HE’BREW THE CHOSEN BEER
“Shmaltz Brewing Company is an American craft brewing company based in Clifton Park, New York that owns HE’BREW Beer and Coney Island Craft Lagers. Founded as “American Jewish Celebration Beer” by proprietor Jeremy Cowan, the company’s beers now are distributed in over thirty-one U.S. states, Canada, and England. Shmaltz is known for blurring beer styles and using puns, art, history, and pop culture in every aspect of their products.”
BITTERSWEET LENNY’S R.I.P.A.: 94 Points
The Double IPA is available 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Contract brewed for Shmaltz Brewing Company. Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Shocking flavors – Far beyond contemporary community standards. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created.”
My Description: This is a strong beer made with great quality and it is definitely worth trying for all you double IPA lovers. It has a decent, light beige colored head that actually lasts for some time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweeter than I thought it would be considering the style with notes of malt and some woodsy hops. This ale is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are tasty notes of rye malt, woodsy hops, caramel malt, and some sweetness. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is moderately bitter and smooth. The flavors in this beer are slightly complex with some dark fruits notes creeping in from time to time. I liked it a lot and it got me pretty buzzed. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with Thai cuisine, blue cheese burgers, or chicken wings.
ABV: 10% Color: Amber/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 6/10
REJEWVENATOR (2013): 89 Points
This Dubbel/Doppel/Fruit Ale is released for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “How better to celebrate the evolution of the year than with recipes inspired by generations of the original craft beer warriors, the Monks! Top with a healthy dose of Shmaltz and witness the rebirth of Rejewvenator! “The winter of bondage has passed, the deluge of suffering is gone, the Fig tree has formed its first fruits, declaring all ready for libation.” -Song of Solomon.”
My Description: This is a rather complex beer with great fruit notes and a pleasing aroma. However, the alcohol presence does not accompany the other flavors but rather dominates from time to time, which hurts the overall drinkability of this brew. It begins with a large and bountiful, beige colored head with a good retention level and a notable amount of lacing. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. There are deep flavors in this beer that develop as the beer warms up. Upfront, there are notes of toasted bread, dark fruits like plums and figs, and sweet candy notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with faint yeast notes. This beer is tasty and a great choice for those who like dark fruits. It is best served around 50°F.
ABV: 8% Color: Ruby/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10