Anyway, Ethan Cox of Buffalo's next brewery Community Beer Works, they of the logo I want as a jeans jacket patch, was passing through about ten days ago and dropped off a couple of bottles of their prototype flagship brew, dubbed "prototype flagship brew" as far as I know. Ethan posted on Facebook that the brewery received another lever of approval - "Holy Sh*it!!! We got our Federal Brewer's notice today!!!" - and he expects the brewery to be operational before Christmas. Great news.
So, what about the beer? Ethan said that they used a special new hop but I can only recall it had a name like "Berzangerflotz" or maybe one of Fred Flintstone's co-workers. The beer pours a reddish old pine with a egg white rim and froth. The nose is full of that hop - maybe it's called the Joe Rockhead - tangerine and nutmeg. In the mouth, juicy. A little lighter in body than I expected but loads of toffee and biscuit malty goodness along with a chewy orange - ginger marmalade thang from the hops. It's lovely and immediately makes me want it with a massive plate of Thai spicy shrimp.
No second opinions to share with you. This was a special treat and bodes very well for the brewery.