Blonde Ale in bottles

February 17, 2012 9:07 pm

Last week I told you all about how awesome FINNEGANS Blonde Ale is. But I forgot to mention one little thing: I hadn’t actually tasted it yet. Whoops! My apologies – please don’t miss out on our latest brew on account of one little white lie. Just know that the only thing that gets in […]

Last week I told you all about how awesome FINNEGANS Blonde Ale is. But I forgot to mention one little thing: I hadn’t actually tasted it yet. Whoops! My apologies – please don’t miss out on our latest brew on account of one little white lie. Just know that the only thing that gets in the way of editorial integrity here at the FINNEGANS blog is our enthusiasm for beer that feeds the hungry, so I couldn’t help but talk it up a bit. But this week I finally got a taste, and Blonde Ale lived up to the hype and then some.

There’s no better place to drink beer that the place it was made. The FINNEGANS team had the distinct pleasure of gawking at the amazing bottling facility at Summit, the doting mother of all FINNEGANS brews, early on Tuesday morning. This modern marvel fills and labels 450-bottles per minute.

The thing is seriously breathtaking to watch. And we even got to grab bottles off the line, just like Laverne and Shirley.

Here are the bottles when not in motion. Aren’t they beautiful?

But more importantly, the beer inside is a knockout.

If you plan on spending time outdoors this summer, and I hope you do, you will need a FINNEGANS Blonde Ale with a slice of lemon to keep your throat wet and your taste buds invigorated. It is the taste equivalent to jumping in a cool lake on a 90 degree day.

Here’s the man who forged Blonde Ale with his bare hands.

Damian, a transplant from Ireland, regaled us with brewer gossip, stories about the mother land, and kindly reminded us to never order an Irish Car Bomb in Ireland. Next time you take a Summit Brewery tour, make sure to have a chat with this guy.

Now is that time of year when you can properly judge whether you’re following through with your New Year’s resolutions or if you set the bar too high. Maybe your resolution was to donate more money to your favorite charities and spend less on beer. Look, that’s really hard to do. If you stuck to it, we laud you, but if you’re having trouble, FINNEGANS is willing to meet you half way.

Here’s to doing good.

Matt Beachey

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