Friday, March 16, 2012

McSorley's Irish Pale Ale

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, and did not get their own bathroom until 1986. The floors are still strewn with sawdust. However, this bottled beer is now brewed in Utica, New York (which indicates contract brewing by Saranac-Matt Brewing Company).  The rights to the beer are apparently owned by Pabst Brewing Company, as it shows on their website as one of the beers they own (all Pabst-owned beers are contract brewed).
For some interesting history on McSorley's Pub see this link:
The beer pours dark amber with red and orange tints.  There is a half-inch of thick, creamy head that dissipates slowly.  The aroma is malty, lightly roasted, toasted and nutty.  The taste follows the aroma, with some caramel in addition to the nutty, roasted, toasted malt.  There is enough hops to cancel any chance of being too sweet, and the beer finishes bitter.  This is quite a nice Irish ale.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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