By DCBeer contributor Peter Zuk
Name: Back Forty Beer Company
Location: Gadsden, AL
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: No
What you need to know: This is a brewery from Alabama, which is kind of a big deal when you consider that Alabama hasn’t really enacted favorable laws for the brewing industry or the homebrewer. However, it is great to see people willing to stand for making great beer even when the law hasn’t always been on their side. They have managed to win a few awards and should be an exciting brewery to try.
Beer #1: Naked Pig (Pale Ale / 6% ABV)
In Their Own Words: Naked Pig is a delightfully crisp, hand crafted ale. The German malts provide a perfect balance to the five hop additions that go into every batch we make. This American pale ale is tasty enough for any craft beer newcomer, while the complex character is sure to please even the most discerning craft connoisseur. So get naked and enjoy! (Note, but not really, please)
Food Pairing: Brie Tartlet (Pastry shells filled with brie, saffron and a touch of brown sugar.)
Our Thoughts: A complex hoppy pale ale should really match well with the sweet and rich brie tartlet.
Beer #2: Truck Stop Honey (English Brown Ale / 6% ABV)
In Their Own Words: Truck Stop Honey is a medium bodied English brown ale brewed with Alabama Wildflower Honey, roasted malts and fresh hops. The balance of sweet wildflower honey and earthy hop aromas come through in every batch. Whether preparing a delicious meal or sitting fireside, Truck Stop Honey will always keep the good times rolling!
Food Pairing: Lamb Keftah: Ground lamb seasoned with paprika, parsley, lemon and coriander. Grilled and served with a yogurt and cucumber relish.
Our Thoughts: A nice sweet brown ale should balance with the richness of the lamb and should really cleanse the palate while not being overwhelmingly rich.