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New To ATL: Anchor Small Beer

Anchor Small BeerI don’t want to get all beer technical on you, but theres a little explaining to make sense of the beer.  When Anchor makes Foghorn, their barleywine, they have to mash in 3 different times to get the fermentable sugars they want. (It’s like making tea.)   The brewery runs warm water through the mash (grain) a second time in order to make this beer – Small Beer.  It’s actually an old brewing tradition.

Foghorn pushes 10%, but Small Beer actually is quite sessionable at 3.3% ABV.

Anchor Small revives the ancient brewing tradition of creating two distinct beers from one mash — a sweeter, stronger and more expensive barleywine made for sipping, and a more plentiful drinking beer. We sprinkle warm water over the Old Foghorn mash after the first “wort” has run off, creating a second, lighter brew. Technically, both beers are “ales” because they are made with top-fermenting yeast. Like its forebears, the result is an easy-drinking “session” beer.

Style: English Bitter
Hops: Goldings
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel

Taste Expectations:  Light flavor all around (as its meant to be) earthy hops, cereal grains. Sweet & easy drinking
Availability: 22oz bottles. Year round availability.

3.3% ABV