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Monday, September 20, 2010

Day 263 Drink: Brooklyn Reinschweinsgebot

Garrett Oliver is a creative brewer who has redefined the way most of us think of Brooklyn Brewery in recent years. The brewery has always had my respect, turning out some very well made lagers and ales, with Brooklyn Monster being a cult favorite. But Oliver has stretched our perceptions of Brooklyn with brands like Local 1 and Local 2.

Then there are the side projects that Oliver makes, usually for brewery workers or close friends. Brooklyn Reinschweinsgebot is one of those beers. Only 20 cases of this beer were ever made. A brown ale aged for nine months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels, then “fat-washed” with rendered Benton’s Country Smokehouse Bacon. It was one of the more interesting brews at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting.

Brooklyn Reinschweinsgebot has a pronounced smoked malt aroma and flavor profile. As a fan of beers from Bamberg, this was a bit of a departure. The bacon is clearly present, but so is the influence of the Woodford Reserve. It is the kind of beer experiment you might expect from a homebrewer, but shows the freedom Oliver has at Brooklyn to stretch our perceptions of what beer should be.

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