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Bomb(er) Shelter: McNeill’s Firehouse Ale

Bomb(er) Shelter: McNeill's HighlightI’ve come to realize that I like writing about bomber sampling more than I originally anticipated I would. Every time I place a bomber in my hands I get an overwhelming surge of what normal writers would brush off as simple thoughts.

I consider this surge creativity.

About The Brewery

In this installment, I have the pleasure of highlighting a craft beer from Vermont which I happened to pick up during my latest venture outside of NJ.

The Firehouse Amber Ale comes to us from McNeill’s Brewery in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The mainly local brewery was started by Ray McNeill in 1992. Over the years, Ray’s crafts won the hearts of many including the editors of All About Beer Magazine which described McNeill’s as “The jewel in the crown of Vermont’s many fine beers.”

In addition to the brewery and packaging facility (opened in 2008) which allows Ray to package ten different products plus seasonals, McNeill’s also features an on-site brewpub.

The brewpub is located on Elliot Street in Brattleboro and serves all ten crafts as well as special concoctions not available on store shelves.

About the Craft

The Firehouse Amber Ale is almost exactly what you would expect. It pours a hazy, almost dirty, amber red color with a thick head. Despite the cloudy appearance, it looks appetizing in the glass.

What I found unexpected with this brew were the changes that occurred in the 60 minutes from opening to finishing the bomber. The most obvious change occurred between what my nose interpreted and my tongue expected.

I was surprised that the ale smelled sweet and fruity, but what shocked me even more is how different it tasted. A lot of that standard beer malt flavor and tastes of tartness, like lemons. There was a rather odd alcohol / plastic / odd scent in the after taste.

For no reason other than that I was busy cooking, I let the brew sit for about 15 minutes before coming back to it. When I did pick up my glass again, to my surprise, the ale changed. The malt taste took a back seat as the tartness transformed into a stronger, pleasant sweet and fruity taste I originally smelled.

Bomb(er) Shelter: McNeill's Highlight 2In my opinion, this craft beer won’t make it on many people’s top lists, but it was a fun experience as I tasted the changes with the passage of time.

Bomber Highlight

Style: American Amber Ale ABV: 5.6%
Z-Liner: “Malty and tart ale that transforms into an almost sweet and fruity experience over time.”
Best Consumed: “While watching a baseball game with your best buddy – at the stadium or in your living room.”

McNeill’s Brewery, Brattleboro, Vermont
Website: www.mcneillsbrewery.com


About bomb(er) shelter
Frequently taken for granted within our industry, this is an ode to my favorite craft beer collecting and dispensing method: the 22oz bomber (for the sake of disambiguation, I am using the term bomber to represent both 22 oz. and 750ml bottles). This mini-feature will highlight various bombers that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Cheers!

Bomb(er) Shelter: Selections from @GooseIsland, @IthacaBeer and @MoylansBrewery!

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bomb(er) shelter: august 30th selections

Shelter these bombers! Night Stalker by Goose Island, Thirteen by Ithaca, Moylander

Night Stalker
Style: Imperial Stout, ABV: 11.7%
Z-Liner: “Very strong hoppy stout that pours like oil and gets better with time.”
Best Consumed: “On a cold winter day after you’ve aged it for three years.”

Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois
Twitter: @GooseIsland | Website: www.gooseisland.com

Thirteen
Style: Wheatwine, ABV: 9%
Z-Liner: “Wheat Ale that incorporates soft smells like vanilla into the fruity scents of a wheat.”
Best Consumed: “With your ‘less inclined to try craft beer’ significant other.”

Ithaca Beer Company, Ithaca, NY
Twitter: @IthacaBeer | Website: www.ithacabeer.com

Moylander Double IPA
Style: Double IPA, ABV: 8.5%
Z-Liner: “Strong IPA that is very bitter on the tongue yet sweet on the nose.”
Best Consumed: “When looking for that perfect beer to pair with a very sweet dessert like cheesecake.”

Moylan’s Brewery & Resturant, Novato, CA
Twitter: @MoylansBrewery | Website: www.moylans.com


About bomb(er) shelter
Frequently taken for granted within our industry, this is an ode to my favorite craft beer collecting and dispensing method: the 22oz bomber (for the sake of disambiguation, I am using the term bomber to represent both 22 oz. and 750ml bottles). This mini-feature will highlight various bombers that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Cheers!

Bomb(er) Shelter: An Ode to My Favorite Bottle

About Bomb(er) Shelter
Within the craft beer industry, consumers have an array of delivery devices available at their disposal.

Pint glasses, cans, long necks and growlers line the shelves and refrigerators of your favorite bar and a six-pack is synonymous with the phrase “pick up some beer”.

But in my opinion, there is no better way to explore craft beer than grabbing a cold bomber and pouring yourself a delicious glass just the way you like it.

Frequently taken for granted within our industry, this is an ode to my favorite craft beer collecting and dispensing method: the 22oz bomber (for the sake of disambiguation, I am using the term bomber to represent both 22 oz. and 750ml bottles). This mini-feature will highlight various bombers that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

My First Bomber Experience
My first bomber purchase was driven directly by a sample of what has quickly become the number one craft on my list: the Double Jack IPA by Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA.

Double Jack IPADuring a night out at my favorite local watering hole, The Iron Monkey (@TheIronMonkey) the rooftop bar was dispensing this delicious Double IPA from their draft and serving it in snifters. Wanting to experience all that is Double Jack at home, the next day I hurried to my local craft beer shop, Jersey City Buy Rite (@JCBuyRiteWines), to find this amazing concoction.

To my naive surprise – there were no Double Jack six-packs. But there were plenty of bombers! I picked up the bottle, held it in my hand, and reveled at it’s remarkable simplicity. I purchase three bottles, ran home, and searched for an old whiskey snifter I had somewhere in the back of the cupboard.

And, as you can imagine, the rest history! Now there doesn’t go a trip to the store without a purchase of at least one bomber. In addition to being a great dispensing method, it is also a fantastic way to collect and display your beer collection. Cheers!

Z Marks the Spot: bomb(er) shelter highlight
Double Jack IPA

Double Jack IPA - Bomber

Craft Information
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9.5%
One-Liner: “The bitterness of a Pale Ale with the strength of a fruity Double IPA.”
Best Consumed: “On a cool fall night surrounded by friends you’re willing to share this with.”

Brewery Information
Firestone Walker
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Twitter: @FirestoneWalker
Website: www.firestonebeer.com