TGIF: Craft Beer Salute of the Week
This week’s beer comes from the storied home of the since departed Brooklyn Dodgers and present day home of the Brooklyn Brewery. We chose to honor Brooklyn Brewery for several reasons. First, Brooklyn is an amazingly creative and design-centric place to live and work, and the home of many self-starting entrepreneurs like themselves. Secondly, they’re neighbors to one of our favorite scavenging places, the Brooklyn Flea Market, which opens back up this Saturday! Third, they have always known they had a great product and worked really hard to see it take flight. Reason #4, their logo and branding was designed by world renowned designer, Milton Glaser, who designed the “I Love NY” logo. No.5, they’re a very green company, running their entire operation on wind energy among other initiatives. Six, they’re vegan and kosher. And, last but not least, my favorite reason is that Brooklyn Brewery really sees the connection between great food and great beer.
Here at Ampersand, we are definitely foodies and love how committed this brewery is to showing people how to pair the two. That’s why their world renown Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, is so amazing. He was actually a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional”, as well as, a current semi-finalist. He has also authored or co-authored several books on the subject of beer or beer and food. The Brewmasters Table received the 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist the same year for the James Beard Foundation Book Award. Sigh, isn’t he dreamy. Pick up his latest masterpiece, The Oxford Companion to Beer–a must have for beer lovers.
This week, we popped the cork on their Belgian-inspired strong golden ale, Brooklyn Local 1. We found this in the fridge waiting for us over at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, brought it home and poured two glasses. It has a fruity aroma with hints of the yeast and pours a rich golden color with a nice sized head. Made with a Belgian yeast strain and German barely malts and hops, they use the now rare 100% bottle re-fermentation technique to produce a beer that’s medium bodied with high carbonation. You will certainly taste the citrus flavorings and the mild hops are right around the corner as you let it settle on your palette. This beer is so well balanced you barely detect the alcohol, even with a nice 9.0% in there. You should be happy to know that this beer is available year round and is a sure winner. By the way, they suggest pairing the Local 1 with triple creme cheeses, thai food, seafood pastas, salmon, shrimp and ham. If you’re like me, this beer and aforementioned food makes for a great Friday night date night. Drink up, Amperfans! It’s Friday, and you deserve it!