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Last week Meridian Pint beer director Sam Fitz visited Oliver Breweries in Baltimore to make a special batch of beer with brewmaster Stephen Jones. The duo’s concoction will be served exclusively at Meridian Pint and Pratt Street Ale House, home of Oliver Breweries in Baltimore, starting in January.
According to Jones, who specializes in English-style ales, the beer can be described as a generously hopped dark ale. It will be 6.4% abv and was brewed with rye, wheat, and chocolate and black malts over a base of English and Canadian pale malts. The hop line-up is as interesting as the malt bill. Fitz and Jones used a mixture of English varieties (Gold, Kent Goldings, and Bramling Cross) alongside a healthy dose of American Cascade hops (think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale).
The Meridian Pint/Oliver Breweries ale will be available on draft and in a series of casks, each with a different spin. If Jones’ previous offerings are any indication, the beer could be packaged with oak chips, vanilla or coffee beans, or any number of dry hops for that extra special bitter touch. Interest piqued? Look for a release party at Meridian Pint in late January.
UPDATE 12/31/10: According to the Oliver Breweries Twitter feed, casks of “Meridian” have been packaged with American Oak, French Oak, Coffee, and Vanilla & Cacao Nibs. There are also casks dry hopped with Kent Goldings, Czech Saaz and Bramling Cross, and the kegs for draft are dry hopped with Bramling Cross.