origin: San Francisco, CA
I've said it in the past, but I'm a sucker for great aesthetics on the outside. It's always a let down when the beer on the inside sucks, but this has the classic Steam flavors from Anchor's cools-ship method -- malty, slightly tang, slightly metallic. And, with the addition of some fine dry hopping and a superb NSP, this slips quietly into the realm of fully fantastic.
I haven't listened to CRB, but I'm pretty stoked on this description, from Anchor's website:
In the spirit of [the ESB] tradition, we like to think of Brotherhood Steam Beer as an Extra Special Lager (ESL), aka “The Gig Beer” – an easy drinking brew from the first set to encore. In December we announced the limited release of Brotherhood Steam Beer in six-pack cans with artwork by San Francisco-based artist Alan Forbes.
|Alan Forbes' work should not go unnoticed.|