This is a really tough time across the craft beer industry. With bars and on-premise taproom consumption cut off, breweries have lost two major sources of sales in an industry already marked by small margins and fierce competition. You can tell brewers and owners are nervous, even places that are widely considered to be the most successful in the state are scrambling to reimagine their business models and try to keep the money coming in. It is especially rough for the smallest breweries who were wholly dependent on their taprooms. Amory’s Tomb is one of the small breweries affected by these changes, the vast majority of their beer is sold onsite or in local bars and restaurants, they have only packaged a few beers. Amory’s Tomb actually recently completed their first canning run, a Belgian pale ale named Kettle Hole. With the taproom shut down cans of Kettle Hole and a limited number of bottled beers are out in local bottle shops, keeping the brewery going. So as you are stocking the beer fridge for the apocalypse, remember to support your local breweries!
Amory’s Tomb Kettle Hole pours slightly hazy yellow with a massive white head. The aroma is a mixture of expressive Belgian style yeast and some floral hops. The yeast leads the flavor, notes of peppercorn, clove, and apricot. The hops add notes of herbs, stone fruit, and grass. Some pale malts round out the flavor with hints of crackers and bread crust. Kettle Hole is light and easy-drinking, sessionable at 4.7% ABV. The finish is crisp and dry with some lingering yeasty esters. This is a really nice beer, plenty of flavor and very easy drinking. Grab some if you see it or order some from your local beer delivery service and help keep our local breweries going during this difficult time! Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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