As a New Englander I’m proud to say Shipyard Brewing Company is a local brewing facility that produces a quality microbrew that has a variety for everyones taste. Granted, only beer drinkers can respect a good brew so that’s a prerequisite to enjoying a Shipyard beer.
The Shipyard Export Ale is a great choice if you’re not so sure about ‘flavored beers’ because it has a very clean taste with minimal hoppy flavor. Export Ale is 5.1% alcohol by volume, no too shabby, and goes down easily so beware of over-consuming this tasty drink. If you really want a little spicy hop flavor, I highly suggest the experience, try a Shipyard Fuggles IPA because it’s a much more potent style beer (for the pallet) but not overboard like a standard fuggle style brew.
A fuggle is a late 19th century English hop “considered by some to be less refined than Goldings, others prefer its juicier, more woody character” (wikipedia) and it definitely has a distinctive taste over other hops you’ll find in beer.
If you’re looking for a slightly more malty beverage I suggest a Shipyard Brown Ale (an ale we’ll be covering in Episode 2 of the Everyday Drinkers podcast). Shipyard defines their Brown Ale as having a “sweet finish” with hint of chocolate and maple.
For those that aren’t big beer drinkers by like to try new microbrews to test the waters, try an Export Ale, you can’t go wrong.