Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry, I’ve still been drinking beers, just haven’t recorded them due to reasons like travel, drinking cheap beer, or drinking ones I’ve already written about.
This post is all about Switchback Ale. Switchback Brewing Company is based out of beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Their Ale is one of their fan favorites and every time in the Green Mountain State I have to get my hands on one of their bottles.
Their Ale has a hazy, red/amber color with a semi-sweet smell to it. It’s easily drinkable and it’s a great beer to have if you’re looking to relax after a long day. Switchback Brewing Co. says, “Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.”. All in all, it’s a great beer that you should try out when in the Northeast.
Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Ballast Point
This weekend I got the chance to go to the new Ballast Point Brewery in Chicago. Not only did I grab a beer, but I tried some food and needless to say, it was up to the Chicago West Loop standard.
Ballast Point makes a great variety of beers and they’re known for their signature Sculpin IPA, but I decided to go for a classic amber ale. Its official title is the California Amber. It had a beautiful, classic red color to it. It had a sweet aroma to it as well. The taste was rich and malty with a mildly bitter aftertaste. If you like amber ales, this is definitely one to try.
Overall, this was a good beer and if you’re in the Fulton Market/West Loop area in Chicago you should grab a drink and appetizer at Ballast Point.
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Beer type: Red Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.5%
Brewed By: Pipeworks Brewing Company
Pipeworks Brewing Company is another great brewery out of Chicago, IL. They’re in the Hermosa/Logan Square area not too far from me. Let’s get to the beer.
The Blood of the Unicorn is a great red ale with a lot of flavor to it. It pours as a hazy amber color and leaves a good amount of head on the top of the beer. It first smells almost like an IPA but then you taste it and you get the sweetness of a red ale with a somewhat bitter aftertaste. They serve this beer in a 16oz can and the artwork on all of their cans is amazing. If you collected their cans, you could start a small art museum.
This is a tasty beer and I’d recommend to anyone looking to branch out from the bigger Chicago craft breweries. Good stuff Pipeworks, good stuff.
Beer type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.3%
Brewed By: Alaskan Brewing Co.
Shoutout to Maurice for leaving this one at my place.
We all know that I love amber ales. This beer is not an exception to that rule. With the traditional amber color and smooth taste, this beer is as good at it looks. This beer comes all the way from Alaska into your glass just so you can enjoy it as much as I do. I suggest really swirling this one in your mouth to taste all the flavors.
I’d highly recommend this beer to anyone. It’s a easygoing beer to drink and anyone can enjoy it. Alaskan Brewing Co. says it’s “Richly malty and long on the palate, with just enough hop backing to make this beautiful amber colored “alt” style beer notably well balanced.” Whatever they do to make it, they shouldn’t stop.
Beer type: Amber Lager
Alcohol Level: 5.5%
Brewed By: Blue Point Brewing Company
Sorry folks, no photo of this one. (I was too ashamed to take a photo of my beer while sitting at the bar.)
Traveling in Pittsburgh, I stumbled upon a nice burger spot called BRGR. I tried a few beers and this one was my favorite. With a sweet and caramel aroma, this one went down great. It has a nice amber and caramel color to it. The aftertaste was semi-sweet and made you want to keep drinking it. I was a big fan of this one.
Blue Point says, “Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor of malt and hops makes for easy drinking and our special proprietary lager yeast produces an exceptional, long-lasting smooth finish.” Blue Point is based out of Long Island in New York. Overall, great beer and I’d love to have it again.