Bottle conditioned ale is always a great choice as the inclusion of living yeast cells does any number of things to the beer over time – primarily adding complexity to the aromas and flavors. This beer is called LIVE because those little yeasty guys are added to the bottle just before capping and they continue to make the beer so much more interesting as time goes by.
This is a relatively new additional to the year-round selections from Southern Tier, a brewery that I have come to enjoy more and more as I taste through their products. We have added this lovely Pale Ale to the lines at Max Burger West Hartford and Trumbull Kitchen this week, and will keep it rotating in from time to time at our other spots. It just tastes great, is not heavy or full in style and is about as interesting as it gets.
Southern Tier Brewery operates out of Lakewood, NY, and has been making beers since 2002. We rotate their beers through our lines on a regular basis. You can check out their website at this link: http://www.stbcbeer.com/
Since opening, our Max Burger locations (either in West Hartford Center or Longmeadow) have dedicated a tremendous amount of thought to beer. Finding and selecting just the right brew to run. Making sure the styles do not get too similar, or that we keep the fan favorites around. One thing that this attention to detail has given us is the ability and desire to find the unique, local brews.
In West Hartford we have developed a relationship with Mark Sigman, owner of Relic Brewing in Southington, Ct. Mark is a craft brewer in every sense of the word, essentially brewing small batches out of his garage to get started. To date, Mark and Max Burger have joined forces regularly to bring Central Connecticut some of the unique and finely crafted brews that are the hall-mark of Relic Brewing. The latest addition to the line-up is the Hounds Tooth Dark Mild English Ale.
An old school English style which is traditionally malty and dark but lower in alcohol. This one is 5%abv, which is on the higher end for the style. Its brewed with traditional English malts, hops and yeasts including various types of chocolate malts, and dark crystal which combine to give some burnt raisin, caramel and hints of roasty chocolate. Some fuggles hops lend some spicy earthiness.
Delicious, smooth but still a unique small batch brew, this is perfect for cold weather sipping. Limited time only.
A double batch of Bretwus Maximus was created this morning starting at 4am. We will have these in house in about three weeks – fresh as can be. The smell of the hops as they are going in the kettle is delightfully spicy, herbal and fruity all together, Mixed with the sweet, malty aromas of the grain – and you have beer heaven.