Darkest Night

Cedar Wood-aged Solstice Ale Created in celebration of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and to greet New England’s eventual awakening to longer days and (hopefully) diminishing cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Darkest Night is a dark beer with garnet highlights, aged on Spanish and Japanese “cedar” woods. Spanish cedrela (Cedrela odorata) is a lightweight, fragrant wood most often used in the production of cigar boxes, in outdoor construction and paneling, and in the manufacture of guitars. Japanese Sugi wood (Cryptomeria japonica) is endemic to Japan and has many uses from incense, to tanks and barrels for fermenting and aging sake, to the construction of Japan’s myriad temples. Neither are technically members of the cedar family, but both display fragrant similarities to American red and white cedars. Darkest Night’s aroma and flavors are a balancing act of caramel and roasted malts, supported by subtle spicy wood notes of sandalwood, cinnamon, white grapefruit, and allspice. On the palate that balancing act continues with interplay between malts and wood and a finish hinting of espresso and bitter chocolate. Smooth in its finish and lingering softly on the palate, this unfiltered and full-bodied ale is a small-batch special brew from your friendly neighborhood brewers to be savored through the holidays. Be merry! Tulip $5.75 Pitcher $21 Tower $36

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