The last meeting of the Draught Board 15 at the Gaslight was a very good one. It was a little different this month due to Mothers Day. The DB15 regularly meets on the second Sunday of the month. It was a nice relaxed session on a pleasant Sunday Afternoon and a great day for a casual lightly structured tutored tasting of beers with Brooklyn Brewery’s representative, Mike Ferry. Less people showed up than usual, but it was just enough. The meeting was very informative.
The five Samplings we had were Fantastic. We had
• Local 1 , it had Tobacco in the nose, but did not smell bad, very nice, interesting taste, gold color, it uses a blend of barley malt and hops from Germany, aromatic raw sugar from Mauritius and Belgian yeast.
• Local 2, had a Nice Nose, slight chocolate one tongue, a Belgian-inspired bottle-conditioned strong dark abbey ale, with sweet orange peel and raw wildflower honey from a local family apiary.
• Brooklyner-Schnieder Hopfen-Weisse Weizenbock style beer, it was a hoppy wheat beer, fruity, aged a year. It was ultra flavorful, a collaboration between brew masters Hans-Peter Drexler of the Schneider Weissbier Brewery and Garrett Oliver of The Brooklyn Brewery. We got to have this side by side with its German Counterpart. The German Version was less flavorful and had less bite and mouth feel
• Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy, aged for four months in bourbon barrels bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oat notes and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. They say there are only 1,000 cases.”
• Brooklyn Dark Matter, my Favorite of the day, I did not want to drink it at first, I just wanted to smell it, so awesome. It was too cold at first. Dark Matter gave up chocolate right away, as it warmed Caramel/Vanilla, found it way out like lost warriors coming home from war Glorious. Brown ale aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. Not available, (but absolutely should be) This is one of the few beer I’ve had that I consider Epic, Something I would enjoy with a nice Thick Graphic Novel , or defiantly share with Friends to have very deep conversations about nothing.
Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home to Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.
More on their history here