Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.
It’s great what a label will tell you. On the back of this smashing brew, you’ll find the following, “A delicately flavored amber/gold ale in which subtle fruit esters from the Samuel Smith yeast strain interact with a background of maltiness and fresh hops. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), organic malted barley, organic hops and yeast. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares.'”
Lot of facts there. And you can add one or two of your own after pouring a glass. You’ll notice a sturdy head atop that golden brew that seems to last a healthy while. The fruity flavors lean toward the citrus side, with lemon and a slight touch of orange and pear. The aroma of yeast is so strong, you’ll think someone has just removed a tray of scones from the oven.
Then there’s the fact that the ingredients are organic, which certainly has its appeal for many.
But facts aren’t feelings, as we write in our wine reviews. And no matter how lengthy the list — a pleasant touch of molasses on the nose mingled with that all malt and yeast; a hint of spice and grass on the palate — nothing prepares you for how much fun this beer is to drink.
Picture yourself watching one of the soccer games on the tubes at the Lion & Rose, and this beauty slides down as clean and bright as you could want. You can understand why the waters from this well have been used for hundreds of years for making beer.
Each tug is well balanced and fresh, and it does what a beer is supposed to do, which is to set you right at ease. In other words, you probably won’t realize it, but plenty of work went into to creating something that is so well-rounded and satisfying.
This beer is as easy-going with food as it is by itself. Try it with the Lion & Rose’s Holloway Road Hummus, if you are only interested in a snack, or the fish and chips, the Country Fried Chicken or the Vegetarian Pita.
At the Lion & Rose, a 12-ounce bottle is $6.95.