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Brooklyn Manhattan Project

Last night my roommates and I went to the Sunset Grill for food and drink. For the first round I got Brooklyn Brewery’s limited release Manhattan Project. MP is Garret Oliver’s attempt to brew the beer version of a Manhattan cocktail.

Malt: Malted Rye, Crystal Rye Malt, Canadian Two row pilsner malt, British Maris Otter

Hops: German Perle

Other sugars: Caramel syrup, brewer’s sugar, Organic cherry juice

Other Herbs/spices: Bitter Orange Peel, Sweet Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Gentian Root, Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, cloves.

ABV: 7.5%

I’ve only had one actual Manhattan in my life but this beer definitely tasted like how I remembered it. So weird but highly drinkable. Served in their standard 13oz tulip glass right to the brim. Sunset doesn’t seem to be pouring their beers with any head lately. When I got halfway through the glass I was able to swirl it enough to get a decent head going. I’ve been sick so I really needed that to get any aroma out of it. The predominant things I noted in the beer were the cherry and rye whiskey flavors. The brew was partially aged in 100-proof barrels, and you can tell.

It also paired very well with our food — I had a cheese pizza with goat cheese. My friend also got the beer, and said it went well with his swordfish sandwich. The beer had enough presence and complexity to hold its own but didn’t overshadow my pizza. Win. Hopefully Brooklyn will do another run of this beer in the future.

For round two I wanted something hoppy, and Avery’s Maharaja delivered. Again, dinky 13oz tulip glass with no head. This beer is like a citrus hop overload. It’s not necessarily as bitter as other double IPAs but the hop presence was magnificent.


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