This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's Long John Lager.
With the weatherman predicting that Long Island will get its first snow, followed by an Arctic Express, it seemed like an opportune time to review one of Saranac's newest beers - the Long John Lager.
This years's winter mix box contained two bottles of old favorite Pale Ale (reviewed here (kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/03/sunday-night-suds-saranac-pale-ale.html), more recent offerings 4059 Porter (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-4059-porter.html) and Legacy IPA (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/02/sunday-night-suds-saranac-legacy-ipa.html ), as well as new offerings Chai Brown Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/12/sunday-night-suds-saranac-chai-brown-ale.html) Into the Dark and Long John Lager.
The Saranac Long John Lager poured a rich dark caramel. The beer had more than a fair amount of lacing which coated the glass more than half an hour later. There was significant breadiness which is to be expected in a winter lager, but the spices were a little more subdued than I was hoping for. The beer has a 5.5% abv, but the alcohol flavor is somewhat pronounced.
I enjoyed this beer on its own, but could see pairing this with a sweet poultry dish or braised lamb.
Saranac Long John Lager is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this beer, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/132539.
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