One of my favorite things about working at a liquor store is being able to help local breweries grow by taking in new brands, and when the beers are good, it makes it all that much better. Utepils Brewing, formerly Bryn Mawr Brewing, recently went through a full-on renovation (if you haven’t been to the brewery, you should check it out, it pretty awesome). Their beers are inspired by the classic European styles that paved the way for all your favorite beers.
They recently hit the market with their three flagship beers. Classic, yet unique brews that throw a bone to tradition, but will be sure to quench the thirst of any beer patron! Especially since when you’re drinking anyone of these beers, you’re drinking history.
And Now, the Brews
|Utepils | Ewald the Golden | Bavarian Style Hefeweizen|
|Can we talk about how balanced this beer is? Udder perfection, in that regard. There is just the right amount of flavors and carbonation to this beer. Notes of banana, vanilla, and clove on the nose, with a taste to match. A nice, not overly sweet, Hefeweizen that is clean and crisp. Pour it out of the can and admire the beauty that is Ewald the Golden.|
|4 pk 16oz Cans | 5.2% ABV | 14 IBUs|
|Utepils | Alt 1848 | Düsseldorf Style Altbier|
|First, let’s get a quick history lesson about Altbier. Created in Düsseldorf, Germany, Altbier is an Ale that uses a specialty yeast that is fermented at a cool temperature, around 55°F, similar to a lager. It is the slowest and coolest fermented ale in the world, taking anywhere from three weeks to two months to properly ferment. It also needs to be kept cool the entire time, dropping as low as 32-40°F during racking, which needs to be done slowly, about 2°F per day, as to not harm the beer. Racking is more for the home brewers, but production brewers need to be just as careful. TL/DR: Utepils put a lot of time into this beer and it was all worth it. A beautiful copper hue, reminiscent of the copper kettle dome in the taproom, this beer boasts aromas of malty nougat, caramel, and some slight fruitiness. The flavor profile is similar with toffee, blackberry, and a little earthy hop quality. Another perfectly carbonated beer resulting in a superbly balanced beer!|
|4 pk 16oz Cans | 5.4% ABV | 50 IBUs|
|Utepils | Copacetic | Kölsch Style|
|Another clean beer from Utepils. Fantastically clear, this Kölsch has some great biscuity qualities that meld with some grassy, spicy hop characters with a tinge of lemon sweetness. All this thanks to the German grown malts, and, what I can only assume are German hops. Another beer that speaks to tradition and is a testament that some beer styles will never die, and for good reason.|
|4 pk 16oz Cans | 4.9% ABV | 25 IBUs|