Liederkranz Beer News
February 5, 2020
A new beer for the Liederkranz is the New Trail Gondola Hazy IPA. Brewed with hearty wheats and oat malts and briskly hopped with mildly berry aromatic Belma, Amarillo, & Crystal hops, it tastes of citrusy flavors on a study malt base. This recent release from the IPA specialists in Williamsport is a 6.4% ABV fresh ale that is as hazy as it gets.
Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in 1995 in a livery stable in downtown Easton, PA, by Dan Weirback. During a visit to Belgium in 2000, he fell for the rich, sweet, bottle-conditioned ales encountered there. He returned to his Easton, PA brew house determined to create one of his own. Weyerbacher Merry Monks was introduced as a winter seasonal, but demand was so great that by 2002 it became a year-rounder and now makes up about 40% of sales. The Merry is a Belgian style Tripel brewed with lots of Pilsner malt and Hallertauer, Saaz, and Fuggles hops. This ale is maltier than some of the other tripels with toasty, bready flavors and significant sweetness that amplifies the fruitiness. Spice, pear-like fruit and banana aromas lead the way. A muscular 9.3% ABV is nicely balanced by 15 IBUs of bitterness.
A style distinctive to Cologne, the name Kölsch is protected by law so that only beers brewed in the metropolitan area of Cologne, are pale in color, top-fermented, hop-accented and filtered can be so named. The Cölner Hofbräu P. Josef Früh KG has been around for over 100 years with a presence opposite the famous Cologne Cathedral, Brauhaus Früh am Dom. Früh Kölsch is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot from the original recipe by Peter Josef Früh. Früh Kölsch is an extremely drinkable (4.9% ABV) beer with an unsurpassed balance of malt and soft, delicate Hallertau and Tettnag hops. Pale gold in color with a lasting head, the beer has a hoppy, dry finish. Früh continues to be brewed using the original recipe from 1904 that has been passed down through five generations.
The are some great darker style lagers available at the Liederkranz right now. Cozy up with one of them for an evening of warm conversation!
In the late 19th century, certain cities throughout Europe were becoming famous for their independent beers. Towns and cities like Burton-upon-Trent, Dublin, London, Munich and Dortmund were producing unique, high-quality brews that would eventually evolve into their own distinct beer styles. One such town in southern Germany was Kulmbach, who's water chemistry closely resembled that Dublin; another city renowned for its dark beers. Frank A. Rieker was born in Wurttemburg, Germany where he apprenticed as a brewer prior to immigrating to America in 1863. Whether he brought his Schwarzbier recipe with him or emulated it in Lancaster is unclear; what is for sure is that his Rieker Star Brewery became famous for it and other superb beers. The Columbia Kettleworks Kulmbacher Schwarzbier is brewed today by his descendent Chad Reiker, a Liederkranz Club member. This sturdy (5.8% ABV) deep brown/red lager provides coffee and chocolate notes and 22 IBUs of bittering supports a smooth and dry finish. Other excellent kegs from CKW are coming soon!
Dark beers were being made in Bavaria long before the advent of paler specialties. The 5.5% ABV Hofbrau Dunkel is brewed with Munich, light barley, and caramel malts using the decoction method. This technique involves removing part of the mash, boiling it, and returning it to the main mash, which is held at a constant temperature. Many German brewers (among others) claim that this method develops malt character, depth, and a superior head. The Dunkel is a malt floral bouquet with notes of caramel, roasted malty, hoppy with a subtle malty sweet finish. 23 IBUs of Herkules and Perle hops balance out the rich malt flavors.
And, the Gunpowder Falls Bock on Tap #3 is not to be missed. A great beer at an exceptional price!
HopHead Alert! The Liederkranz will be soon pouring one of America's signature big ales. Larry Bell opened a homebrew supply store in 1983 under the name Kalamazoo Brewing Co. By 1985, brewing with a 15-gallon soup pot, he sold his first commercial beer. A brand-new American made 200-barrel brewhouse opened in 2012 and a canning line and twelve 800-barrel fermenters were added in 2014. Co-owner and daughter Laura Bell was promoted to CEO in 2017 making this one of the largest woman managed breweries in the country. Bell's Hopslam Ale has the most complex hopping schedule of any Bell's brew; six different hop varietals are added to the brew kettle, culminating with lots of dry-hopping with Simcoe. Keenly aromatic, 65 IBUs of these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a surprisingly drinkable version of the ever-popular Double India Pale Ale style. The Hopslam waddles in at 10% ABV with an equally bulky 294 carbs per 12 oz.
Lancaster Liederkranz beer drinkers enjoy quality regular beers and an array of rotating items. If one of the beers has gone off tap, ask your bartender to suggest a similar, tasty replacement.
Lancaster Liederkranz Beer Guy - Jim Weber
The LLK beer staff tries to satisfy customer interests at all times by providing a range of beers for disparate tastes, alcoholic content, and budgets. We know beer drinkers at the Liederkranz take their beer seriously. If you have concerns, suggestions, comments, or just wish to send ramblings on the subject, please send to Jim Weber at
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. Enjoy and see you at the club!