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.