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Hourglass Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale | by Thomas Cizauskas
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Hourglass Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale

"Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale," on draft, in the taproom at...

 

Hourglass Brewing

Longwood, Florida.

17 June 2019.

 

▶ The day I visited, there were 38 (!) beers on tap, all from the brewery.

▶ The brewery facade: here.

 

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▶ According to the website, a mash of malted barley, wheat, rye, and oats is lautered (filtered) through a bed of hay and hops. The resultant wort is kettle "pasteurized" but not boiled.

 

Cooled, the beer is then fermented with yeast from a "famous Lithuanian brewery." "Švyturys or Utenos?," I asked the bartender. Not sure, he said. (As those are international lager-style breweries, more likely it was this commercially available yeast.)

 

"Who among the staff is Lithuanian," I asked. No one, he replied.

 

▶ Me:

---> Reddish-brown and very hazy (as would be expected), but not murky. A long-lasting head, if not spumous. For aroma: apricot and white pepper. For flavor: slightly sour and definitely funky with a suggestion of toffee, lemon rind, and apricot. The finish is abrupt, slightly astringent, and, again, slightly sour, but with a green pepper aftertaste.

5.7% alcohol-by-volume (abv).

 

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Taken on June 17, 2019