FULL DISCLOSURE: My buddy from college, Dom Catalano, is brewing his own beer with the intention of opening a craft brewery in Delaware County, PA.
I dig homebrews and homebrewers. So when my buddy Dom came to me with an offer to be his guinea pig for his craft brewery, I was down. His first attempt at a beer was an English brown ale. I got seven bottles and drank all of them. The brew was dry-hopped, flavored with walnuts, and has an ABV of 5.5%.
The beer had a hazy brown color, looking almost like a cider in appearance. I’m not sure if that was the intent or whether there’s still some work that needs to be done in the filtration process. I’m not the kind of guy who really cares about appearance that much anyway. It had a nice, frothy head on pour into a glass beer stein.
I could definitely taste the walnuts in the brew. It was crisp, a bit malty, but it had a slightly bitter finish. It wasn’t really hoppy either. If I chugged it, it went down great, but the finish made it a bit of a difficult sip.
It was a good first offering, and as a fan of brown ales, I would drink it again. However, I do wish it would have finished a bit cleaner and not had a lingering bitterness to it.