PW's Year of Beer: Carton Boat Beer

By Eric San Juan
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If you’ve been following PW’s Year of Beer, you know that you can’t throw a rock in a craft beer bar without hitting something potent enough to knock you on your ass after three glasses. Finding something approachable enough to drink for an entire afternoon while still retaining the bold taste of a craft beer, though—that’s another story. Few have mastered that art. But Carton Brewing, out of New Jersey, manages to pull off that trick and nail the landing with Boat Beer, a modest ABV brew (just 4.2 percent) that doesn’t skimp on flavor. The beer defies category—it’s a kolsch, it’s a pale ale, it’s a session IPA, it’s all of the above—but category doesn’t matter when a beer drinks this nicely. Crisp, dry and refreshing like a German pilsner while also boasting a nice punch of grapefruit-laden hops and a grassy undertone perfect for summer, Boat Beer is well named. Don’t be afraid to put down more than a few. Do so at Hawthorne’s, Local 44, Resurrection Ale House and many other fine establishments.

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