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I’ve enjoyed a number of really great beers from New
York’s highly acclaimed Brooklyn Brewery over the years. None, however, has
intrigued me as much as Brooklyn Local 1 has. Sure, I’ve enjoyed some
great Brooklyn beers from the regular line-up in six-packs, and a few more
esoteric brews on draft. But Local 1 is a little different from the pack,
something you’ll discover as soon as you pick up the bottle.
Brooklyn Local 1 is sold in 750ML bottles capped off with a cork and cage.
The bottle itself is hefty, made in Germany especially for Brooklyn Brewing
of thick, sturdy glass and foreshadows the full, hearty brew within. The
beer undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, and if you store it
carefully enough this will allow it to age and perhaps improve over the
years. Interestingly, Brooklyn says the beer is flat at bottling, and all
the carbonation you’ll see was actually a result of the bottle fermentation.
I picked up Local 1 here in Atlanta along with a few more beers “by the
numbers”, Victory 12 and Lagunitas Lucky 13. Along with a bottle of Unibroue
15 I’ve been sitting on for a while, I thought it might be fun to do a
little rundown by the numbers, and as such Brooklyn gets to go first.
Brooklyn’s master brewer Garrett Oliver, in striving to create an American
interpretation of a classic Belgian style (Tripel/Belgian Strong Golden) has
spared no expense and made every effort to give beer aficionados a truly
authentic example. Towards that end, he uses German Two-Row Pilsner malt,
German Hallertauer Perle and Styrian Golding hops, cane sugar from Mauritius
(for body and depth), and a genuine Belgian yeast strain.
All this strives to make Brooklyn Local 1 a local beer with global
ingredients at any rate. The addition of sugar should not surprise, since
that is common for the style. The sugar mostly ferments out of the beer, but
can add a rock-candy or cotton candy note to the finished beer.
I slowly decant a portion of my Brooklyn Local 1 into a wide-mouthed
Belgian glass to fully appreciate the aroma of the beer. It pours to a light
golden color with a thick creamy head formation and I immediately get soft
fruit and grassy hops in the nose. Earthy Belgian yeast flavors, hints of
rock candy, orangey citrus, pineapple, pear, and a little clove all poke
their heads up upon sipping. The beer is quite spicy, and an herbal hop
character soon emerges that carries into the grassy, long dry bitter hop
aftertaste. There's some warming alcohol there, too; Brookyln Local 1 clocks
in at a formidable 9% alcohol by volume.
What’s interesting about this beer, aside from the vibrant carbonation and
authentic Belgian yeast flavors, are the hops. They are much more pronounced
than they would be in a traditional Tripel or Golden Strong Ale. Still,
along with the impressive alcohol warmth they serve to dry the beer
wonderfully and along with the soft biscuity malt make this a natural for
pairing with a wide array of dishes. I suspect it would go extremely well
with just about anything you could otherwise pair a dry white wine with. Or
enjoy before or after a meal, or just before bed as a nightcap.
Brooklyn has a very fascinating video on this beer narrated by Garrett
Oliver that you can see ay http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/beer. Just click
on the link to Brooklyn Local 1 and go.