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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 208 Drink: Peter Staub's Special Dark

Straub Brewery is located in St. Marys, a small Pennsylvania town that has held on to its brewery that opened in 1872. Founder Peter Straub was born in Germany in 1850 and came to the United States when he was 19 years old. He purchased the former Benzinger Spring Brewery from his fathewr-in-law, Francis Xavier Sorg.

Peter Straub's Special Dark was a bit of a surprise when it hit the glass. It's amber, not a dark lager like the label would have you expect. Certainly darker than Straub's Lager, but not dark by today's beer standards. The aroma is slightly sweet and the head quickly disapates to a thin white top. The flavor is on the sweet side and fairly thin. The hops never really come though in this beer, but it is drinkable and could easily serve as a gateway brew for people wanting to try craftbeers.

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