So perhaps...it's fire? The smell of wood smoke scares every other animal on earth, but we humans love it. And as the weather grows colder and the days shorter here in Brooklyn, we smile as we start to catch that familiar whiff of a neighbor sparking up a fireplace. That aroma transports us to good places -- barbecues, sitting around campfires, lounging with the family at the holidays.
Most beer was once smoky and we think smoke is still delicious. Brooklyn Fire & Ice is a robust porter that wraps beechwood smoke around a silky core of oatmeal and roasted malts. Wood is cut in the beechwood forests surrounding Bamberg, Germany, and our maltsters use it to dry their smoked malts, which form the basis of this beer. Together with a blend of roasted malts, it creates a beer that is gently smoky and beguilingly chocolaty, with notes of coffee and caramel.
Fire & Ice is delicious by itself, but it's a rock star at the dinner table. Those roasty-smoky notes are great with steaks, chops, chicken, stews, chili, lamb, and even chocolate desserts and ice cream. Why do we call the beer "Fire & Ice?" Because...
When the world gives you darkness and Ice
We put a Fire into your glass and give you warmth and light
Why yes, actually we are poets...
Style: Smoked Oatmeal Porter
Malts: British Pale Ale Malt, Bamberg Rauchmalz (Smoked Malt), British Crystal Malt, Rolled Oats, American Roasted Malts.
Hops: Willamette, Fuggle, and East Kent Golding
Yeast: Our own Brooklyn House Ale strain
Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
Original Gravity: 17.5
Availability: November - February
Format: 15.5 gal kegs; 5.2 gal kegs
What separates us humans from the other animals? Some people say that it's music, or language, or the use of tools. But birds can sing beautifully, dolphins can practically write novels and chimps fashion hammers.