Posts Tagged ‘schwarzbier’

monteith’s black beer

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

monteith's black in the glass

last week PB and NB hooked me up with the mother lode – a variety pack of beers from city beer store, many of which I had yet to try, including monteith’s black, a black beer/schwarzbier from new zealand.

  • according to monteith’s site, their black beer is brewed “in the heritage of very dark West Coast beers brewed prior to restrictions imposed on beers in New Zealand during World War II.”
  • at 16 IBUs, there was little bitterness, and I could taste a light roasted malt flavor.
  • the beer had a clean, lightly coating mouthfeel adn a mildly astringent aftertaste.  there was also no perceivable aroma.
  • this beer is definitely sessionable, but with such other great alternatives available, I can’t see this as my go-to black beer.

monteith's black

monteith's black bottle

edinburgh castle

Monday, October 12th, 2009

the bar at edinburgh castle

last week CB and I made a quick pit stop at edinburgh castle for a pint.

  • it had been a while since I last stopped by this place.  in fact, edinburgh castle was one of the first bars I visited in the city before I moved up.
  • the place was a little worse for wear since my last visit (busted windows, etc.), but the bar was just as I remembered – comfortable and dark.
  • speaking of dark, we both went with a classic bay area brew – death and taxes, a pitch-black schwarzbier from moonlight.  this beer has great roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors but also drinks like a session lager – it’s pretty amazing.
  • like the bar, this brew was one of the first local beers I tried as a visitor to the area years back that really opened my eyes to the potential of the beer scene here.
  • in fact, this place is one of the few I know of that consistently has death and taxes on draft, which is reason enough to head out there.

death and taxes at edinburgh castle