Thursday, June 10, 2010
Day 161 Drink: Brooklyn Summer Ale
Former Associated Press Middle East Reporter Steve Hindy and banker Tom Potter founded Brooklyn Brewery in 1987, contract brewing their first beers at the Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, N.Y. In 1996, Brooklyn began brewing in its namesake city and has been growing ever sense.
The brewery says Brooklyn Summer Ale is styled after English "luncheon" or "family" ales that were brewed from the 1800s until the 1940s. These ales were refreshing and lighter than bitters and IPA.
Brooklyn Summer Ale is a crisp and clear brew that, at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, is session worthy. The beer pours a light golden color with a fluffy white head. The flavor has a good level of malt, but it is not at all heavy. The hops give the beer a nice citrus finish.