Just yesterday, I told you about a place where you can go to try flights of German style beers. Most of the styles contained in those flights are Lagers, but not the Alt. Traditional German Altbier (or Dusseldorfer Alt) is one of just a few traditional German Ales rather than Lagers (along with Kolsch, Gose, Hefeweizen, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock and a few others).
From the German Beer Institute:
One of only a handful of traditional German ales. Altbier is Copper-colored, cool-fermented, cold-conditioned, clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish. It is indigenous to the Rheinland, which is part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany, near the Dutch border. The best known Altbiers come from the Düsseldorf, the state capital.
Foggy Noggin Brewing Company in Bothell primarily brews English style Ales but also appreciates the German Alt, and now they’re ready to bring back a Limited Seasonal release of their MLK Alt. They brew this rare treat just once a year, each January, and this year’s batch is ready for release.
Here is some more information about this beer from Foggy Noggin Brewing Company:
Foggy Noggin Brewing is releasing a very limited seasonal beer this Saturday – April 2nd (noon-5PM) at our tasting room in Bothell, WA.
This beer is very limited and will have a very short run cycle. Only brewed one day each year, MLK day in January. This beer is only available at the brewery tasting room, while this beer lasts. Last year this beer was gone before many had the opportunity to try it, so make sure you come this weekend so you don’t miss out.
MLK Alt – German Alt
Every beer has a dream and in respect of the great MLK, beer’s all over the world have gained equality. English, German, Belguim and even American beers are now seen on tap next to each other. MLK Alt is brewed as a traditional German Alt and fits in perfectly with the Foggy Noggin English beer line-up. Brewed in the winter and lagered until the spring provides a crisp, sharp flavor profile and a nice hop backbone. Prost!
Malts: German Pilsener, Vienna, Munich, CaraMunich
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau
If you’d like to try Foggy Noggin’s MLK Alt, don’t delay. They’re a small brewery after all, and they have just this one batch. So get to their tasting room this Saturday and have a pint or two while it lasts.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.