This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boulevard Pale Ale.
The NY Times reported on Friday that Boulevard Brewery is being purchased by Duvel Moortgat, a Belgian brewing company which also owns Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y. It is reported that the two domestic breweries will be owned by a separate holding company focused on U.S. sales.
When I first heard about the buyout I admit to having concerns. Boulevard recently joined the ranks of kosher certified breweries and I have been trying to catch up on all of its quality brews. Although Duvel also has some beers which are certified kosher by the KF, the Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown has shown no interest in obtaining kosher supervision.
It will be worth watching whether Boulevard opts to abandon the supervision or if Ommegang chooses to finally go kosher.
Back to the Boulevard Pale Ale - the beer poured a rich amber and had great lacing which lasted much longer than I could have expected. The beer has a great bouquet of fragrant hops which hits before the first sip and lasts well beyond the last swallow. The hops are not very complex as the notes are mostly pine, but if you like American Pale Ales, this is the beer for you.
Boulevard Pale Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/2094.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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