Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Biergartens and Catacombs

Bube's Brewery - Mount Joy, PA

Pretty cool place you've got here Mr. Bube. Alois Bube, a German immigrant and brewer apprentice, bought the brewery in Lancaster county in 1876. The brewery brewed the typical German styled lager of the times. The beer was brewed on site and stored / fermented in the catacombs - the catacombs offered the low enough temperatures needed to ferment lagers. The building has tons of history, everything from ghost stories to exhibits of the brewing equipment of the time. Bube's Brewery is the only one of the hundreds of "lager era" breweries still standing today, and is almost compeletely intact to the original building. Restoration of the building began in 1968 and continues today. If you're in the area, I highly recommend stopping in at Bube's Brewery.

The beer...from left to right: Oatmeal Stout, Maibock, Pre Prohibition Pilsner, Brown Ale, Belgian Triple. The Maibock was the winner of the bunch, I'm a bit biased towards this style, but it was pretty good. The Pre Prohibition Pils was "very hopped" according to the staff, but the hop flavor didn't even match that of Sierra Nevada Pale. The Belgian Triple was a bit too sweet, and didn't have the body to carry it. I'm pretty tough on beers, don't read that and think they were all bad. They were all fine examples of good session beers (except for the Triple @ 10%ABV).

If you're in the Lancaster area, make the short drive to Mount Joy and stop in at Bube's Brewery. They offere everything from good beer, to dinner in the catacombs or biergarten, and live music in their original restored Bottling Works.

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