter and even a resinous DIPA.

This bottle was brought back by Paul who took a trip to Mass to tour some breweries and he was nice enough to grab me a couple bottles. Appearance is a nice orange with a slightly pink hue, not as pink as JoJo. Almost no head which seems to happen with sours. Aroma has lots of fruit, not fruit from hops like you get in the IPAs but actual fruit. Also get some slight funk and floral notes.

Taste was my favorite part of this beer as it starts with a tart lemon with some strawberry and as it warmed I picked up more of the hibiscus. Funky and slight acidity make this a very complex beer. I will be making the trip to Night Shift soon and will post when I am headed that way, be sure to comment if you want to tag along. 
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Refreshingly tart and very complex
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Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
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Brewers Website: Night Shift Brewing
Brewers Description: Berliner Weisse style sour ale aged on strawberries, kiwis, and dried hibiscus flowers.

Sold exclusively at our brewery in Everett, Ever Weisse is what most beers are not – hopped minimally, soured extensively, pink in color, aged on hand-chopped fruit, brewed in tiny batches, and available at at only one location. It sips fruity and tart, with a touch of tangy sweetness. It does not taste like other beers do, nor should it.

667. Simple Roots Brewing American Dream Ale

Simple Roots American DreamSimple Roots is a new brewery located in a residential neighborhood in Burlington Vermont. Because they are in a residential neighborhood the brewery is not open to visits from the public and you cannot purchase beer there. They sell at a couple of local bottle shops and farmer’s markets. You can check out their FB page below for more info on when and where they will be.

Their goal is to brew beer to style more so than trying to keep up with the ultra hoppy beer that many Vermont brewers are making. The first beer I tried from them is American Dream their cream style ale. This beer pours a pale orange with a nice white head. Aroma is pretty minimal but about what I expected from a cream ale.

Taste was light crisp and very similar to a lager. Light body, almost no hop bitterness but very refreshing. Really enjoyable beer and a style that few are making. If you find yourself in Burlington this summer track down a bottle of American Dream.
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Drinkable and true to style
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Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
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Brewers Website: Simple Roots (FB Page)
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