Hello fellow Maltese fans! I hope today treated you well. I can say a nice treat from Will’s Place has hit the spot perfectly. I wanted to let you know my thoughts about the new version of PIPA that Maltese is offering to you the customer. The regular version of Pineapple IPA is Maltese’s best seller. Personally, I thought it was a bit too sweet until recently, when the recipe had been tweaked to make the beer taste more like the style. Oh, by the way, you should really try it. I won’t go into the technical on what I think has been changed, but the aroma is out of this world. Crushable is an understatement.
However, I have digressed. This post is about the New England Style version of Pineapple IPA. The goal with this blog is not to be too technical, so I won’t go into the whole biological element of NE IPA in exact detail. I’ll say it as such. New England IPA uses a lot of hops at the end of the boil. The brewer will also add hops during fermentation (known as dry hopping) . These provide those citrus flavors. The yeast eats a lot of post boil hops and the ones added during the “dry hop.” The after product (you studied digestion in school) produces a juicy flavor without bitterness. That biological reaction is what leaves a haze in New England Style beer. I hope that isn’t too technical.
In this beer, the brewer also added some pineapple for additional sweetness. What I found was a beer balanced with bitter hops, fruit, and post boil hop additions. The flavor was citrusy and finished drier than most of the NE style. No bitter or sweet finish. It’s a lot of work for Maltese, and a lot of enjoyment for you the consumer. I don’t think you have to be an IPA snob to give this beer a try. In fact, I’d recommend anybody who isn’t an IPA fan to give this one a shot. I think you’ll be surprised how smooth this beer actually is.
This is my story, and I’m sticking to it. Hope to see you at Maltese this weekend!
First of all, hello! My name is Jeffrey Trigger. I like to drink Maltese beer. About me, I am a beer lover of all styles, enjoy brewing at the homebrew level, and good conversation about beer. The folks at Maltese were kind enough to have me write about their beer. They did give me one caveat, and that was to write it so all could understand what I’m talking about. So you have it on my honor, I’ll write this to the best of my ability without sounding like a snob.
I wanted to start the discussion with a staple at Maltese. This is Bank Down Vanilla Brown. Personally, I love this beer. When you order the brown, the first thing you’ll notice is that is indeed dark. Most people confuse dark with heavy, or high ABV. This isn’t the case with this beer. The ABV is just above your average drinker. When you give it a taste, you’ll get that vanilla. It is sweet, without overpowering anything. To balance that vanilla out is the beer itself. Brown ales often have bready or cracker flavors, and in this case just a hint of the bread to keep it in balance. In other words, this is a simple drinking dark beer that you can enjoy at the bar, from a growler, or in a can, while watching a game. If you’re new to craft beer, this is one of the beers I’d recommend anyone to try.
Were you lucky enough to receive a growler this holiday season? Perhaps you are already a beer connoisseur and have a collection going. Maybe you have no idea what a growler is. Either way, you should know that growler choice and care are essential in keeping the beer inside of utmost quality.
What IS a Growler:
A growler is a wonderful asset for every beer lover to have. Growlers are reusable containers for beer, usually made of dark glass or ceramic. They typically come in 64oz but can also come in 32oz (commonly known as “squealers”). Every state is different, but here in Virginia growlers can be purchased empty or filled and brought back to many brewpubs for refills. Check with your local watering hole for the rules regarding refills.
Choosing a Growler:
· It is best to choose a growler made of dark brown glass or an opaque one (ceramic or stainless steel). Clear glass containers allow light in, which can cause your beer to “skunk”
· If the lid is a twist off, plastic caps are a better option than metal ones as they can allow air to leak if the pressure inside is too great.
· Glass growlers with engravings or etching can weaken the glass, which increases the chance that it may break under pressure.
Caring for Your Growler:
· Growlers should be cleaned, sanitized and allowed to air dry immediately after emptying. Always store with caps off- unless you like drinking mildew and being sick. To each their own.
· Growlers can be rinsed with hot water. If you prefer to use a special cleaning agent be sure it is not fat or oil based, use the correct ratio and always follow with a good rinse.
· Never allow your growler to become too warm or freeze- doing so can weaken the glass and lead to breakage. We won’t even get into how terrible that is to do if it’s filled with beer. Poor beer…
Final Thoughts From Your Local Beer Wench:
A growler can be used to bring your favorite draft beer home many times over. We at Maltese Brewing love filling growlers for our customers. Please don’t be upset if we give it a quick sniff test beforehand though. We want to ensure that the growler is clean and ready to be filled. We would hate to fill a growler that has some funk left in it and have it cloud the taste of the awesome beer that we put time and love into. For the freshest flavor, consume within 24 hours of filling. Once the 72 hour mark hits the beer can become stale.
Happy Holidays, and as always, drink responsibly!
Those of you in the fire service can skip this post and check back when the next one is posted :-)
It used to surprise me how much we were asked this question, but then I remembered that before I married a firefighter I didn't know what is was either. As most of you already know, MBC is owned and operated by two professional firefighters. Their goal was to incorporate as much of the fire service as possible, right down to the base boards made with fire hose! Lots of thought went into choosing the perfect name.
I am sure all of you have seen a Maltese Cross at some point and just may not realize it. The Maltese Cross can be found on just about anything fire service related; shirts, apparatuses, gear, stickers, badges, even license plates. It's kind of their brand if you will.
The symbol itself is a symbol of protection. There are 8 points to the cross and, as you can see above, they all have a specific meaning. Each of these are very deep and important to firefighters and it is something ingrained in all of them. To be a firefighter is to be a part of the greatest brotherhood there ever was. The owners of MBC take great pride in their profession and it is such a big part of who they are, which is why incorporating the Maltese Cross in the name made perfect sense.