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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Day 63 Drink: Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock Lager

Thomas Creek Brewery is located in Greenville, S.C. Brewmaster Tom Davis turns out a group of six year-round brews, including amber ale, IPA, pilsner, porter, red ale and the dopplebock, and a n umber of seasonals.

Davis, who spent 20 years as a bartender, created Deep Water Dopplebock in 1984 as a homebrewer and worked on perfecting the recipe before finally brewing the dark lager commercially in 1999. However, it was not until the summer of 2007 when South Carolina legalized higher gravity beers – popping the cap on the 6.25% abv limits that had been in place – that Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville could adjust the recipe and brew a true Dopplebock. It is one of the brews I contributed to 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, a new book being released this month.

Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock Lager pours with a creamy tan head that laces the glass. Traditional dopplebock mahogany color that glows around the edges. A sweet malt aroma leads to a rich roasty flavor in this 7 percent alcohol by volume brew, with hints of cocoa and a substantial malty background.

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