Friday, January 4, 2013

Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Local 1

Hey everyone!  Tonight I am opening up a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Brooklyn Local 1.  Just today, Brooklyn Brewery announced that they are building a brewery in Stockholm, Sweden, in partnership with Carlsberg Sweden and D. Carnegie & Co.  They are hoping to start brewing some brand new beers in the facility by the end of 2013.  In my opinion, this will be the first of several announcements in 2013 of American breweries expanding overseas, and overseas breweries expanding to America (Brewdog anyone?).  

Brooklyn Local 1
Brooklyn Brewery
Belgian-Style Strong Ale
9.0% ABV
26 IBUs

Brooklyn Local 1 poured a yellow golden color, with a 3 finger width tall head.  This is a great looking beer.    I poured it into our brand new Golden Monkey tulip glass!  Using a tulip glass will draw more of the beer aroma to your nose as you're drinking, and will hold the large head of a Belgian ale.  In the nose, I get smells of lemon, banana and yeast.  I've gone through about half of this beer, and the alcohol is already kind of hitting me, although I can't even taste a hint of it (I probably should have shared this one!).  I'm having a little trouble describing the flavors in this one.  It's fruity with lemon, bananas, pineapple and cantaloupe.  There's a medium body to this one, and I don't taste a hint of any alcohol.  There is a sweet aftertaste involved in this one.  The carbonation is pleasant.
Overall:  I went into this beer not thinking I was in the mood for a Belgian style beer.  Once I poured it, I couldn't stop drinking it.  Even for 9.0%, it is extremely refreshing, and a great nightcap.  If you're into Belgian style beers, I can't recommend this enough.  Cheers!

Do you like/dislike Brooklyn Local 1?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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