This Tasting Room was hosted by Resurrection Ale House in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia, one of the triumvirate of bars owned by husband and wife/partners, Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida. This little corner bar has become a premier destination for not only great beer but also for a fantastic kitchen. They have a finely chosen draft list to go along with an impressive bottle selection and some of the best fried chicken in the city
Our Notable Guest
Over the past few years, Brendan (along with Leigh), has made quite a name for himself. Opening three highly acclaimed bars over three years, he has grown a loyal following. Whether it’s Memphis Taproom, Resurrection Ale House, or Local 44, you’re sure to see his passion for great beer shining through the beer menus.
From The Scene
Jean Broillet IV is in the process of opening up his new brewery, Tired Hands in Ambler, PA, a project he has been passionately developing for many years. Jean has also collaborated on some phenomenal beers with breweries such as ‘t Gaverhopke and Hill Farmstead.
Red Hook Long Hammer IPA
Medium bodied and crisp in finish, Red Hook adds a generous amount of hops during & at the end of fermentation (dry-hopping) for one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs. ABV: 6.5%
Bren: 4 – Tremendous aroma. Light bodied. Well hopped?
Jean: 4 – Candied tangerine in nose. Balanced bitterness. Kudos
Mat: 3.5- Very drinkable- light, simple, and refreshing.
Neil: 3 – Citrus and brown sugar on nose, sweet, smooth,
Mel: 3 – A mild hoppiness- tastes like a light beer- with a 6.5% ABV. Not Bad.
Sly Fox Dunkel
A traditional Bavarian style Dunkel, this offering from Sly Fox is made with Munich, Pils and German Roast malts and a variety of Bavarian hops. ABV: 5.3%
Bren: 4- Amazing aroma. Big time malt aroma with hops coming
Jean: 4-Warm, toasty nose, slight caramel/toffee/floral/earthy
Mat: 3.5-Lower on carbonation but gives more traditional cask
Neil: 4- Clean and sweet, nice body for autumn rolling into
Mel: 3.5-Smooth and malty. Approachable.
Ithaca Cold Front
Belgian-style Amber Ale brewed with European Malts and hops and fermented with legendary Belgian “Farmhouse” yeast for rich, spicy flavors accented by slight, herbal hoppiness. ABV: 7.2%
Bren: 2.5 – Great aroma, dry tobacco, high phenols, not a ton of
Jean: 3 -Upfront phenolic clove backed by banana and
Mat: 2.5- Strong, almost overwhelming Belgian characteristics.
Neil: 3- Complex aroma- nice body, malty, heavy tobacco
Mel: 3.5-Lots in the nose and a lot of prominent flavors: clove,
Bourgogne des Flandres
A sour ale/wild ale offering from Itterbeek, Belgium. This brew was matured in oak barrels for a sweet-sour taste. ABV: 5.0%
Bren: 3-Nice grain bill; bit too sweet.
Jean: 3-Toffee, cardamom in nose. Nice balance of sweet/
Mat: 3- Not as sweet as most Flemish reds. Kind of reminds
Neil: 2.5- Like candy.
Mel: 3-Fruity Pebbles, light and juicy, not too sweet. Very
Manayunk Hop Phanatic
This Imperial Red Ale is heavily dosed with Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops, providing a solid, yet balanced bitterness and a sticky finish on the tongue. ABV: 8.2%
Bren: 4-Massive hop aroma, well done beer, dry finish, ultra
Jean: 4.5 – HUGE Pineapple, passion fruit, pine bark, and red
Mat: 4- Great pineapple-tropical nose. Sweetness up front that
Neil: 4.5- Smooth, sweet, beautiful red hue, great mouth-feel,
Mel: 3- Fruity pineapple nose, a little sweetness that quickly
Pretty Things Babayaga
Inspired by Eastern European folklore; an autumn seasonal that includes some smoked malt with rosemary, as well as other embellishments to create the biggest beer they have ever done. ABV: 7.0%
Bren: 5- Very round beer. All in all, well done.
Jean: 4 – Up front roast, chocolate, and grapes. Slight woodiness.
