November 15, 2012

What Ales You: First Beer Week a success

The event brings good crowds, good beers

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There were too many beers to taste, so I avoided the Laguinitas, Slumbrew and other beers I had had in the past.

The most dangerous beer in the group was Resin by the Brooklyn brewer Sixpoint. This is a very hoppy but also very sweet beer that comes in at 9.1 percent alcohol. You could drink a couple of these quickly and be legally intoxicated before you knew it.

Other beers I liked were Cisco Indie Pale Ale, Snake Dog from Flying Dog Brewery in Delaware, and Ruination from Stone, an absolutely wonderful, highly hopped IPA from California.

One other beer week event that I really enjoyed was the sour beer tasting at the Bier Cellar. I will report on that in detail next week.

I GOT TO TASTE Bull Jagger's new beer, Dirigo Crimson Lager, in late October when I attended an open house at Mariner Beverages, Bull Jagger's distributor, At that time, brewer Tom Bull said, it was only available on draft in a few bars throughout the area, but I found it in bottles at Bier Cellar late last week.

Bull said Dirigo is a Maarzen or Oktoberfest style of beer, but Bull Jagger did not want to call it that because it intends to sell it year round. These are strong lagers traditionally brewed in March and kept cool all summer for drinking in late September and October.

"I think it is a type of beer that people can enjoy any time of year," he said.

I would agree. It was rich, flavorful and heavier on the malt than on hops.

I bought two bottles of this to split among the five beer drinkers at our house on Sunday, and they all agreed: This is an absolutely wonderful beer that we are going to want to have a chance to drink regularly.

Bull Jagger makes only lagers, and this is the fifth beer in its lineup -- and I have liked all of them.

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


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