Middle Man Marzen (growler fill) – Foamer’s Folly Brewing

Foamer’s Folly Brewing in Pitt Meadows, BC gives us their Middle Man Marzen.

The beer is a deep red-amber, very clear with light carbonation bubbles visible. The head is light tan and dense.

The nose is heavy on malt with that distinct German “beer-y” smell of mashed grains with a slight boozy backbone. No hops are detectable on the nose but the malt aromas are deep and inviting.

Hops are much more distinct on the first sip with an herbaceous, celery bitterness pairing against subtly sweet malt and toasted biscuit flavours. The hop flavours hang on forever while the malt fades fairly quickly.

Crisp and fresh this makes a good sipper. The hops linger too long to session this Marzen but with a good bratwurst or salty pretzel this would be perfect.

Parallel 49 – Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner

From Vancouver’s Parallel 49 comes the Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner. The names comes from the use of Sorachi Ace Hops, known for both bittering and lemony, bubblegum and dill flavours, and Pilsner Malts, known light colour with a strong malt flavour.

The great look of this beer might trick you into thinking this is a wheat beer with a light clouding but the straw colour is pure pilsner. With a solid white head that persists very well this beer gets you at first glance.

The nose has a great grainy malt base, hinting at a slightly sweet backbone for this beer with a nice, light lemon aroma floating above it.

The flavours are extremely well balanced, bringing bitter hops, sweet malt, bitter lemon and sweet Meyer lemon all at once but without muddling. All of the flavours are very distinct despite hitting all at once. The tail is peasant bitter herbs with an almost celery vegetal quality. The mouth feel is light with fine carbonation.

I would pair this with moderately spicy food, strong cheese or a hearty stew dish.

A very good food beer and, for those that like high IBUs a good session beer.