Beer of the Week: Red Seal Ale
It's been a while since Beer of the Week last ran, dear friends of the brew. But we're bringing it back, and with gusto. This week's beer is one I've fallen in love with in recent months: Red Seal Ale. It's a big, malty amber that drinks like a dry red, with a bit of aggressive hopping thrown in for good mix. And it's from North Coast Brewing, that Mendocino, California, outfit responsible for notable labels like Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and Acme Brand California IPA. I enjoy a lot of North Coast's output, but Red Seal is my favorite.
And the hops, oh the hops! Although Red Seal certainly won't give IPAs a run for their money in terms of bitterness, it has just the right balance of floral and heady, sweet and dry, bitter and bold hops. You smell them first and taste them right after, a long, lingering aroma that flies into your sinuses and grabs hold.
So where to get this brew? Brother Tuckers in Pompano serves it by the bottle, and it's sometimes on draft as well. But you'll also find this award-winning brew (it's got almost as many medals as Michael Phelps) at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Total Wine. Pick up a six-pack, pop one open, and enjoy.