This article was published in the Mid-Atlantic in August, 2008
I look forward to a trip to Princeton to try Triumph Brewing Co.'s Jewish Rye beer, an absolute delight, in part because of the liberal amount of grain used. Brewer Tom Stevenson also adds caraway, saying, “Without it the flavor is not nearly as lively. So a little bit of caraway and a bit of souring, to simulate sour dough, makes this a popular beer.”
Asked how high prices of grain and hops are affecting brewers, he commented, “It is forcing brewers to do things they might not otherwise do and that leads to a degree of experimentation. That’s a good thing. You can get into a rut. When the market pushes you into a new direction, you have to learn to deal with it.”
As one of the most intuitive brewers in the state, Stevenson is completing a beer he’s never previously made. Gose (prounounced “Goes-eh”) is an obscure German wheat beer style that’s finished with coriander and salt, then is slightly soured. Sound like something you’d like to try?
By now you might already know of the untimely death of Jay Misson, head brewer at Triumph Brewing Co. One of the nice guys of the industry, Jay was only 45 years old at the time of his June 9 passing. We’re dedicating this column to his memory.
This Article was written by Gary Monterosso and Published in the Mid-Atlantic in Aug of 2008. We appreciate their attention to the local businesses of Princeton, and highly recommend the Mid-Atlantic to all of our customers.