RELEASED WEDNESDAY, MAR. 13TH
The U.R.B. is going GREEN this week! As a way to have some fun leading up to St. Patrick's Day, we’ve decided to present our U.R.B. Tasters with 'Irish' versions of three classic German bier styles. In this one-week only survey, you'll test your taste buds and see if you can correctly identify each beer despite their majestic green hues! Evaluate the aroma and flavor of our three samples, and tell us which styles you think they are. Lots of folks tend to 'judge a beer by its color' so this survey might be harder than you think. If you identify all three beers correctly, you’ll receive a FREE 4-pack of our Kinsale, Foreign Export Stout!***
***Don’t be a leprechaun and tell your friends the answers…please just let the “Luck of The Irish” play out on it’s own.
Released Wednesday, Feb. 27th: An English Porter was among the initial batch of recipes brewed at our original location, the Midtown Brewery & Biergarten. Historically, the style first appeared in London in the 1700s, allegedly developed by a brewed named Ralph Harwood*, and it quickly became the favorite brew of laborers (“porters”) who were flooding into cities during the Industrial Revolution. The popularity of this new brown-colored Ale boomed, making Porter the first worldwide beer sensation. In fact, London breweries were producing so much of it that in 1814, a wooden vat ruptured causing 323,000 gallons of beer to surge into the streets! However, in the late 1800s, the style nearly died out with the rise of the Pale Ale, but it was revived by American craft breweries in the 1970s as well as in the Baltics and Poland.
The Porter was once brewed exclusively with brown malt, but in the early 1800s, English breweries started using pale malt and newly invented roasted malt to give the beer its signature toasty, nutty, and lightly roasted malt character. Nowadays, the style can vary greatly in the intensity of roasted malt character as well as hop character.
On tap at The U.R.B. is a fresh batch of our house Porter (Harwood Myth) and a couple of special variations of that Porter that complement its dark and roasty notes. Help us evaluate these three beers by focusing on each recipe's flavor, aroma, body and finish.
*This is likely an urban legend, but the Harwood Myth lives on to this day.
Released Wednesday, Feb. 13th: The Pale Ale is one of the most popular beer styles in the world. Originally British in origin, the Pale Ale has become the quintessential style of the American craft beer revolution. Brewers have a lot of room to experiment within this style by the way in which they source ingredients from various regions and countries. Typically, Pale Ales are lighter in color because they are brewed with predominately pale malt, however color can range from light gold to deep amber. Bitterness levels can also vary, depending on the source of hops and the amount of hops added to the recipe. The wide range of experimentation has created room for regions all over the world to develop their own unique take on the style, with malt being the focus for some and hops being the focus for others.
For this survey, our Brewers have prepared three hop-forward Ales with differing combinations of U.S. and German hops. Tell us what you think about each beer's flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel, and let us know which sample you ❤️ the most!
Released Wednesday, Jan. 30th: The Bocks are back in town, and it appears they've brought the Polar Vortex with them! Warm yourself up with our newest survey featuring a trio of this historic style. Bocks have long been a staple of German festivals for centuries, and they met the nutritional needs of Bavarian monks during times of fasting ("liquid bread"). Those familiar with the style know these beers tend to be maltier (sweeter) and stronger (greater than 6%) than other beer styles. But there's a lot of room for variation and experimentation under the Bock style umbrella.
In this survey you will evaluate three very distinct biers. Find out what flavors and aromas you can decipher in each recipe, and decide which is your new favorite Bock brew!
Released Wednesday, Jan. 23rd: It's Wolpertinger Week at The Urban Research Brewery! Each year, as we prepare for our anniversary beer festival, which will take place this Sunday (Jan. 27th), we brew a special Anniversary Ale, a.k.a. Wolpertinger, to coincide with the celebration. As Wolpi is known to be a mythical German creature displaying a variety of distinctive traits from other woodland creatures, our fabled brew features aspects of various beer styles, finished in a way that is greater than the sum of its parts.
As a special treat, we're giving you, our U.R.B. Tasting Community, a chance to try this year's batch BEFORE its official release on Sunday in our newest survey. You'll also sample two Wolpertinger brews from previous years: 2018 and 2017.