Nut Brown AleMarch 1, 2008 Portland, ME
Peak Organic Brewing Co.
Available: CA, CT, IL, FL, ME, MA, MN, NH, NY, NJ, PA, DC, VT, VA, WI
Organic beer sales are rising in the United States.
Original Gravity: 48
Beautiful brown—like a well-worn saddle bathed in the light of a Vienna sunset. Nice nose of nuts, vegetables and chocolate is soul-satisfying. Clean taste is but lightly malty and hoppy, but balanced for its diminutive frame, and remarkable given the difficulty in securing organic hops. Hoppy aftertaste is clean and lingering. Super with salad Nicoise and couscous with organic root vegetables and a touch of harissa.
- Charles Finkel
Let’s start with the label – my bottles have a picture of Sean K’s wedding party, and an invitation for customers to submit photos for future labels. As important is the USDA Organic stamp. Peak, which has its beers made under contract by Shipyard Brewing, uses organic hops even though that’s not necessary for certification. Seemingly designed for a “session,” where we can discuss the environmental impact of importing hops from New Zealand. An easy drinker, with lightly nutty and caramel aromas seamlessly turning into chocolate and plum flavors, the finish dry and earthy.
- Stan Hieronymus
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Editor at Realbeer.com, a professional journalist for 40 years and amateur brewer for 15, Hieronymus is the author of four beer books, including Brew Like a Monk.
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