TGIF: Craft Beer Salute of the Week
Craft Beer Cellar really is an adult candy shop and I love writing this entry each week. I picked up one of their make-it-yourself sixers where I found this week’s Friday candy. It comes to you from New England’s “Vacationland,” the great and oh-so beautiful state of Maine where the Baxter Brewing Co. resides in the historic Bates Mill Complex in downtown Lewiston. Baxter regularly brews three beers that can be found on draft and all three are always available in a can. This brewery is right up my enviro alley as they have many green initiatives in place but my favorite is that they are a can only brewing company. Their cans are made of 70% post-consumer recycled material and are infinitely recyclable but this effort in sustainability is two-fold. Aluminum cans block UV light from the beer inside, making this smooth beer last and stay fresher longer. That’s right, no more UV light-induced “skunky” beer for you my friend.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the beer. Baxter’s amber ale, Amber Road, was really good. Overall this was a very smooth, balanced and drinkable beer that pours beautifully with a nice head that dissipates into a nice lingering lacing on the glass. This beer has a nice rich red hue and smelled of light toasty malts and hops. As far as Amber ales go, I would say it’s on the heavier end of the spectrum with a malty toastiness with definite hop notes to it that linger on the tongue without being bitter at all. It is a very nice alternative a lager or pilsner when you’re craving something a little more bold, but not as heavy as a stout or an IPA. Baxter claims that this beer “refreshes year round” and I’d have to say I agree. I hope everyone gets a chance to stop by their favorite watering hole and enjoy this beer at some point this weekend cause once again you’ve earned it!