A roasty robust porter. Brewed with a portion of English Pale malt smoked at the brewery over alder and apple wood. The smoke is balanced with some bittersweet chocolate notes.
In the tradition of Porters, it is lightly carbonated.
Goes great with steak, burgers, as well as barbecued, grilled, roasted, or smoked (of course!) food. Brats? Sausages? Smoked pork? You bet!
Try it with Gouda, Brie, Swiss, or Havarti.
Old Walt Smoked Wit
A smoked wit?
Researching smoked beers led me to a lost world of smoked wheat beers, particularly a smoked wheat beer popular in Poland about 100 years ago. (More on that below... ) I didn't find anything about smoked wit beers, but decided to experiment a bit (a wit is a wheat beer). The result is a wit with background notes of smoke, this is not meant to be a smokey smoked beer. A small portion of the wheat used to brew this beer is smoked at the brewery over mesquite. Important note! This is a tart and sour take on the Wit style, with some added Brett!
Pictured on the label is Long Island's old Walt Whitman, enjoying a smoke and a book in what is purported to be his favorite spot in his native West Hills. Long Island's springtime is awakening all around him.
Old Walt Smoke Wit pairs nicely with steamed mussels and light seafood dishes. Lobster roll, yum!
Vlad the Inhaler
Grodziskie, a smoked wheat ale, is considered to be the the only beer style native to Poland. Named after the city where it was brewed, it is sometimes known as Gratzer (the name the Germans gave the city of Grodziskie when they took over). This style was popular across much of Poland and northern Germany during the 19th Century and into the 20th up to the first World War. Thought to have been born sometime in the 14th Century, this beer style disappeared in the 1990s when the last brewery in Poland producing it closed.
Vlad the Inhaler is brewed with 99% wheat, 1% malted barley (Munich) is used to satisfy TTB regulations. (The official Federal definition of beer requires barley.) The wheat and barley is smoked at the brewery over oak for two hours prior to mashing.
An excellent accompaniment to brats, sausages, and need I add, kielbasa!
Inspired by the Tripels and Golden Strong Ales of Belgium, but adding Vienna malt to the traditional Pilsner malt for a slightly maltier and deeper golden color, Hell Gate follows the tradition begun with Duvel of using a devilish name. In this case, that name also references New York’s Hell Gate bridge between Long Island and Manhattan. 8.5 % ABV.