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Your Daily Pint for Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, is: SUSQUEHANNA PILS-NOIR

What it is: A 4.9%-ABV “black pilsner.”

What it tastes like: Heaven? Angel tears? Rainbow-haired unicorn spit? Something like that. At once complex and completely understated, the lager’s crisp and zippy like a pils, but its trumped-up malt makes it exceptional: Subtle, cocoa-tinged roast vascillates with toffee and caramel sweetness that’s oddly (but awesomely!) evocative of a crunchy brulee. The swallow’s fast and a little hop-prickly with a nice, smooth toffee note that hangs on after the beer’s slipped down.

If you wanna get all technical: The beer owes its distinct malt notes in part to Old World lager-making, which involves traditional decoction mashing—that’s basically heating a small portion of mash separately, then adding it back to the rest of the mash to raise its temperature. Think of it like tempering eggs.

Beer runs in the family: Susquehanna is helmed by the sixth generation of a brewing family; see the timeline here.


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  • Quinn Kavanagh says:

    This is my favorite beer Susquehanna Brewing Company (SBC) makes and is also one of best I have ever had. They just put out a new hefe called “So Wheat” which I tried this past weekend at a party and, it was very tasty and refreshing. All in all SBC has out out some pretty great tasting beers since the started brewing a couple years ago.

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