Jeff's view from behind the
by Jeff Levine
My favorite beer is Anchor Liberty ale.
It's special character comes from a unique top-fermenting
ale yeast that is responsible for many of Liberty Ale's
subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced
by an entirely natural process called "bunging," which
produces champagne-like bubbles. Dry-hopping (adding
fresh hops to the brew during aging), imparts a unique
aroma to the ale.
While Anchor's Liberty is known world wide, the company
also has a well kept secret beer that is also outstanding in
its own right - Anchor SMALL. That's not a misprint. It's
called Small. And here's why......
From the very first days of beer making there has been a
tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash.
For centuries the term "small beer" was used to describe
the lighter and weaker second beer. The Anchor brewers
have revived this process and produced a small beer that
is anything but small. It is one great beverage.
When anchor makes their Old Foghorn Barleywine Style
Ale from the first runnnings of an all-malt mash, they then
"sparge" that mash (sprinkling warm water over it and the
first wort has run off). This results in a second, lighter
brew from the resulting thinner wort. Technically both
beers are ales because they are made with top-fermenting
What does it taste like? Well, it's similar to a "bitter", a
rich and tasty treat for any real beer lover. Plus it's fun to
know that this special brew revives an ancient brewing
Anchor Small is hard to get but worth the effort. Trust
See you next month.
First Brewed - 1997
Malt - 2-row Barley
ABV - 3.3%