Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Flying Fish Exit 6 Wallonian Rye

We all know I love big bottled beer. And one of my favorite lines is Flying Fish. The newest addition to the Exit Series is Exit 6. Founder and GM, Gene Muller, of Flying Fish Brewery reported that the company produced 1,400 cases and less than 100 kegs of Exit 6 Wallonian Rye. The beer was distributed in NJ, PA, MD, and DE.

According to the label description: “The fifth stop on our trip to explore New Jersey takes us to an area that puts the green in the Garden State. This part of Burlington County was settled in 1624 by Dutch Walloons (now Belgians) whose first order of business was to build a fort-and then a tavern. The area has always had a rich agricultural heritage and we’re using locally grown rye as an appreciation of our farmers past and present."

"Exit 6 is a deceptively simple recipe- pale malt augmented by 20 percent rye, fermented with a classic Belgian yeast. But then it gets interesting with the hops: English East Kent Goldings, Slovenian Styrian Goldings and Japanese Sorachi Ace. The result is a rich saffron color with a spicy character from the rye and lemony citrus notes from the unique Sorachi Ace hops.
Since this beer is being released during Philly Beer Week, we’ve made it a collaboration brew with Ric Hoffman from Stewart’s in Bear, DE and Gordon Grubb from Nodding Head in Philadelphia.”

Shared my most recent bottle with publishing guru and industry expert Bo Sacks and his lovvely wife Carole at their house in Copake, NY. We shared the big bottle with his signature Bo-ritos, which were spicy, flavorful, and delicious.

The beer went down easy with al the flavors and tastes described above. I cannot express enough my absolute amazement with the absolute quality Flying Fish has put into this series. It's what makes the craft revolution so important and fun. Absolutely delicious!