Craft beer is a lot about enjoying a quality “local” brew. Brooklyn is a long way from Red Deer Alberta. Well, it’s about 3,800+ km from Red Deer to Brooklyn New York. Pretty far from a “local” brew, but what’s in a name? The Brooklyn Local 1
The availability in Alberta is fairly rare. I haven’t seen Brooklyn Beers in Red Deer previously. This particular brew can be found at the Sobeys WESTERN CELLARS on the south end of Red Deer. A quick search on Liquor Connect reveals that it only available in 3 locations in Alberta. Not a local beer but a rare find.
The Brooklyn Local 1 is a Belgian-inspired Strong Golden Ale that is brewed using an old technique of 100% bottle re-fermentation. The Brewery lists the following on their “SPEC SHEET”
Style: Belgian-inspired Strong Golden Ale
Malts: Two-row pilsner malt, Bamberg, Germany plus First-pressing Demerara Cane sugar, Mauritius
Hops: German Hallertauer Perle, Styrian Golding
Yeast: Our special Belgian strain
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%
Original Gravity: 18.5° Plato
Calories: 243 (per 12oz)
Food Pairings: This elegant ale fits nicely with seafood pastas, salmon, shrimp and ham. Thai food is a great match too. Triple crème cheeses love this beer, too.
Format: 750ml cork-finished bottles
I found it went down pretty darn good with Pizza as far as a food pairing. The Srong Ale is strong. 9.0% ABV packs a bit of a punch, if you’re not expecting it you’re in for a bit of a surprise. Drinking one of these big bottles all by yourself and I wouldn’t plan on driving anywhere. It poured with a huge white frothy head. The golden ale was a bit cloudy and the carbonation is one of the most carbonated beers I have had. It produced a steady rate of bubble for a long time. I recommend this one be shared with a friend or three as once you pop that cork it hard to down this strong ale in a short sitting.
Flavour wise, it’s a full bodies ale that certainly has a belgium ale flavor that is reminiscent in a Maudite or a Wild Rose Dubbel. The most famous Belgium Strong Golden Ale is more than likely the classic Duvel. Yet the Brooklyn version is unique with a taste and character all its own. Bottle finishing is somewhat similar to cask finishing for beer. Fermentation in the bottle, gives a natural carbonation. Filtered beer tends to have a relatively short shelf life. Live yeast inside the bottle acts against these processes, giving the beverage a much longer shelf life. A good bottle conditioned beer can maintain its drinkability for many years, and some can be aged for decades. Check out all That Brooklyn Brewery has on Bottle re-fermentation on their web.