Night 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.
Pros: Refreshingly tart and very complex
Alcohol Content: 5.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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.
This is the fourth and final beer I brought home from Gneiss Brewing. You may have noticed a theme in the name of the brewery and their beers, geology. The brewer’s description below and their website have a lot more detail on the name of the brewery and the beers. I opened this one during the ice storm we had just prior to Christmas in Maine, seemed like a good time to drink stout.
Obsius is a weizen stout (wheat stout) which is a style not often brewed. This beer is black with a thin tan head that went away quickly. The aroma was fairly tame but had some nice roasted malt and wheat. Obsius is very tasty with plenty plenty of roasted chocolate, minimal coffee which is a plus for me and a creamy mouth feel.
Overall this is a nice change from the big imperial stouts that so many larger brewers choose to make. If you like dark beer but don’t want to be able to drink more than 12 ounces this is a good choice for you.
Pros: Creamy mouth feel
Alcohol Content: 5.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 15
Brewers Website: Gneiss Brewing
Brewers Description: Obsius is a weizenstout, a wheat dominated stout brewed with our weiss yeast. Obsius is a rich and creamy beer with lots of roast and finishing with the bittering from the dark malts, not the hops.
The name of this beer is derived from ancient mythology. According to the writings of Pliny the Elder, Obsuis was a Roman explorer who happened upon the stone we now know as Obsidian during his travels in Ethiopia. Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass. It is generally ejected from a volcanic explosion and cools so rapidly that no crystals form and the rock is smooth as glass. It is primarily silica oxide (70-75%) with magnesium and iron oxide contributions.