The featured beer painting of the day is of Schwarzbier by The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery from Farmville, North Carolina. So far, this was the only North Carolina beer I could get my hands on (thanks Rich for mailing it). Today, craft beer is sweeping the nation, and you can get a beer that was made across the country at your local store. However, before Prohibition, people drank mostly local brews. Beer made close to home tastes fresh, and some of my favorite beers have been simple pale ales I have brewed in my own kitchen. This Schwarzbier actually reminded me of my dark ale homebrew that I make frequently. Now that wintertime is around the corner, I’m ready to start brewing again. Next summer I want to have enough homebrew to throw a party once the roof goes up on my cabin. I think a dark beer is in order for that shindig.
The Duck-Rabbit Schwartzbier is a black lager that is very palatable. Rich licorice, chocolate, and coffee flavors are offset by tartness of dark roasted grain. This beer comes in at a respectable 5.8%, and is not your average session ale. It has a lingering flavor that will keep you coming back for another sip. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. After talking with one of my favorite beer drinking buddies who consumes Obsidian Stout as his preferred brew, we came to the conclusion that dark beer tastes better in Alaska than yellow fizzy beers, which are meant to be consumed ice cold on hot days. Slightly warm dark beer is perfect when it’s cold outside, which is a common condition in Alaska.
Cheers to The Duck-Rabbit, may your beer be as versatile as the label on the bottle!