Saturday, June 29 – 5p.m. – 3a.m. Sunday June 30:
The Trion Tavern (503 Broadway Street, New Haven, IN – (260) 493-2265) will be tapping five (5)Smuttynose beers never before seen in Indiana. A brewery representative will be in house with Smuttynose swag to hand out. The following information was located on Trion’s Facebook event page:
Smuttynose Brewing Co. is the Granite State’s leading craft brewery, located in the historic seaport city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries.
For 2013, RateBeer ranks Smuttynose as the best brewery in New Hampshire and the 58th best brewery in the world (42nd in the US). This is the first time Smuttynose beers have been available in Indiana and this event will be THE OFFICIAL debut of Smuttynose in Northeast Indiana!
The beers to be tapped are as follows:
• Finestkind IPA (6.9%) BeerAdvocate: 92, The Bros: 100. RateBeer: 97 overall, 95 by style.
Portsmouth is a colonial era seaport town, so it goes to follow that sooner or later Smuttynose would brew an India Pale Ale as a tribute to those big, hoppy 19th century ales that made the long sea voyage from England’s temperate shores, ’round the Cape of Good Hope, to the sultry climes of the faraway East Indies.
But there’s another reason Smuttynose brewed this beer, one that’s closer to their home and hearts. Hopheads.
In 1994 Smuttynose brewed our first batch of Shoals Pale Ale, our American interpretation of the traditional British ESB (Extra Special Bitter) style. At the time, it was widely considered to be darned hoppy. However, a funny thing happened over the last decade – Smuttynose’s Shoals Pale Ale didn’t change; beer lovers did, and Smuttynose started to hear more and more: “Why don’t you guys make a really hoppy beer?”
You could say, then, that Smuttynose IPA is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as Smuttynose bottles it unfiltered. At 75 IBU’s, this is definitely not a training-wheels IPA, but is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that’s not easy to find. Smuttynose thinks they’ll be quite pleased.
• Old Brown Dog Ale (6.7%) BeerAdvocate: 88, The Bros: 98. RateBeer: 85 overall, 93 by style.
Old Brown Dog has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped.
Old Brown Dog has been around for many years. It was first brewed in 1988 at the Northampton Brewery. In 1989 it won a silver medal in its category (American Brown Ale) at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
• Robust Porter (6.2%) BeerAdvocate: 93, The Bros: 97. RateBeer: 99 overall, 100 by style.
This hearty, mahogany colored ale is brewed to evoke the dark, full-bodied ales that were a favorite of dockworkers and warehousemen (hence the name “Porter”) in 19th century London. It is a good bet that when Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick sat down for a pint, he would have been drinking an ale much like Smuttynose Robust Porter. This is a smooth and very drinkable beer, characterized by its well-balanced malt and hops, plus subtle notes of coffee and chocolate.
• Shoals Pale Ale (5.6%) BeerAdvocate: 87, The Bros: 92. RateBeer: 88 overall, 99 by style.
Smuttynose’s interpretation of a classic English beer style is copper-colored, medium-bodied and pleasantly hopped. Its flavor is delightfully complex: tangy fruit at the start, with an assertive hop crispness and a long malty palate that one well-known beer writer has compared to the flavor of freshly-baked bread.
• Star Island Single (4.7%) BeerAdvocate: 79. RateBeer: 44 overall, 40 by style.
Visitors to Smuttynose Island, peering across the dark waters of Gosport Harbor towards the ragged rocks of neighboring Star Island, are sometimes startled by the fleeting sight of mysterious, alluring creatures swept up from the Atlantic’s cold, inky depths. Or so they tell us.
Smuttynose Star Island Single is an eminently sessionable, Belgian-style pale ale offering a beguiling mix of flavor and refreshment. This medium-bodied golden ale features a slight residual sweetness from Honey Malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits from the unique Belgian yeast it is fermented with, leaving a crisp dry finish. Enjoy it sociably while you savor good times, tall tales, friendly company & life’s unexpected pleasures
Trion Tavern will be offering $8 flights of the five (5) Smuttynose beers and $10 flights for all others. This is a 4oz. sample of each of the five (5) beers. The normal price for a flight is $13 so this is a great beer deal! Try some flights to find out what you like and then order a full glass!