The Brewski Report Reviews Southern Tier’s 422 Pale Wheat Ale
File Date: 7.17.10
File Name: Is ‘Green’ Beer all the rage?
The Beer: 422 Pale Wheat Ale
Type: American Pale Wheat Ale
Stats: 5.8% ABV
Brewer: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.southerntierbrewing.com
Country of Origin: NY, USA
Brewer Info: Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York, has been in operation since 2002. Founders Phineas DeMink and Allen (“Skip”) Yahn started the brewery with the vision of bringing small batch brewing back to a region rich in brewing tradition. In 2002 Skip and Phin purchased the defunct Old Saddleback Brewing Co. in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. All the equipment was removed, brought back to Lakewood and set up at its new home located within the Stoneman Business Park. The Brewery began distributing regionally in February 2003. By 2005 sales covered the majority of New York State and the eastern half of Pennsylvania. In the beginning their two flagship brands were Pilsner and Mild Ale and they also brewed IPA. As it turned out the flagships were a flop and the IPA was a huge success! They next launched a line of seasonal beers which gained great success. Since the beginning, Southern Tier has experienced steady growth and after multiple expansions to keep up with demand a new building was built in 2009. The building was designed with the express purpose of brewing innovative, high quality beer for an expanding customer base.
Brewer Brand Hype:
Pour 422 Pale Wheat Ale into a pint glass, give it a long whiff and you’ll realize that this isn’t your average pale golden wheat. Preserved in its unfiltered state, 422 is a fantastic session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops commingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of orange and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to a smooth finish. 422 is brewed as a tribute to preserving our precious planet and it’s environment. It is responsibly packaged with over 80% recycled consumer products and is completely recyclable. Enjoy 422 all year as to take one stride closer to an eco-friendly life.
Label: Make Everyday Earth Day
The Brewski Review: I haven’t been able to spend the quality time I need to finish our den. Most everything is done. The floors where a pistol to complete. The sand paper kept gumming up with shellac so I had to scrap the entire floor off with a paint scraper prior to sanding. That wasn’t a pleasant task I can assure you. Overall the floors turned out nice. There was one small area that used to house an electrical outlet (in the floor – probably for a window AC unit) which needed patched. To do the job I purchased a Dremel Multimax. There are other versions of the same tool. Fein, Rockwell, Rigid, Craftsman, etc. but I selected the Multimax because of the price – $99. Others were $109 and $119. Fein was a model I would have liked to have purchased but I would have had to miss a car payment in order to afford it. The only downside to the Dremel was that it seems to be a light-duty version more akin to a hobby tool vs. an industrial use power tool. Still, it did the job. I’m sure I’ll find other uses for it around the house in the years to come. Check out the pictures of the nearly completed room. Maybe when it’s all done I’ll celebrate. Would I do so with a 422 Pale Wheat Ale? Sure. Why not. It’s a crisp and mild, well balanced beer. I don’t know how the ‘green’ or Earth Day connection comes into play or even what the reference to the name 422 relates to but don’t let that deter you.
Drinkability: Would drink it again.
Appearance: Pale gold color with plenty ‘o head.
The Buds: Decent beverage. Nice mild balance.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.