On tap at Ambulance, warm-fermented Kellerbier piles Belgian candi sugar to subtle French farmhouse-styled lemon spicing and dry rye malting. But its rye influence is restricted and, stylistically, this biere de garde’s as nebulous as its summery strong pale ale category.
Spirited bourbon-aged Baltic porter variant offers cinnamon-toasted Graham Cracker sugaring and brown-sugared chocolate oats to silken bourbon vanilla warmth. Chocolate cookie, fudged molasses, toasted coconut, marshmallow and coffee undertones add resilience, complexity and sweet-toothed goodness to S’more-like dessert treat.
Lemony hop spritz dovetails meat-cured beechwood kilning of kellerbier-inspired rauchbier (with floating yeast clumps). Cereal-grained citrus spicing of lagered yeast kellerbier blends fairly well with campfire-doused rauchbier styling. In the midst, brown-sugared smoked ham and bacon sweetness picks up boggy peat mossing.
On tap at Ambulance, serene bourbon vanilla sweetness layers rummy mole saucing, oats-sugared dark chocolate malting and cocoa nibs adjunct while cinnamon-sticked chili peppers provide moderate overall heat to Willett bourbon-barreled full body. Below the surface, relegated raisin, date and plum illusions caress the bourbon-infused Mississippi mudcake finish. In the bottle, frothy cinnamon-toasted dark chocolate creaminess retains sweet bourbon licks to contrast light chili peppering.
On tap at Growler & Gill, tart blood orange adjunct perks up radler-styled light lager. Mildly spiced lemon spritz as well as peach-pitted pink grapefruit, mandarin orange and tangelo illusions flutter by baked breaded white wheat backbone. Juicy blood orange template stays subtle yet continuous.
On tap at The Oath, highly praised Bavarian pilsner suits heartier thirsts. Musty raw-grained earthiness, maize-dried barnyard musk, grassy herbal hop dankness and modest lemon spritz pick up slight vegetal skunking before reaching trusty bread-crusted doughy malt spine. Will satisfy bitterer pilsner heads.
On tap at Seven Lakes Station, musky grain malts, mild Bavarian hops, delicate sourdough riffs and subtle herbal notions saddle tingly orange spicing to honeyed biscuit spine for amiable moderation. An understated gem.
On tap at Doherty’s, cask conditioned black lager integrates light and dark roasted Red Barn coffee with soured lemon rind bittering and wispy yellow grapefruit peel subtlety. Hickory-singed hop char aids polite bitterness of soft-toned burnt coffee finish.
On tap at Julian’s, crisply clean medium body places yellow grapefruit spicing atop piney Simcoe-Chinook-Columbus hop resin and biscuity rye-toasted spine. Ancillary lemon zest, navel orange, tangerine, mango and pineapple illusions provide delightful accessory.
Winningly sharp Flanders Brown Ale-like sour ale (whose ABS moniker stands for Almost Brown Sour) utilizes residual wild yeast bacteria in red and white wine barrels to promote vinous green grape tannins, dry cider pucker and raspberry vinaigrette acidity.