Tuesday, May 27, 2014

First Draft: Steadfast Beer Co.

By Chris Betz

Steadfast Beer Co., based in Albany, New York, uses only gluten-free ingredients and ensures that their brewing process is free of cross-contamination. Steadfast's depiction of Sisyphus on every bottle shows that they recognize brewing a great gluten-free beer is a challenge. They've chosen a compass to represent the brand "as a nod to finding one’s bearings and a sense of direction amid a lifestyle change that can be dizzying and discouraging." Amen to that.

Golden Blonde Ale (5.5% ABV): This beer pours a nice, clear golden color with a quickly dissipating white fizzy head. The aroma is yeasty, spicy and a bit citrusy. The flavor matches the aroma, with a light hop bitterness. This beer is extremely drinkable and refreshing. Even though it is sorghum based, there is almost no trace of it in the smell or taste. Enjoy this beer out in the sun in your backyard or tailgating at the next Phillies game. It will go well with salads, fish, or just about anything off the grill.

Sorghum Pale Ale (6.8% ABV): Poured into a glass, this golden amber ale has a thick head that clings to the glass, leaving nice lacing behind. The first thing you'll smell is hops - lots of hops. The floral and citrus aroma is due to the dry-hopping this beer undergoes as part of the brewing process. The taste is of sweet caramel and molasses that quickly give way to the bitterness of the hops. Finally, the sorghum takes over with its dryness. This is a big beer, with lots of flavor and relatively high alcohol content. This excellent IPA pairs well with just about any spicy dish or pizza.

These two offerings are available throughout New Jersey (try Wegmans), New York, and four other states, and can also be shipped through Half Time Beverage. Steadfast has a new Oatmeal Cream Stout coming soon, as well as seasonal offerings like Pumpkin Spice Ale and an anniversary Biere de Garde that I look forward to trying.
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