Tag Archives: Matt Brewing

Tuesday Tastings: Riding Solo, The Impaler, Saranac Pumpkin

Kicking off March with a new edition of Tuesday Tastings, featuring a random motley of brews. 10 Barrel Riding Solo This was the bottle I’d received from the brewery about a month ago, an American Pale Ale showcase of the Comet hop—this is in fact a single-hop beer. It was released as the new spring seasonal, a 6.5% abv, 67 IBU ale that actually reminds me more of an IPA than a Pale. The real … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 5: Saranac Season’s Best

Here in the United States today is Repeal Day, celebrating the ratification of the 21st Amendment that repealed Prohibition. Happy Repeal Day! I wanted to select a beer to help commemorate the day, and thought a beer from a brewery that survived Prohibition would be perfect—and Matt Brewing Company from New York fits that bill. The second-oldest family brewery in the U.S., having brewed in one form or another since at least 1885, Matt today … Continue reading →

Saranac Pumpkin Ale

When I received the Saranac selection of beers last month, the one I was most interested in and excited to try was (naturally) the Pumpkin Ale. It is, in fact, the first pumpkin beer I’ve seen—and drank—this season, so (and I admit this is an overt bias) while the other Saranac beers I reviewed were good, drinkable beers, this one is the star. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is a classic … Continue reading →

Saranac Octoberfest

This Saranac Octoberfest was one of the four beers that Matt Brewing sent me last month and, like their Pumpkin Ale (which I’m writing about next), is the first Oktoberfest beer of the season for me. This is a classic Oktoberfest-style lager, made with German Pilsner malts and Saaz and Tettnang hops, and is 5.4% alcohol by volume. Appearance: Bright copper color, very clear with lots of bubbly carbonation building up a nice thick dense … Continue reading →

Saranac Pale Ale and IPA

Even though I’m excited to try the Saranac Pumpkin Ale that was among the bottles sent to me from Saranac (AKA Matt Brewing) earlier this month, I have never had any of the Saranac line of beers so I wanted to try their Pale Ale and IPA first, to get a “baseline feel” for their beers. Matt Brewing is one of the long-standing American breweries, founded under that name in 1888 and surviving Prohibition. The … Continue reading →