Smoked Maple Lager (Collaboration: Jack’s Abby and Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

Style: Rauchbier with 100% Vermont Maple Syrup added 6.0% ABV From: Framingham, MA and Warren, VT Brewer’s Note: “This beer was brewed as a collaboration between Jack’s Abby and Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Valley Malt malted all the 2-row malt in addition to the specially smoked malt with hand-sourced wood from VT. Brewed with one gallon of maple syrup per barrel of beer. An addition of … Continue reading Smoked Maple Lager (Collaboration: Jack’s Abby and Lawson’s Finest Liquids)

Comparison of Auerbach’s Rauchbier and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

              So, last night I drank and reviewed both Auerbach’s Rauchbier from Mystic Brewing Company in Chelsea, Massachusetts and Aect Shlenkerla Rauchbier Mazen from Bamberg, Germany, as you can see by the two previous posts on this here blog.  I also did a side by side comparison of the two beers and found some interesting differences between them.  Overall, … Continue reading Comparison of Auerbach’s Rauchbier and Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen (Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla)

Style: Rauchbier/ Smoked Marzen 5.1% ABV 30 IBU’s OG: 13.5% From: Bamberg, Germany Brewer’s Note: “The original and Bamberg specialty for centuries. A dark, bottom fermented beer made exclusively with Schlenkerla smoked malt from our own malt house and the old tradition from the Schlenkerla Oak barrel tapped.” The beer’s label is nice and old timey looking.  I like the old scroll look of the label, … Continue reading Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen (Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla)

Auerbach’s Rauchbier (Mystic Brewing Company)

Style: Rauchbier 5.3% ABV From: Chelsea The growler’s label is cool.  I love the Mystic Brewery label, it’s complex yet simple.  Elegant and medieval.  It is a brilliant shout-out to brewing’s past and an inviting possibility of things yet to come. The beer pours a dark, orangey brown with a browning white head.  The beer’s body is dark and hazy with a proper murk.  The … Continue reading Auerbach’s Rauchbier (Mystic Brewing Company)

Fire in the Ham (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Style: Rauchbier 5.4% ABV 20 IBU’s OG: 13º Plato Brewer’s Note: “Caution! This is an intensely smokey lager similar to those found in Bamberg, Germany. Most of this brew’s malt was dried over flaming beechwood, which ingrains unique smokey flavors. Aromas of campfires, smoked ham, and bacon dominate a soft malt and hop backbone. Although hard to believe, this beer is vegan friendly. “ This beer’s … Continue reading Fire in the Ham (Jack’s Abby Brewing Company)

Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)

Style: Rauchbier / Black Lager 5.8% ABV 25 IBU’s OG: 14.5 Plato Bronze Medal Winner for Best Smoked Beer at 2012 GABF   Brewer’s Notes: “Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted … Continue reading Smoke & Dagger (Jack’s Abby Brewing)