Monday, August 16, 2010

Harpoon 100 BBL Series #32: Pott's Landbier

 Number 32 in Harpoon's 100 BBL Series takes us back to traditional German brewing roots with this wonderful "country beer". This beer is actually a collaboration between Joerg Pott of Pott's Brauerei in Oelde, Germany, Pott’s brewmaster Peter Wienstroer and Harpoon’s Todd Charboneau. As the story goes, back in 2003 Joerg Pott took a tour of American breweries which included Harpoon. A few years later in the summer of 2007 Joerg joined the Harpoon staff to learn more about American craft beer. Joerg and Todd talked often about creating a collaborative beer, but they were never able to work out the logistics.  
 Pott's Landbier has deep chestnut brown color and pours with a medium white head, which dissipates quickly and leaves little or no lacing. Make no mistake about it, this beer has a solid malt foundation, but that is offset buy a wounderful blend of all German hops. Most notably is the Magnum bittering hop which blends well at a modest 30 IBU's. Potts has chosen to ferment with his own proprietary lager yeast.
 This beer has a very crisp, clean balance with an ever-so slight bitter finish. This is a great diversion from those Light Lager's, Pilsner's,  flavored Hefe's and Belgian Whites that we seem to be inundated with when the mercury in the thermometer rises to tell us it's Summer. Pick up a couple of bottles while you still can because, as always, once it's gone, it's gone. Cheers!

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