I come to you today from Brooklyn, NY. Out here on some family business, I figure, why not feature something local? Well, what could get more local to Brooklyn than Brooklyn Brewery? The brainchild of Steve Hindy and Tom Potter, Brooklyn has been pumping out fantastic beers under the direction of the singular Garrett Oliver for years. Their staple brew, Brooklyn Lager, is this week's beer-o-the-week.
Brooklyn is a Vienna-style amber, a 19th Century style brought to the continent, originally, through Mexico. It will pour copper-yellow into your glass, with a nice pillow of head. You'll get strong malt notes throughout the nose and palate, with a small cut of floral hops (thanks to the dry-hopping process). The taste is of caramel malt, and exceedingly pleasant. At 5.2 ABV, it's a highly sessionable brew that's worthy of staying with you through multiple rounds of bag toss or farmer's golf.
Unfortunately, Brooklyn Brewery doesn't currently have a distribution outlet in Colorado, so you can't find it in local shops. Next time you're out east (they distribute throughout the Midwest), though, be sure to give it a try. Tomorrow, I'll kickback a few of these while trying to keep up with the Buffs in Eugene.
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Ducks!