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Black Star Beer expands its territory

Submitted by on October 15, 2010 – 5:00 amNo Comment

Image courtesy of Black Star BeerBlack Star Brewing embraces the spirit of Road Trips for Beer through its consistent promotion of hitting the open road in search of the next great adventure.

The Whitefish, Montana, brewery recently ran a contest to give away Maybe the Best Trip Ever (click the link to learn of its awesomeness). It’s putting the finishing touches on a documentary, “The Great American Road Trip,” in which the craft brewer sent “an adventurous guy with a film crew on a 6000 mile, good ole fashioned road trip through the Northwest.”  You can check out more details and watch the trailer on its website.

And now Black Star is expanding its distribution into Southern California.

Minott Wessinger, a fifth-generation brewer and the great-great-grandson of brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard, recently announced the introduction of Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager to the Los Angeles market after a successful relaunch in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California.

“Given our family history of brewing, which dates back to 1856, Black Star is a true legacy beer,” Wessinger said in a news release. “Black Star is a traditional European-style pilsner, refreshing with lots of taste. It’s a great session beer that you can enjoy with friends.”

Black Star is a double hopped (dry hopped) golden lager made with Bavarian Mittelfruh and Czech Saaz hops and two-row malting barley.

“By hopping it in the kettle and then again prior to finishing, Black Star opens with a distinct hop aroma and a rich, full-bodied flavor while remaining remarkably crisp and refreshing,” Wessinger said.

Black Star is brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, Montana, a traditional gravity-flow brewery built by Wessinger in 1994. The mostly automated brew house is said to be one of the most complex for its size in the country.

As demand for Black Star grown, it will continue to be brewed at its original home in Whitefish, as well as in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wessinger said.

Black Star is available in 12 ounce bottle and cans, and the folks at the brewery were kind enough to send me one of each to sample. I don’t claim to be a connoisseur by any means, but here’s what I thought about the beer.

Photo by Gerard WalenIt pours a golden amber with a thick head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer has a crisp, clean taste with a subtle malty undertone. I did not detect a strong hops taste, but my nose picked up a hint of banana. It felt very light on my tongue, and left a pretty good aftertaste. As claimed, it’s a really good U.S. version of a European lager.

At 4.6% alcohol by volume, a six-pack of Black Star Beer could be a mainstay in my fridge for drinking while watching weekend football games. And because it’s available in cans, it would be ideal for a day at the beach, a fishing trip or tailgating at the stadium.

Unfortunately, it’s not sold in my home state of Florida, so I’ll have to limit myself to the samples and pick some up on my next Road Trip for Beer in the Western states where it is sold.

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