Due South Brewing is one of those breweries that you kinda need to go back to on a regular basis. It’s a fun place, and some of their brewers may have wildly inappropriate, yet amusing, personal Twitter accounts where rants about Meagan Trainor and beer bloggers are de rigeur (you’re going to have to find that one on your own).
But it’s also the kind of place where they just create giant amounts of beers. And create and create. Most of these beers do not make it out of the brewery. But, on occasion, some of the really special stuff slips through the cracks, and finds it’s way into my glass.
And that, dear readers, is how I got my hands on a beer that Untappd prominently says isn’t being produced anymore: Northern Exposure (Cream Ale, 5% ABV).
Northern Exposure starts life as Due South’s highly regarded flagship Caramel Cream Ale, but with the addition of maple syrup. And I’m actually a little embarrassed about that, since my first reaction to the aroma was one of honey, not maple. It had that big, almost sticky sweet bouquet, mixed with just a little bit of malty goodness.
The taste is incredible. You get the caramel and the maple mixed together to give the beer a big, molasses-like taste and darkness, but without being syrupy or cloying. It’s a very smooth beer that I imagine would be mind blowing if it were ever put on nitro.
It’s a shame that this is apparently not being made anymore. It would be a fantastic winter seasonal for Due South.
But it needs to come with a moose (didn’t think I was going to reference the show, did you?)