We love when readers recommend beers for us to try, and it’s even better when new brews are given to us as gifts! Our mom’s BFF Carolyn brought back two beers from her recent trip to New York: the Tweason’ale by Dogfish Head and the Freshchester Pale Ale by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. My mom and I split these vastly different brews with dinner one night last week.
The Tweason’ale is unlike any beer I’ve ever tasted. It was created specifically for those who suffer from Celiac disease, so it has a sorghum base (a gluten-free grain) instead of the classic barley foundation. The description mentions “vibrant strawberry notes,” which made me a little nervous. I enjoy a wheat beer with a wedge of citrus fruit, but fruity beers aren’t typically my thing. However, we found that the Tweason’ale tasted like a dry, minimally-carbonated cider with just a hint of strawberry flavor. I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again, but I think it’s a great option for those who are gluten-free, or prefer cider to beer.
The Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale was more to my liking. It’s notably bitter and has a strong citrus presence, which makes it more flavorful than many beers of this style. Captain Lawrence is located in Elmsford, NY, just 40 minutes north of Manhattan. Ed, next time we visit I think a road trip is in order? I’m dying to try their imperial IPA, the Captain’s Reserve. It has a score of 93 on Beer Advocate!
Thanks again for bringing these back, Carolyn! We may make a beer drinker out of you yet. 😉 Hope everyone is having a relaxing, beer-filled Labor Day!