The Brewski Report reviews Brooklyn Brewery’s Winter Ale And The Local Deer Cuisine.
File Date: 12.06.09
File Name: Police Arrest Crazed Drunk Man In His Front Yard.
The Beer: Winter Ale
Type: Scottish Ale
Stats: 6.0% ABV
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Country (State) of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home in Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, including all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in the upstate New York city of Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.
Brewer Brand Hype: When the days grow short and the beach recedes into our dreams, we need a very nice beer to get us through the long winter. Based on the satisfying malty ales of blustery Scotland, Brooklyn Winter Ale will have you looking on the bright side of things. Rich Scottish malts bring deep bready flavors to a beer with a full copper color, a round, smooth palete and brisk hopping that pulls the sweet malt into balance. See - things are looking up already.
Label: We brew Brooklyn Winter Ale from heirloom Maris Otter malts to create a beer with roots in blustery Scotland. Brooklyn Winter Ale is richly malty, aromatic, full-bodied and perfect with stews, roasts and holiday dishes.
The Brewski Review: What you may notice about this post is the lack of my ubiquitous bottle and glass photo at the top of the post. I had just come back from the store to purchase deer netting and this bottle fell out of the back of my aging, large carbon footprint SUV. Amazingly, the bottle didn’t break. But, the cap became damaged and it started to spew it’s contents all over my frozen driveway. I went inside to get a bottle opener where I told my wife what had happened. She immediately thought it was some lame excuse to have a beer. ‘No. Really.’ I told here. I’m not sure if she believed me or not but I drank it nonetheless. I did this outdoors in the cold, blustery winter while I wrapped a few arborvitae around my house. It did a nice job keeping my warm while I looked like a complete fool trying to unwrap the nearly invisible deer netting. We had a record snowfall last winter and my normally safe trees in my backyard were attacked by throngs of deer who had to forage for new feeding grounds. Take a look at what was once full, bushy trees. This year, I thought, the deer will have to work for their grub. No freebie meals on my dime. Maybe I’ll ask Santa to bring me a high powered paint gun for Christmas. Bonus: I could use it to track the coons who have the unnatural ability to open the same garbage cans I have a problem with when I use both my opposing thumbs.
Drinkability: Goes down nicely on a cold winter day.
Appearance: Couldn’t tell on this one. Straight from the bottle to my mouth.
The Buds: Good. Smooth, mild taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.