By The Beer Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
Welcome to November, the month dudes decide not shaving is on par with Gandhi’s fast. I must say this is a relatively new fad I just don’t understand, so a student of mine tried to explain the dumb idea this way, “You ever just sit around with your buddies and talk about growing facial hair? Well now we actually grow facial hair!” This was one of the few times I actually was speechless in front of class because how does one respond to that comment? Speaking of not shaving, why is it all brewers and craft beer people have a mustache or some wilderness beard? November also means the start of Ugg boot season. Yup, regardless of temperature, chicks will be wearing boots more in line for Yeti Hunting than fashion. November truly has something for everyone! For the beer lover, November means darker brews paired with heartier foods. This weekend’s brew, from one of the first American craft breweries, is the perfect fall beer; this weekend, Anchor Brewing Brekle’s Brown is What’s On Tap.
Founded in 1896, Brekle’s Brown is homage to Anchor Brewing’s founder and first brew master, Gottleib Brekle, and the beers he brewed when he arrived in San Fran in the 1850s. What I love about this brew is its simple complexity. The smell is a combination of smoky sweetness and hops, but the taste is more sweet with sugar, caramel and some yeast followed by a roasted malt flavor before the hoppy bitterness. However, despite the combination and complexity of the smell and taste, the brew is balanced and surprisingly light and smooth.
With November being meat month, for each What’s On Tap review I am going to recommend a specific meat dish for each beer. Brekle’s slight bitterness allows it to pair with many different meats like sausage, pork and even fish. But given Anchor’s German roots, tonight I am pairing my Brekle’s with a grilled bone-in pork chop with roasted potatoes. Happy November!
Alcohol by Volume: 6%
Color: Dark Amber / Brown
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Caramel