Black in color with a thick tan head. A roasty aroma. Flavor is roasty with some slight smokiness. Moderate carbonation with a roasty after-taste.
This dark brew was inspired by the historical Civil War burning of our hometown of Chambersburg, PA in July 1864. During the raid, Ludwig’s Brewery, operated by George Ludwig, was burned to the ground by Confederate soldiers under Gen. McCausland’s orders. In remembrance of this truly buzz-killing event, we created a German style Rauchbier, or dark smoked lager. This beer uses all its ingredients from Bamberg, Germany, which is where the style was born (coincidentally, the same area where Ludwig himself was born and taught to brew). It is made with special beech wood smoked malt that imparts a light, smoky aroma and taste, and dryness to the palate. The pilsner malt and noble German hops are used to balance this dryness, making it very enjoyable as well as different. We believe this beer resembles how Ludwig himself might have brewed it over 100 years ago and is enjoyed today by Yanks and Rebs alike.
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