It's about that time, folks!
Yesterday, Head Brewer Seth and I did a tasting of the three beers releasing at the Ribbon Cutting tomorrow (Wednesday, 30 January, 5PM)! The event will feature our handsome and talented Head Brewer, Steel City owners Laura and Ed, the mayor of Phoenixville, representatives from the regional Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, and (hopefully) all of you fine people!
As a regular part of the blog, we'll be posting tasting notes so you have a sense of what to expect from each new beer! At present we plan to rotate one new tap in per month, so you should have about three months to enjoy each beer, and at any given time you should find an approachable blonde, something hoppy, and something dark.
We can't wait to share these with you. Wednesday's ceremony will be dedicated to the sister of Steel City owner Laura Vernola-Simpson, who passed away two years ago.
Without further ado:
High Bridge Blonde: A simple, clean, German blonde ale. Pours medium-yellow and clear with a low white head. The aroma features a medium grain-and-biscuit character and a light herbal-citrus hops nose, and this impression carries into the flavor. Light in body but not thin, it's a refreshing beer that lifts right off of the palate with each sip. An actual, recently-arrived-in-the-US German person said it's just like the beers back home.
Breech and Rail IPA: An English IPA hopped to near American IPA levels. Pours deep gold with a moderate white head. The aroma is heavy on sage and citrus, a combination that works just as well in beer as it does in food! The flavor adds a healthy low-caramel and bready background note to the hops flavor, and features soft but pronounced bitterness. Not "every other" IPA.
Steel Mill Stout: An oatmeal stout brewed with Hobo Ed's awesome coffee. Pours dark brown with a beige head. The nose focuses on clean coffee and light grain aromas, with just a touch of earthy hops character. An easy-drinking stout (I mean, they're all easy-drinking), it showcases rich roasted malt flavors complemented by smooth cold brew notes and flaked oats, with low hops bitterness (coffee and roasted malt add acidity and astringency that already increase the perception of bitterness - not much more needed here). This version is made with Steel City cold brewed coffee; future editions will play with coffee addition methods such as "dry beaning" (adding whole roasted beans to the fermenting beer).
Enjoy, everyone. I know we have and will!
Author: Josh Weikert
CONSULTING BREWER & CERTIFIED CICERONE
203 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460