Dirty Water Sour Series Batch #3 (Raspberry)
Gifted by the brewer, 6% ABV
If you know me – or better yet, if you are one of the chosen ones who know Lasting Brass at this point – you know this beer is great. Really, really great.
I’ve written about pretty much every beer Ed Silva has produced out of his Waterbury homebrew in-law suite, and I’ve pretty much loved them all. So I’ve really nothing new to report here; Ed did it again.
Furthermore, if you’re from Connecticut and you’re hip to all the Connecticut-centric terms we have, you know all about what the Dirty Water is. The Dirty Water is, of course, the city of Waterbury, CT. I must say, I’m very disappointed with the Urban Dictionary here. Weak. After all, my hometown of West Hartford has far more – and funnier – entries.
But Urban Dictionary aside, the term “Dirty Water” is just cool. (Infinitely cooler than “WeHa,” that’s for sure.) Waterbury isn’t our fairest city; as a post-industrial larger city, Waterbury has seen better and more prosperous days. It’s grimy and gritty and, well, dirty.
And most people who grew up and live there will defend its merits to WeHa douches like me – which I appreciate. (Note: I did not grow up in West Hartford, or a town remotely resembling West Hartford, and my wife was a refugee from Vietnam and grew up in New Britain, so, you know, we have cred too. Bring it.)
And Lasting Brass! A brewery-to-be (hopefully) with a name that positively oozes Waterburianalia (Waterbury is known as the Brass City) loves its roots. I love that. Most of the names of Ed’s beers reflect some part of Waterbury present or past.
So what better name for a series of sour beers than The Dirty Water series? Stop thinking, for there is none better. Seriously, just stop. It’s brilliant and simple and cool and “inside” and relevant to the beer style. I love it.
Lasting Brass Says:
And like I said, I love this beer. The perfect balance of sour and sweet; bitter and smooth. It’s interesting, Batch numbers 2 and 3 were both dark beer; darker than what you’d usually think of when someone hands you a sour perhaps. Batch number 1 was more in the IPA range of color. To me, this shows that Ed isn’t afraid to play with styles and beers and is really only interested in putting out the best (free, for now) product he can.
At least a sour with raspberries sounds more appealing than number 2’s “strawberries and chocolate” effort – though that beer was world class too. We can only hope that when Lasting Brass exists in the commercial world in, perhaps 2016, that Ed can scale these beers up. Because then the world will be a better place.
And you know what else would make the world a better place? If the wonderful and cool and down-to-earth folks at Tree House Brewing up in Monson, MA allow Ed to trademark “Dirty Water” and don’t fight him on it. For you see, they have a Dirty Water beer as well. Hopefully, because it’s their “American Blonde Ale,” and blonde ales are decidedly not what Tree House is known for, they will be supercool and allow Lasting Brass to use the name commercially.
After all, what in the world does an American blonde ale have to do with “dirty water?” I will use all my superpowers to facilitate this agreement, and hey, who knows, maybe it will spawn an incredible Lasting Tree Brass House collaboration we’d all benefit from… right? Let’s hope.
Waterbury’s Lasting Brass deserves the name, and Connecticut deserves Lasting Brass. (Well, maybe not the whole of Connecticut, because there are some really lame people here, but if you’ve read down to here, you certainly deserve it.)
Overall Rating: A+
Rating vs. Similar style: A+