This evening’s Brewmaster’s Reserve Release Party at the Brooklyn Brewery was the first one we were invited to attend, and maybe one of the most exciting (we think). This beer, The Companion, coincided with the release of The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver.
The Companion is a wheat wine (similar to a barley wine) brewed by the Brooklyn Brewery. The most remarkable thing about the beer is that there is very little that stands out on its own. All of the different flavors of the beer melded together into one harmonious impression. There is a noticeable tartness on the front of the palate along with a slight spiciness that works to balance the sweet malt character on the back end of the beer. It’s deceptively drinkable and packs quite a punch at 9.1% ABV.
“What we do on a day-to-day basis is we make people happy and we drink beer,” Garrett said. “Beer is not rocket science, it’s not brain surgery, it’s not the most important thing in the world – except when it is. When you have the right beer, with the right person, and the right time, it is the most important thing in the world.”
Also fun about this event was that we hung out with some fun beer people.
Chris O’Leary, Brew York New York