Smokin’ In The Valley
Cherry Wood-smoked Amber Ale
Our latest adventure brewing collaboration/adventure with our friends at Valley Malt! Andrea and Christian Stanley founded their micro-maltings in Hadley, Massachusetts and we’ve been staunch supporters of them as they refine the art of small batch malting.
This time around we get to play with a variety of Valley Malt’s specialty malts, including an Amber Malt with great toast character, a Chocolate Rye Malt which adds rich baker’s chocolate notes to the spiciness of the rye grain, and 2row malted barley smoked over cherry wood.
Cherry wood smoke offers a twist on the hickory smoke flavors common to the American palate, lacks the phenolic aspect of Scottish peat smoked malt, and has more complexity than German malts smoked over beechwood. A subtle fruitiness accompanies smoky aromas and flavors, which lead to hints of caramel, spicy grains, and a note of cocoa in the finish. Hops play only a supporting role but lend balance to the beer’s finish.
A great accompaniment, we think, to smoky BBQ and anything grilled or braised. But we invite you to let us know what you think, as always. Cheers!
Pint $5.75 Pitcher $18 Tower $32
OG: 1.054 FG: 1.014 ABV: 5.25%