Welcome to Day 4 of my week-long journey through the world of American craft beer. We’re now past the halfway point and into the home stretch. If you’ve missed any of the first 3 installments you can check them out using the links below:
I feel like I may be getting the hang of this whole beer review thing. If it was American Craft Brew Month instead I may have had a chance to actually get good at it. Instead I’ll just settle for mediocrity. And if nothing else it gave me a reason to try some quality craft beers.
I’ve actually been excited about reviewing this next one. Full disclosure: I’ve had this beer several times in the past, but it’s one of my all time favorites so I wanted to include it.
The Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
The Beer: Sorachi Ace
I had the pleasure of visiting the Brooklyn Brewery with my wife a few years back when we were on vacation. It was an awesome experience and it’s a pretty cool place to visit. I felt a little out of place in Brooklyn because I wasn’t hipster enough, but I still enjoyed myself. If you ever find yourself in New York I would highly recommend doing a Brooklyn Brewery tour. Or any brewery tour, for that matter. It’s a lot of fun and the behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and the history of your favorite beers really allows you to appreciate them even more. Plus most paid tours give you samples, so that’s always a plus!
Sorachi Ace is a saison, which is a Belgian style light ale. I’m actually a big fan of some of the Belgian-style beers: saisons, dubels and tripels in particular. Saisons are light ales and often have hints of fruit and spice flavors. Saison is a rather broad category so there is a wide variety of flavors available. It’s a good one to experiment with if you’re not into some of the hoppier craft beer options you see most places.
Sorachi Ace was named after the hop that is used during its brewing process. You can definitely taste the spice and fruit flavors in it, although if you’ve read any of the other posts of mine you can probably guess that I’m not able to tell you exactly what they are. But I can tell you that I absolutely love this beer. Definitely in my top 5. It’s a very unique taste so if you’re not familiar with the style you may be a little put off by it at first, but give it time. It’s worth the wait, trust me. And if Saisons aren’t your thing then check out one of Brooklyn’s other offerings. They have an excellent selection.
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