April 10, 2013

What Ales You: Fisher brothers wrote the book for the beginning brewer

The second edition of 'Brewing Made Easy' came out in February.

By TOM ATWELL

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The second edition of "Brewing Made Easy," by brothers Joe and Dennis Fisher of Winterport, reflects how making beer at home has evolved since the book’s first printing in 1996.

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The room was already crowded on a late Friday afternoon, and the decor is attractive. It has a brewery theme, with old barrels and other equipment.

The three beers available were Blonde, a 6.5 percent Belgian; Disbelief, an 8.5 percent Belgian dark made with local maple syrup; and Small Baltic Porter, a 4.6-percent British/Baltic session beer.

I had a full pint of the Baltic Porter because I have been developing an obsession for small beers, which have big flavor with low alcohol.

It came in a half-liter science-lab beaker, which was unusual and attractive. It had a full head, a big chocolate-malt flavor up front, the fairly thin texture typical of small beers, and an overall rich taste.

The waiter gave me 1-ounce tastes of the other two beers, and both were very good and complex. The Blonde was hoppy and refreshing, while Disbelief was big with a lot of chocolate malt and a complex sweetness.

By Saturday night when son Zachary dropped in, In’finiti had added Halcyon Brown, a traditional English ale that he found unusually dry and very good.

I am looking forward to some more of their beers and their distilled liquors.

Tom Atwell is a freelance writer living in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 767-2297 or at:

tomatwell@me.com

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