I spent my Saturday cleaning house, grocery shopping, and playing some video games. Relatively productive. Tonight we head to a local bar to hang with some friends. Meanwhile, back at the range, Silvio keeps us entertained with some reviews of Brooklyn beers. Silvio…
Brooklyn Brewery has long been a favorite of mine, and I’m always on the lookout for new varieties to drink and review for LIBA. I was super psyched to come across several different 22-ounce bottles of a whole new type of Brooklyn on my last beer run – the Local series. These brews are so named for using local ingredients, and as far as I’m aware, unavailable in six pack form.
I picked up the Brooklyn Local 1 and Local 2, and dove right in with the Local 1. It’s fermented ale, with a blend of raw sugar and yeast. The bottle’s cork (nice touch, Brooklyn) popped like a champagne cork when I opened it, and it poured a cloudy golden color and huge frothy foam head. The foam was remarkably light and looked like whipped cream.
While the pour was cool, the flavor was even better. This is complex to say the least, and felt like the Belgian spiciness and stanky hops battled it out for dominance across the first taste. Those heavy tastes fade into a citrus middle, and end on a long bitter note. The ABV is pretty serious at 9%, but tasted even stronger than that. Overall, this is refreshing and quite good.
I know I thought Local 1 was complex, but I hadn’t tasted anything yet. Local 2 combines malts and hops with dark sugar and raw wildflower honey from a New York family farm, and the label touts its “dark fruit, caramel and chocolate flavors.” The pour is pretty much what you’d expect – dark and cloudy. The foam head was high and fluffy like Local 1, and it smelled like a mix of alcohol and molasses.
There’s a lot going on taste wise with Local 2, and it took me several sips to sort out all the flavors. I definitely got lots of honey on the front, with some stone fruit notes, plum or raisin, maybe? Toward the middle, this beer is all sweetness – lots of malted sweets which reminded me of molasses. Toward the end, however, it sharply veers into a long bitter end note. Even though there’s so much going on here, it’s still a really interesting and unique beer, and it hides the 9% ABV well.
Once again, Brooklyn puts out quality brews. I haven’t seen any of the other Local series, but will keep my eyes out. I’m interested to know – have any LIBA readers come across additional Locals, or seen them in six pack or draft form?