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Fortunately, those of us in 25 US States do not necessarily need a passport to enjoy Brooklyn beers, but you might need some beef jerky for the road trip if you live anywhere west of El Paso. Texas is the final frontier for the Brooklyn Brewery and its a fine score for our state.
Along with craft pioneers like Celis, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and very few others, Brooklyn grew the microbrewing industry from a regional effort into a nationally relevant phenomenon. Later, New Belgium, Rogue, Stone, and Dogfish Head would help work this movement into a lather -- but, as prominent as these breweries are now, their roots were planted with the help of Brew-lebrity Garret Oliver and friends.
Though I celebrate Brooklyn's entire catalog, Sorachi Ace is, without doubt, the best non-seasonal, non-limited release that Oliver does (Well, I'm counting Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55 as a seasonal -- but if you don't want to do that, they its like a tie, okay? But even so, I love Saisons just a bit more than I love English Pale Ales.).
The unique characteristics of Brooklyn's Sirachi Ace is displayed right there in its moniker. This beer uses a varietal of hops found only in Japan -- and was originally developed for the Saporro Brewery -- called the, erm, Sirachi Ace. Sirachi Ace hops have a distinct lemony aroma and flavor, which makes it perfect for a Farmhouse Saison, since this type of beer was historically consumed during the harvesting seasons when these flavors could really open up the palate as a thirst quencher.
Grassy and citrusy and minimally bitter, Sirachi Ace really behaves more like a champagne or a prosecco than an ale -- and it kind of celebrates the day in that same way, as well. Because the weather was stupidly beautiful, Melissa and I decided to rip this from The Cellar, as this thing had no business being shelved on a 75° winter day.