What’s Brewin’ – Mountain Ale Rugged Brown Ale

Mountain Ale from Vermont’s The Shed Brewery brings rich dark flavors. Described by the brewery in Middlebury as a “Rugged Brown Ale,” it is 74 percent ABV. The brewers call it a Vermont stape, 7.4 percent ABV. It’s an unfiltered English Strong Ale with medium to full body and notes of toffee and caramel, with a nice roasted finish. The modern hop bitterness comes from “generous kettle additions of North Hood and Modern Brewer hops,” says the brewery.

Amber in color, it comes in both six and four packs of 12 oz. bottles. The brewery goes back to 1830 when it was built originally as a blacksmith shop and then served as a cider mill and local gathering hangout for farmers in the area. They would drop off their harvested apples and hang around for cider and conversation.

Over the years, The Shed served as a variety store and youth hostel before becoming a restaurant. The original building was destroyed in a fire in ’94 and a year later, reopened as a brewery with a focus on English-style handcrafted ales. Today, the beers are available elsewhere in New England.

They are described “A Local Legend Steeped In Vermont Lore.” Go to www. TheShedBrewery.com.