Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chatham Brewing: One of New York's Finest

A couple of months ago Kristin had a job working with her father on a Saturday. The three of us packed our stuff up and went over to the Berkshires. Before we went over I knew I needed to do something else for myself, it had been a long week at work and I knew I needed some beer, I mean relaxing...who am I kidding I needed beer. I had already been to Big Elm (which is excellent and I look forward to drinking their beer anytime I go to the Berkshires), which I have visited before and wouldn't have minded going back to if I couldn't try anything new. I think that is one of the things about being a craft beer drinker, we tend to look for the new, maybe not better but new. I can think of a number of beers I bought because I wanted to try something new and after having them I...I decided I won’t buy them again. We all have our standbys though, for me if I want something comfortable I will go with Breckenridge Brewery Lucky U IPA, or Boulevard Brewing Co. 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer and Single Wide IPA. 

Enter Chatham Brewing; it took about 40 minutes to get there, not a bad drive across the border. Chatham Brewing has an interesting back story that they tell on their website much better than I can sum it up, it's definitely inspirational to me since I want to open up my own brewery someday.

When I was there they had a number of their regular beers on tap, the two flights that I had been excellent. The beer was so good that I took home two howlers of their IPA's, the Hop Crop IPA and their Regular IPA. The Hop Crop IPA is made with Wet Cascade Hops grown by the brewery, it’s more of a west coast style IPA, The beer comes in around 52 IBU's and 6.5% ABV. The regular IPA has at least three types of Northwest hops like Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade with an ABV of 6.5% and 50 IBU's.

With all of the tasters that I tried I didn't keep up with which ones I tasted but I enjoyed them all. So check out Chatham Brewery just across the border.

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