DUNCAN’S ABBEY QUAD

On tap at The Oath, local Tarrytown brewer utilizes all New York grown organic ingredients to develop rich Belgian quad. Local wildflower honeyed caramel malting gains sweet ‘n sour burgundy, black grape, bruised black cherry and blueberry influence as well as slight lemon tartness above dewy peat soiling. Funky Belgian yeast strain brings cellar-like fungi musk to musty dried fruiting.

Duncan's Abbey Belgian Style Tripel Beer

LONG LIVE BEERWORKS

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Inside a small middle space at an inconspicuous West Fountain Street mall just across Route 95 from Providence proper, intimate LONG LIVE BEERWORKS thrilled its local neighbors, who came out in droves to celebrate its grand opening, January 2016. ‘Hardcore New Haven-bred hop enthusiast’ Armando De Dona utilizes a backroom seven barrel system to craft his highly respected original recipes. Unlike downtown breweries Union Station and Trinity, Long Live Beerworks is a traditional production microbrewery – meaning it only serves beer, not food.

Settling in on a cold Saturday evening February ’17, my wife and I grab seats at the L-shaped 8-seat serving table. On the right side, a large mural-like Long Live Beerworks canvas counters the black-walled bar area. In the springtime, a small exterior patio provides more room.

On tap during my 1-hour stopover were two magnificent coffee-flavored dark ales and one juicy IPA. Though we’re crunched for space, the tiny facility has no problem keeping the customers satisfied.

Lemony yellow grapefruit zest fronted Citra-Centennial-hopped Wesside IPA, a crisply clean medium body anchored by mildly creamed crystal malts and dank pine resin.

Next, Harry May Oatmeal Porter (with Dave’s French Roast Coffee) reigned luxurious coffee bean essence over sweet toasted oats, gaining cappuccino, café latte and cocoa undertones at its sweepingly majestic finish.

Just as enjoyable, Coarse Grind Stout (with Dave’s Coffee Espresso Blend) brought medium-roast coffee tones to the fore, as dry espresso, cacao nibs, dark chocolate and macchiato notions reinforced its java goodness.

www.longlivebeerworks.com 

 

BUCKET BREWERY

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PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND

In a red brick warehouse section just off Main Street and about a mile from fellow Pawtucket brewpubs, Foolproof and Crooked Current, BUCKET BREWERY uniquely built its imposing brewing system alongside the L-shaped serving bar during autumn 2013. Bucket’s old industrial setup includes a plain white interior with cement floors, double-hung windows and community tables.

On this late afternoon February ’17 perusal, I get a flight of six elixirs, which included two distinctly rewarding gose beers for starters.

Approachable Patience & Prudence Gose brought stylish salted coriander spicing (based on Leipzig’s 19th century-designed Ritterguts Gose) to slightly tart citrus licks and floral hibiscus-like rose hips snips over a light sourdough base.

Somewhat hybridized Creamsickle Gose, infused with orange and vanilla sugaring, gained a lemony snicker for a sweet shandy-like alternative that forgoes the spicy saline route for a neat Creamsickle likeness.

One step beyond its humble lager auspices, 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager laces its subtle rye spicing with sweet caramel malts to contrast the latent dry wood temperance and desiccated hay stash. Distant black currant and cinnamon notions fade fast. Way cool.

Fine mainstream fodder without being predictable, Pawtucket Pail Ale placed perfumed “apricot and tangerine” subtleties inside fig-sugared caramel malting, mild citric hop bittering and recessive nutmeg spicing.

Efficient medium-bodied Leroy: The Million Dollar IPA utilized Calypso-Citra-Centennial hops to generate lemony grapefruit, orange and green apple briskness as well as resinous dry wood tones.

Joyous Christmas-spiced milk stout, Black Goat Of The Woods, dripped syrupy dark chocolate atop cinnamon, ginger root and coffee ground adjuncts, gaining a mild black licorice snip beneath the mocha surface. Serenity now!

bucketbrewery.com