This week's belated Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront's Riverwest Stein Beer, an all malt amber lager.
Yes SNS fans, I did not have a beer after the Tisha B'Av fast ended. Nor did I make havdalah on beer, although because Tisha B'Av was a nidhe this year, no one was required to use beer for havdalah since wine and grape juice were acceptable due to the shifting of the fast from Shabbos to Sunday.
Instead, I waited until I got home this evening to try the highly regarded Lakefront Riverwest Stein Beer. While waiting for a beer is hardly ever an endeavor that can be deemed worth it (except perhaps the first post Pesach beer), this rare visitor to NY was certainly enjoyable.
For those who are unfamiliar with Lakefront brews, there is good reason for your lack of experience with Lakefront --- these beers don't generally find their way to the East Coast. Indeed, I have seen these beers on rare occasions in some of the beer beer stores like Shoreline, Beverage Barn (Garden City Park), Peekskill Beverage and American Beer on Court Street, but usually a few styles and often with older vintages.
To my surprise, I have now seen Lakefront in the 8 count mix pack available in a number of places including DeCicco's in Brewster and the hidden gem of a beer store - Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton.
The 8 pack is a great tool if you are looking to try many different varieties or if you are just looking to find one that you like without buying multiple six packs. I hope to post reviews of many of these brews over the next few months.
So why is the Riverwest Stein Beer so highly regarded? First you need to look, taste and smell the malt in the brew. The first few sips were all bready malt with a little balanced hops so that the beer's character is not forgotten. The beer is not highly carbonated but by no means flat and the lesser fizz allows the beer to be enjoyed, even when served on the colder side.
This is not a beer for a steak, but I would like to try it with some lighter stews or chicken dishes. If you have experimented with pairing this brew with food, please let me know your thoughts.
Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein Amber Lager is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K(there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the Riverwest Stein Amber Lager, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/2219.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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