One of the things you will learn about me by reading this blog is my absolute love of a good beer.
My obsession with great tasting beer began in 1995 when I started bartending, while in college, at a sports bar with over 30 assorted beers on tap and nearly 100 micro-brews available by the bottle. It was like an adult’s version of a candy store. I was so cliché’; I literally bartended my way through college.
I worked with a great group of girls and night after night it was like our own little party. The bar was filled with regulars. It was Cheers in the boondocks; everyone knew one another and their subsequent business and gossip. It was like a small, drunk, little town and it was by far the most fun I ever had working.
After closing down the bar every night at 2 a.m. the girls and I would sit around the bar, fill the jukebox with money, blast some of our favorite tunes and sample a new beer every night.
For a while, I considered blogging solely about beer but thought my family would think I was a total lush. So, as a compromise I opted to blog about beer once a week and call it Malt Monday. Today marks my first Malt Monday post and I have to admit, I am pretty excited.
Goose Island – Nut Brown Ale
Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.3%
Awards: World Beer Cup 2010 Gold medal, American Brown Ale category; World Beer Cup 2006 Gold medal, American Brown Ale category
Brewed and bottled by Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL. The bottle that I tasted was bottled on May 4, 2012 and the label suggests the beer is at its freshest within 180 days. I tasted the beer two ways, directly from the bottle and then poured into a beer glass. I liked the beer better directly from the bottle.
Goose Island’s Nut Brown Ale is a delightful brown ale with hints of chocolate, honey, caramel, coffee, tobacco, nutty flavors and a sense of earthiness. Beautiful, rich brown color without a lot of foam when poured. Goes down easy, rather thin and light for a brown ale. I drank this little gem on a Sunday evening all by itself without pairing it with food. However, if I was going to pair it with some yummy food I would choose potato skins, cheese and crackers or a messy pulled pork sandwich.
This is the kind of beer I could make a day with, easily sipping a few without feeling as if I’ve overdone it. A good entry point for someone wanting to try their first brown ale or for a seasoned dark beer girl like me.