1099. Howdy Pilgrim

1099. Howdy Pilgrim

Jadyn and I had dinner at the CBC shortly before Thanksgiving. I had a pint of Howdy Pilgrim, a Bitter dry-hopped with Pilgrim hops, and served on Cask.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company
Alcohol: 4.30%
Serving: Cask
Style: English Bitter, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 3.5| Drinkability: 4.5

Overall: 3.9

Pours a deeply cloudy, amber tinted, copper color. It's topped by a sudsy, off-white head that fades to a film. The aroma is somewhat mild. There are light caramel and toasty malt notes, as well as herbal hops.

Initially, toasty malts and a lightly sweet breadiness greets the palate. The maltiness opens up in the center with a bit more sweetness and some fruity hints. A strong, hoppy bitterness quickly takes over towards the finish. Herbal and floral hop flavors complement the lingering bitterness in the aftertatse, which, oddly, has aslight, lingering sweet undertone. This Bitter is light-bodied and briskly carbonated.

I thought this was an excellent session beer, which fits the style.


Faux Craft

My friend Matthew sent me a link to a post at Brookston Beer Bulletin. It's a fairly detailed list of beers or breweries owned by AB/InBev and MillerCoors. I didn't know that some of the imported brands I occasionally drink were owned by either brewery, but given their ubiquity it's not surprising. It's a handy reference if you'd rather support smaller breweries. It won't prevent me from having the occasional import, though most of my beer spending already goes to smaller breweries.