Tonight I was at Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston or maybe Brighton – I always get the two confused. Are they really separate towns? Quickly digressing here though.
While having a beer at the bar I was approached by a beer rep named Jeff who was promoting Batch 19. I had seen this beer at Brew Woo.
The beer is a pre-prohibition style lager, and I frankly have no Fing clue what that means. Could I look it up? Yup. Am I going to? Nope! Let’s cut to the chase…what’s the beer like?
It’s a super smoother lager. Caramel in color. Malty caramel flavors are the main show here…no noticeable hops to speak of. It’s really the smoothness that gets me. At first I thought it was flat, but if you pay attention, there is carbonation. This is a really good beer. Good luck finding it though…here in Boston it’s only in a handful of bars.
A lot of people are hating on the macro breweries for cutting into the craft market. My opinion is, and always has been, if the beer is good, it doesn’t matter who’s brewing it. For example, I thoroughly enjoy Shock Top and Bourbon Cask Ale (both by Michelob). Give Batch 19 a chance, you may like it.