Shed Mountain Ale
by Mattias Dahlstrom
(Beer Delegate, VT, USA)
Shed Brewery: shy about photographing their brews
Shed Brewery, VT, USA
According to Mattias, Shed Brewery Mountain ale has quite a loyal following in Vermont.
It's almost an essential item of "survival gear" for semi-serious hikers to carry up the green hills and mountains of the state. Given that I am liable to get myself lost on the way to the composter in our back garden, I think I'll keep hiking and beer a good distance apart for the time being, at least...
Mattias is quite the outdoorsy type. If I tell you we began the day of the beer fest with a bike ride and hike before getting ready for the beer with a bacon and egg sub, then you might get the picture. (Mad Swede alert! 100-1 he'll be on America's Most Wanted before 2010.)
The Mountain ale was a medium-bodied, dark brown and 'meaty' ale. It was me who drew the likeness to Newcastle Brown ale and it's not a bad comparison. Like all the other beers at the Vermont Beer festival, it was served way too cold. I would have liked to try this about five degrees warmer.
Still, Mountain ale is highly recommended. It is delicious and potentially life-savingly so if you get stuck up on the Camel's Hump without a compass.
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