Weyerbacher Brewing Company
by: Chris Anderson
It was the day after Christmas, and I was in the mood to visit a brewery that I had never been to before. I have always loved Weyerbacher beers, and I thought this is the day to visit them. Weyerbacher is located in Easton, PA which is about an hour northeast of where I live. Of course I tried to have a partner in crime to join me, but being the day after Christmas, most people were not around or available. So I jumped in my car, and headed up the PA turnpike to 309 North, and then onto Route 78. It was a dreary dark day and it was spitting a bit of rain, but this did not discourage me at all. I arrived at my beer destination and pulled around back and the first thing I saw was a stack of barrels. Of course, I walked over to them and took a picture, what beer loving person wouldn’t have.
Walking through the front door of this place I could just tell this would be a place I like. From the cool One-Eyed guy on the front door, to the initials DIPA letters spread between the two doors. I walk in and find a seat the bar which was tough, due to the fact this place was bustling. A click glance at the beer menu and I am ready to order. They don’t do actual flights but the beers were available in 4oz, 8oz, 12oz, and pints depending on the style. Now I have had some of their beers before, so I was ready to try some new ones. I was greeted by Mary Beth who was very pleasant and knowledgeable. I went with the following for my first 4.
Picture of flight from L to R.
Tango-This is one of their “special release” beers and after the first sip you will understand why. A Belgian Style Dark brewed with 1200 lbs of cherries. The lovely cheery taste along with dark fruits, really worked for me. ABV 10.6%/IBU 35 a touch of chocolate malt with Apollo hops, really balance out the sweetness.
Jesters Choice III- Traditional Oktoberfest Lager which I really enjoyed, plain and simple delicious.ABV 6.2%
Double Simcoe- This was the one beer that I have had several times before, and I wasn’t passing up this brew. An intense hop flavor DIPA with hints of pine and citrus that hit you first followed by a nice shot of malt and it finishes clean without the harshness. 9% ABV/ IBU 90.
20th Anniversary – A Belgian Style-Dark Ale that has hints of caramel, raisins and berries with hints of coriander and star anise. I really enjoyed this brew and it comes in at 11% ABV, so it is made for sipping.
Quad- A seasonal Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale that is absolutely wonderful to pair with a savory dinner. ABV 11.8%/IBU 39, this beer will age well if you can actually resist from drinking it.
Riserva- This is a special beer, so take notice and make sure you get to taste this one. My new friend, Mary Beth gave me a sample of this beer once they opened a new bottle as it comes in 750 bottles. The beer is simply “amazing”. This brew is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries.” Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour and fruity flavors and aromas.”It is aged in oak barrels for more than a year to give it that raspberry aroma, lovely red color, and a nice touch of oak character.ABV 10%
Tarte Nouveau- This is one that I had several times and enjoyed. A session sour ale that is kettle soured with lactobacillus. Pale yellow in color with a lovely head, that is perfect for picnics in the summer or snowy days, an early day drinking beer as I would say. A low ABV of 3.9%/IBU 7, Apollo hops. I choose a larger 12oz glass of this.
Weyerbacher is a wonderful brewery, between the great beers, the ambiance, and great music playing and of course the bartenders that made the beer flow, this is a place you must travel to. You know we have all have had experiences with people pouring beer that are good and bad, but this experience was Exceptional! Mary Beth was very attentive when I was making beer choices “Lovely choice” and she always gave you that “cheers” after serving you (You know I love that).
I brought a 6 pack of the Quad and a 750ml bottle of the Riserva home with me. I will be coming back again real soon and will continue to enjoy their beers one at a time. Weyerbacher is located at 905 Line Street in Easton, PA. Check them out on Twitter at @Weyerbacher
I give this brewery a 4.5 out of 5 Keg Rating.
Drink it up, this one’s for you.