CRANFORD, NEW JERSEY
Buried inside a diminutive shop in the heart of Central Jersey, Cranford-based YALE TERRACE BREWERY opened for business December 6, 2017. A mile and a half from legendary local , Climax Brewing, this funky green-walled nanobrewery’s mellow neighborhood café feel has the locals feelin’ fine.
An oaken L-shaped serving station with fourteen barstools gets sidled by four small right side tables and two rear pews close to the brew tanks. A small community table at the front window adds to the friendly coffeehouse atmosphere.
Crafting approximately 70 different elixirs in only 19 months, these hard-workin’ denizens obviously ain’t afraid to experiment a tad.
On my rainy Friday night sojourn, April ’19, I got to sample eight rangy brews.
Delightful citrus-spiced Ox And Goat Pale Ale gained minor wood tones at its dry finish.
Basic #161 Main IPA maintained a quaintly bittersweet dry-hopped herbal citrus theme tinged by floral notions in a moderate-medium-bodied setting.
Zesty grapefruit juicing marked Yale Imperial IPA, bringing spunky herbal bittering and lacquered wood dryness to the fore alongside bitter orange rind snips.
Dark chocolate bittering consumed Salted Caramel Porter, leaving its burnt caramel salting in the backdrop alongside ashen hop char.
Dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate and espresso tones saddled burly molasses oats-sugared Oatmeal Stout.
Then came the sour ales. A gentle ghost-peppered habanero burn picked up vinous green grape esters for Chocolate Habanero Sour Stout, letting its dry dark chocolate influence simmer.
Red wine must serenaded Wine-Infused IPA, a dry variant with lemony green grape pucker and pencil shavings illusions.
Leathery Flanders Red-like Red Sour stayed vibrant as piquant red wine sweetness contrasted dry white wine esters and the finishing alcohol burn.