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Old 06-10-2008, 05:03 PM   #1
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So this weekend I stopped at a couple of breweries for some sampling. And one had a Riesling Ale. Here's their description:

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Riesling Ale
The first beer of it's kind! We actually blended pure NY riesling juice with an American wheat beer and came up with something truly unique. The nose starts out a bit grapey and spicy, while the flavor is a subtle blend of white wine and malt. We kept the color and body light; really light and ramped up the carbonation level to bring out the fruity aromas. This is the perfect beer for those hot, Western NY summer days we all know and adore.
Brewed with Pale, Wheat, and CaraPils Malts. Hopped withCentennial and Mt. Hood.
Alc. 4.5% by volume.
It was brewed at Three Brothers Brewery in Geneva NY.

Thought it might be of interest to those who make both wine and beer. I'm a really bad at describing a beer so I'll leave it at what the description says, seemed awful unique to me. Although maybe its been done before.

For any New Yorkers out there the other places I sampled were, Rooster Fish Brewing (also known as The Crooked Rooster Brewpub) in Watkins Glen, and Wagner Valley Brewing Company, Lodi NY.
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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Interesting...I work at a Riesling producer and the whole office loves my brews. Maybe I can get some juice!

 
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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Three brothers doesn't make the beer, Custom Brewcrafters in Honeoye Falls makes it for them. I stopped there during the grand opening last week, the beer isn't bad for a new operation. None of our group could taste the reisling in the reisling beer though, it tasted like a light lager to me. The best part of the place (besides beer) is the winery on the pond.

 
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:43 PM   #4
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You are correct nyrer. The Riesling Ale was one of the last stops of the day for me, so I can't say my tasting abilities were great, but I think I tasted the grape juice. The whole beer was so light though from what I remember that it wasn't strong. It was a lot like one of the sparkling wines we had somewhere that weekend.

Kilted Brewer, glad it was a source of inspiration. If anything comes of it let me know. I'll be curious how it turns out.
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Hmmm sounds interesting..

Kinda reminds me of Dogfish Heads Mida's Touch, which has Alexander’s Muscat grape concentrate in it...
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Something will come of it, but I have to wait till this years harvest to get some riesling juice. Everything we have currently is already fermented.

 
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OK, so this thing is starting to take a little shape here in the office and there is a lot of interest. I mean our marketing guy is already talking labels...

Description states American Wheat, but NYER you say it was more like a light lager. What was it's appearance like? I imagine these folks don't bottle at all, do they?

 
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OK, so this thing is starting to take a little shape here in the office and there is a lot of interest. I mean our marketing guy is already talking labels...

Description states American Wheat, but NYER you say it was more like a light lager. What was it's appearance like? I imagine these folks don't bottle at all, do they?

You can only buy growler's, they are brand new and the brewery is pretty small. To me it looked a little darker than miller light. I'm not a fan of light beer and I just didn't taste anything other than that. There were 6 of us tasting including my wife who works in a different winery and none of us tasted the reisling. Part of the problem could have been is that they were busy and they were pouring from open growlers that were sitting in an ice bath. When I go back I'll try to find out more, I live near the place and we know the owner.

On a side note when we were at Dogfishhead last year we tried a beer that was made with about 50% chardonney, that was good and you could taste the grape. I can't remember what they called it.

 
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The DFH was the Midas Touch I believe. But I thought they used Muscat. Any info you can get from them would be great.

 
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:19 PM   #10
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The DFH was the Midas Touch I believe. But I thought they used Muscat. Any info you can get from them would be great.

I found this on their website....maybe I had too much to drink that day, it didn't taste like a wheat to me and I love wheat beer.


"Riesling Ale
The first beer of it's kind! We actually blended pure NY riesling juice with an American wheat beer and came up with something truly unique. The nose starts out a bit grapey and spicy, while the flavor is a subtle blend of white wine and malt. We kept the color and body light; really light and ramped up the carbonation level to bring out the fruity aromas. This is the perfect beer for those hot, Western NY summer days we all know and adore.
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Alc. 4.5% by volume."

 
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