It seems like many of the beers we brew are here for a minute, then gone. You need Steve Martin-esque timing in order to catch your favorites. Half of that is because we’re big fans of seasonals down here — they keep our lives interesting. The other half is that our seasonals are so popular, they tend to sell out rather quickly.
We know it can get confusing, dear beer drinker, and we never want to let you down.
With that in mind, we’ve made a decision. We’re adding another year-round offering to our lineup, and we think you’re going to be relatively pleased with this development.
Our Tide Table Pale Ale is going to be your new go-to when you’re down to the brewery.
We’ve always toyed with the idea of a year-round brew with a low-to-mid ABV and a strong hops presence, and we’ve had a few successes along those lines. Cape May Pale Ale, Smooth Sail, Escape the Cape, Sea Mistress, and the like have been well-received, but by the time they were gone, we’re excited to move on to the next one. Tide Table, on the other hand, we’re pumped to do year-round.
Tide Table isn’t a light summer ale or a heavy winter brew — it’s something you’ll be able to enjoy on hot sunny days, windy autumn nights, as well as in the middle of a winter nor’easter that dumps eighteen feet of snow on your lap. This brew is so good, “we don’t want to limit it to just one season,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “This is going to be a standard for your fridge.”
We focused on making a beer we could drink all day, every day, and not get too tired of it. “We sought out a combination of hops that would keep evolving every time you took another sip,” says Head Brewer Brian Hink. “An extremely complex hop, the Ekuanot hops make up a huge portion of the dry hop, lending different flavors and aromas almost every time you take a sip. Citra makes up the other end of the dry hops, and when they’re paired together, you really get the full gauntlet of flavors.”
And it looks like these guys knocked this one out of the park. It’s got a really intense flavor, with a great hop aroma of pine, orange peel, mango, papaya, and just a touch of that resinous dank that we all love so well. The malt profile has a hint of the German Caramunich malt.
We used almost a pound-and-a-half of hops per barrel, which in a 5.2% pale ale with a medium-light body is an absurd amount of hops. This brew jumps right out of the glass and onto your palate.
Thus far, Beertender Dan Patela agrees. He’s loving the lemon, lime, and stonefruit flavors from the Ekuanot hops. “Tide Table is juicy. It’s not too bitter. It’s easy-drinking.”
The easy-drinking character of this brew is what’s going to make this beer a strong choice for everyone. Jimmy — who spent some time in Scotland and likes to throw random Britishisms into everyday speech — says, “Beer nerds are going to love its intense and complex flavor, but even your average punter will enjoy its sessionability.”
Brian agrees. “This beer will be loved by all: the beer geek seeking the next big thing, the hop head who just wants to be inundated with hops to the face, and the average beer drinker who wants to expand his palette a little further. This beer is super complex and yet incredibly drinkable.”
We’re certain you’ll agree, deer beer drinker, but there’s only one way to find out. Swing down to the brewery this weekend and let us know what you think!