Friday, October 22, 2010

McSorley's Irish Black Lager

This beer pours pitch black.  It has a slightly spicy aroma.  I don't believe it is brewed with rye but it has an aroma of a bit of rye and a hint of smoke.  It tastes of dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee, a hint of smoke and a hint of sweetness on the back end.  It is flavorful yet not heavy. 

McSorley's is a famous pub in New York City that was established in 1854 and sits at 15 E. 7th Street.  It is supposedly New York's oldest continuously operated pub.  Women were not allowed access until 1970.  The floors are still strewn with sawdust.  However, this bottled beer is now brewed in Latrobe, PA.  It was at some point brewed by the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre.  The fact that it is now brewed in Latrobe makes me think that it might actually be brewed now by City Brewing as I understand that they bought out Rolling Rock from Latrobe and now actually brew that beer as well.  Does anyone know for sure?

For some interesting history on McSorley's Pub see this link:

1 comment:

  1. I was correct. It is now contract brewed by City Brewing at their Latrobe plant, although the brand itself is owned by Pabst. Pabst owns the rights to tons of beers but no longer brews any beer themselves, they contract it all out.