Brewery: Bell’s Brewery
Style: Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Cost: ???? (12oz)
Glassware: Teku, Snifter
Availability: Nanosecond in Jan, Feb or March
Purchased@: Beer Trade
Quick Take: You certainly don’t need me to tell you that Black Note is a fantastic beer (it is btw). It has a reputation that existed long before this blog and will for as long as Bell’s brews it. I love the combination of the typical dark, malty flavors with the tang of dark fruits that still gives you the mouth feel you want without being too sweet. It’s a top stout for me and one of the most well-balanced, layered bourbon beers I’ve had.
You may have heard of Lititz because of its coolest small town in America designation, earned in 2013 for its long running 4th of July celebration (197th annual), the oldest commercial pretzel bakery and the Wilbur chocolate factory among other things. I heard of it because I grew up here. I traveled and lived all over Pennsylvania, but found my way back.
I came to learn that the safe, boring small town of my youth was actually a charming place boasting an excellent BBQ and brewery in JoBoys, another brewery just blocks away in Appalachian and one of the top bars in the northeast in the Bulls Head Pub. Lititz has evolved into a city that celebrates the rustic and artisanal; a beer friendly town that appreciates craft beer as well as the people that brew, drink and serve it. Craft beer appreciators can now add another reason to toast this little town as Main Street became the backdrop for the first annual Lititz Craft Beer Fest.
Quick Take: It doesn’t re-write the book on IPAs, but it is a solid entry and one I would welcome into my mouth should I be able to get it again. I’d liken it to The Public from DC Brau or Anti-Hero from Revolution, which are great basic IPAs that scratch that IPA itch without being hop bombs. Glad to have it and makes me want to hunt down more from this brewer.