Stemming from their pilot program, The Black Barn Program was created to challenge the team to brew the highest quality beer, while allowing their brewers to work with new styles/recipes, new ingredients, and new processes. The Black Barn beers are only available in bottles and on draft exclusively in their tap room.
No. 33 Black Ale
A European Dark Lager, or Black Ale. It was a solid beer, with great balance, but somewhat unremarkable.
No. 35 Irish Dry Stout
A dark but smooth and light offering, Black Barn Program no. 35 has aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, dark berries, and moss .
No. 36 Altbier
Worth the trip alone, this Altbier was crisp and easy to drink. Perfect for the fall. In case you didn’t know – the name Alt, the German word for old, can either refer to the old style of brewing ales before the isolation of bottom-fermenting yeasts or the longer aging time needed to cold ferment ale yeasts. So it looks like an ale, features ale yeast and hopped like an ale, but is fermented at cooler temps like a lager.
Not an ale and not a lager, it poured a beautiful and absolutely crystal clear copper. It had a light but close to medium body with a full hearty feel, the carbonation is very present but creamy and smooth. The nose was malt forward; showing toffee, and tastes of slightly toasted rustic bread, and earthy woodsy hops, followed by black tea and some subtle darker fruity vibe from the yeast. This beer is very enjoyable, it’s best part is how well balanced all the flavors were and how drinkable it was. A wonderful altbier.
On my way out, as I was unabashedly taking pictures of everything, and I told the bottle teller that I was from Palmer’s in Connecticut. She handed me a Bottle of No. 36 and said, ‘Thank you for your support!”
P.S. If you’ve got kids, or no kids, I highly recommend then driving around the corner to take a visit to the Wolfe’s Neck Community Center for a Goat Hike. Yep, you heard me right. For an hour, 6 French Alpine goats will lead you through the trails and along the marsh lines (there favorite place to graze), and if nothing else but to walk off all the beer, you’ll get a good laugh! They also have bike and kayak rentals in case you’d like to visit an island or two.