After discovering Canterbury Aleworks last year during Bike Week, we made a point of heading back there this year.
Unfortunately, the Ale Man himself wasn't there. One of his lovely daughters was 'manning' the tap room and dispensing not only yummy beers but discussing the past, present, and future of the brewery.
There were several changes to the tasting room since last year. The place looks cozy, comfortable, and inviting.
I'd already had many of the beers on tap. But there were new-to-me brews available, too. Of course, I tried them all anyway.
Snappy Wit (5.1% ABV) is a Belgian WitBier
brewed with orange peel and coriander seed.
The aroma is grainy and spicy with orangy overtones.
The taste has a solid wheat beer profile with juicy orange notes and spicy coriander. The fresh flavors really come through. This is a delicious, well-crafted brew.
Overall: very good
Bright Idea (5.4% ABV) is a German Helles-Kolsch Hybrid
This brews is so flippin' good. It has all the crisp, freshness of a Kolsh with the gentle malty goodness of a Helles lager. This brew is light, bright, and super refreshing. Truly a bright idea from the Aleman.
Overall: very good
Chance (5.2% ABV) is a Single Malt And Single Hop brew. Brewers often make this style of beer to break down what a specific malt and hop characteristics are. All of the Chance brews will have a different single hop for each batch!
In this case, the Aleman used Columbus hops; a citrussy, earthy, somewhat spicy hop.
That pretty much describes this brew. Bright and citrussy with floral notes and resinous undertones. Mild and flavorful. Medium mouthfeel.
Smoke House Porter (5.8% ABV) is made with malt smoked at nearby Fox Country Smoke House.
A solid porter that is big on malt and gently smoky. Roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavors come forward to compliment the mildly sweet smoky malt. There is a subtle bitterness in the background to balance all the flavors out.