Another Cooperstown Brewing Co for this Saturday’s post. Still have quite a few more, but I’m going to do as many “Saturday Suds” as I’ve had from this brewery for the next few weeks. Have about 3 or 4 more. This is Cooperstown Brewing Company beer #4. I posted about the brewery itself about 2 months ago.
Brewery: Cooperstown Brewing in Milford, NY
Beer: Old Slugger Pale Ale
“The flagship beer of Cooperstown Brewing Co. Old Slugger was the first beer brewed at CBC in July of 1995. This English-style pale ale is brewed with four barley malts, including two-row English pale malt and crystal malt, balanced with Mt. Hood, Cascade and Fuggle hops, and fermented in open vessels by Ringwood yeast (150 year old yeast strain brought over from England).”
As mentioned, this is their flagship beer. It’s technically an English Ale – not an American pale ale. It’s more “malt forward” than hops, which is fine by me. I love hops, but I think these guys have found a good niche by not just trying to make a bunch of different IPAs. They have one regular IPA that’s good, one seasonal IPA that’s really good (for a later post), and in general all of their beers are all really solid.
Medium: I bought it in a 12 ounce bottle. You can also get it on tap at the brewery or a few other places.
How it’s related to baseball: All of CBC’s beers are baseball themed; they’re built around the idea that a brewery around Cooperstown should focus on the baseball part of the town. Since this is their flagship, they combine the idea of “old faithful” but throw in slugger instead. A good name to me, as this would be a great beer to bring to your local softball team’s game. They sell it at the Binghamton Mets park, which is sponsored by CBC.