Watch City Brewing Company is a staple on Moody Street in Waltham, serving a full menu of food along with a rotating selection of beers, all of which are brewed on site. Until recently the only way to get Watch City beer was to go to the brewpub, but now Watch City distributes their beer to a number of local bars and restaurants. They have also started to bottle some of their brews to sell at local liquor stores. One of the beers they are selling is Rescue One Kolsch, a German style light ale. One of the great things about supporting local breweries is their involvement in the community. After the events at the marathon last April it was amazing how many breweries committed time, energy and beer to events that supported the One Fund along with other Boston-based charities. Rescue One Kolsch is brewed for a cause too, a portion of the proceeds go to a fund set up for the three children of Worcester firefighter Jon Davies who was killed fighting a fire in 2011. The beer was designed and brewed with the help of the Worcester Fire Department. For more information visit: http://watchcitybrew.com/greening-the-way-3/john-davis-fund/
While most German style beers are lagers brewed at low temperature, Kolsch is a German style ale. Kolsch is typically fermented at lower temperatures than most ales, and is often “finished” with a secondary fermentation at lager temperature. This result is a clean and crisp ale, usually light in color with low hop character.
Watch City Brewing Rescue One Kolsch pours a clear straw-gold , well-carbonated with a small, quickly dissipating white head. The smell is pretty mild, some buttery malt character with a touch of pine from the noble hops. The taste is light, fizzy and easy to drink, very crisp and clean. The flavor is a touch malty, with some butter and biscuit flavors, balanced by a mild bitterness and some earth from the hops. At 4.8% ABV Rescue One Kolsch is on the lighter side, a great beer to bring to a BBQ or holiday party. The beers are hand-bottled and very fresh, with the date hand-written on the label. If you’re looking for an easy to drink ale that supports a good cause this holiday season, you can grab Rescue One Kolsch at local liquor stores or at Watch City in Waltham. Hoppy Boston Score: 3.75/5