Happy 4th of July! (Brew Review – Stoudts’ American Pale Ale)

Stoudts’ American Pale Ale in my 1994 Stoudts Great Eastern Invitational Microbrewery Octoberfest tasting glass.

I went through many ideas for my blog post for the 4th of July.

I started thinking I’d talk about how celebrations on the 4th of July are a little historically inaccurate.  The second Contental Congress vote to succeed from England on July 2nd, causing future second President of the United State, John Adams to write to his wife,

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

What Adams didn’t foresee was that when the document was signed on August 2nd it would bear the date of the final draft when all the changes that were agreed upon during the final vote were added, July 4th 1776.  And that’s the date that ingrained itself into the public’s mind as the document was publisied.

Then I thought to write about how Francis Scott Key was the Bernie Taupin of his time.  The much believed author of the “Star Spangled Banner” only wrote the words as a poem that was later put to the melody of a song written by John Stafford Smith.  This song, The Anacreontic Song, written for the Anacreontic Society is commonly believed to be a drinking song.  You can see the Georgia Tech Glee Club doing an original arrangement of the song here.

Then I thought I’d write a post about the fireworks backward area I live in.  Starting with the fact that fireworks are illegal to possess in my state, and finishing with Maryland, a state that’s allowed to sell “fireworks”.  The word being in quotes because they can’t sell anything much more powerful than sparklers.  Of course, I’d have to mention Pennsylvania, which is allowed to sell fireworks, but not to anyone who actually lives in the state.  But they can sell them to me without issue, someone who’s not allowed to possess them in my state.

Then I thought, what the hell, just do a beer review.

Stoudt’s Brewing has been producing beer since 1987 when Ed and Carol Stoudt opened the brewery with their restaurant and a bakery in Adamstown PA.  The project has grown to include an antique shop and a village of shops.  In a reversal of traditional roles, Ed manned the bakery and Carol took charge of the brewery.

In a male dominant world this might have seen like a novelty at the time, but that soon changed as under her watchful eyes, Stoudts brewers started producing quality award winning beers, soon earning a spot amongst the highly regarded breweries in the emerging craft beer explosion.

Stoudts’ has always been a favorite brewery of mine, so I can think of nothing more appropriate then to highlight their apply packaged American Pale Ale.

THEM: American pale ale with Warrior and Cascade hops.  Bittered to 40IBUs and contains 4.1%ABV

ME: In a normal glass American pale ale pours with a medium head and a light amber color.  American pale ales have almost become synonymous with hops but here they’re light, and linger in a nice canvas of malt, caramel and bready yeast.  Once in the mouth the front echos the aroma and brings a nice medium body in the middle.  The end contains a touch of spicy bitterness that lingers slightly.

For a family with a German heritage that prides itself on its medal winning German style beers, Stoudts proves it can make one heck of an ale as well.  In fact, their Scarlet Lady ESB is one of my favorites from the brewery and indeed, one of my favorite beers.  If this review has shown me anything, it’s that I need to get my ass back up to Adamstown….soon!

I hope you have an awesome 4th of July.  No matter what beer you decide to celebrate with!

Time for another beer…and some firecrackers!!

Author: Ed (The Dogs of Beer)

Beer Blog focused on Delaware & surrounding area. Drinker of beer. Writer of stuff. Over user of commas. Dangler of prepositions.

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