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PA Flavor 2016

Firkin Maple ESB by Stoudts Brewing
Firkin Maple ESB by Stoudts Brewing

Back in 2014 we visited PA Flavor and enjoyed a great event showcasing local craft beers, foods and other related offerings – see here for the article. Alas in 2015 we had other obligations but this year our plans fell into place so on Saturday April 23 we headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and after checking into our hotel embarked on the 45 min walk out to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

We attended the General Admission session and did not opt for the VIP Reception which ‘includes butler passed hors d’oeuvres and additional specialty beers’.

Last time we made the mistake of having lunch prior to attending to find a huge array of food alongside the craft beers, this time we got it right and arrived hungry!

Sour Cherry Powdered Rocket by Free Will Brewing
Sour Cherry Powdered Rocket by Free Will Brewing

Below are the various beers that we sampled together with some tasting notes and our reviews out of 5.0 stars:

Appalachian Brewing Co.

  • Abbey Roade – a Belgian-style Abbey Ale with banana notes and slightly bitter – 3.0

Barley Creek Brewing Co.

  • Double Wheat – a Hefeweizen with banana and spicy notes – 3.5

Columbia Kettle Works

  • Double Bald Guy (9.4%, 65 IBUs) – American Strong Ale hopped with East Kent Goldings at the end. Malty and not too hoppy – 4.0
  • Maibock (7.4%, 22 IBUs) – slight caramel notes and malty – 3.5

Free Will Brewing Co.

  • Sour Cherry Powdered Rocket (5.5%) – lactic and puckering with a musty finish – 3.5
  • Pilsner (5.0%, 40 IBUs) – very hop forward – 3.0

Lancaster Brewing Company

  • Strawberry Wheat (4.7%, 25 IBUs) – subtle but balanced fruitiness – 3.5
Wheat Wine by Marzoni's
Wheat Wine by Marzoni’s

Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co.

  • Irish Porter (6.0%) – brewed with 10 different malts giving a roasty flavor – 3.0
  • Maibock (7.5%) – had a musty flavor – 3.0
  • Wheat Wine (9.2%) – brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops and had some residual sweetness – 3.0

Molly Pitcher Brewing Company

  • Cannonball Kolsch (4.5%) – nice flavor but a bit weak tasting – 3.0

Moo-Duck Brewery

  • The Great 38 Pale Ale (5.0%, 38 IBUs) – hopped with Mosaic to give a balanced hoppy and malty falvor – 3.0

Neshaminy Creek Brewing

  • Churchville Lager (4.9%, 20 IBUs) – a Vienna-style lager which is malt forward – 4.0
Lurnberry by North Country Brewing
Lurnberry by North Country Brewing

North Country Brewing Co.

  • Lurnberry – sour ale flavored with Pomegranate and Raspberry – 3.5

Old Forge Brewing Company

  • Under (4.8%, 47 IBUs) – a session craft lager hopped with Pekko, Eureka and Azacca – 3.0

Otto’s Pub and Brewery

  • Maibock Spring Lager (6.4%) – more of an Oktoberfest yeasty flavor – 3.5

Penn Brewery

  • Penn Dark (5.0%, 25 IBUs) – a Münchener Dunkel that is malty with caramel notes – 3.0

Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.

  • Sour Hound (5%) – Red Ale aged in oak and soured with Lactobacillus. Clean and a bit tart – 4.0

Sly Fox Brewing Company

  • Helles Golden Lager (4.9%, 18 IBUs) – clean and malty – 4.0

Spring Gate Brewery

  • Hank’s Hefeweizen (4.6%, 14 IBUs) – a bit watery – 3.0
St. Boniface Craft Brewing banner
St. Boniface Craft Brewing banner

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co.

  • Black Currant Stout (10%) – slight fruitiness – 3.0
  • Cocalico Stout (5%) – chocolate notes – 3.0

Stoudts Brewing Company

  • Firkin Maple ESB – served from a Firkin barrel and had a heavy maple aroma and flavor – 3.0
  • Rye Porter (6.4%) – 20% of grain bill made up of Rye malt which gave some spiciness – 3.0

The Brewery at Hershey

  • MILF (5.2%, 24 IBUs) – a Northern English-style Brown Ale with Chocolate malt, chocolate & cacao nibs that tastes like chocolate milk – 2.5

Weyerbacher Brewery Company

  • Merry Monks (9.3%) – a Belgian-style Tripel which is very banana forward – 4.0
  • Tango (10.6%, 35 IBUs) – a Belgian-style Dark Ale aged on cherries – 4.5
Draft List from Wolf Brewing
Draft List from Wolf Brewing

Wolf Brewing Co.

  • Cloud Break Pale Ale (5.5%, 36 IBUs) – lemony, crisp and clean – 4.0
  • German Chocolate Cake Stout (5.4%, 28 IBUs) – sweet stout brewed with organic coconut, pecans, cacao nibs and vanilla beans. coconut and chocolate dominated the aroma and flavor – 4.0
  • Lainer’s Delight – With A Twist (6.0%, 30 IBUs) – American Porter brewed with bourbon barrel aged mapel syrup and organic cacao nibs. A bit too sweet – 1.0

Yards Brewing Co.

  • Saison (6.5%) – light and spicy – 3.5

ZeroDay Brewing Co.

  • Dream Phone Saison (5.8%) – light spicy notes – 2.5

There were some other breweries present and additional beers being poured by those above which we did not get chance to sample.

Once again this was a great event and definitely worth attending in future.

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