The taste reveals cherries atop smooth chocolate, mild coffee, and spices, finished with a faint bit of tartness at the end. Thirteenth Hour drinks soft and creamy, full and luscious.
Bready, honey-kissed malts are balanced with orange peel and flowers-tinged hops, giving you a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. The bitterness in the finish is a little more assertive than you’ve expect, but the brew is soft on your palate, making it quite drinkable.
Roasty malt, mild chocolate, hints of coffee, and toasted bread are balanced by only mild hop bitterness. A dry, chalky finish allows this beer to pair well with food, especially pub grub.
Pickled white asparagus, each snappy finger of it swirling with a coriander-complex brine and the lot of them crowned with hen of the woods mushrooms, found a fabulous foil in the layer of homemade farmer’s cheese spread between it and the slices of Metropolitan sourdough.
I headed on over to The Bottle Shop and enlisted the help of Gena Montebello, its deeply knowledgeable, supremely helpful owner. The five brews we settled on represent an excellent, delicious range of late-summer-appropriate canned beers
When Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co.—producer of the Samuel Adams brand—dropped in on Philly Beer Week last Wednesday, it wasn’t as much a visit as it was a homecoming. See, the roots of Samuel Adams’ success are almost as interwoven with Southeastern Pennsylvania as they are with Boston.
Never tried craft beer? Here are some great ones recently spotted around town. Sometimes they’re on tap—sometimes they’re not. The hunt is part of the fun.