Tonight's Sunday Night Suds beer review looks at Redhook Sunrye Ale. I found this beer in the summer style mix box that I purchased in Allentown, PA in August. It was a bit of a curiosity to me as I had never heard of beer made from Rye. Sure enough, the experts at Beer Advocate had a special Rye Beer category. Their description is below:
Not to be confused with a German Roggenbier, a beers that fall into this category contain a notable amount of rye grain in the grist bill. Bitterness tends to be moderate, to allow the often spicy and sour-like rye characteristics to pull through.
After doing a little research on BA, I found that many brewers in fact make a version of rye beer, including the Saranac Roggen Bock (possibly included in their beers of summer box). I also found that the Triumph Brewing Company of NJ and Pennsylvania makes a "Jewish Rye Ale". I clicked through to their website, but could not ascertain whether the beer is flavored and would thus require Kosher supervision to drink. I also did not notice whether there were caraway seeds...
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But back to Redhook Sunrye Ale - its a light tasting summer ale. The beer pours a golden color with a little head. It went really well with barbecue tonight, but almost all beer goes well with barbecue. I have had a few of them with spicy meals and they are equal to the task.
Redhook Sunrye Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Orthodox Union as are all all beers that I have seen produced by Redhook. For the experts' take on the Sunrye Ale please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18134/9410 .
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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