Saturday night I had the opportunity to try some of the award-winning beers from Chelsea Brewing Company!
My wife and I were invited to a BBQ at the home of the Chelsea Brewing brewmaster, Chris, who in addition to being a certifiable grill-master and all-around excellent host, makes some really good beers! I was happy to get to try four of them – on tap nonetheless!
I wasn’t able to do ‘real’ beer reviews on the beers offered, (no pictures or deeper analysis – sorry) but I’ll quickly list what I had. There was also a lot of food to contend with – I’m sure you understand. 🙂
My favorite beer of the night was the Chelsea Brewing Black Hole XXX Stout. This beer won bronze medals at the 2005 and 2008 Great American Beer Festival for foreign-style stout, and it even picked up a Gold in 2002! I really like stouts, and this one was just amazing. Everything a stout should be! It reminded me a bit of the Left Hand Milk Stout, but even better!
I was also able to try their ‘Checker Cab Blonde Ale‘ which created a huuuuuge head. It had a light body, was a little sweet and I thought it was just fabulous for a warm night.
Also on tap that evening was their unfiltered Summer Wheat which I don’t specifically remember but it WAS good! The Chelsea Summer Wheat won a Gold medal at the 2004 GABF so I’m not the only one who liked it!
Also available for consumption was the Sunset Red Ale which was a little darker, and while also light bodied it was more spicy and hoppy than the rest. In 1997, the Sunset Red won a gold medal in its class!
Again, sorry this post is not more in-depth, or laden with pictures, I could have done better but I was more concerned with enjoying the food, beer and company than analyzing everything! Still, I just want to say thanks to Chris and his Wife for having us over with their friends for some good food and some great beer!
If you’re ever in Manhattan, Chelsea Brewing Company has a 12,000 sq ft restaurant and brewery located on on pier 59. Go check them out and perhaps you too can try some of their award-winning beers!