We just received our once-a-year shipment of Hale’s Ales Bottle-Conditioned Nut Brown Ale. You may be thinking, ” What’s so exciting about that?” So, here’s the lowdown on one of my favorite pre-spring seasonals from
What: Brewers put live yeast in the bottle to work a little magic, just like leprechauns! The yeast is added just before bottling to provide natural carbonation, rather than carbonating the beer in a tank. The result is a spritzy, Champagne-like carbonation and sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
How: Some folks like to pour 4/5ths of the beer and drink this “bright beer”. While others like to swirl the dregs on the bottom of the bottle and add it to their glass for enhanced mouthfeel and flavor. I suggest you try it both ways.
Why: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this beer is an excellent match for Irish Cheddar, Shepherd’s Pie, and Corned Beef with Cabbage.
Sounds like a good reason to buy a six-pack and experiment for yourself!