2 O'Clock Tasting: BrewDog - Brooklyn Brew Shop

2 O'Clock Tasting

Updated on March 29, 2016

Ever heard of BrewDog? We thought so. Based in the town of Ellon in Aberdeenshire Scotland, founders James Watt and Martin Dickie started the brewery in 2007. James and Martin had a simple mission: make beers they wanted to drink. The UK market at the time was dominated by industrial brewed lagers and stuffy ales. From humble beginnings as a tiny operation selling beers out of their van and at local markets, BrewDog has transformed into a multinational tour-de-force producing over 120,000 bottles a month with 25 bars in locations diverse as Japan and Sweden. BrewDog is best known for pushing boundaries. From their freeze-distilled 55% ABV beer, The End of History, with bottles stuffed in taxidermied stoats and squirrels, to their 0.5% ABV Nanny State made as a response to criticism over the high strength of their beers, BrewDog has consistently proven itself as one of the most innovative breweries in the world. BrewDog also experiments and innovates with the way they brew their beer; they produced #Mashtag, a beer collaboration generated from ideas from Twitter, and Sunk Punk, a beer fermented at the bottom of the North Sea. The underlying drive behind these wild, crazy and headline-grabbing beers is BrewDog's passion for introducing people to great craft beer. They've made a huge impact in growing the UK craft beer community and revolutionizing the craft beer industry. We're so excited to collaborate with James and Martin on our recently announced BrewDog Punk IPA Collaboration Beer Making Kit. Continue below for tasting notes on BrewDog's beers - including Punk IPA.

  1. This. Is. Lager.

    4.7% ABV

    Pouring sunny with shades of straw and marigold, This.Is.Lager. had a light and bready aroma. Crisp and clean, with a subtle hoppy pepperiness that reminded us of black pepper Triscuits, This.Is.Lager. won accolades from the runners in our office as the ultimate beer-mile beer.

  2. Dead Pony Pale Ale

    3.8% ABV

    Bright citrus blossom mingled with the grapefruit and pine aromas that wafted up from this clear, honey maple-colored brew. Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops lended flavors of zesty citrus, yellow grapefruit, and West Coast pine to this session IPA.

  3. Punk IPA

    5.6% ABV

    We love Punk. An IPA full of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and lychee flavors, Punk poured a clear, daybright gold. Sweet pineapple, citrus and tropical fruit aroma - offered up from Amarillo and Cascade hops - dominated the nose, with a mellow citrus and bitter grapefruit finish.

  4. Five AM Red Ale

    5.0% ABV

    Notes of citrus, candied orange and dried fruit aroma suffused this copper-hued red ale. Equal parts malty and hoppy, Five AM Red Ale had subtle nutty sweetness that reminded us of caramelized pecans, candied nuts and pecan pie.

  5. Brixton Porter

    5.0% ABV

    Hues of ruby bursted from through this cola-colored porter. The tan, chocolate head released a roasted coffee aroma with a hint of berry fruitiness. Brixton Porter's oak aging imparts a hint of vanilla to compliment the flavors of warm, bitter chocolate.

  6. Bitch Please

    11.5% ABV

    An American-style barleywine with a distinctly Scottish influence, Bitch Please is a collaboration with 3 Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. Made with peated malts from Islay, shortbread, toffee, Bitch Please's nose had the distinct aroma of smoky whisky laced with a subtle caramel sweetness. Aged in Jura single-malt whisky barrels for eight months, this barleywine packs a serious mouth-punch of peaty scotch flavor. We also tasted a hint of bready caramel and rum raisin underneath the smokiness.