Alewerks Brewing Company is located in Williamsburg,Virginia and their beer is only available locally in VA for the time being. If you live in Virginia or you’re just passing through you may find this beer in a supermarket. Alewerks Tavern Ale showed up at the local discount store and I decided to take a chance on it, figuring it would be a moderately tasty, easy drinking beer to “have at a cookout” to paraphrase the packaging. Instead I found one of the finest Brown Ales I have ever tasted and I couldn’t believe the price: 5.74 a sixer.
The nose is sweet roasted nuts, chocolate and bready malts. The taste is complex and loaded with flavor. Chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of caramel and a slight bit of smoke likened to freshly dead autumn leaves — similar to a Sierra Nevada Tumbler. There’s some “biscuit” malt flavor there too, a taste that’s very present in a New Belgium Fat Tire. In fact this beer reminds me of a Sam Adams Cream Stout, a Sierra Nevada Tumbler and a Fat Tire rolled into one. Thin mouthfeel, 6 percent alcohol.
Overall I give it an 8.5 it’s one of the best Brown Ales I’ve ever tasted. I’m more of a stout/porter lover but this is a great change of pace beer especially for the warmer months since it is a bit more thin and just plain tasty. Could not believe this beer was under six dollars, got a couple more six packs. I hope it is always easy to find here. I’m hoping I can track down their Washington’s Porter based on how good this beer was.
One last note, I couldn’t make out the freshness dates on the bottles, so I emailed the brewery just for the heck of it and they shot back that their machine was messed up. Turns out the brew date was only ten days from when I bought them, nice.