A nice blog post from the Beer Philosopher

This is just a link here, which I don’t do very often at Beer in my Belly, but I felt like this interview deserved some attention. In the post, the Beer Philosopher interviews Chris Lohring, the owner and brewer of Notch Brewing. I also find Lohring’s opinion on craft beer to be fascinating. He’s been in the beer industry for quite some time now, and … Continue reading A nice blog post from the Beer Philosopher

The Mule (Notch Brewing Company)

Style: American Corn/Adjunct Lager 4.2% ABV Hops: Sterling, Crystal Malts: Rahr Pils, Carapils, Flaked Corn from Four Hills Farms Yeast: Lager Brewer’s Note: “Our American Corn Lager (AKA Pale Lager) is brewed with Massachusetts heritage variety corn, all American malt, and US lager hop varieties. A true lager, and a true American original, we revisited this much maligned style. An unfiltered, straw yellow appearance, that start … Continue reading The Mule (Notch Brewing Company)

Notch Left of the Dial (Notch Brewing Company)

Style: American Session IPA 4.3% ABV Calories: 140 Malt: Fawcett, Golden Promise, Caramalt, Oat Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Simcoe, Centennial Yeast: Ale Brewer’s Note: “But I am not naming it a Session IPA. It’s simply an IPA, because when I formulated the recipe, I wasn’t thinking of how I could dumb down a 6 – 7% ABV IPA. I thought about what I want in an … Continue reading Notch Left of the Dial (Notch Brewing Company)

Notch Brewing at the Flying Saucer Pizza Company’s “Brew Ha-Ha”

Just got back from the “Brew Ha-Ha” over at the Flying Saucer Pizza Company and I figured I would give a little write up on it  (By the way, the Brew Ha Ha is run by the mustachioed owner of this blog). Notch Brewing’s brewer, Chris Lohring, was there showing off some of his awesome beers and chilling with his Salem peeps.  Those of you that … Continue reading Notch Brewing at the Flying Saucer Pizza Company’s “Brew Ha-Ha”

Notch Tafelbier (Notch Brewing Company)

Style: Belgian Pale Table Beer Malt: Special Aromatic, Pils, Oats Hopes: Styrian Goldings, Saaz Yeast: Belgian From: Ipswich, MA Brewer’s Note: “Tafelbier is a Belgian beer of lower strength – and for good reason. Tafelbier was, (and still is) enjoyed by Belgian families at meal time. This is the ultimate summer session beer at 2.8% ABV. Dry hopped with Styrian Goldings and Saaz hops, it … Continue reading Notch Tafelbier (Notch Brewing Company)

Notch Session Ale (Notch Brewing)

Style: American Session Pale Ale 4.5% ABV Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Rye Hops: Falconers, Mt. Hood, Cascade Yeast: British Ale Bottled on 10/21/12 From: Ipswich, Massachusetts Brewer’s Note: “The American Session Ale. Pale copper color, firm malt body and a dry, hoppy finish. Notch Session Ale is well balanced, but in true American fashion the hop flavor is up front, and finishes dry, which begs … Continue reading Notch Session Ale (Notch Brewing)

Notch Černé Pivo (Notch Brewing)

Style: Euro/Czech Dark Lager 4.0% ABV Malt: Munich, Crystal, Carafa Hops: Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood Yeast: Lager Brewer’s Note: “Inspired by the black session lagers of the Czech Republic, Notch Černe Pivo is malty, toasty, and infinitely drinkable. While Černe pours black, it trades the high intensity roast and bitterness of a porter or stout for the mellow malty profile of a lager. Think roasty, but think subtle … Continue reading Notch Černé Pivo (Notch Brewing)

2012 Notch Valley Malt BSA (Notch Brewing Company)

Style: American Farmhouse Ale 4.4% ABV Malt: Valley Malt Pale & Crystal Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Ahtanum Yeast: Belgian Saison   And so we come to another beer from Notch.  I have to be honest here, I love this brewery.  I wasn’t a fan of their pilsner, but I have a strong feeling I just don’t like that style of pilsner, because their saison was one … Continue reading 2012 Notch Valley Malt BSA (Notch Brewing Company)

Notch Polotmavý (Notch Brewing Company)

Style: Czech Amber Lager 4.4% ABV Malt: Vienna Hops: Saaz Yeast: Lager   Another work of textual art from Notch, though it is pretty much the same as any other Notch bottle.  I don’t think I like the darker colors as much with the Notch style, but it is still perfectly laid out, and the fonts are all perfectly chosen.  This bottle is worth scrapbooking … Continue reading Notch Polotmavý (Notch Brewing Company)

Notch Saison (Notch Brewing)

Style: Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale 3.8% ABV Brew Notes: Malt: Pils, Oats, Red Winter Wheat Hops: Mt. Hood, Styrian Goldings Yeast: Belgian Saison   The bottle of this beer is much like Notch’s Session Pils bottle, in fact the layout is exactly the same, reminiscent of an old-timey newspaper and wonderfully laid out as a text graphic.  This is a beautiful text based label that uses excellent fonts that … Continue reading Notch Saison (Notch Brewing)