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This week: Sweater Weather
The Fermentorium, Cedarburg, Wis.
One of the highlights of the ale was that it did not drink like an 8.4% ABV beer — it was not heavy, though it certainly had ample body — and was smooth without strong alcohol notes.
Sweater Weather had excellent chocolate and roast notes without excessive bitterness, with the added bonus of creamy lactose sugar notes. It was not overly sweet, with the sugars balancing well with the roast.
The dark brown body when poured formed a creamy tan head that kept a thin layer throughout the sampling. All in all, an enjoyable example of the style that can be an alternative to the drier Guinness Stout for this St. Patrick’s Day season.
The Fermentorium opened in 2016 in Cedarburg, Wis., about 20 miles north of Milwaukee. The brewery offers a number of interesting beers, such as Apricot Juice Packets, an India pale ale with apricot puree; Paper Planes, a wild rice bock; Manoomin, a blonde ale with wild rice and cherrywood smoked malt; Fruhlingsbock maibock; Stone Hearth dunkelweizen; Rainbows and Lollipops, an India pale ale with tropical and citrus hop notes; there are many others.
My Sweater Weather came in 16-ounce cans; The Fermentorium only distributes in Wisconsin. It does not have an online Beer Finder link.
Another St. Patrick’s Day tidbit: Guinness is celebrating its introduction to the United States 200 years ago! Technically, it was introduced in October 1817 and was a porter; but this will be the first St. Patrick’s Day to mark the anniversary.
While a regular Guinness may fit the bill for most people, keep an eye out for the brewery’s 200th Anniversary Ale, which I wrote about last year.
It’s a maltier, stronger and less dry version than regular Guinness stout, and does an outstanding job of highlighting English malt flavor. While it may have run out in some areas of the country, I just purchased two six-packs last week near my central Wisconsin home.
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