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Beer Review #183 Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

Yards Brewing Company of Philadelphia, PA has been producing a special series of beers called “Ales of the Revolution” for some time now. Not too long ago I reviewed one of the other beers in the series, George Washington Tavern Porter. Aside from our founding fathers having an apparent fondness for taverns, this Yards series of beers have been very rewarding. Today’s beer was “crafted following Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe.” I’m a slight history nerd and I really dig American history stuff. It might be because it is short, but action packed, or because I just prefer our history to a never-ending list of Kings and Queens, regardless,  when I see historically based beers, I tend to pay attention.

Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale pours a nice clear orange color with a thin bit of off-white head. The nose is fully of biscuit malt along with a lot of rustic grainy odors. There are some dried fruits in there from the yeast esters as well. The nose alone on this beer gave me the feeling of something older. It had a rough elegance to it. The malts come in, hit with some earthy qualities and then part with some esters.

Upon the first taste I got a bit of malt upfront, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Piney hops then kick in a bit stronger than I expected and clear the malt from the tongue. The beer finishes up pretty dry with hints of dried fruits accompanying the departing beer. There is a lot of subtle flavors going on in this beer that I very much enjoyed. This one comes in at 8%, but you wouldn’t know it by the flavor.

I really liked this one. As a semi-history nerd and a “red blooded American” I really appreciated this beer. One thing that I forgot to mention above was that some of the ingredients of their beer were grown on Thomas Jefferson’s Virgina estate. Cool. Try this one out if you have the chance, I don’t think you will be disappointed, especially if you have a taste for English ales. (more…)

Beer Review #165 George Washington’s Tavern Porter

Being a native Philadelphian, now living in Delaware, I try to support the local breweries. Yards Brewing Company of Philadelphia is one of the breweries that I try to buy from on a more regular basis. They are quickly becoming “Philadelphia’s brewery,” and for good reason. This is my first review of Yards on this site, but I have had their beers on a number of occasions and I have found them to be pretty enjoyable.

My first experience with Yards was in college when I purchased a variety pack from them. Something was wonder with their bottling line as all of my beers were over-carbonated and gushed out of the bottle. Soon after this happened I tried a six pack from them and everything was as it should have been. It wasn’t a great first impression, but even with the problems, the beer tasted good.

My father-in-law gave me a bottle of George Washington’s Tavern Porter not too long ago and told me to give t a try. This beer is part of their “Ales of the Revolution” series. Great name. This porter is modeled after a recipe that was supposed to be George Washington’s own.

The porter pours a dark brown and has a nice light head as well. The nose is tick and malty. There is some slight roast in there along with lots of chocolate. On my first taste I was happy to find that my nose didn’t lie about the flavors in the beer.

Chocolate was found in excess, along with some slight roast on the back-end of the beer. There was some hop character to this beer, which I believe was Fuggles. The hops gave a slight, but nice hop kick at the end. This is a “chewy” feeling beer without being chewy. The creaminess that is found in the mouthfeel really works with all of the flavors.

I really dig this beer and I’m looking forward to the next time that I get to try it. It is a wonderfully drinkable beer that is rich in flavor, but not filling, like a stout might be. I really want to have this on a cold winter night. (more…)