Saturday, December 27, 2014

Pic(k) of the Week: Mary Jane pump & pour.

Ilkley Brewery is an award-winning regional brewery in Yorkshire, U.K.

On 19 December 2014, its Mary Jane IPA made its Virginia, U.S.A, debut, at American Taproom, in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia.

"Mary Jane" pump & pour (01)
A transatlantic India Pale Ale, brewed with North American and English hops. Deep gold in color, and delivering an intense aroma of berry fruit and citrus, Mary Jane is deceptively smooth on the palate, building to a hoppy crescendo, with notes of honey, and a pleasant, lingering bitterness to finish.

Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Citra [U.S.]; Northdown [UK].
Barley: Maris Otter.
ABV 6.0%.
IBUs: 48.

Translating the slug above, "pump" refers to the beer engine, a piston-pump that a bartender uses to 'pull' beer from a cask. American Tap Room serves its cask ales via two beer engines, holding the beers under 'blanket' carbon dioxide pressure via a cask breather, and at a temperature of 48 °F.

Considering the botanical familial ties of cannabis and lupulus, one wonders why no American 'craft' brewery has yet named its own 'dank' IPA, "Mary Jane." It took the Brits.

  • More photos: here.
  • Caveat lector: As a representative for Select Wines, Inc. —a wine and beer wholesaler in northern Virginia— I sell the beers of Ilkley Brewery.
  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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