Mat: 4 – Really good, full- bodied, fruity stout. Great dessert
Neil: 3 – Awesome chocolate head- coasty- nice body, tons of
Mel: 3 -Smoke nose, but not overbearing. A sweet and smoky
Allagash Black Ale
A Belgian style stout, brewed with German 2 row barley, Torrified wheat and oats, balanced by a large addition of Belgian dark candi to give the Black a full, classic chocolate silky mouth-feel. ABV: 7.5%
Bren: 5- 5+! Nice roasted aroma, complex malt flavor, malted
Jean: 4-Chocolate, licorice, dark berries, and a touch of alcohol
Mat: 3.5- Very sweet but nice texture and mouth-feel. A bit
Neil: 4- Such a beautiful blend of Belgian body with a stout’s
Mel: 3-Creamy nose, coffee flavor, it’s smooth but I can
Victory Otto Ale
Otto came about after a trip to Germany, when the brewmasters wondered what smoked malt might add to a Belgian-style dubbel ale. The result was the special bottle conditioned seasonal. ABV: 8.1%
Bren: 4- Sweet and fruity aroma, great balanced flavor
Jean: 3.5 – Excellent balance of sweet candy sugar, caramel,
Mat: 4 – Ideal level of smokiness. A little sweet from the Belgian
Neil: 3- Very sweet- think it could mellow- nice smoke, not
Mel: 4-Pungent nose when first poured. I like that it’s not
Rodenbach Vintage 2009
This exceptional Flemish Red Brown beer of mixed fermentation owes its unique character to maturation in hand-made oak casks, some of which are more than 150 years old. ABV: 7.0%
Bren: 4.5-Smaller acid then years before, fruity, lactic. A bit too
Jean: 3.5-Tart cherry, leather, touch of toffee in nose. Spritzy,
Mat: 3.5- Much smoother than I would have wanted. Very different
Neil: 4- Phenomenal sour- complex wood notes
Mel: 4-Wow! It’s drinkable, but with a tartness. A sweet and
3.5 out of 5 stars
Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout has a rich, flavorful, deep chocolate color, with a scented and roasted barley nose. It also holds a complexity of malt, hops, alcohol and yeast. ABV: 7.0%
Bren: 5- Winey aroma, acidic, alcohol is well masked, earthy,
Jean: 3.5-Bakers chocolate, overripe red fruit, figs on nose.
Mat: 3.5- Strong, abundant dark red fruit flavors. Very drinkable.
Neil: 3- Sweet- lots of dry fruit and chocolate- hops on the tail.
Mel: 3.5 – I like it… but it’s a little dry for my taste. It has fruity
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
Classic saison; dry, hoppy unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, but featuring the rare Sorachi Ace hops. Fermented with Brooklyn’s special Belgian ale strain. ABV: 6.5%
Bren: 2.5- Huge tropical oil aroma, kills any spice aroma, big
Jean: 2.5-Huge coconut with background notes of black pepper
Mat: 4- Really love Sorachi hops and you have to in order to
Neil: 4- I’m a sucker for Sorachi ace. Awesome aroma and
Mel: 3.5-Creamy coconut, citrus, sweet notes, and a crisp finish
Hof ten Dormaal Winter 11
Winter 11, from Belgium’s Hof ten Dormaal Brewery is a Saison/Farmhouse Ale; this brew possesses a slightly yeasty and spicy flavor with a medium body for your drinking pleasure. ABV: 6.5%
Bren: 5- Moist aroma. Soft melon flavors; complex and
Jean: 5-Grassy, earthy, underlying woody notes. Ripe melon
Mat: 4.5- Fantastic. Perfect farmhouse style winter beer. Tons of
Neil: 4- Really earthy nose, tons of lacing, spicy and sticky,
Mel: 3.5-Grassy, woody nose, full body, and sweet.
The Final Picks
Bren’s Final Pick: Allagash Black Ale. Perfect Beer. Brewed by someone who appreciates all aspects of beer and passes it on to the end user.
Jean’s Final Pick: Hof ten Dormaal Winter 11. Beautifully composed. This is a true embodiment of the “farmhouse” style.
Mat’s Final Pick:Hof ten Dormaal Winter 11. It just stood out as the most complete beer. Once again, Hof ten Dormaal really impressed me.
Neil’s Final Pick: Manayunk Hop Phanatic. Awesome all around. Great beer- sweet and bold.
Melissa’s Final Pick: Victory Otto Ale. I love the light, smoky flavor. I can enjoy this with my husband in front of a warm fire.