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DARK CITY BREWING CO.

Dark City Brewing Company Asbury Park beer 8 of 36

ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY

After visiting bucolic Allaire State Park for a terse hike, my wife and I happened upon DARK CITY BREWING CO., Asbury Park’s first craft brewery. Taking hold in 2016, Dark City provides a steady stream of consistently rewarding brews handcrafted in the closed-off back brewing space by reserved zymurgist, Steve Bohacik. On my sunny March ’20 expedition, a gamut of rangy stylistic fare captures my palate.

Set in a window-laden tan building along the increasingly popular Main Street strip, Dark City’s elongated wood lacquered serving station (with twelve draught handles) centers the sparsely decorated open space. A bright blue right-walled jellyfish mural adds pizzazz to the pallet-wooded furnishings, saucer-like lighting and pipe-exposed high ceiling. Several community tables fill out the wide expanse (with 2 TV’s on opposing sides).

Grassy lemon-dried moderation, Circuit Kolsch, stayed crisply clean and deliberately understated, leaving compost-wafted raw grain moisture on wispy citric hop tartness.

Dryly brisk Brass Ring Wheat Ale brought citric IPA fruiting and woody Amarillo hop herbage to its floral-bound wheat grass base.

Bound by its sharp orange-peeled grapefruit rind tang an sunny Mosaic-hopped lemon zesting, Blue Bishop IPA with Blueberries let docile blueberry pureeing gain sourer-than-sweet alacrity.

Vinous balsamic-soured green grape esters and spritzy lime zest stayed mellow for white-wined alternative, Mixed Use Sour Ale.

Dewy peat and toffee-spiced dried fruiting enhanced the caramelized brown chocolate sweetness of serenading dessert treat, 1871 Barleywine, a sturdily welcoming strong ale with tertiary sherry, coffee and vanilla snips.

Creamy dark chocolate syruping draped dry bourbon pleasantry and mossy peat for softly creamed barrel-aged anniversary blend, DCBC3, an impressive 13% strong ale with fudged cocoa brownie resilience and bitter vanilla beaning deepening its overall intensity.

KANE BOURBON BARREL-AGED SUNDAY BRUNCH IMPERIAL MILK PORTER

Conditioned on ‘rook’ coffee, maple and cinnamon, sensational Imperial Milk Porter relinquishes beautiful bourbon vanilla resonance alongside caramel-burnt brown chocolate spicing and milk-sugared coffee tone. Eventually, toasted cinnamon adjunct seeps thru vanilla-mocha stead, picking up whipped cream chocolate pudding sweetness, chewy marshmallow snips, spiced rum licks, frothy cappuccino dips and black licorice blips to counter less prominent wood-charred hop sear. Embraceable night cap with ultimate warmth.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Sunday Brunch - Kane Brewing Company - Untappd

KANE COGNAC BARREL-AGED SUNDAY BRUNCH IMPERIAL MILK PORTER

Ultimately irresistible Cognac barreled Sunday Brunch conditioned on Rook coffee, maple syrup and cinnamon. Creamy milk chocolate whiskeyed cognac warmth consumes indelible cinnamon-spiced maple syruping and punctual bourbon-burgundy-brandy wining. While cognac influence stays subtle, its scaled back Rook coffee adjunct lingers in the midst as fudge-caked creme brulee, chocolate rum cake, cinnamon chocolate babka, Black Forest cake and vanilla ice cream illusions add to distinct barrel-aged dessert classic.

Sunday Brunch - Cognac Barrel-Aged | Kane Brewing Company ...

KANE PORT OMNA IMPERIAL MILK STOUT CONDITIONED ON COCONUT / VANILLA

Luxurious milk stout conditioned on coconut and vanilla retains chewy dark chocolate creaminess and toffee brownie expedience. Mississippi Mud-Caked marshmallow fudging engages coconut cream pie, caramel latte, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, Black Forest cake and glazed hazelnut richness (along with mild cayenne-peppered cinnamon and cumin spicing. Confectionery Almond Joy candy liquefied and spiced-up.

Kane Port Omna Variants Mixed 4-pack